Review: With the series of 12" s garnering ever more praise among dubstep purists, Keysound capitalise on the appreciation of the LHF collective and issue forth a whole album's worth of material under the appropriate title Keepers Of The Light. The reason the crew is heralded is not because of some stout insistence on making endless monochrome 2003 style dubstep, but because the vitality the genre poses at its best is evident throughout their output. There's a heavy focus on Indian classical samples in many of the tracks which harks back to Dusk & Blackdown's Margins Music, but really the whopping 26 track selection is pushing a brand of freshness in a half-step context which is all their own.
Review: AK and Digibit release the third volume of "Shift'D" and once again it's time to lifted. The emphasis is on the label's freshest talent with a clear focus on range and depth; Martyn Nytram sets the scene with a grizzling techy stepper, Stompz nods his cap towards to the Headz foundation with alien groans, tight two-step and late-entering jazzy chords, Critical Matter lays down a vicious wasp-like tech stomper than wouldn't have gone amiss on Virus during Audio's tenure while label newcomer Project concludes the story with a genuinely singular fusion of sunset guitars, brimstone beats and a trippy high end bass that really brings together. Gifted.