Review: New World Audio have come at you with a single that includes a remix of both sides, turning this into a sick little EP which crosses a number of genre boundaries. 'Taser' is a dark, dubstep cut that features a rattling percussive line, slick background detailing and a suitably warm yet moody sub-bass line. DJ Squarewave is on remix duties and doesn't do a complete overhaul, yet injects a new sense of rowdiness with some additional kicks and a few new synth lines. 'Midnight Club' is heavier, for sure, grating basses sweep away the subtelty of the last for new pastures, Arkwright's remix then taking it in the opposite direction, back to the lands of space and contemplation. A very cool EP - don't miss out dubstep fans.
Various - "Chronicles Mixed By" (continuous DJ mix by Jakes) - (22:13) 140 BPM
Review: Joining the dots between dubstep's most exciting formative period and the present day, Jakes dons a protective glove and digs deep amongst the glass shards in the Hench vaults to grasp some of the sharpest sounds he's ever delivered. From 2007's wobble-muncher "2 Steps Back" and MRK1's 2012 sleazy robo-gangster jam "Dirty Dubstep Music" with brand new cuts such as "H.U.D", a futuristic teeth-baring tech-bass stampede soundtrack via cuts from luminaries such as Mensah, Sukh Knight, Komonazmuk and Vodex. This brings some of Hench's boldest moments together with murky clarity and molten consistency. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe it.
Review: Jakes' Hench imprint has always led from the very front of the dubstep game. Brandishing some of the genre's most uncompromising, ruthless and forward-thinking blends, Hench is a genre unto itself. Hitting the big five-oh, the label have commissioned 19 originals from its accomplished contributors and family members. The result is a deadly document that showcases dubstep's continuous versatility, physicality and visceral dynamics. From the balance of dreamy sonic spirals and vicious waspy bass on Vodex & Eddie K's "Cosmic" to the sizzling tears and sirens of MRK 1 and Trigga's "Veteran" via Jakes' very own militant bass sermon "Damn Son", everything about this collection is heavyweight. Hench have consistently lived to their name. Give them 500 more releases and the message will still be the same.
Review: For this third release - their first of 2012 - bass music upstarts New World Audio gather together a selection of tunes from a quartet of little-known producers. Sukh Knight's Bhangra-inspired "Shutdown" is probably the highlight. It offers an exotic stroll through dubstep's more melodic pastures, with sampled Indian vocals and Bollywood melodies offering a decent contrast to the sub-heavy bassline. Shandy's aggressive and intense "Jogi" isn't far behind, though, thanks to some punishing rhythms, spangled rave synths and dubwise effects. For those seeking pure dancefloor thrills, look no further than the eyes-closed dubstep-skank of Trex's murky "Mad Mother Dub".
Review: Two releases in as many months, the Grandmaster ain't messing around in 2016: "Interstellar" takes the deep, swinging halftime swagger and sends it into the furthest echelons of the cosmos thanks to its alien bass lasers and general sense of weightless restraint. "Hustlerz", meanwhile, takes us right back to the mid 2000s with its funky, early Rusko swagger. All bouncy and full of character, with its Next Day Air sample it hits harder than ten bricks.
Review: We here see Sukh Knight's return to his home imprint of DAKU for two tracks of pure 140 fire. Over the years we have heard Sukh Knight move with times superbly, with the first track being a perfect example of his grimey influences alongside the intense vocal patterns of Grim Sickers on 'David Seaman'. Sukh provides a scorching backdrop of hard hitting horns and choppy drum textures, over which Grim Sickers runs wild. The instrumental as a standalone goes by the name of 'Bricks' and also features on the release for good measure!
Review: As one of dubstep's original heavy hitters, it's awesome to see Sukh Knight still doing what he does best and producing amazing 140BPM based originals. This latest piece is an instant classic for the Sukh Knight repertoire, as he deploys typically eastern melodies over grizzly, hard hitting bass instrumentation. It's gnarly, it's powerful and it's typically Sukh Knight as one of the most consistently hard hitting producers of the last 10 years supplies us with yet another belter!
Review: There's a serious 2010/Hench vibe to Sukh's latest doublet. Two sermons in the dark art of badism, both "Ported" and "Talisman" dig deep into the original dub psyche that caused dancefloor riots over half a decade ago. The former is a Jakes-style snapper, all metallic, angular and unrelenting. The latter is more of a jump-up style with kung-fu samples so well executed they could give DJ Hazard nightmares and a siren-surged bassline that's so ugly it makes your mum look tasty. For reals.
Review: We've been calling him this for a while behind his back but we'll just come out with it now... Sukh Knight is officially "Renegade" master and this gully whipslaps are proof. "Renegade" (a long-demanded dubplate this year) hits hard with Sukh's gruff, brash funk while the VIP of "Nightcrawler" subverts in all the right places. Deeper into the EP we glide for a little eastern grit while as both "Hands Up" and "Thugz" touch down in Mumbai for gnarly nuances of Bollywood badness. Back once again!
Review: Sukh Knight, an srtist not to be confused with the Cali hip-hop don, touches down on the Circle Vision imprint with five jaw-breaking slices of dubstep, and he sounds like he's in the mood to break some teeth along the way. "Scorpion" has a bass that will literally blow your canister off at high volumes, with both "Creation" and "First Contact" following upon that with different variations grizzly, distorted low frequencies. The remix comes from DJ Madd 160, who turns "Scorpion" into more of a footwork-led belter, whereas the closing "Foot Soldiers" is an unashamedly potent cascade of bro-bass that sounds a little too close to total fallout. YES!
Review: The New World Audio regulars team up for a collaborative effort and produce a startling 2-tracker that's bound to turn more than a few heads. Sukh Knight goes for a deep and meditative ninja slasher on "Pai Mei Technique", aligning shredded, minimal bass tones with stuttering, flexible percussion stabs, whereas Shandy and RDG's "Fate" takes the samurai slashing to the next level thanks to their inimitable, stop-start motion approach - sublime and heavily recommended.
Review: Sentry Records has put together some serious releases over the last few years, showcasing the latest and greatest in dubstep and its surrounding genres. We are therefore introduced to and absolutely storming compilation here as we reel off bangers from the likes of dubstep legends such as Caspa, Truth, Sukh Knight, Youngsta and more. For us, the highlights of this incredible compilation are quite clear, kicking off with the stunning production of 'Judas' from Nomine, who brings forward his uniquely metallic sound design on mass. Another absolute heater we couldn't forget is the spooky yet satisfying 'Crocodile' from Dayzero, packed with wicked drum flavours and haunted overtones.