Review: Next up we have two heavyweight dubstep forces linking up in colossal fashion as Nomine and Nurve combine to launch E&B Recordings with a pair weighty warblers. We kick off with a look into Nomine's deep roller: 'Templatez'. This one packs a real punch, with no notable snare drum to speak off, the grizzly sub textures run riot amidst bouncy kick patterns and eastern plucks for a certified thrill ride. On the flip, Nurve arrives with the more contemporary dubstep flavours, working between bubbling synthesizer thwacks and sharp, metallic percussive slaps. Awesome stuff from two fantastic artists.
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.
Review: Within the dubstep community, Nomine has become hailed as one of the modern fathers of the genre, through his super clean production and musical innovation. This EP is a four track madness, kicking off with the 808-led sounds of 'The Fear' before rolling into the tripletted percussive energy of 'Listen'. Next up we have super precise rhythmic design of 'Crunch Time', incorporating asian plucked melodies over crunchy drum work before we finally land on the mega-techy synthesis of 'Beginners Mind' to round the EP off in style.
Red Letter (Rene LaVice's Insufficient Funds mix) - (4:36) 174 BPM
Indijah - (4:57) 140 BPM
Digital - "Lo Fi" - (5:00) 140 BPM
Digital - "Dark Matter" - (3:56) 139 BPM
Review: Calling all dubstep, jungle, drum and bass and 140 BPM bass tribes. This release features the mighty drum and bass legend Digital Steve Jungle, Ram Records wonder boy Rene LaVice, Nurve - Macabre Unit (from the legendary Macabre Unit) and Nomine himself spanning a variety of genres; but one thing is guaranteed here: bass! This is very ambitious project but this label's got some serious style and they are ones to watch for the future.
Review: Tempa regular Nomine has pretty much taken over on the old dubstep front these days and, in our eyes (and ears), he's the man still truly pushing the buttons when it comes to dark, meditative bass sketches for those sub-bass junkies. "Stomp" and "Slip" land on the young Sentry imprint; the former, as the name implies, is a slow, minimalistic bass bullet with a single-minded beat that bangs away with utter disregard for any notion of 4/4, whereas the latter twists the bass hert into a wilder, more wobbly sort of framework for the heads - watch out for dem melodies circling the airwaves too!
Review: Nomine's Nomine Sound deals in the darker, more brooding shade of bass music that we all still really like to call 'dubstep'. The man's been an influential member of London's Tempa unit, so all the credentials are certainly in the right place. This new EP sees his share ideals with Macabre Unit, an absolute don in the game, and the two are perfectly matched. Nomine kicks off with three solo cuts, from the tribalesque grime antics of, ehm, "Grimy Tribe", to the menacing digi-gunshots of "Game Over", and "World Of G" featuring MC Duff, a vocal-ridden grime killer sung in an imperceptible strain of patois - tha BOMB! Macabre Unit first steps up with the explosive, head-banging bursts of "Sound Boy", followed by a cacophonous flurry of grime-inspired synth stabs on "Red Stripe Riddim", and tied off with the electrifying bass waves of "Neurotik".
Review: Nomine Sound unleashes yet more forward-thinking dubstep tactics on us, and with a new artists for us to get familiar with, too. Label head Nomine himself steps up alongside newcomer Cocktail Party Effect, and the two offer three devilish cuts each that'll make the bass purists more than happy. Also, we have the legendary MC Bassman with his singular jungle swagger over Nomine's first tune, the break-heavy roller called "Run Darker". This is followed by "No", a heavy digi dub kinda lick with a sci-Fi approach, and the heavier, more anthem "Nomine's Heartbeat". Cocktail Party Effect starts off with the leading "Fist Bump", a tight bundle of intricate percussion and tribalism, then moving to the murkier dubstep waters of "Yea", and ending up on the more jittery beat frenzy that is "Road Trip". Heavy.
Review: Up to this day, Nomine has been heavily associated with the mighty Tempa crew out of London - perhaps the most important home to dubstep music - but this time his brooding head-nodders are here on his own Nomine Sound label. "Nomine's Path" is the perfect opener, a mid-tempo drum roll that dilutes perfectly into the steadier kicks and Eastern vocals of "Peace Please". "Lost Girl" is a dubby wave of Space Echo trickery and aqueous chanting, but "Nomine's Mantra" is the final gate to the portal, a mystical bullet of wizard wailing and sparse drum beating. Tip!
Review: For Andrew Ferguson's first release away from Tempa his Nomine alias surfaces on AMAR, and to add that extra statistic, it's the first release from another artist to appear on AMIT's label. Opening track "Voodoo Native" is all about tribal drums that are made to fit a linear techno mould, while 9er's rhymes in the bass, clap and breakdown heavy "99 Aachen" will appeal to all you Phi-Life Cypher fans out there. Drums are stripped, atmospheres are tense and pianos are blurry in the title-track, while "Closed Door" is UK bass music made for a sewer rave.