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.
Review: Danish dub dons Surfase celebrate their 25th release with a walloping 24-track refresh session that brings everyone up to speed on two years of monthly dispatches. All their decorated contributors are present and correct: RDG, G Double, Gaze Ill, Subtle Mind and many more. Highlights include the swooning strings and rattling drums of Server's "Boxing", Subreacher's chest-crushing bass wobbler "The Machine" and RDG's insanity work out "It's All In Your Mind". It's not in your mind, though... This is as real as it gets. Here's to another 25 killer releases.
Review: Brooklyn-based bass dealers Tuba blow their sub trumpet with a rich collection that spans their impressive history so far. Ranging from the meditative steps and jazz shimmers of Subreacher's "Future Target" to the techy breakbeats, sub-soaked steps and dreamy breakdown of D-Operation Drop's "Origami" via the ghostly, cavernous resonance of Below's self-title nightmare soundtrack, Tuba have curated a fine selection that represents their clear and confident contributions to the ever morphing and mutating dubstep sound. If you've not picked up on any of these yet, now is most certainly the time!
Review: Following an outstandingly successful launch, dubstep site-come-stable FKOF returns with the able assistance of Matt Pulsar. Still operating under his mesmerizingly hypnotic Subreachers guise, each of these four cuts leads you down the darkest dub alleyways possible. Highlights include the heavily reverbed rim-shots and subtle sluggy bass murmurs of "Hanbo", the spacious delicacies and expertly edited amens on "Icecrack" and the church-like gothisms and harrow hollowed tones of "Immortal". This fire ain't going out any time soon.
Review: Matt Pulsar's dubstep project continues with aplomb as he makes his debut on US bass imprint Tuba. Four-track heavy, each journey explores the furthest reaches of the bass template, taking us to extraordinary places at the very fringes of the low end movement. The title track is the most traditional of the set; sultry half-tempo beats and gurgling bass wubs while "Future Target" takes this further with an even more spacious dynamic, jazzy chords and a really cool spoken word sample. "How You Feel" comes with an almost Detroitian tech feeling, seen on the likes of TRG releases while "Darka" is like a classic jungle record played a warp speed -10, all tripped out and head-bending. Give Subreachers a reach around today... your playlist deserves it.