Review: It's always an exciting thing to see the Duploc team leap into action, with this new compilation entitled 'BLXCKTXPES' being a ferocious way to kick start 2022. Featuring a range of artists, this project explores the underbelly of dubstep's most grizzly soundsmiths, with the likes of Infekt, Ternion Sound, Mesck, MYTHM, Wraz, Substrada & Widow all playing vital roles and supplying us with sub-shaking originals, adding even more firepower to Duploc's already stacked arsenal of a catalogue. Our highlights for this one would have to include the floating synthesizer sweeps and angelic pad textures of Ternion Sound's 'Vision Quest', which again gives us a fabulous journey through more mellow dubstep themes, alongside the unpredictable percussive twists and aggressive string designs of 'Smile Lines' from Oxossi. What a selection it is!
Review: Following on from a seriously killer run in 2021, Wheel & Deal look to close out the year strong with another monstrous 4-track display, this time inviting the heavyweight collaborative flavours of MYTHM & Tappa inside. We begin with the title track 'Crooks', with MYTHM on solo duty to create a grizzly roller, packed with sizzling reesey energy and haunted atmospheric dithering to kick us off in style, followed by the first collaboration as Tappa arrives for the devastating synthetic stings of 'Clipz'. From here, MYTHM returns to solo activity for the more low-key bass growls and skippy drum injections of 'Like This', before Tappa arrives once again to close the EP out with the spacious arrangements and dungeon-like drum-runs of 'Demise', closing off another killer addition to the Wheel & Deal catalogue.
Review: It's been a pretty crazy run from the Artikal Music team, with their recent catalogue additions looking stronger than ever, a theme that continues with this brand new selection of sizzlers from MYTHM. We dive right into the thick of it with 'Vex' as destructive synth scrapes are deployed in an unpredictable arrangement of twisted synthetic bass and vocal slices. It's one hell of an intro, followed up in style by 'Run Up', another grizzly goblin of a riddim, sweeping together tightly processed drum licks with a raucous display of bassy goodness. Finally, 'Watch Out' gives us one last dash of gnarly sound design, wrapping up a super-demonic yet incredibly pleasing selection.