Review: Dubstep ain't dead as the 3am Album Sampler tell us loud and clear. This four-track EP introduces a new breed of young UK producers. No try-hard boundary pushing here just straight up essentials with enough dark-side bass to tear your speakers apart. First up, mainstay Elefant Doc teams up with both Seanote and Step-A-Side in not just a contest of absurd names but also equally absurd sub-bass frequencies indebted to the true school original sounds of dubstep. On the flip we have Extorted Minds and Spacedrone offering more of the same; ignoring the transients and sticking to tried and true formulas of bass therapy. Definitely not for the faint of heart and one for the heads, for sure.
Review: UK vs Italy: Step-A-Side, The Hooderz and Weaze collide to create "Hustle". With a rolling array of drum textures and Q&A rhythms, there's an unrelenting drama that twists and turns throughout. Those who prefer things a little darker should jump on Lowryder's remix where a more spacious bass mutters a menacing gurgle. Finally we hit "Sabotage". This time Lowryder joins the fray as the five-strong team cook up a moody, muddy fusion of Kenzo-flavoured alien bass and crisp naked beats. Icy vibes.
Extorted Minds - "Inside Of Me" (feat Bethany Raine) - (5:08) 140 BPM
Airfee - "Sol" - (4:13) 140 BPM
Creep N00m - "Above The Heavens" - (4:37) 67 BPM
Review: 3am: A brand new deep beat label with a serious penchant for the dubbier tones and tendrils of electronic music. Making their entrance with an entire album fuelled by next generation talent, it's a bold statement of intent that showcases the label's passions and remit, ranging from the deliciously skippy bliss-step of Malleus's "3rd District" to the soft-focus jazz of Craft's "Raw Dawgs" to the soulful vocal trembles of Extorted Minds' "Inside Of Me". Fans and followers of FKOF and Deep Heads should pay attention, 3am aren't messing around.