Review: RDG's Circle Vision creeps up from behind and surprises us with their first V/A EP. Satisfaction levels remain fully flexed as the whole collection is a shoes-off, brain-blown and hair-raised affair throughout: Causa bends minds with a really tripped out bass drone and drum arrangement, Taiko gets all snarly, slimy and similarly illusionary with weirded-out reverse textures and resampled. Deeper again Dark Tantrums devil up the dance with tightly coiled tension while the bossman shoots us to the stars with the spacious space-bound sub stepper "Galaxy Run". Visionary to infinity...
Review: Surfase bossman RDG takes care to showcase the true breadth of his label, abilities and our sound at large with two beautiful constructions. "Thunder" is all about the big warped bass that undulates with authentic menace, all stern, serious and ominous. "Crystal Palace", meanwhile, is premiership chill material as RDG dusts off the pads and teams up with Chessman O-Dessa for a blissed out post-match massage. Back of the net.
Review: Denmark's Ruben Dag Nielson pays homage to his sub-zero hinterland with this hefty five-track EP and covers every corner of the 140 bass dance in the process. "HMT" is a tightly woven roller, injected with techno-like tenacity while "A Safer Place" gives a cheeky nod to the ravers with subtle amens adding a dynamic edge to the well-textured groove. Elsewhere we get all meditative and deep with the pensive pulsating "Mountain Walk", we go back to 1992 with the stunning rushes of the breakbeat heavy "Jungle Terror" and we get tribal with the minimal tropical riddim and gritty bass of "Valley". Outstanding.
Review: Ruben Dag Nielsen's heavy stepping debut on the New World Audio imprint finally arrives in the digital realm after a limited vinyl release and plenty of support on the Rinse FM network! Lead track "The Commander"scrapes up against your senses, dipped in vintage junglist vibes, whilst the all too apt "Bonecrusher" drops its heavyweight sub bass dread with DMZ style aplomb. RDG implements an industrial style on "2100" with overt cinematic touches lending the requisite atmospherics before a juddering and screw face inducing sinewy bass line flex takes control. The best is perhaps saved till last with the neck snapping badness of "Phoenix" - do check!
Review: In a sense, Denmark feels like a perfect home for dark, spectral bass music. It somehow reflects the weather, the colors and the mood quite well; RDG knows this, and has found the perfect formula to deliver his own strain of dubstep music, an echoey, foreboding affair that has much in common with the Mala tradition. In fact, "Solutions" successfully blurs the lines between dub and a strange new form of percussive industrial music, followed stealthily by the subtle shots of "Reverse Blank" alongside Gaze III. If you're solely into the beat side of things, there's also an instrumental of "Solutions" here, a frosty, shimmering skeleton of a tune that is just perfect for this time of the year.
Review: Delivered exactly a year after his huge "Prototypes" sophomore, RDG delivers yet another clutch of innovative bass constructions. It's clear he means business the minute "No Turning Back" a slinky cut where a stretchy sub wriggles, giggles and gets filthy with a 2008-flavoured wub. "Dillinger" follows on a rolling techy flex where the sub fluctuations are complemented by a Distance-weight sheet metal riff. No letting up till the bitter twisted end, "Vengeful Thoughts" combines trad dub drums with alien screams while "Thank You" does the toxic sludge stomp with T-1000 level menace. Plenty prototype hype.
Review: Danish bass expert RDG steps into the grimelight with this new EP for the dread Circle Vision imprint, and "Tiger Style" is the first gunshot of the four-track bombshell, complete with a buzzing bassline worthy of any true dubstep rave; "Sky Pulse" follows up nicely with its sparse beat structure and 3D bass frequencies worthy of some sci-fi animation. "Dagobah", taken from the Star Wars ecosystem, rattles forth with an almighty dubwise feel that would surely go down a storm in any serious ode to Jah. Causa's remix of "Tiger Style" is a slower, more lingering stealth weapon with plenty of menacing sub bass. YES.
Review: A title that can be read in more than one way. "Keeping It Real" doesn't just refer to the track's vocal sample, or it's classically trained deep cavern sounds but also because it's the label's first vinyl outing. Level up business. Elsewhere "The Zone" is a contemporary techno-style dub track with palpitating drone subs, "Shapeshift" is powered by the groans of what we can only assume to be the undead (either that or some superb vocal processing) and "Combo", a springy minimal track that's tightly sprung by the swung kick and spacious dynamics. Cue Line: Keeping it really good.
Review: We've got two trips to take back in time to understand the true gravitas of what's going on here... First we head back to 2012 when RDG released the bee's nest rattling original on All Out. Then we leap to 2014 when these remixes came out on limited edition vinyl. Back to the future and each one of the rerubs still sounds way ahead of the curve. Bisweed trips us out with his seasick sonics, D Operation Drop keep the 80s stabs but add a silky funk to the subs, Piezo gets the sledgehammer out while Server gets his loopy techno flex on. Trust- This will still sound future in another 2, 22 or 222 years time.
Review: Dubstep's dissonant soundtrack usually leaves us floundering in deep space but Circle Vision bossman RDG and his phantom mate K Man have composed a darker trip much closer to home... "Lost On Earth". RDG scores the first two movements: "Rise" spurts danger with the demonic tones of Sun of Selah over a jagged dubby riff while "Against Us" fuses car horns and a paranoid atonal bass riff. K Man provides closure: "Metaharmonics" takes us back to 2008 with its scuffed chrome hook while "Lavender Sky" finally takes us off this gosh-forsaken planet with rocket pads. Due to the squiggly nature of the bass our destination, however, is unknown. Happy travels.
Review: The New World Audio regulars team up for a collaborative effort and produce a startling 2-tracker that's bound to turn more than a few heads. Sukh Knight goes for a deep and meditative ninja slasher on "Pai Mei Technique", aligning shredded, minimal bass tones with stuttering, flexible percussion stabs, whereas Shandy and RDG's "Fate" takes the samurai slashing to the next level thanks to their inimitable, stop-start motion approach - sublime and heavily recommended.
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: Currently celebrating their tenth birthday, fearless Dubstep label Boka unveils a new series, which collates the best releases from their Tank series. Here on Volume 1 we get 14 killer tracks that still stand strong now, highlights include the menacing machine gun bass attack of "Big What" by Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant, the heavy whiplash crunch of Matta's "Terminus" and the spacey mechanical dub of "Stop Riddim". Watch out for volume two!
Review: Danish dub dons Surfase celebrate their 25th release with a walloping 24-track refresh session that brings everyone up to speed on two years of monthly dispatches. All their decorated contributors are present and correct: RDG, G Double, Gaze Ill, Subtle Mind and many more. Highlights include the swooning strings and rattling drums of Server's "Boxing", Subreacher's chest-crushing bass wobbler "The Machine" and RDG's insanity work out "It's All In Your Mind". It's not in your mind, though... This is as real as it gets. Here's to another 25 killer releases.
Review: Cue Line bring home the bacon once more with this homage to the essential elements in life RDG & Cessman bring the air vibes with the breezy, rejuvenating atmospherics of "Guidance", Gaze Ill & 3WA bring us down to the earth with their rich grainy warm bass on "Manipulated", Binary & Zygos are all about the water elements as the technoid bass hits us with oceanic wave after oceanic wave n "Existence" while Murk & Shiva close with pure fire as the "Akousma" scuffs, scraps and savages you with roaring, uncontrollable drum pattern and skin singeing sound design. Bring on part two.
Review: Well, what a selection we have here as Strictly 140 drop one hell of a compilation project, featuring an array of dubstep heaters under the title of 'The Overseas'. Featuring nine absolute scorchers, this project sees the team showcase some of the hottest names in the 140 scene right now, including WZ, Dalek One, RDG, Gaze Ill, Pharama, Roklem, Sebalo and more. For us there are a couple of very clear standouts from this project, with Subtle Mind's stunning 'Subtle Mind' composition being one of them, alongside the twisted eastern string tones and pulsating subs of 'Nani' from Ourman!