Review: Kodama has been on a real roll across the majority of 2022, with a number of high quality EP drops landing with a wicked response. He here teams up with the ever-ready Infernal Sounds for a masterful showcase of new school dubstep heat. We open up our journey with the huge bassline manoeuvres of 'Gekko', a creepy sweep through chiming melodic drifts and sharpened drum taps, next to 'Fijit', a hypnotic twist up through murky synthetic layers and subtle breaks for good measure. We then enjoy the moogy bass-driven goodness of 'Sneakers', a more unique sounding arrangement, dripping in original sound design, before the suave harmonies and shimmering drum structures of 'Wiretap' give us one hell of a final sting. Another successful drop for both Kodama and the Infernal Sounds team.
Review: The Vantage team have been on a pretty solid run of late, with their last few releases stacking up some real popularity. This next batch of bassy goodness from Kodama is set to continue that theme, kicking off with the bulbous bass bulges of 'Ish', giving us a haunted introduction, before the hypnotic chiming melodies and more subtle drum designs of 'Strays' immediately steer us into a more left-field direction. The glistening arpeggios and stuttered bass pulses of 'Oshigata' then follow with an instant impact, giving us a breathy arrangement set to wow ravers nationwide, before finally finishing up with 'Yurei', an emotive combination with Dabbs that provides us with a perfect closer.
Review: There really does seem to be no stopping the current Encrypted Audio run, as they continue on their breathtaking run of original dubstep releases with this powerful new three track expanse from Kodama. As always, Kodama pushes the boat out in as many ways as possible, kicking off with the haunted, spacey pads and charming harmonic flutters of 'Westly', which despite its delicate drum design approach still packs one hell of a punch. From here, the melodic vibes continue in abundance as 'Murphy's Song' unleashes a fabulous display of arpeggiated string plucks, all before 'Glimpse' switches the flavour into a more garage influenced approach, combining skippy rhythms with dripping percussion and chiming melodies for a fire finale.
Review: It is becoming more and more difficult for us to keep pace with the Encrypted Audio rampage as they continue their pretty spectacular run of top quality dubstep drops with another bombshell, this time welcoming fourteen top quality steppers creators inside for a mega compilation. There have been no expenses spared when it comes to the lineup, with the likes of Dalek One, Kodama, Karnage, Zygos, Mungk and many more established faces supplying us with a string of hard hitting dubstep originals. When we take a look at our specifics favourites however, we have to point out the truly lethal sub-bass & reese-bass combinations on DubApe's 'Quick', alongside the glitchy soundscapes of 'Bricked' from Chendah and the super syncopate rhythmic displays of Reamz on 'Devilish'. Awesome work as per!
Review: The Cella team have arranged a pretty powerful election here as they unveil the incredible tracklisting for 'Radio Static', a dubstep compilation showcasing the deeper and darker side of the sound featuring ten potent original creations. The tracklisting boasts some heavyweight names, from Kodama and Drumterror to BFM & Khabs. It's just an impressive body of work across the board if we are honest, with our highlights including the twisted eastern melodies and crunchy drum slices of 'Clarity' from Reamz, alongside 'Hush', a more experimental, higher tempo creation from Turner On The Track. This is definitely a project that would be improved by a long-play listening session. This is dubstep done right in 2021!
Review: Following on from a seriously impressive run of releases, we see the magnificent Kodama link up with Force Recordings for a very impactful two tracker, exploring the vast depth of soundscaping possible within the lo-fi end of UKG. We kick off with the stunning title track 'Almost Made You Cry', a Burial-like epic dripping in sumptuous reverberations and powerful bass warbles, taking us somewhere we have never visited before with a truly outstanding original creation. On the flipside, we emerge from the fog somewhat as we are greeted by a much more stripped back bop in 'Blurred Faces', another emotive masterclass in 2-step, this time pushed forward by the heavily reverberated vocal lines and potent bassline below.
Review: It seems that the Subaltern team have absolutely no intention of slowing down any time soon as they deliver yet another earth shattering EP selection, this time welcoming Kodama in to flex those steppers muscles. The release is a real masterclass in modernized dubstep production, firstly seeing the legendary LX One get involved 'Cronauer', a stuttered gritty chopper, followed by beautiful melodic plucks of 'Piranha Plant'. The vibe then switches across the slightly distorted harmonies and trap-like drum designs of 'Dorsia' before Shenza arrives to provide some smooth vocal fire atop the spacey arrangements of 'Il Tempo E Oro'. Finally, 'Crookshanks' delivers a strong, subby finale to a wicked body of work, fitting perfectly into the Subaltern discography.
Review: We have come to expect great things from the Rarefied team, who continue to deliver top quality releases left right and centre, with every drop being just as unique as the last. This fabulous new compilation is a fantastic showcasing of the breadth in sound the label has to offer, from the stunning musical landscapes of Sibla's 'Entity' score, to the beautiful vocal manipulations of Kodama's 'Talk More' and crunchy drum work of 'Voyagers' from Freud'. The project is riddled with musical genius, but for us, the standouts have to include the crystalized brilliance of 'Distant', which sees Primer & Soukah link up for a piece of musical art, alongside the choppy drum swings and haunted synth bubbles of 'Odd, U See' from Pharma. Incredible work all around!
Review: Well, what a selection we have here as Strictly 140 drop one hell of a compilation project, featuring an array of dubstep heaters under the title of 'The Overseas'. Featuring nine absolute scorchers, this project sees the team showcase some of the hottest names in the 140 scene right now, including WZ, Dalek One, RDG, Gaze Ill, Pharama, Roklem, Sebalo and more. For us there are a couple of very clear standouts from this project, with Subtle Mind's stunning 'Subtle Mind' composition being one of them, alongside the twisted eastern string tones and pulsating subs of 'Nani' from Ourman!
Review: Dubstep really is in a special place right now, from it's ever broadening range of influences to it's incredibly high quality production level. We are here today to explore one of the most consistent labels in the game in FatKidOnFire, as they whip out four new smashers from Kodama, kicking off with this colourful arpeggios and chiming melodies of 'Rootmars' before the lofi synth melodies of 'Amour' continue with this incredibly musical selection. The road darkens on the next one as 'Spark' arrives with a more grizzly set of themes and textures, before we found this one out on the beautiful string leads and harpish plucks of 'Zzyzx'.
Review: Encrypted Audio are back in the building with yet another stack of absolute heaters here as they enlist the vibrant production stylings of Kodama for a delightful three track selection. We begin with a dip into 'Moonlight', a spacey, glittering soundscape packed with constantly evolving synth themes and moogy subs. Next, 'Shokichi' lands, packed with Asian melodic themes and spicy basslines, followed the super swinging drum arrangements of 'Witching Hour', a composition brimming with stunning harmonies and lively chiming melodics. This is definitely one to be taken in inside a venue!