Review: US label Gourmet Beats never strays too close to any one genre, but it's safe to say that it specialises in experimenting with the lower end of hertz scale. They've got an exciting selection of new talent growing by the day, and this latest collaborative EP makes for a certified bass tip this week! Mesck's "BadFuture" is all about that bass drop, Subtle Mind puts in a fine performance, but out favourite of these has to be the more swamped gunshot riddim called "Secrets" by Introspekt. Oxossi's "Malevolent" ain't exactly a tune to be overlooked, however, and that flurry of bass is getting our own heads nodding up and down here at Juno HQ.
Review: It's a Saule co-lab showdown on Foundation Audio right now as the Santa Cruz depth plunger gets busy with fellow US cohorts Subtle Minds and Malleus. "Omerta" is all about the complex percussive dynamic as heavily layered drum elements are weaved with a spell-binding, rhythmic effect. "The Flip Version" follows from Saule's killer remix of Malleus's "Wall To Wall", a harder-hitting affair than "Omerta", the emphasis is squared plainly on the oceanic bass waves as they ebb and flow against the industrial strength drums. Two partnership productions, two critical reasons to keep Saule on your radar.
Review: Destination San Francisco as Tuba invite dubstep duo Subtle Mind to the fray for some forward-thinking bass science. Initiating with earnest, the title track is a unique fusion of tropical 4/4 and halfstep murkery laced with iced-out pads and eerie processes. Further on "Shokunin" takes a more traditional riddim route while lush, jazzed out chords wrap themselves around the snake-like percussion while "On Deck" takes us to slo-mo central with a wonderfully sludgy, cinema-level of emotive beat craft. Finally "Inner Self" explores the heritage of breakbeats and horns while "Sand Snake" provides a slinky finale with percussive aplomb.
Review: America's Tuba label has booked its place in the running for number one bass label in The States thanks to a now impressive catalogue of dancefloor deviants and bass wizards. Subtle Mind returns to the West Coast with a thrilling remix series by some of the label's best and brightest. Within, you got RDG, EshOne, Cuttle and Mesck, but our pick of the lot comes from Karnage and Mark IV who rewire "Shokunin" into a deep, mystical half-step wanderer with a gorgeous melodic and cinematic kind of flair.
Review: With previous on Tuba, Surfase and Gourmet, it was only a matter of time before Cali collective Subtle Minds dented the discog of do-no-wrong imprint Subaltern. Marking the occasion with four tracks, it's every bit the consummate label debut. "Ambitions" soothes with a purple tint, all west coast and softly sleazy. "Gelato" brings even more sweetness with pining melodic poignancy and a lush sense of sadness, "Standard Strain" eases back on some dewy eyed harp plucks subtle barbed bass grunts on the fills while "Sun Valley" brings things to a close with touching humanised textures, and deliciously trippy percussion. Ambitious and accomplished.
Review: Two very different sides to dub duo Subtle Mind are revealed here on their latest offering for emo-bass exponents Lutetia Dubz. "Untitled" reveals a murkier side to their sound - all pounding slo-mo bottom end, suspenseful percussion, mechanical stabs and icy synths. On the other hand, "Be Eazy", with its floating Fender Rhodes chords, hazy vocals and gentle digi dub riddims, evokes the jazzier, emotional side that the label is known for putting out.
Review: Foundation celebrate three years and 20 releases with this supersized clutch of deep, dark and forward-thinking exclusives. Painting a picture of dubstep's most exciting frontiers, highlights hang, slide and oozes from every cavernous corner: Drew's Theory provides meditative intensity on "Harmony", Deafblind & Darkimh twist up the drums in the sludge-packing "Concrete Groove", Krease soundtracks your next nightmares with his late night graveyard romp "Hindsight" while Dillard digs deep into the proper roots with its shimmering classical dub designs. Weighing at 24 tracks, Foundation have pulled out all the stops here... A seriously detailed piece of bass music futurism.
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: 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: 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: Brand new label Nauseous Vibez flings themselves into thick of things with a huge 18-track launch release. Highlighting at a family-like tightness amongst their talent, Syndicate unites dubsteppers from across the globe with a consistent, well-polished range of depth, body and groove. Highlights include the soul-stirring piano tickles on "Coded", the muscular menace of UZZI's "Blackout" and the skippy slo-jungle breakism of Artroniks' "Hidden". A fine way to launch a new label... Nauseous Beats peddle in some seriously sick audio (literally).