Review: The Isle Of Wight's Sepia recently started putting out more straight-up breakier material, but here on Polaroids, which sees him join with Mindstep, he's fully reverted to the deeper stuff he's better known for. There are five new tracks to get stuck into too, including the sleepy jazzy haze of "Never Hurt You", the ambient synth lagoon "Blitzball" and the scatterbeat shoegaze vibes of the title track.
Review: Pay attention... Sepia is establishing himself as a truly singular talent in the bass game. Less is more in every way, his lean constructions and sporadic releases always leave us wanting more. His first release this year (and first on White Peach full stop) is one of his most comprehensive so far: dusty jazzy vibes create smoke and mirrors in the dubspace on the immaculately pensive title track and "Swing" while moodier tones and narratives can be found lurking in both the sub-stacked "Shadows" and the graveyard meandering "Lean Back". Each cut touching you directly, Sepia's standing tall right here.
Review: Known for his deeper spacious dub flavours, here Sepia switches for something altogether more forthright. Powered by swinging breakbeats and bulbous sub-soaked bassline, "Outbreak" isn't dissimilar to an old Bassbin Twin record and it comes with cool chopped up vocal hits a la Dirtybird. "Cornered" takes us back into Sepia's darker, slimier dungeon. Boasting some interesting dynamics around the kick drum, there's still plenty of energy in his depths.
Review: As one of the real success stories off the last few years, Sepia makes a real statement on his latest EP, courtesy of the legendary UK dubstep imprint: Wheel & Deal UK. With four tracks on display, Sepia shows the full range of his expansive production arsenal, beginning with the soft, emotive chord textures of the title track 'Last Chance Saloon'. Next up we have a more dance floor ready design in 'Kira' which works super catchy breathy melodies together with highly syncopated drum maneuvers and lethal lowered sub bass movements. Following this we roll into a lethal collaboration with Koma by the name of 'Embalment', which works hypnotic chime like arpeggiations together with triplet drum creations whilst the final track strips everything back to pure bass and drum orientated bliss. Excellent work from one of our favourite dubstep designers.
Review: Sepia's move to Deep Dark & Dangerous is the natural turnout for an artist whose been residing on our charts with nothing but bangers for the last few years. The imprint is quickly picking up all the relevant talents, and is quickly becoming an important force when it comes to new waves of dubstep. "Sakura" charges forth with a militant bass stance, followed by "Eclipse" and its glitchy half-steps surrounded by eerie background sonics. "Point Blank" goes down more soulful pastures, nodding to the likes of Burial in the process, while "Regret" tunes down the tempo entirely and ends up at a slow, Eastern lull with a booming sub bass for added effect. Sublime material from Sepia!
Review: Bass lone wolf Sepia is as mischievous and shady as they come in the scene. We mean that as a compliment; the artist is as mysterious as the meditative dubstep that he delivers week in and week out, which is exactly what the Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint look out for in their signings. "Lurking" might be a one-track EP, but it will no doubt make most other current bass EPs seem tiny and irrelevant by comparison. In fact, we can't think of many other artists who are crafting such quality dubstep at the moment; calibrated to the perfect level of wobbliness, and tactical in its form of percussion, this is the sort of gear that will get all the B-side fanatics up and ready for a good head-nod. Sick.
Review: In recent times it's becoming hard to keep pace with Joe Nice's Goliath Gourmet Beats imprint. The team have done it again, this time with a four track selection featuring some of the brightest names in dubstep. This EP truly has something for everyone, be it the 01-infused sounds of EshOne's "Corked VIP", the incredible rhythmic structure of Sepia's "Music Box VIP", the pure depth of "Peregrine VIP" from Inyoka or the grimey oscillators flowing through Oxossi's VIP of "Malevolent". Jam-packed with deep subs, stunning syncopation and beautiful melodics, this high profile VIP selection has it all and comes highly recommend from us!
Review: As the year draws towards a swift finale, the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew have one more final bag of dubstep dynamite to bless us all with before we finish up. This project is a collection of official remixes, featuring the likes of dubstep heavyweights such as Truth, Kloudmen, ColtCuts, Dark Harmonics and many more. Overall as a project, it surfs across the entire spectrum really well, leaving no corner of the ever expanding genre unexplored. Highlights for us are without a doubt the haunted atmospheric vocals and syncopated keys that come with the two Sepia remixes of 'Regret' and 'Smoke', along with Leon Switch's ultra-metallic rework of Enochi's 'Nefarious'.
Review: One of Belgium's most authentic, dedicated dubstep collectives celebrate half a decade in the game with this impeccable 15 track collection from some of its nearest and dearest mates and both spirits and production benchmarks are set as high as you'd expect. Highlights? Bukez Finezt's ghetto-chomping wobbler "Real 2 Real" will leave you feeling seasick (in a good way) Requake will have you writing a new will and leaving everything to Duploc, Taiko's "Gremlin" will dark you out so hard you'll want to be blind (in the best way possible) while Saule's "Ottoia" stretches time and space in such a way you'll completely forget what day it is. Here's to five more years!
Review: What a year the guys at Infernal Sounds are having eh? This release serves as a testament to the momentum the team's release roster has build up as 'Origin' lets us explore the deepest and darkest corners of the dubstep phenomenon. We are blessed with a top draw line up, with original recordings coming from the likes of DE-TU, Perverse, Saule and many more heavyweight faces. For us, one of the standouts has to come with Von D's return, on the laid back LFO rolls and glitchy chord stabs of 'Finis Gloriae Mundi'. Other highlights include stepper's favourite Sepia with his two potent originals in 'Remember' and 'Awaken', along with Karnage's smooth collaboration with Rider Shafique on 'Realise'.
Yin Yang Audio - "Radiation Nation" - (4:42) 140 BPM
Sparkup - "Otomo" - (4:49) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Pitch" - (4:16) 138 BPM
Lory Kong - "Cup Of Peace" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Sepia - "Warzone" - (4:28) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Fight" - (4:09) 140 BPM
Krease - "Space Cake" - (5:14) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Lift" - (4:00) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "The Rabbit In The Moon" - (3:45) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Exit Strategy" - (6:29) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Solidarity" - (5:19) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Daggadub" - (4:45) 140 BPM
Copley - "Scatty Dub" - (4:08) 142 BPM
Krease - "Kinetik" - (5:12) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Endless Nights" - (4:38) 140 BPM
Digital Monk - "Eat The Rich" - (6:18) 140 BPM
Copley - "Vacuum" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Dynastic Linage" - (5:47) 140 BPM
Krease - "Abenaki" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Sizzle Dubby" - (4:12) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Transmission" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Krease - "Pariahk" - (5:32) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Twisted Sibling" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Kurt Roc Skee - "Nonsens" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Mainframe" - (4:52) 140 BPM
Provoke - "Starting Over" - (4:26) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Demiurge II" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: Since emerging from the dungeon in the last year, the deeper side of dubstep has really found its soul again. With the emphasis on groove rather than spacious sound design, there's some incredible music available again. And Croydon-based Dubtribu are one of the labels leading the charge, as proved by this epic track end-of-year collection: highlights across the exclusive cuts include Yin Yang Audio's siren-blaring sludge-stomper "Radiation Nation", Sirius's east-meets-west string-plucked skanks on "Fight" and Jackson's horn-heaving, classic early Rusko sounding funker "Solidarity". And that's just three killer examples from a potential 29. Dig deep on this one.
Review: Languishing in the oceanic pastures of deep, jazz-tinged modern dub-focused electronica, MindStep missions are consistent in their soul and crystalline creativity. Here's a firm reminder - in the slim case we needed one - as the label's exponents are united for the label's second 'best of' style collection. Ranging from the two-step subversions of Sepia's "U Make Me Feel" to the more techno-minded sound palette of Dillard's "Rocks & Trees" to the 22nd century jazz of Jafu & Freud's "Sofia", every facet and feature of MindStep's ever-evolving remit is explored, represented and celebrated in great detail here. Dive deep.
Review: The second London/NYC Transatlantic session within four months; it's clear the fusion between the two city's labels is healthy, creative and ultimately fertile. Highlights across this international modern bass romp include the delicate jazz samples of Matt Deco's spacious stepper "Absent Minder", the juicy digidub bubbles and woozy horns of Dubsworth & Tapa's "Backflipper", Bakir's percussive snake-hip wriggler "Hyperion" and the breezy hums, distant yearns and dampened rim shots of Jobanti's "Afrique".
Review: Now let's be real here. There aren't many people matching up with Deep Dark & Dangerous when it comes to dubstep release quality. This last 18 months has been a display of extreme dominance, with this latest five track project being yet another example of that. Featuring 10 steaming originals, from the likes of Oxossi, Sepia, Taiko Dalek One and more heavyweight names, they really aren't playing around. Highlights for this one have to include the horn-heavy LFO ramblings of Angelic Roots' 'Thunder Dub', alongside the subtle eastern twinges of 'Cobra Shake' from Khanum and the slapping percussion of REZ's 'Adidas'. Lovely stuff.
Review: As dubstep and bass music in general continues to expand worldwide, we are starting to see more and more experimental selections come together, with this fantastic 14 tracker from the Cosmic Vibrations crew being just what the doctor ordered. They deliver an hours worth of smooth introspective soundscaping, with the roster including top names such as: Biome, Congi, Occult, Ill Chill and more. The whole tracklisting just breathes originality, with our favourites including the stunning UKG designs of 'Eyes Down' from the fabulous link up of Bonobo and Andreya Triana, alongside 'Nothing', an impactful piece of stepper poetry, crafted between the wonderful Rider Shafique and the ever-ready Om Unit!