Review: Champion of dark, tough and considered dubstep, Distance provides the latest instalment in the much loved Dubstep Allstars mix series. It's fairly typical fare from the Chestplate boss man, with tough steady rhythms underpinned by that particularly distorted kind of bassline. There are a number of highlights, most notably Commodo's "Surveillance" which has a rolling break woven into the mix. Cyrus' "Looking Back" also impresses as it purrs away with a gorgeously warm, rich synth line. The biggest surprise is probably Distance's own remix of trance bods Above & Beyond. It's certainly as 'big room' as you'd ever imagine Distance getting!
Review: As hinted by their previous outings on Osiris, Krypitc Minds have definitely been bitten by a techno bug recently. Good for them; beat patterns don't come much more refreshing than the one on show on "The Divide". Steppy, insistent and utterly unforgiving, their newfound loop mentality works a treat when presented in a dubstep ideology. "Rule Of Language", meanwhile, is quintessential Kryptic Minds; a deep, sonorous halfstep beat arrangement and abyss-like spacious groove are the flavours of the day... Purist dubstep aimed directly at the darkest of nights, it's the perfect foil to the experimental vibes of the title track.
Review: Wow, when we saw this we couldn't quite believe it as the legendary Kryptic Minds unleash an unexpected gift, remastering two of their original classics with a bit of a 2020 paintjob. Firstly, we hear 'Badman' get the newschool treatment, a groundbreaking original that combined gut busting sub basses with a grizzly mid range LFO synth to send dances into frenzies around the world. Next, 'Distant' receives a similar makeover, with this one focussing much more on intricate drum delays, unpredictable vocal influxes and subtle sub warbles. Two absolute classics, made even greater than before, courtesy of Osiris Music UK.
Review: As January nears its bitter end, it seems this the time to release mega compilation albums. AEI, the company behind Get Darker, UKF and D&B Arena unveil their next project: Get Darker Presents: This Is Dubstep 2012. And what an album it is. Bringing in all the flavours of contemporary dubstep, it succeeds in providing a sweeping panorama of an increasingly fractionalized scene. From the deeper sounds of Author, VIVEK, Kryptic Minds, Icicle & Distance and Phaeleh, through material from scene pioneers such as Horsepower Productions, Skream and Benga, to the more aggressive sounds of Gemini, Flux Pavillion, 16 Bit and Nero, it's all covered. A brilliant "who's who" of dubstep in 2012 - highly recommended.
DJ Madd - "The Life You Chose" (Distance remix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
Stinkahbell - "Film Noir" - (5:37) 140 BPM
Sleeper & Thelem - "Arrakis" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Kryptic Minds - "The Divide" - (5:32)
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 1) - (1:13:24) 140 BPM
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 2) - (1:09:30) 140 BPM
Review: Sixth in the series, This Is Dubstep is one of the more comprehensive, on-point series the scene has given us (ie: many!) Across the 40 tracks every single shade is covered; from rave-tinged (Noisia's remix of "Smack My Bitch Up") to all-out technicolour bass (Drumsound & Bassline Smith), This Is Dubstep 2013 pays respect to all corners of the dance - including the really far-out experimentations of Mala and his Cuban project. With exclusives such as V.I.V.E.K's "Barcelona" and Killawatt's "Single Entity" thrown in for good measure, this isn't just a summary of today's dubstep; it's a slice of the future too.