Review: Released back in 2010, Croydon House was a key record in melding dubstep/bass with techno influences. Twelve years on, the title track's fusion of loose tribal drums and lurching bassline still sound peerless. "Elements", which also featured on the original EP, continues to shine brightly. Its combination of steely snares, heavily layered textures and muffled vocals, acts like a dubbed-out counterpoint to the club-primed title track. This reissue also contains "Retribution" and "Get Out Of Here" from Pinch's 2011 EP on Swamp 81. The former is a jittery affair, led by tearing bass, while the latter sees Pinch drop a slowed-down, tripped out workout. Also included in this release is beautifully melancholic rework of "Croydon House" by Shackleton and Adiel's banging version of "Get Out Of Here".
Review: When looking through the legendary imprints of dubstep in the UK and worldwide, there aren't many people that won't have Deep MEDi Musik in their top 3 imprints. To celebrate this dominance over the last 15 years, They have pulled together some of their most popular drops from across the years to be re-released in full digital quality. The tracklisting couldn't be more epic if it tried, with the likes of Commodo, Skream, Pinch, Gantz, Kromestar and more. It's a truly outstanding collection and a true celebration of the creativity found within the dubstep sound, a focus point that Deep MEDi have always been at the forefront of. Featuring 20 of the most popular drops from the label's extensive catalog, this is a collection you don't want to miss.
Review: At this point, whenever we see Pinch's name appear on a forthcoming list we buckle in for a long, explorative ride into the science of sound, with this latest album on Tectonic entitled 'Reality Tunnels' being exactly what the doctor ordered. Over the course of 10 stunning originals, we see Pinch flex his veteran production muscles with some of the most interesting and original creations we have heard this year, from the post-jungle designs of 'Entangled Particles' alongside Emika, to the space-age soundscaping of 'Back To Beyond' and post-dubstep marches of 'Returnity'. For us there are a pair of clear highlights, with the haunting vocals of 'Inezi' on 'Change Is A Must' sending shivers down our spines, alongside Killa P's war-ready vocal additions on 'Party'. Amazing work.
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army) - (4:36) 142 BPM
Send Out - (4:33) 142 BPM
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army - radio edit) - (3:42) 142 BPM
Review: Wait wait wait, Pinch, Kahn, Tectonic AND Killa's Army? Just take my money. This is a fantastic link up from start to finish as two Bristol legends combine in style across two powerful originals. We firstly check out the deep, rolling sub tones and high energy vocal displays of Killa's Army on the hard hitting 'Crossing The Line'. You can hear this in a Kahn set of any kind, any day of the week. Things get even darker on the flip however as 'Send Out' lands with more gnarly sub tones, creating a seriously spooked out atmosphere through its use of space and choppy drum movements.
Review: For some years now Pinch has been solidifying himself as an innovator within the walls Bristol?s underground music scene. Here we see him back in action alongside the ever creative Swamp81 imprint with two absolute bombshells. To start, Walking With Shadows is a serious journey through electronic sound design, with rolling drum arrangements taking the lead amidst a shower of well-crafted distortion and atmospheric wonder. On the flip we delve into a more percussive angle as AHH FFF SSS combines techy elements a UK funky themes together for a box of rhythmic bliss.
Review: The releases of Aquatic Lab have been amongst some of the most popular within the dubstep realm over the last 8 years, having previously hosted the likes of Truth, ClueKid, Sleeper and many more. Bristol's own dubstep pioneer; Pinch steps forward for their first and only release of 2017 with his fantastic 3 track project entitled 'Brain Scan', The EP kicks off in fantastically creative fashion with the title track providing a powerful 5 minute composition of unpredictable bass music stacked with industrial percussive patterns and moody melodies. We rapidly move from this into a sub-meditation sound track entitled 'Street Light' which rolls out oh so smoothly with incredibly layered synthetic textures and free roaming sub-frequencies. The EP wraps up with the haunting sounds of 'Abducted' which is another top draw example of dubstep sound design done right. Constantly switching between dubwise themes and gnarly bass synths, this one really does the business.
Review: An instigator returns: Tectonic bossman lays down a sweet-shuffling garage-minded drum arrangement with more than enough space for Rico Dan to do his damage. Wait for the bass to really rip mid-way. As Rico says himself "original badboy business". "No Justice" brings up the rear. A scratchy, spatially dizzying stepper coded with all manner of spooked out designs, it's clear Pinch is in his element right now... Long may this continue.
Review: Boof! The Pinch man himself returns to his own Tectonic stable and he's joined by Mumdance and Logos. All three bass heads have collaborated on Tectonic before, all with stunning results, so it's a pleasure to see them back in action. Up first is "Double Barrelled Mitzi", a dark and cavernous pseudo house bullet of a refix of Pinch and Mumdance killer "Turbo Mitzi" boasting a flurry of deranged sonics and deep, sweltering shots of low-end - a true hybrid tune in the label's familiar style. Pinch himself turns in a VIP mix of the Mumdance & Logos cut "Legion", a tribal war dance powered by broken shreds of percussion and deep waves of bass. Heavy duty stuff.
Review: Tectonic bossman Pinch has whittled his forward-thinking stick to a point so hard it could poke the eye out of an unaware London pedestrian all the way from Bristol base. "Down" is a perfect example of how ahead of the game Pinch is and is plucked from his forthcoming genre smelting mix CD of the year contender with Mumdance. It's a lesson in sludgy, early-Warp style techno that's droning and paranoid, twisting his immersive signature into an entirely new context. "Search Party", a groove that shuffles and shakes on a fractious broken beat while an array of well-tamed wobbles twist and tease each other. Long may Pinch keep whittling...
Review: Whilst they occupy different eras in the hardcore continuum, little more needs to be said about either Pinch or Photek. What is certain is both individuals share a precision understanding of rhythmic structure and programming that makes the prospect of collaborations a mouth watering one to say the least. Undoubtedly borne out of the working relationship that began with Photek's debut on Tectonic last year, the Pinch dubplate version of "Acid Reign" is a lurching, acid drenched half step terroriser that will be familiar to fans of Pinch's all conquering Fabric mix. The flipside flex "M25FM" undoubtedly pays homage to Photek's formative years glued to the speakers taking in the sounds of pirate radio, adopting a housier poise that prick the radars of Boddika fans.
Review: Coming completely out of nowhere, this collaborative album between two of dubstep's most revered producers is not only one of this year's best examples of the genre, but some of the best dubstep to emerge since the demise of Shackleton and Appleblim's Skull Disco label in 2008. In a landscape increasingly dominated by the sounds of genre hopping post-dubstep, this album is a timely reminder of the dark spaces dubstep once inhabited; "Jellybones" for instance utilises eastern percussion manipulated to increasing degrees of mind-warping confusion, whilst "Levitation" weaves furious rhythms around radiophonic weirdness, while closer "Monks On The Rum" is a gripping exercise in tension, contrasting cut-glass percussion with a hesitant bass. But for all the structural complexity of these tracks, for example in "Rooms Within a Room", which weaves a brooding string intro and sampled choir around traditional dubstep atmospheres, the pair have never sounded so focused. Essential.