Review: Aerotonin and Opus both recently appeared on Jelly Bean Farm's Enter compilation, and they got on so well that they've struck up a studio relationship; the product is a four-track bass monster that ticks all the bass boxes. "Extraction Point" is a bouncy, old-school kind of broken beat with a 4Hero sort of flex, and the same can be said for Opus' own "Mass", a break-led beat bomb for the heads. Aerotonin's "Marble Separation" is a darker, more cavernous affair that taps into what we like to refer to as the 'cerebral' side of dubstep, but the duo pick up the momentum through the collaborative "Communicate", a sleek, mechanical banger that reminds us of Ed Rush's early material. TIP!
Review: It's been a top year for Imajika, who has continued to unveil tasty releases since the start of 2019. He here touches down on Simply Deep for a top notch drop, kicking off with the hard hitting synth structures and swinging percussion of 'Hear Now' before 'Almanac' arrives with spooky chimes and crunchy atmospherics. We then leap into a horde of remixes as Arta & Imanzi spin fantastic rethinks of 'Hear Now', with Gleb Choutov spinning Alamanc into an eerie roller, followed by Imajika's own rework of Mindapple from Opus, one of SimplyDeep's most popular ever drops. Awesome stuff!
Review: Badboy-bassboy Opus lands on Instigate Recordings with some seriously fiery waves of post-dubstep-ism that are still very much relevant to the UK scene and, of course, to the mighty hardcore continuum! "Ctrl Yourself" is a vibing bass monster with a broken arrangement and that sinister, street-dwelling sound we love so much, whereas "Switch" bangs its percussion in a magnificently off-kilter manner, and "Voyager" goes for the wobble flex, reminding us of some of Coki's best moments. Ya dun'know!
Review: As far as UK based labels go, Simply Deep are certainly one of the more innovative imprints, always looking to forge their own path without feeling any genre boundaries. This release see's them team up with rising star Opus for a dubstep diversion, supplying us with solid six track selection. Our highlights straight from the off have to include the ghastly title track 'Mindapple' which takes a blend of wobbly percussion and sinister synthesis and crafts something extraordinary. We are also treated to the eerie arrangement of 'Lightbound' which features fantastic vocal content from Flipz Mc, along with the off-the-cuff waspy synthesis and alien soundscapes of 'Clusterfrack'.
Review: In regards to dubstep and grime, there are few that have made as much of an instant impact as Opus, who has run wild over the last 2 years creating some incredible material. Here we see him team up with Crucial Recordings for an absolute monster of an EP. The title track 'Sharpie' is a mucky roller, filled with constantly widening bass textures and haunting atmospheric fills, fit to turn any dance into a zoo. The B-side also boasts to absolute heaters, with the shimmering bass tones of 'Peel' and constantly shuffling percussive breezes of 'Newspeak' holding some extreme weight.
Review: Opus has been an absolute tear of late, stacking up some top notch releases on some of the most forward thinking label platforms around, including the likes of White Peach, Southpoint and most recently here: the legendary Chestplate. Distance serves us a gem with this one as the unique steppers flavours of Opus run riot across the hypnotic synth swirls and marching kick maneuvers of the title track 'Crumble'. Next we swim into the luscious sub textures and syncopated rhythmic bliss of 'Titan' before finishing up the project amidst the tripletted drum bounces of 'Reach'. Incredible work again from Opus.
Review: This is the first time that Opus and Loudcutta appear on the excellent Encrypted Audio imprint and, we should add, it's also the first time that they join forces behind the mixing board - full-on debuts on all fronts! Thankfully, what they have produced is some absolute gold, ad exactly the sort of bass gear needed to shake the scene up: "M-80" launches one of the duttiest basslines we've heard since the start of 2017, "Rotten Wing" gives a new terminology to the what we usually refer to as 'off-kilter', and "Teefing Season" is the most effective bit of wobble available on our charts this week - total winners! Recommended.
Review: Kojak continue to transfer the contents of their vaults to the digital realm with this latest split EP of remixes by Mike Burns. "You Can Dance" is the aural equivalent of taking a hit of poppers in the midst of a carnival with the biggest firework display exploding at the same time. In other words: a big camp monster. With a capital 'M'. "I Believe" isn't far off either - sounding like the neon-infused future-boogie featured in the 25th century disco scenes in Buck Rogers (younger readers, Google it).
Review: Are crucial the most cutting edge sound in dubstep right about now? They certainly have to stake a claim as they unveil yet another fire indusing four track bundle, including recordings from the likes of TMSV, Van Dam, Causa, Sleeper and Opus. We begin our excavations of this one by looking into the shimmering sub work and moody synths of TMSV & Van Dam's 'Qanum Fodder', before falling into lethal bass rolls of Causa's 'Are We'. Following this, Sleeper comes through in storming form with the subtle beastings of 'Ginger Root', before Opus sends the dance into pandemonium with his super glitchy expanse in 'People'.
Review: It's a new year, and it's time for some new imprints. That's the way we operate. Jelly Bean Farm is among the labels to launch in 2017 but, while others would think of pacing themselves with a debut EP, these guys have gone and dropped a whole compilation of new, unforgiving bass science from all corners of the extended genre. There are twelve killer cuts to choose from here, all from emergent talents, and we've got our eyes set on a number of them. Hypho's "Majikk" is a glorious neo-grime workout that stretches the genre to the very limits, "Pistol Signal" from Opus is a bubbling, potent new strain of hydro-phonic dubstep, PAN:INC's "Freight" is the sort of techno that any bass-boy dreams at night, and Sensei's "Reed" manages to blur the most daring elements of jungle and minimal techno together as if they were made to be one and one. Check it all out, though, this is a true goldmine of all things bass-oriented. Watch out for more Jelly Bean Farm gear.
Review: The promotional platform turned record label Simply Deep present a strong compilation of ten exclusive tracks for the imprint's debut outing. What once was simply a music promotion service is now branching into a larger operation for Simply Deep. Wishing to support talent where it is due, the label are on the constant lookout for new and aspiring artists who are making quality music, regardless of genre specifics. Highlights on their second label compilation include the dark and bass driven street level antics of Jordan's "Falling", the deep dubstep done to perfection (what a bassline!) on Chemist RNS - "Clubbin", the savage grime tendencies of KXVU's "Peak For You" and Opus & Loudcutta's paranoid and dystopian trip "Travella".
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.