Review: Subquake Audio make a great return to releasing with this one as they team up with the industrial sounds of Repulsion for a sub heavy three track project. We kick off with the spacious bass design and industrial percussion of 'Leftfield' which as a composition renders itself highly original. From here we move into the bitcrushed soundscapes and glitchy rhythmic displays of 'Spaced' which continues the super original theme. Finally we round up with 'Haywire' which is a super swingy expedition into deep dubstep ideals, focussing on haunting atmospherics and grinding subs frequencies in ideal balance.
Review: It's time to venture deeper and darker into dubstep here as we see the combined sounds of Repulsion and Vomitspit team up for some hard hitting 140 beats. We begin with the sharp snare stabs and lively LFO movements of 'Spawn Point One', before 'Demon Slayer Doom Hammer' hits back with some scorching subs. After the brief dithers of the 'Hoes Involved' we move into the distorted expanse and shuffling beats of 'Who Are You Kid', followed by the twisted horrors of 'Excruciating Existence', a chop shop of extreme sound design. To finish up, Le Lion appears on remix duty, refurbishing 'Spawn Point One' into a techy steppers roller. Very interesting stuff indeed.
Review: The level at which the dubstep scene is now operating is truly a thing of beauty, with an absolute tonne of high quality recordings being released weekly, pushing the scene in the perfect direction. Off-Switch Audio here offer us four heaters from Repulsion, who kicks us off with the shimmering LFO lines and grotty bass leads of 'Risky Shit', followed by the pulsating sub textures and jumpy drum structures of 'Grand Prix'. Next, we keep the vibes lively as 'Damn Them' emerges with a weird and wonderful bag of clicky percussive lines and grinding bass drones', before finishing everything up with the skippy drum techniques and sweeping atmospherics of '2D Girlfriend'.
Review: Dub Sector have really come into their own during the second half of 2019, with a string of very enjoyable releases in the bag. The continue their bright run with this awesome new three tracker from Repulsion, who kicks us off with the subby textures and colourful percussive lines of 'Incline 15'. The title track 'Heads Up' follows with more extremely well thought out rhythmic formation, driven this time by pounding bass drones, before we conclude proceedings with softer, more high end melodic structures of 'Mining Stage'. A job well done for the Dub Sector team and Repulsion on this one!
Dead Noise System - "Deus Ex Machina" - (5:42) 140 BPM
Ether - "Where The Wicked Swarm" - (4:36) 93 BPM
Review: Portland, Oregon's Phantom Hertz label wheels out its first in a new series of compilations brimming with digi dub badness. It follows other long players from L Nix, FJH and a collection of High Dude remixes, with this collection presenting a 10-track heavy cartridge of bass-weighted ammunition. Lowryder, Repulsion's bit-graded "Teleport" and Ether's torn and chewed "Where The Wicked Storm" deliver some techier-stepped tunes, while heavier, lurching dubs comes from L Nix's "Wormhole", Dead Noise System's "Deus Ex Machina" and Hashkey's "D MA" with its post-dubstep vibe. Dark and snarling.
Thanom X Aimerie - "Fasten Your Seatbelt" - (4:08) 140 BPM
Repulsion - "Safe Lock" - (4:35) 140 BPM
Ophi - "Reaver" - (3:55) 140 BPM
Review: The fantastic Sublimated Sounds are back with a top draw compilation, featuring 10 tracks from some of the most exciting new names across the dubstep expanse. The blend of styles is worked to perfection, from the riddim inspired synthy madness of 'Reaver' from Ophi, the neurotic growls of Thanom & Aimerie's 'Fasten Your Seatbelt' or the more subtle subs of 'Stealth' from Basiclee. Our highlights have to include the haunted rolling weight of 'Fuck Your Eyebrows' from Thromb and of course the distorted brilliance of Tetrah's 'Soul at Hazard'. A great collection ideal for any dubstep fanatic.
Review: Ah, there is nothing better than uncovering a dubstep compilation as potent as this, the second full edition of 'For The Heads'. We see an absolutely wicked line up, including the likes of 1137, Khromi, Roklem, Borg and more. There are some absolute heaters on this one, including the super crunchy bass movements of 'Extended Dub' from Dalek One, along with the minimalist yet metallic LFO drives of Repulsion's 'Cyclone' and Chapman's emotive 'Cry' original. One track stands out above the rest however comes from Pharma's super spooky 'Sshh' laced with enticing triplets to put the cherry on the cake for the whole compilation.
Review: Dub Sector have been running riot of late, and this latest compilation from them shows just how crazy it's been, as they bring us thirteen of their finest heaters from the last 12 months, all bundled together into one weighty batch. We hear some absolute dirt from heavyweight names such as Dalek One, Rez and The Widdler, along with some seriously naughty selections from the likes of Kwizma with his sub heavy 'Gravitation' original, and JWiRE's big room smasher 'Amen Ra'. For us, the steaming low end of Lory Kong's 'My House' renders it a serious highlight, along with the colourful bass synths of 'SpaceJail's 'Interstellar'.