Review: Boy oh boy what a year it has been for the Duploc family, who despite all the madness of 2020 have still kept up their incredible run of consistency, dropping nothing but bangers throughout the duration. This, presumably their final drop of the year sees them pull together a monstrous roster, featuring the likes of Cartridge, BunZer0, Ourman, Opus, Teffa, Sam Cosmic, Xakra and many more to give us one final celebratory look into dubstep in the modern era. The complete track listing is absolutely bonkers to tell you all the truth, with quality leaking out of every single original. Some favourites we have to mention however of course include the sizzling bass designs and spooky textures of Wraz's 'Ghost', alongside the fluttering flute melodies of Mani's 'Secret Forest' and 'Gibberish', a super smooth subby glider from Surreal & Somah.
Review: When we come to discuss consistency, if we are talking within the dubstep scene, there really aren't many labels you look to before you land on Duploc. They are back doing what they do best next as they deliver a monumental compilation project, showcasing some of the hottest dubstep talents in the world right now, including Opus, Teffa, Xakra, Wraz, Sam Cosmic and more. There are some absolute gems to be plucked from this tracklisting, including the upbeat orchestral layouts of 'Secret Forest' from Mani and of course the devilish melodic structures and haunting vocal samples of 'Hidden Blade' from Woven Thorns. Overall, this one is a huge success.
Review: Following on from the recent launch of White Peach's new vinyl website scheme, they are back at it again with yet another top quality drop from Opus, who really struggles not to hit the back of the net it would seem. The title track 'This Damn Feeling' sets the tone perfectly with it's glum, chiming introduction and super-sidechained sub pulses that sit atop a sharpened sitar-like synthesizer line. From here, 'Day & Age' delivers another glistening sub-heavy masterstroke, before the moody bass LFO's and eerie upper textures of 'Ghost' prepare to bust open the first sound system they can find. Finally, 'Renegade' sends the release completely leftfield with a wonky half-time experiment, glued together by epic string work and an irresistible lead synth that packs one hell of a punch!
Review: As ever, Hypho has arrived with an incredible amount of style and flare with this one as he returns to his home label of Manuka for a spicy four track selection, pulling together the combined forces of four top production names for a sensational collaborative project. We begin our look at this one with Sumgii's insertions on 'Gold Metal', a low riding sizzler, driven by it's unusual drum allocations and slower tempo. Next, MR.K arrives for his additional inputs on 'Suss', another slower roller, glued together with metallic snare hits and dreamy synthesizer wafts, before 'Freeze' delivers a monstrously powerful arrangement, skippy as you like and featuring the handy work of Opus. Finally, 'Etiquette' sees Rygby make the final appearance with some very powerful sub pulses and an overall haunted tone, rounding off this excellent body of work in style.
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: Southpoint are back at it again here as they revive one of their older series in Integrate, to showcase their latest dubstep selections. They here employ the full force of their 140BPM arm as Opus first prepares to knock the house down with the incredible bass pressures of 'Grassfruit', before label founder KXVU and long standing multi-genre wizard 9TRANE take it to the dungeon with the quirky sub slaps of 'Lugdush'. Next, Bristol based stepper supreme: Muttley gets to work with his Asian-inspired chopper 'Sokodu', before Jakebob and Drax team up in style to round off the project with Cave. Top top work from the Southpoint team as per!
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: 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.