Review: As far as dubstep labels go, there are few that had a more consistent or impressive release schedule than Joe Nice's now legendary Gourmet Beats imprint, who seem to be going from strength to strength at every available opportunity. They invite Korostyle in to kick of 2019 and what a decision that was as he delivers three little gems. Firstly we take a look at the grimey drum switches of the title track 'Body, Mind & Soul' before dipping into the more classic dubstep style arrangements of 'My Long Shadow'. Finally, we finish up with the breaksy drum rhythms and grizzly sub structures of 'Firaga', rounding this one off with a real bang!
Review: For this project, LA's own Korostyle steps forward on the Slit Jockey imprint for an incredibly creative selection of sound design led compositions with the "Arkana" EP. Right from the off we are treated to the intense synthy bleeps of "The Raid". This is followed by unique soundscaping on 'I Get' which works choppy electronic sampling and spacious anti percussion together at a dubstep tempo. The eerie soundscaping and unpredictable melodics of "Keeper Of Time" wraps things up. This is a real lesson in creative sound design and rhythm if ever we saw one.
Review: It's time for Slit Jockey's annual Choice Cuts compendium. A lot has changed since their last collection: The US/UK neo-grime feedback loop has never been louder, and neither has Slit Jockey's relevance and influence. Highlights of this inherently futuristic bass exploration can be found on every track; from the sudden bliss twist of Starkey's "Trigger" to Shiftee's swampy, super-prang audio head-butt "Geek Flex" via the dungeonesque bubbles and blips of Korostyle's "Kalika" and TIMBS' emotional flute-snapping funeral trap vibe "Rivers", this is, without question, Slit Jockey's most exciting and all-encompassing curation to date. Not to be missed.
Review: Guangzhou Underground is a collective of DJs, promoters and a record label all based in Guangdong province, China. If you didn't' know about the rising bass scene in the East, you'd better keep up because there are some serious sounds being created there. The East West Bass Test compilation features 11 exclusive tracks from producers representing US, UK, Canada, China and Macau. Highlights include the scattershot electro beats and plucked melodies of "verity" by Merouac, the moody percussive roller "Vagabond" by KOROSTYLE and the woofer busting DnB of "Freq U" by Stranjah.