Review: As a label, Uprise Audio are known for their marquee dubstep releases, always pushing the boundaries and yet always remaining as solid as can be. This latest helping comes from Markee Ledge, who brings four hard hitting steppers originals to the table here. The title track 'Space' kicks us off in good stead, as catchy percussive melodies lead the way about subtle sub jerks and tasty drum movements, before Seven gets involved with the party on the super moogy 'Thunder'. Following this, we dive into the deep and dark with 'Revolutionary', a skippy roller, packed with weighty bass energies from start to finish. We then finish up with the trap-style drum compositions of 'Kozan Ji', which provides some asian inspired twists to a wicked body of work.
Review: We are genuinely starting to run out of ways to describe just how impressive Duploc has become, both as a label imprint and source of dubstep knowledge within the modern scene. These latest belters from Markee Ledge lend themselves to that mindset as we firstly take in 'No Game'. Through a combination of earwigging vocal lines and a constantly expanding rhythmic skeleton, this one quite easily goes down as one of the most creative and catchy dubstep originals of 2020. On the flip, we lose the vocal additions in favour of a much more traditional steppers approach, laced with synthy goodness and swamp-ridden bass tones. The contrast between both tracks makes for fantastic back to back listening.
Review: J:Kenzo and Mosaix's Artikal Music can be credited as having had an influential part to play in the bass years that have followed the 'post-dubstep' sound. However, this crew has always done things their own way, and they've always employed the services of artists who like to measure their success by being single-minded in their approach to the wider bass music amalgam. Markee Ledge steps into the limelight alongside FWD legend Youngsta - who should probably be seen as one of the original iterators of dubstep. "Terror" is not a revolutionary dubstep tune but it does what it does in the most effective way possible; a slow, lingering swarm of mutant bass spreads across sparse percussion shots and grey-scaled atmospherics. "Industrial", on the other hand, ups the tempo and the energy thanks to a deafening injection of sub bass and classic steppahs beats. The sort of gear you'd expect to hear at a DMZ rave...
Review: In just a few short years, London's Uprise Audio has made quite an impact as a label that explores the deeper, more textured side of dubstep and bass productions. Here label boss Seven collects 13 of the dopest new jams by the label's impressive roster. Highlights include Seven's own "Get Down", which features squelchy, metallic bass and stop/start trappy beats, the creepy mechanical tribal cacophony of "Herd" by Feonix and the retro horror synths meets digi dub grooves of "Arcade Dub" by Markee Ledge.
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'.