Review: When we heard the news that Cimm had an album on the way, we could barely contain our excitement. When we then learnt it was to be featured on Sentry, our expectations tripled, and boy does Cimm deliver! The project takes the name 'Unknown Caller!!' and is a perfect embodiment of what today's deep dubstep scene represents, from the irresistible sub pressures of 'The Corner' alongside Rider Shafique to eastern-dub hybrids of 'Blue Sapphire' and lower tempo bass quakes of 'I Am Jack Travis'. The collaborations are fruitful on this one, as Cimm also invites Youngsta, Mr K, SGT Pokes, Riko Dan and Animai to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest dubstep projects of the year.
Review: Dalek One's gone got himself a taser and there's a fat stack of trouble for anyone in his path. Zapping and slapping his way through the foggy low-end swamps with a riff so electric and insistently stabby this record should come with a government health warning, once again it's another stone cold, unmitigated banger from Dalek and Dubploc. And that's before we even get to the spacious rumbles and cosmic tendrils of the Mr K collab on the B. Duploc'd and loaded.
Review: Hang on, Hebbe, Melle, MR.K and ENiGMA Dubz all on one track together, no your ears do not deceive you, that is indeed the incredible new offering that Duploc have put on the table during these troubling times. Being one of the most versatile producers in the land, we often see ENiGMA floating around UKG and bass these days, but to see him back in his home-realm of deep dubstep is always a pleasure. He gets busy here with a disgusting rethink of 'Wayside', rebuilding the original elements from Hebbe, Melle and MR.K into a scrumptious chomper, packed full of spooky pads and grizzly warbling synthesizer fun.
Review: We were very excited to see Mr. K making a full solo return to the legendary Wheel & Deal imprint for a highly anticipated four tracker. We kick off with the title track 'Baka' which is a groovy dubwise hybrid, bringing smooth oscillations and dubby drums into unison. Following this we have the epic swinging bass synths of 'IP13' and the ludicrously powerful sub shaking sounds of 'Dafuq'. The EP then rounds of perfectly with Mr. K's swampy redesign of AxH's 'Devil Shogun'.
Review: Mr. K seems to be able to do no wrong as we see him reappear with yet another potent project as he returns to one of our favourite 140 labels in White Peach. From start to finish this selection of new school dubwise designs offers nothing but bassweight, perfect for setting the dance alight. The title track 'Don't Trip' is awesome, packing a bag of subby punches, alongside the spacey atmospheric pressures of 'Haze', which is then driven by subtle bass flavours. We move into the B-side next as we take a peek at 'Firm', an amalgamation of potent LFO explorations and stripped back drum creations. Finally, we finish up our journey through this one with the Asian inspired melodies and harmonics of 'Hokusai', which takes simple patterns and turns them into something beautiful.
Review: Wheel & Deal for us are without a doubt one of the strongest dubstep imprints to ever grace the UK scene, constantly supporting newcomers and supplying us with some serious vibrancy. They here invite Mr. K back again for another weighty project, as he sends out the VIP mix of 'IP13', an absolute scorcher and the perfect way to refix the potent original. We then dive into remixes as Sukh Knight arrives on the scene with his gnarly refit, followed by Cimm's super skippy, flute heavy rethink, driven by punchy sub pressure and constantly rotating drumwork. Finally, Mr. K also drops us some heat with a bonus track entitled 'Glue', which focuses on swampy LFO rolls to round off the EP in style.
Review: We have been loving the output of Navy Cut after the last few months, seeing that they are clearly a label who have a particular sound and style, making every release a "one to watch". We see them here team up with the ever-ready Mr. K for a couple of lowend-heavy heaters, kicking off with the stunning sub structures and dubwise drum arrangements of the A-side 'Ol Dirty'. On the flip side, we see somewhat of a switch up as piano chords, flutes and a whole manner of additional instrumentation is introduced to the proceedings, adding a real contrast the A-side as we round this one up.
Review: If we were to rate project this in terms of consistency, it's a match made in heaven as the ever-ready Mr.K links up with one of 140's most prominent and respected label imprints: White Peach. This one kicks off with the swampy LFO movements and glittering drum dances of 'Red Handed' before the haunted atmospheric design and busy high percussion of 'Okoustik' quickly follows. Next, the sublime sub designs of 'Aro' run through like a steam train, making all in their path move, before the fluttering flute arrangements and heavily syncopated drum shuffles of 'So Vague' sees the project out with a bang.
Review: Mr.K is exactly the sort of producer to fit into the Wheel&Deal imprint, a label whose sole purpose is to detonate seriously hazardous levels of low frequencies upon any listener of dancer. These five tracks all offer something different; "Chit Chat" feels like the sort of beats that Mala likes to get his hands on prior to a DMZ rave, and "Dope Fiend" is like its natural successor, a track with higher level of bass emanating from all corners. "O.G" is a slower, bumpier ride with an eerie crescendo of sonics, and "Pho" leaves plenty of smoke in the air with its hazy, imperceptible later of shady harmonies.
Review: What a year it's been for US deep bass imprint Version Collective. Exactly a year ago their inaugural Certified Organic collection lit a raging fire of smouldering singles and, most recently, a remarkable album by Sweepa. Now comes the sequel... Once again it's a far-ranging exploration that takes in some truly unique perspectives with highlights such as the discordant metallic strings of Lilti's remix of "Womple", the delicious didgeridoo-style bass weirdness of Basiclee's "Voyage Dub", the gully croaks and slaps of Drew's Theory's defiant "Nonsense & Knowledge" and the industrial strength drum textures and springy sub of Mr K's "Damage". Another serious statement of intent and showcase of exciting, forward-thinking dub talent, Version Collective are staring down the barrel of another exciting sonically innovative year.
Review: One of Belgium's most authentic, dedicated dubstep collectives celebrate half a decade in the game with this impeccable 15 track collection from some of its nearest and dearest mates and both spirits and production benchmarks are set as high as you'd expect. Highlights? Bukez Finezt's ghetto-chomping wobbler "Real 2 Real" will leave you feeling seasick (in a good way) Requake will have you writing a new will and leaving everything to Duploc, Taiko's "Gremlin" will dark you out so hard you'll want to be blind (in the best way possible) while Saule's "Ottoia" stretches time and space in such a way you'll completely forget what day it is. Here's to five more years!
Review: To look back over the last 18 months of Duploc releases would take us hours and hours, but we are sure we wouldn't be disappointed to do so. Their consistency and efficiency has set a fantastic example to the rest of the dubstep scene, which is why we couldn't wait to dive into this brand new mega compilation entitled 'Duuplates Collection'. Featuring a tracklisting consisting of stepper heavyweights such as Rygby, Ternion Sound, Hebbe, Mr. K and more, we knew we were in for a treat from the off. The project is a goliath in its field showcasing twenty bombshells, certain to cause havoc in dances worldwide. Our immediate stand outs would have to include the crunchy drum slaps and hypnotic chime melodies of 'You Said' from ColtCuts, alongside the highly energetic vocal switches and lethal bass drives of 'Left Behind', a masterpiece from ENiGMA Dubz. Incredible work!
Review: Sentry Records has put together some serious releases over the last few years, showcasing the latest and greatest in dubstep and its surrounding genres. We are therefore introduced to and absolutely storming compilation here as we reel off bangers from the likes of dubstep legends such as Caspa, Truth, Sukh Knight, Youngsta and more. For us, the highlights of this incredible compilation are quite clear, kicking off with the stunning production of 'Judas' from Nomine, who brings forward his uniquely metallic sound design on mass. Another absolute heater we couldn't forget is the spooky yet satisfying 'Crocodile' from Dayzero, packed with wicked drum flavours and haunted overtones.