Review: Grave grooves abound as Badimup's Baitface calls up some chums for a co-lab hoe-down. "Badmind Breed" sees all three players together on a dark dungeon funk flex with a slurring halfstep and sneaky sense of dread. "Penta" is a much more percussive affair with a rolling riddim that twists and tweaks itself into oblivion. "37th Method" serves up some fancy footwork with a series of very impressive kicks that are delivered with the perfect chest-pressing warmth. "Focus Mode" is a fitting grand finale; strung with warped, croaky drama and woozy halfstep swing, it's guaranteed to trip your floor right out. Heavyweight material through and through.
DJ Nibc & Hans Berg - "The Clearing" - (7:16) 124 BPM
John Monkman - "Love Won't Wait" - (7:39) 118 BPM
Review: Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but there is no such bad fortune on the latest edition of the Full Body Workout mix. This time, the German label has entrusted the controls to remixer Julian Ganzer - who counts Booka Shade's "Darko" among his reworks - and Javier Logares, who has put out releases for Get Physical and Bar 25. Between them, they steer the mix through reflective, evocative sounds (Doomwork's "DNA"), into tripped out, stripped back house and techno from Mikael Stavosstrand & Cesare vs Disorder and Fabio Giannelli and into the kind of dramatic house that the label is known for, articulated here by the orchestral flourishes of K.E.E.N.E. & Robosonic's "Waters".
Review: Konvex has been mesmerising us with his voodoo-infused sound on a variety of labels and now arrives with two new bombs on Wheel & Deal. "Antimatter" takes things down a minimal route, with a stark, but cleverly layered, tropical digital drum pattern escalating to delirious heights. Wayfarer takes the tune into meatier, stop-start dubstep territory and "Parallel" awakens Konvex's techno influences for some thumping good er, thump. Solid.
Review: Gone tribal recently? Well now's the time! "Orpheus Death" is as shamanic as dubstep gets thanks to some thundering voodoo drumwork. Teetering into the realms of hard techno, its minimal tub-thumping and rich low-end fumes make it one of the most visceral cuts Redshift have ever released. "Yurei" takes us down a peg or two with a more classically deep dubstep technique while still offering heaps of energy and attitude in the dynamics and far-away eastern elements.
Review: Three dank and dingy originals and one respectfully dark remix - if you like it deep and slimy, you've come to the right place. The title track is a real creeper; full of halfstep sludge, kicking at the shackle-like pads, it's a paranoid fusion that will hench a floor at 20 paces. "Abyss" gets the same reaction but via an unrelenting 4/4 groove that pounds through thick mystic atmospheres and elements. "Kingpin" is the heaviest of the set. Naked sub business with anchor-like kicks and well placed hand drums, there's a confident sense of stately space throughout. Remix-wise Konvex quadruples up the kicks to create an exciting dub techno groove that will find favour with the likes of Regis and Mills as much as it will dubstep DJs. Don't torment yourself - grab this now.