Review: Boy oh boy what a year it has been for the Duploc family, who despite all the madness of 2020 have still kept up their incredible run of consistency, dropping nothing but bangers throughout the duration. This, presumably their final drop of the year sees them pull together a monstrous roster, featuring the likes of Cartridge, BunZer0, Ourman, Opus, Teffa, Sam Cosmic, Xakra and many more to give us one final celebratory look into dubstep in the modern era. The complete track listing is absolutely bonkers to tell you all the truth, with quality leaking out of every single original. Some favourites we have to mention however of course include the sizzling bass designs and spooky textures of Wraz's 'Ghost', alongside the fluttering flute melodies of Mani's 'Secret Forest' and 'Gibberish', a super smooth subby glider from Surreal & Somah.
Review: Now let's be real here. There aren't many people matching up with Deep Dark & Dangerous when it comes to dubstep release quality. This last 18 months has been a display of extreme dominance, with this latest five track project being yet another example of that. Featuring 10 steaming originals, from the likes of Oxossi, Sepia, Taiko Dalek One and more heavyweight names, they really aren't playing around. Highlights for this one have to include the horn-heavy LFO ramblings of Angelic Roots' 'Thunder Dub', alongside the subtle eastern twinges of 'Cobra Shake' from Khanum and the slapping percussion of REZ's 'Adidas'. Lovely stuff.
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'.
Review: Time for some Taiwanese dub: regular face at Instigate, DTR returns with his debut full lengther and it's nothing short of a contemporary low end odyssey. Bedrocked by rich weight and space, throughout the album he weaves subtle but strong musical elements with a measured sense of detail. From the lilting horn flutters on "Inner Strength" and the trippy tape stop spirals of "Creator Dub" to the mountainous peaks and abyssal troughs of "Kalimba", DTR ensures to immerse, entertain and constantly develop. Modern dub bliss.
Review: Foundation celebrate three years and 20 releases with this supersized clutch of deep, dark and forward-thinking exclusives. Painting a picture of dubstep's most exciting frontiers, highlights hang, slide and oozes from every cavernous corner: Drew's Theory provides meditative intensity on "Harmony", Deafblind & Darkimh twist up the drums in the sludge-packing "Concrete Groove", Krease soundtracks your next nightmares with his late night graveyard romp "Hindsight" while Dillard digs deep into the proper roots with its shimmering classical dub designs. Weighing at 24 tracks, Foundation have pulled out all the stops here... A seriously detailed piece of bass music futurism.