Review: Where he's been we don't quite know, but all that matters now is that after three year Subscape is back. Mallet is big room 'dubstep' you can image mosh pits forming when this one drops, with hard hitting, harsh drums, weird sci-fi synth and plenty of space this on 'Ease the Pain' is Frankenstien track, taking snippets of grime, house and dubstep and stitching them together in an uncomfortable but completely satisfying fashion.
Review: Dub Police's MyStyle mix series has become a force to be reckoned with in dubstep, an annual showcase from some of their most exciting artists, each outing appears deeper, more involving and widescreen than the last. The Others has clearly gone to town here with a whole heap of his productions and collaborations. For mix lovers this is a must; 28 tracks all seamed together tightly, it explores the darkest corners of the scene with a brave boldness. Those looking for individual tracks will also be pleased to see the likes of Icicle's techno-like industrial VIP "Need A Job", Sleeper's disturbing "Civil War" and Thelem's tripped out mind-twister "Haunted Harmonics". Stylish, sonically arresting and consummately accomplished, The Others has represented himself with serious skills right here.
Review: From seminal YouTube damage to worldwide events and all sorts more, UKF continues to spin its own distinctive low-end yarn. Having made its presence known beyond the dubstep and drum & bass worlds in the last year or so, Bass Culture 3 acts as a pivotal release and shows the channel is far from genre-specific. Amidst the massive bangers that the brand is known for - TC - "Get Down Low", Must Die & Mantis - "Culture", Mob Tactics - "The Answer" - there are plenty of other corners explored, too. From the 808 allure of Buku's "No One Does" to the angular jacking of Three Bar's "Everybody" via My Nu Leng's unavoidable "Masterplan", this album represents some of the most exciting examples of bass behaviour in all styles of electronic music.
Review: Working out of the South East, Subscape brings a deeper sound to his dubstep and EDM creations, offering the genre what deep and liquid give the followers of drum and bass. First up is the original mix of "I Would Have Loved you", a huge production of dense layers of melody and atmosphere pushed through high drama samples and crisp filters showcasing his talent for top-end mixing. Offering the track up for remix, the first to bring their services is AWE, washing out the intricate top end for a ravey, analogue sound. Atlantic Parade step up next with a deep house take picking up the beauty but stepping away from the dubstep roots. Final track "Angels" offers more immaculate emotional sampling with an Eastern vibe, showing Subscape at the top of his game. Beautiful stuff.
Review: Three years on and Subway Recordings has firmly established themselves as one of the foremost Dutch dubstep labels, yet they do not by any means limit themselves to genre or sound. This Destination compilation takes us through the grimey, the dark, the deep, the dancefloor and the experimental in turn. Noah D's "Hardcore" kicks off with a thrilling combination of jagged neon synths and harsh sub bass cheekiness, before Akkachar & Taz Buckfaster drop sci fi sounds on "187 On A Rock" and DJ Madd delivers the twitching Ramandanman sensibilities of "Bass Comedown". Mayhem & Whisperlink provide an early highlight with "Trap Or Die" filled with bleepy SFX and dark, rumbling basslines underpinning the ominous, vocodered vocal sample. Rivalling this is "Rumble" by Reso & Vent - a sure fire dancefloor driven killer. Here the rowdy, bass-heavy wobbles and smacking drum kicks really up the ante and we are transported deep into the peaktime heavy hitters. All in all, it's a comprehensive array of tracks here from some highly talented, genre-pushing artists which should, really, not be missed.