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: 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: This one is dedicated to all the giddy aunts out there! 30 tracks of forward-focussed bass innovation from one of the most influential shows to have emerged in recent years: Noisia Radio has helped to expose so much exciting new talent and here they bring together just some of the highlights. Ranging from super experimental to absolute gully gold, among the big hitters from Noisia themselves we have trippy, drunken freestyle bass from Bleep Bloop and Tsuruda, savage break wizardry from the likes of Howitzer, 23rd century spooky funk from Samba, beautiful glitched-out steppy funk from the mighty MRSA (AKA Mat Zo) and absolutely loads more. This is an immense package of tracks right here. Just like every Noisia Radio show.
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: 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: 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: 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!