Review: US dubstep peddler and producer of D&B, Noah D, provides us with a tough, techy A-Side to the third volume of the Adversary series. Thunderous subs, furiously clashing breaks and eerie, vengeful vocal sampling rule throughout "Control Freak" to awe-inspiring, eardrum-battering effect. Showing close affiliation to fellow US-based dark D&B-sters Dylan and Robyn Chaos, with a smattering of the Renegade Hardware sound in there as well, it's a winner for fans of the tougher, rougher part of late 90s D&B. The relentlessly aggressive sound is continued by Djunya & Neglect on the flip; "Nomad" encompasses swirling sci-fi synths and a thumping beat to get the mutilating forces to work.
Review: Three years on and Subway Recordings has firmly established themselves as one of the foremost Dutch dubstep labels, yet they do not by any means limit themselves to genre or sound. This Destination compilation takes us through the grimey, the dark, the deep, the dancefloor and the experimental in turn. Noah D's "Hardcore" kicks off with a thrilling combination of jagged neon synths and harsh sub bass cheekiness, before Akkachar & Taz Buckfaster drop sci fi sounds on "187 On A Rock" and DJ Madd delivers the twitching Ramandanman sensibilities of "Bass Comedown". Mayhem & Whisperlink provide an early highlight with "Trap Or Die" filled with bleepy SFX and dark, rumbling basslines underpinning the ominous, vocodered vocal sample. Rivalling this is "Rumble" by Reso & Vent - a sure fire dancefloor driven killer. Here the rowdy, bass-heavy wobbles and smacking drum kicks really up the ante and we are transported deep into the peaktime heavy hitters. All in all, it's a comprehensive array of tracks here from some highly talented, genre-pushing artists which should, really, not be missed.
Review: Watch out as Noah D's big anthem gets unleashed on Dutch label Subway. Having made something of a household name for himself in the dubstep fraternity in recent years, the man otherwise known as Noah Dickinson puts on his straightest face for "Seeeriousss VIP" and gets down to business. A Jamaican accented, dread style, distorted, super slowed down vocal sample sweeps across a purple wow style synth haze that would make Joker and Gemmy quiver a little, whispering "this is serious music…serioussss" over the beats. Lurching, nocturnal breaks predominate with a ganja hazed half step rhythms and chirping SFX making this a sure fire winner for the synth hungry dubstep brigade.
Review: Just in case some of you still think America is still all about the screaming 'bro' vibes when it comes to dubstep, the Brooklyn-based Tuba provide a lesson in how things are done on the US bass underground. The delightfully unpredictable Roommate gets gritty and sleazy on the title track, adding a little Bay Area bass technique to the mechanical groove. Noah D, meanwhile, adds more of a Detroit sensibility to his "Succes", creating a techno-like serenity to proceedings. Not a screaming 'bro' in sight. Get dirty!
Review: Brooklyn-based bass dealers Tuba blow their sub trumpet with a rich collection that spans their impressive history so far. Ranging from the meditative steps and jazz shimmers of Subreacher's "Future Target" to the techy breakbeats, sub-soaked steps and dreamy breakdown of D-Operation Drop's "Origami" via the ghostly, cavernous resonance of Below's self-title nightmare soundtrack, Tuba have curated a fine selection that represents their clear and confident contributions to the ever morphing and mutating dubstep sound. If you've not picked up on any of these yet, now is most certainly the time!
Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.