Review: We feel that Cue Line have pulled out an absolute gem on this one as they let Mob Killa run wild with creativity on his brand new EP 'Sinker'. The title track to begin with is as eerie as they come, shuffling unpredictable percussive sounds and haunting tones above subtle sub work. This is followed by the dubwise flavours of 'Deep Sea Search' before we move into the highly anticipated 'Document Z' collaboration with Soukah, which takes spacey syncopation to the next level. We then finish up the EP with the incredibly innovative triple delays of 'Out Your Zone', which glitches together unorthodox rhythms to create something truly unique indeed.
Review: Grubs up! eatmybeat and Soukah cook up a storm right here with this delicious three course feast with two special remix side dishes. Such a banquet was only a matter of time as both artist and label have been cultivating the same exciting leftfield bass pastures for several years. Hot on the heels of his personal and highly explorative 'Art Of The Devil' EP late 2020, each of these cuts bring us back to the dance. 'Illusionist' stutters and slides into dark oblivion with the help of key MC phrases and loose-limbed beats, 'Magnetic Fields' looks to the heavens with its sweeping synth chimes and soft harmonics while 'Puerto Rico' closes on a bashy percussive flex. Complete with exceptional versions from Kahter and WZ, we guarantee you won't feel disillusioned by this 'Illusionist'. Yummy.
Review: This is a proper dubstep release coming for your ears from Sub Audio, as they've gone down the always entertaining route of having two remixers do a rework of each track on a single. The originals this time around are from Soukah, who has crafted up two stunners. The first, Life Without Meaning' is built upon a gentle rise, a moonlit walk, up the mountains and into a world of fireflies and celestial arpeggios. It's a seriously vibey tune and it's done justice by Kodama on the remix, who stretches things out and gives it all that extra oomph in the kick drums. 'You Can Run Much Faster' is equally spooky, with eerie ambience coming from its whispered sample and stretched out piano notes, a vibe taken to extremes on Ourman's awesome, loping remix. Top work from the Sub Audio crew.
Review: Dubtribu as a label for us have really pushed themselves to the forefront of the modern dubstep scene, always supplying us with electric energy. They have continued this theme here as they bring forward Soukah on four tracks of pure fire. The title track 'Light Extinguished' is a satanic expanse of gritty drum designs and subtle sub manoeuvres, whilst 'Vaccum' provides us with a more stripped back selection of percussive leads over a dark atmospheric backing. Following this we dip into 'Violets Are Red', which is driven by sweeping drum hits and crunchy halftime designs, with 'Cold Blooded' putting the finishing touches in place via its haunted tones and powerful sub layers.
Review: We have come to expect great things from the Rarefied team, who continue to deliver top quality releases left right and centre, with every drop being just as unique as the last. This fabulous new compilation is a fantastic showcasing of the breadth in sound the label has to offer, from the stunning musical landscapes of Sibla's 'Entity' score, to the beautiful vocal manipulations of Kodama's 'Talk More' and crunchy drum work of 'Voyagers' from Freud'. The project is riddled with musical genius, but for us, the standouts have to include the crystalized brilliance of 'Distant', which sees Primer & Soukah link up for a piece of musical art, alongside the choppy drum swings and haunted synth bubbles of 'Odd, U See' from Pharma. Incredible work all around!
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!
Review: Zygos makes his return to releasing with a gem of an EP here as he teams up with Rarefied on his brand new SFG project. At first the evocative eastern inspired melodies and shuffling bass and drum movements of the title track 'SFG' take the lead, before dropping into the more syncopated and darkened arrangements of 'Forward', driven by its hypnotic spacial textures. We then finish up the EP with an outstanding collaboration alongside Soukah entitled 'Late Night Escort', which allows itself to be driven by a pile of dubbed organic percussion and yet more hypnotic texture loops.