Review: Straight out of the dubbed out streets of Manchester, we are pleased to welcome Hypho and Amadeo Sanchez's new project 'Manuka' as they unveil their debut four track drop. We kick off with new school dubstep high flyer: Arkwright, with his shimmering roller in 'Course', before dipping into Kelly Dean's dungeon dwelling demon in 'Childs Play', which is packed to the rafters with reesey energy and grizzly subs over skippy 4x4 infused beats. Next, Sensei brings some more original flavour as the gritty bass tones of 'Red Cross' run riot, along with the wobbly moogish bass designs of Zygos on 'Paz', rounding off a fantastic debut release.
Review: For us, Biscuit Factory is one of the real goliath's of the dubstep world, having formed in the genre's first golden age and maintained a serious presence on the circuit to this day. They unveil a top draw project here from Kelly Dean, which kicks off with the title track 'Reflection'. As a composition, this is everything you could want, sweeping, smoothened atmospherics, lethal sub layers and an awesome vocal addition from the incredible ALYS B. On the flip, the LFOs are out in marching force as 'Reality Check' provides a neurotic base camp for sharp, punchy drum creations and writhing reeses to boot.
Review: The young Squane, who has started to seize the bass scene with his endless slew of kinetic devilry, is up on Jelly Bean Farm, accompanied by a number of different artists, all specializing in different dub-strains of bass. The opening collab with Hypho blends cold Berlin techno vibes with London's grime heritage, then Rees comes through to drop in yet more pulsating industrial action, while Kelly Dean and Ill Chill have got us wrapped up in a nutty bundle of post-modern broken house beats. Ebb's appearance is marked by shimmering cold waves of hypnotic chanting, while Mershak helps to add another layer of swing to Squane's cavernous production style, and Delo helps to strip it all back to a chilling minimalist stance. Lovely.
Review: If the darker, murkier end of dubstep floats your musical boat, this second collection of "grimoire" from the Sub Pressure label will be right up your alley. This digital version showcases 10 tracks from the label's recent archives, presenting cuts from up and coming producers such as TZR, Promise One (whose echo-laden, bittersweet roller "Trabzon" is a highlight), Chango, Haack and Genr8. There's also a couple of notable collaborations, with UFO & Kial joining forces for the dancefloor-baiting "Murkdopolis" and Kelly Dean and Phrenik offering up the head-warping vocal cut "The Burning". Intense and paranoid stuff, but that's how you like it, right?