Review: Next up on the listings for the ever-ready Encrypted Audio we see them welcome a fabulous array of dubstep talent as Ether, Samba and Chokez arrive for two cracking heaters. First of all, we hear Samba & Chokez join forces to provide a dungeon-ready rethink of Ether's 'Dafunk', lining it with glistening melodic chimes and high energy hi-hat lines. On the flipside, we hear the two go out on original duty with the haunted synthesizer designs and spooky atmospheric pressings of '2', which gives us a great example of just how lethal Samba & Chokez can be. Overall these are two fabulous additions to the incredibly reliable Encrypted Audio catalogue!
Review: After that recent killer EP for Vision Collective, Hebbe lands on his native Subway imprint with four ice-cold dubstep licks for the corner dwellers. In fact, this is some pure rewind gear too, if we want to get all technical! "Dubmedika" literally stutters its bouncing bass bumps across glitchy percussion swings, while "Flute Song" unleashes a wavy haze of smoke in the air not too dissimilar to the sort found in Dutch jungles. Our man then teams up with Samba on "Subway", a harder, more imposing piece of steppers, leaving "Shanty Town" to provide the 'outernational' vibes thanks to a more swinging, more off-kilter set of percussion jingles. LUSH.
Review: Sam Bartlett, or simply Samba as he likes to be known, debuted earlier this year on Encrypted Audio, and he's back already with a follow-up for the young, unstoppable Crucial Recordings, the label run by Sleeper. If you haven't heard this guy's tunes yet, then you might be in for something of a startle; moreover, if you thought dubstep was dead, then this dude will make you change that opinion within a matter of bars. The opener "Malignant" unleashes a sequence of eerie bleeps over a foreboding, stop-start rhythm that takes a fresh approach to the genre, with the same going for the relatively more startled and distorted sonic arrangement of "Un". "F'n" feels like the natural third tune to cap this magnetic EP to a close, a strange and twisted concoction of sounds that have been processed to their very limits. Recommended and tipped, yo!
Review: This is a set of tracks we've certainly been looking forward to getting our teeth stuck into. Straight out of London, Samba steps out onto the Crucial Recordings imprint for a certified belter of a release. The title track "Malignant" is a steppers dream, blending subtle percussion and powerful subs with eerie atmospherics to chilling success. The remixes come by way of dubstep legends: Sleeper and Bukez Finezt who both rework the composition into their signature styles. Finally the VIP mix of Un is pure dance floor dynamite, boasting earth tremering basslines and haunting synth melodies wrapped up with a bow on top. I mean what more could you ask for...
Review: What an incredible project we have here, as Samba makes a champion return alongside the vastly respected Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint across four more absolute heaters under the EP title 'Kings'. We begin with a look at the charming 8bit flutters and softened harmonies of the title track 'Kings' before taking a dive into the deeper and darker with urgent scattered woodwind melodies and breathy chorus lines of 'Paleluv'. The following track we examine is entitled 'Explain' and barges its way into the centre of the project with rawcus lead synths, slicing through all in their path, before we round up this impressive body of work with the eastern inspired melodic lines and hard hitting bass instrumentation of 'Haru'.
Review: There are fewer more joyous experiences in dubstep than learning of a new Deep Medi drop, which is why we were so thrilled to hear of this brand new selection from the ever-dependable Samba. We start with a quick dive into the title track 'Winona', which lays steeped in eerie melodic structure and flutey tones, followed closely by the rasping, gnarly sub expanses of 'Worms'. Next, we land on the unusual rhythmic layout and fuzzy bass designs of 'King Kan', before we round everything off with the crunchy drum lunges and emotive orchestration of 'Snakes. Egos'. Incredible stuff as from an incredible producer x label combination.
Review: Noisia's Division crew fire up the Partial machine for another time-bending trip into future beats. The third outing this year, the focus remains firmly on the most unconventional, provocative and forward-thinking ideas and sounds. Gullier than a night out in a sanctuary with the director of the RSPB, fusion highlights range from Noer The Boy's twisted broken glass bass scrapes on "Quarters" to the toxic distorted bass, wild drum shatters and sub-aquatic technoid murmers of "Shapeless Husk" via Samba's warped lolloping drums and spooked harmonics on "Blister". 100% unique and forward-thinking, few labels are investing in the beat game's most creative quarters as dedicatedly and progressively as Division.
Review: Here it is, another Strictly Breaks jam! As usual we've got both a great index of classic breaks sampled by many a DJ and a great, varied compilation of simply great tunes. There are 25 of them to choose from with some of the many, many highlights including bonkers German romp "Wenn Die Sonne Scheint" by Bernd Wefelmeyer Orch, the funky drummer-riddled "I Lost Me A Friend" by Glitter House and the sweet Philly soul of "Give Me Your Love" by Rae & Toomey McDonald.