Review: The Iron Shirt Recordings returns here in epic proportions as they unveil this incredible new LP from Split, who heads up a 15 track expanse of dubstep delights. The project is made up almost evenly of original recordings and intuitive remixes, with incredibly creative arrangements such as the swampy textures of 'TopDogs' and the glitchy percussive rolls of 'Kotomble' taking stand out roles. As far as the remixes go, Wreckage immediately stands out as he revamps 'Left Area' into a serious neurotic roller, as well as Michael Dayne's incredibly well thought out soundscaping of 'Two Skies'. Overall it's a fantastic project, projecting across the full range of dubstep's ever expanding fences.
Review: The badboy steppa returns to Glasgow's Squinty Bass with a four-piece of deep dubby bubblers. "Jaro" is the most authentic dub document; slow-and-steady rhythm, rich warm bass and meditative flow ensure its potential to resonate to dubstep, bass and tech playlists. "Keep The Fire Burning" takes us further into tech territory with a mild jack and a slap that leaves the same red mark that Fink left during his Sideshow days. "Rocking & Grooving" is more upbeat again, this time wearing a daring day-glow house t-shirt, all bumpy and shuffly. Finally we hit "Ungaya", a straight slab of tech funk that wouldn't go amiss on the likes of Get Physical or Mobilee. An exceptional spread... No one will go hungry on this.
Review: Dub master Split likes to take his time, preferring to concentrate on richly textured slow burners than quick fix gimmicks. Here we get three totemic beasts, all boasting his trademark full and tough finish. "Rockaz" is a throbbing dub-hop headnodder, "Land Of Origins" features stoned wobbles of bass and tropical synth noises before "Lock It Down" hammers it down with plenty of menace, pent up anxiety and bare beatbox action.
Review: With roots dug very deep into dubstep culture, we are always thrilled to see the After Dark Music team back in action, this time unleashing this killer four tracker from Split who delivers some devilish delights indeed. We kick off with the haunting melodic twists and high energy drum shuffles of the title track 'Demon Choirs', which through its unique compositional value kicks us off in serious style. This is then chased up by both the heavyweight sub & snare drops of 'Evil In Town' and the raucous synth explosions of 'Hammer It Down' which takes the EP to a whole new level. Finally, the aquatic basslines and subtle percussive flicks of 'Organic' arrive just in time to calm down proceedings with an exquisite exit.
Review: Is there really anything better for a 140 fan than unwrapping a banging new dubstep selection? This potent new selection from Split, courtesy of the well renowned After Dark Music imprint is a real testament to the genre's strength, kicking off with the forward marching drum rolls and hard hitting basslines of 'Original Raggamuffin'. Next, 'Nuff Sound Can't Play' emerges with some slap in the face drum work, followed by the subtle LFO expressions and stunning vocal movements of 'Voodoo'. Finally, 'Ganja Anthems' emerges, stuffed with potent dubwise energy, rounding this one off with a touch of class.
Review: The Broken Robot crew continue to melt down the boundaries with these two distinctive 4/4 originals from Israeli duo Split & Jaxta. "Species" is a timeless example of dancefloor hypnosis; tying the tendrils between psy trance and tech house, it's peppered with crisp mind-locking flourishes while retaining a solid, bass-laden kick drum groove. "Nu Normal" continues this deep tech motif by way of a weighty-but-subtle swing that's as deep as it is heavy. With less psychedelic flourishes and sparkles, focus is kept firmly on the rich rhythmic properties. Finally Broken Eye gets wild on the remix tip with a rub that wouldn't have sounded amiss on Lot49 or Bedrock 10 years ago when Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes were ruling the roost, only it's been carved with the sharpest modern production knives. Need we say more?
Review: This triple-album collection is something of a treat for Prins Thomas fans. Released as an accompaniment to his epic, three-disc Paradise Goulash mix, it's entirely made up of previously unreleased re-edits from the Norwegian maestro. Musically, it's as cosmic and varied as you'd expect, variously touching on ambient (Claude Speed), Balearic jazz (Gabor Szabo), Middle Eastern oddness (Cat Trance), synth-samba (Richard Schneider Jnr), modern classical (a Johanna Billings cover of Arthur Russell's "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"), and all manner of hazy, sun-kissed grooves. There's little slamming dancefloor fare, but plenty of unique versions of overlooked, little known or forgotten musical gems. For that alone, it should be an essential purchase.
Provoke & Quintana - "The Kingdom" - (4:32) 140 BPM
Review: The Dubtribu crew know how to cap off a year in fine style, especially seeing as they've had a pretty good one themselves throughout this unpredictable 2016. We now know them as the label who produce consistently excellent levels of low frequencies, and who are also kind of experts in spotting new talent from the streets. Deep Dub Inside 2016 features all of their best names, and then some. This badboy is twenty-eight tunes long, and mean as motherfu**** - inside, you'll find dark, brooding, ominously constructed bass cuts from the likes of Fiend, Mr Tetris, Krease, Yin Yang Audio, and plenty more bass scientists. From two-step to bro-step and back to garage, this will surely satisfy even the most ravenous of DJs and dancers.