Review: RDG's Circle Vision creeps up from behind and surprises us with their first V/A EP. Satisfaction levels remain fully flexed as the whole collection is a shoes-off, brain-blown and hair-raised affair throughout: Causa bends minds with a really tripped out bass drone and drum arrangement, Taiko gets all snarly, slimy and similarly illusionary with weirded-out reverse textures and resampled. Deeper again Dark Tantrums devil up the dance with tightly coiled tension while the bossman shoots us to the stars with the spacious space-bound sub stepper "Galaxy Run". Visionary to infinity...
Review: It's been a fantastic year for the Albion Collective, who seek to see out the year in a blaze of glory as they invite the infamous Taiko inside for a very spicy two track project, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. We kick off by being thrown right into the ruckus as the devastating bass growls and glitchy synth designs of 'Panchaea' kick this EP into life. We then get even darker as we move into 'Old Like Dirt', which through a combination of lazy drum structures, pulsating, moogish bass tones and trippy, eastern sounding background atmospherics pull together to create a real masterpiece in 140 arrangement.
Review: As a label project, it's hard not to be impressed with Zha's White Peach imprint, who have been consistently providing the 140 scene with exciting and original releases, spanning the full breadth of the bpm's genre range. Here we see Taiko make a highly anticipated return with a powerful four tracker, kicking off with the eastern inspired melodics of the title track 'Jackal. The tastings become a tad eskimo infused on the electronic synth leads on 'Bleep Bleep', before we step into fresh waters in the more sublow inspired arrangement of 'Sea Pimp'. We then round off the project perfectly with the futuristic vocal processing and unpredictable designs of 'In My Way'. Yet another winner from arguably the most consistent label in 140 music.
Review: Within the dubstep scene, Taiko has earned his rank as one of the modern front runners of the genre, consistently delivering innovative creations and enthralling compositions wherever he lays his hand. This EP via the guys at Subaltern sees four stunning tracks put forward, starting with the super swingy shuffling drums of 'Wings'. Following this we step into darker territory as 'Trenches' runs wild with sharp drumwork, urgent string themes and catchy synth lines in a call and respond fashion. It then gets even darker as 'The Raid' brings out more chilling string motifs before we finish up with the horn-like lead patterns of 'Mana Pool'.
Review: For us, White Peach really are one of the most impressive imprints doing it right about now, with a near flawless year of releases under their belt, they continue to push out music right down to the wire, with this latest drop from Taiko looking to be their final of 2019. This EP is a masterclass in 140BPM production, with the title track 'Miners' combining spooky, eastern string patterns with choppy drums and potent subs to kick us off with a storm, followed by more eerie melodic structures within 'Prism' and some seriously cool, almost wooden sounding percussion on 'One Of Us'. We finish off with the more gentle string plucks and lofi drumwork of 'Just Like We Used To Do' putting the final touches on an incredible year for the White Peach familiar.
Review: Infernal hit the big two-oh and they've recruited Taiko to mark the occasion. Last spotted on the label around 009 by way of a Darkimh co-lab, this is his debut EP for Infernal and it's long overdue. Each cut gets darker and more uncompromising as we creep and writhe from the gothic haunted house bass harmonics of "Giant Big Man" to the lighter, ghostly flutters and gurgling bass of "Slingshot Dub" right through to the trippy, warped finale "Pen To Paper". A giant big release.
Review: Four releases deep and Truth's Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint continues to impress. Now joined by Leeds subsmith Taiko, it's another case of three genuinely innovative pieces of bass music. "Hush Hush" counters the rough grizzly bass with the smooth chords and textures, "Clones" is oceanic in it dynamic and jazzy in its sensibility and unpredictability while "Fu##y" is the industrial strength sludge-packer we've come to expect from Taiko. Wounding.
Review: Following an impeccable launch with a series of unavoidable singles, Seven's Uprise imprint consolidates its reputation and hugely broadens its scope with this far-reaching compilation. Tickling every possible corner of bass music's expansive underbelly, across the album we're treated to an array of vibes that stretch from slo-mo percussive cosmic bass (Wayfarer's "Reflections") to fractured, juddering beat experimentalism (Taiko's "Spray Can") Every track is a highlight but be sure to check out Truth's immensely demonic take on "Walter White" and the techno-minded riff aggression on Klax's "Link To The Past". Welcome to the future.
Review: One of Belgium's most authentic, dedicated dubstep collectives celebrate half a decade in the game with this impeccable 15 track collection from some of its nearest and dearest mates and both spirits and production benchmarks are set as high as you'd expect. Highlights? Bukez Finezt's ghetto-chomping wobbler "Real 2 Real" will leave you feeling seasick (in a good way) Requake will have you writing a new will and leaving everything to Duploc, Taiko's "Gremlin" will dark you out so hard you'll want to be blind (in the best way possible) while Saule's "Ottoia" stretches time and space in such a way you'll completely forget what day it is. Here's to five more years!
Review: The second London/NYC Transatlantic session within four months; it's clear the fusion between the two city's labels is healthy, creative and ultimately fertile. Highlights across this international modern bass romp include the delicate jazz samples of Matt Deco's spacious stepper "Absent Minder", the juicy digidub bubbles and woozy horns of Dubsworth & Tapa's "Backflipper", Bakir's percussive snake-hip wriggler "Hyperion" and the breezy hums, distant yearns and dampened rim shots of Jobanti's "Afrique".
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: Now let's be real here. There aren't many people matching up with Deep Dark & Dangerous when it comes to dubstep release quality. This last 18 months has been a display of extreme dominance, with this latest five track project being yet another example of that. Featuring 10 steaming originals, from the likes of Oxossi, Sepia, Taiko Dalek One and more heavyweight names, they really aren't playing around. Highlights for this one have to include the horn-heavy LFO ramblings of Angelic Roots' 'Thunder Dub', alongside the subtle eastern twinges of 'Cobra Shake' from Khanum and the slapping percussion of REZ's 'Adidas'. Lovely stuff.