Review: With dubstep being back into such a strong and stable position within the full expansive range of underground dance music, labels like Locus Sound, who has kept the consistency levels so high of late, most certainly need to be praised. This latest four tracker from E S P & Meddem is a perfect example of this consistency as we kick off with slightly trippy arrangement of the title track 'Retrospect', kicking us off with a bit of an unorthodox bang. The eerie flavours continue next as the emptive strings and swampy sub warbles of E S P's 'Keep Searching' drift into earshot, followed by Meddem's 'Softwax', a minimal yet powerful original, focussing on abstract percussive pushes and serious subweight. Finally, 'Stars combines more interesting rhythmic switch ups and an acidic synthesizer pulse throughout to put an aquatic feel into this fizzing finale.
Review: The consistency with which the guys over at Locus Sound have been moving in recent times is pretty frightening. This latest four tracker from Crowley is another one to add to that list of top quality drops as we kick off with the catchy, woodwind-like melodic designs and scattered drum rhythms of the title track 'O Six Trib'; which comes complete with a percussive-masterclass of an overhaul from the one and only TMSV. From here, 'Rumble' delivers a serious subby punch of speaker-ready power through his rolling bass manoeuvres and minimalist hi hat shuffles, before sharpened drum stabs and hypnotic harmonic structures of 'Underwater' put the icing on the steppers cake.
Review: Now with dubstep compilations, it's often the case that we will see projects stacked up with a couple of bangers and a bag of average creations, however this latest fifteen track body from the For The Heads gang consists of nothing but pure steppers flavour. The line up alone is immense, pulling together some of the biggest new school names in dubstep as a whole, including: WZ, Kali, Ome, Mistah, SBK, Mungk and more. If we had to pick a pair of favorites, it would have to include the delicious delays and marshy bass textures of 'Deep Meditation' from Teffa, alongside the glittering LFO's and scattered drum beats of 'Curren't from Sedan. Awesome stuff!