Review: The best producers can conjure a groove and spirit with one perfectly executed kick drum arrangement. See "Boatland" for the perfect example; the second the smouldering kick cuts through the eerie pads, you'll be enveloped in an undeniable sense of carnal rhythm mischief. This immersive experience continues as we hit a VIP rendition of 2012's "The Omen" that's deeper and more dynamic than the original without losing any of its founding spirit. "Braata" shows evidence of Juss B's current residence in Bali as a relentless hand drum runs point and the surging pads and thick subs running back-up. "Cerebus" brings us to a fittingly firing climax. Pacier and more dramatic, the double-ups on the kicks and the crude oil sub attached to each beat elevates this from deep to dangerous. FKOF have delivered once again.
Review: Meditative flavours are the order of the day as US dubstepper Juss B unleashes a meaty quad on Requiem. With a bassline that seems to breathe and pulsate with a life of its own, "Systematic" is as deep as it gets. It's followed by the equally arresting sub ripples of "The Waiting Hour". Locked in with a clicky rim shot hook, there's an overwhelming sense of drama coded deep into its digital DNA. For a more bodily blend of bass look no further than "Voiceless". Here we find the layers of bass purring with a sense of metallic mischief while more heady percussion weaves and bobs amid the blend. "Horsewhipper" closes the show with demonstrative command: bold snares and hand drums hammer the message home while the soaking wet subs clear up the chaos behind. Systematically sweet, this needs your attention.
Review: Dubstep really doesn't come deeper than this; "The Cell" is a minimal hum of reverberating low-end soul. Stark, trippy and instantly hypnotising, the bass purrs and groans under a series of spacious percussive hits that float gently in and out of the mix. "Below" continues this flavour but more of a palpitating twist on the kicks and soft, heavenly chords that linger gently in the background. Understated and rich in texture, Juss B has nailed this.
Review: This one's been on the slow roast. Juss B's spacious, spellbinding sound has always hinted at an album excursion and, from the moment the title track's cosmic synths take you to the stars you know he hasn't disappointed. Highlights at every corner: the physical, sub-aquatic trap elements of "Dime", the devil vocals and ghetto diesel of "Hater Blockers", the seasick riff trippiness of "Grand Hustle", the glock-knocking barbed wave weaver "Starry Eyes"... The list goes on. Juss B is in his sonic element right here.
Review: Phantom Hertz "Low Voltage" series has been running for several years now, so you should know what to expect... Total and utter darkness! Naturally this entry in the series is no exception as US murker Juss B makes his label debut with three piece of demonic dancefloor dynamite. "Slide" is all about the anvil-like kicks. Sure, the eerie kicks and echoed rim-shots chat a big game but deep down it's all about the heavyweight drums. "Choose" comes complete with a devilish sample from the film 300 that spooks its way across the tumultuous stark riddim. "Sequence" brings us to an end with a more percussive beat pattern. Reflective, spacious and sprung with a meaty groove, it's a great end to another great addition to Phantom Hertz ongoing series.
Review: Uprise Audio have kept moderately quiet this year, but we know as well as anyone that this means they have been collecting some serious ammo for the dance, including this magnificent new original from Juss B entitled 'Bussin'. This one is set to smash the dance to smithereens as we are greeted by an array or super grizzly bass growls and metallic drum explosions. On the flip side to this one, we are also gifted an exclusive remix of 'Blow My Smoke' as Bukez Finezt arrives on the scene, packing his recreation with colourful pad-like tones and super plucky drum sounds.
Review: The consistency of all involved with this one is certainly something to be immediately admired, as we the ever-ready sounds of Juss B link up with Duploc, one of last years stand out labels within the dubstep scene. They here whip up two tracks of pure steppers delight for us, kicking off with the unpredictable synth and melody switches of 'Can't Sleep', which combines gnarly bass instrumentation with catchy vocal chops perfectly. On the flip-side, 'Kream' unloads a nuclear lead synthesizer, warbling away, leaving all in it's path devastated. This is one for the ravers, make no mistake!
Review: For the uninitiated, Low Voltage is the moniker given to a series of sparse, atmospheric deep dubstep releases from the Phantom Hertz label. Here, they offer a neat overview of the series to date, picking 25 of their favourites. For those seeking clandestine, subterranean thrills, it should be essential listening. Opening with the sub-heavy minimalism of Lysergene's "Hammer Fall", Best of Low Voltage flickers between stoned paranoia, spooky intensity and off-kilter bass pressure. Picking highlights is tricky - Reamz's intoxicating "Tapeworm" aside - but there's more than enough goodness to warrant further investigation.
Review: In just a few short years, London's Uprise Audio has made quite an impact as a label that explores the deeper, more textured side of dubstep and bass productions. Here label boss Seven collects 13 of the dopest new jams by the label's impressive roster. Highlights include Seven's own "Get Down", which features squelchy, metallic bass and stop/start trappy beats, the creepy mechanical tribal cacophony of "Herd" by Feonix and the retro horror synths meets digi dub grooves of "Arcade Dub" by Markee Ledge.
Review: As we rapidly approach the end of a very successful 2018 for dubstep, we have to pay homage to one of the genre's most consistent platforms in Duploc, as they unveil the first edition of their new 'Selects' compilation series. This is a total amalgamation of the darker realms of 140 bass music, with artists such as BunZer0, Khanum, Zygos, 207 and more supplying the selection with some serious fire. For us the total standouts have to include Sweepa's sub warbling epic in 'Morse Code', alongside Juss B's demonic whirlpool of a composition in 'Sandman' and Surreal's uber grizzly 'Omni'.