Review: It goes without saying at this point, but screw it, we will repeat ourselves with a good old uttering of 'It looks like Chad Dubz has done it again'. Landing on his home imprint of Foundation Audio, the 'Foundations' LP is an excellent showcasing of futuristic dubstep brilliance. Made up of twelve swampy stunners, Chad Dubz once again confirms his spot among the best in the game, with the tracklisting varying dramatically between the more 'Anti-Social' inspired spaciness of 'Space Cadet' to the electronic mastery of 'System'. The whole project is a delight, with highlights including the moody LFO expressions of 'Anxious', alongside the exceptional soundscaping work behind 'Life', which links up unorthodox percussive lines with a hypnotic sense of rhythm throughout. Top stuff as per!
Review: Seriously though, how impressive is this recent run from the Foundation Audio team as we here see them put together one of three corking releases all unveiled within the same weekend. For this one they welcome in the ever-reliable dubwise ideas of Teffa, who kicks off in perfect fashion alongside Conzi on the systematic arrangements and nostalgic drum work of 'General'. Following this, we take a second to dive into the sublime dubstep expressions of 'Young Man In A Dance', a super LFO-heavy adventure into dub, followed by awesome delay work and percussive experimentation of 'Old Days'.
Review: It appears that dubstep really is the place to be this January as we have seen a flurry of high quality releases hit the store, kicking the year off with some real panache within the realms of 140 brilliance. Here we see the insatiable sounds of Teefa team up with Cue Line for five intricate original recordings, kicking off with the wriggling percussive lines of the title track 'Faulty Line', leading kindly into the upbeat rhythms of 'Loner Stoner' and the haunted LFO's of 'Four Dimensions' alongside Berrik. Finally we land on Gaze Ill's stannic revamp of 'Faulty Line', which revamps the percussive elements into a more dominant lead feature, with fabulous results.
Review: A catalogue member of Cue Line and White Peach, the one like Teffa steps up on FatKidOnFire with four blazing bass cuts that edge on the deeper end of the dubstep spectrum. That said, "581D" is a brooding, fearless riddim that leaks an oozing bass from every angle, and "100s Of Lighhyears" feels like its part 2, or rather, a deeper continuation of the same sci-fi electronics. Our favourite on here is "Tar Goroth", though, namely for its tech-minded bass and dreary sonics, but "The Main Question" does plenty of thrashing of its own - those subs! Killer.
Review: After a relatively lengthy hiatus, our main man Teffa returns to our charts with a side-winder of an EP for the ever-impressive Cue Line, making this its 21st release to date. Kicking of with the wayward "Tribe Dub", we're flung deep into a world of electronic bass steppers made up of the same ilk as Mala's original sound. "Phone Tapes" and "Warped Dub" are similarly heartical killers, engulfing the entire framework with cavernous levels of sub-bass and dread-spirit, leaving "Up In Smoke" to roll its menacing dubwise scatter over a slew of itchy percussion and dreadlock nuttiness. TIP!
Review: This is a fantastic new project that has been put together by the team at Tribe 12 as they bring through the combined might of both Teffa & Breez, two producers who know their way around 140 music like the back of their hand. This one begins with the dubwise bass leads and crunchy drum expansions of 'Scientist', a truly unpredictable roller packed with rhythmic surprises. On the other side we are also gifted 'We No Disturb Nobody', which really flips the script. Through a selection of swampy bass synthesizers and spacey atmospherics, this one wades into view, swaying and morphing in the breeze as it does so.
Review: If there's one bass label that we keep a hawkish eye on these days it's definitely Foundation Audio. The UK crew are smashing it on all fronts, from the sort of deep and treacherous dubstep they offer to the myriad of new talents that they find. Two newcomers debut on our charts this week, the reckless Teffa and Kai Li, who clearly don't care much for traditional dance frameworks. Instead, they launch an off-ilter attach through the opening vibrations of the wobbly "Uchuujin", which is a relatively straight-laced affair compared to the almost shapeless bass stabs of "Hyohakusha". Teffa stands alone on "Digital Shaman", a merciless barricade of dubby sub-tones and tribal percussion patterns, while Kai Li drops the barren soundscape that is "Defect", a tune that uses the power of bass to create movement and a solid groove. Large up!
Review: The Foundation Audio team are at it again with a masterful stroke of A&R action here as they link up Teffa and Moss for a four track steppers adventure, leaving devastation in its wake. We begin with the warbling sub textures and drifting percussion of 'Advance', Before slowly seeping into 'Synchronise', an LFO lead swampy dazzler. Next up, we dive into more crunchy percussive beauty as 'Bubbles' delivers something super wobbly, before the gritty bass switch ups of 'Ostov' are set loose, alternating between synth pulses and bass heavy groans to give us a wicked round up.
Review: When we come to discuss consistency, if we are talking within the dubstep scene, there really aren't many labels you look to before you land on Duploc. They are back doing what they do best next as they deliver a monumental compilation project, showcasing some of the hottest dubstep talents in the world right now, including Opus, Teffa, Xakra, Wraz, Sam Cosmic and more. There are some absolute gems to be plucked from this tracklisting, including the upbeat orchestral layouts of 'Secret Forest' from Mani and of course the devilish melodic structures and haunting vocal samples of 'Hidden Blade' from Woven Thorns. Overall, this one is a huge success.
Review: Now with dubstep compilations, it's often the case that we will see projects stacked up with a couple of bangers and a bag of average creations, however this latest fifteen track body from the For The Heads gang consists of nothing but pure steppers flavour. The line up alone is immense, pulling together some of the biggest new school names in dubstep as a whole, including: WZ, Kali, Ome, Mistah, SBK, Mungk and more. If we had to pick a pair of favorites, it would have to include the delicious delays and marshy bass textures of 'Deep Meditation' from Teffa, alongside the glittering LFO's and scattered drum beats of 'Curren't from Sedan. Awesome stuff!
Review: As ever with Moonshine Recordings, they have delivered us a seriously top notch selection as they unveil sixteen tracks of sweet reggae bliss. We have one of a line up on the table as we see names such as G Roots, Frenk Dublin, Blind Prophet, Adam Prescott and more throw us contributions as rootsy flavours are given a 2019 face lift. There are some clear standouts from this work, despite all sixteen tracks being absolute show stoppers, including 6Blocc & General Jah Mikey's system-ready stomper 'Too Rude' and the euphoric horn manoeuvres of 'Enchanted Dub' from Halcyonic, G Roots, Digid & Vale. The whole project is excellent, and we are super stoked to have it available here at Juno Download.
Review: What a year it's been for US deep bass imprint Version Collective. Exactly a year ago their inaugural Certified Organic collection lit a raging fire of smouldering singles and, most recently, a remarkable album by Sweepa. Now comes the sequel... Once again it's a far-ranging exploration that takes in some truly unique perspectives with highlights such as the discordant metallic strings of Lilti's remix of "Womple", the delicious didgeridoo-style bass weirdness of Basiclee's "Voyage Dub", the gully croaks and slaps of Drew's Theory's defiant "Nonsense & Knowledge" and the industrial strength drum textures and springy sub of Mr K's "Damage". Another serious statement of intent and showcase of exciting, forward-thinking dub talent, Version Collective are staring down the barrel of another exciting sonically innovative year.
Review: If you are looking for a slice of dubstep delight then we feel you need not ever look further than the latest Zygos release, who here teams up with Teffa for three originals that pack a serious slap. We begin our delvings into this project with a sampling of 'Direkt', a seriously gnarly piece of sound design, housing a seriously cool lead synth sound that busts its way through pounding sub textures and sharp drums. Zygos then steps out solo following this as he gets involved with the more organic drum structures or 'Run Down', which uses squelchy percussion to create a seriously unique feel, before we round of in style with this blistering LFO pressure of the title track ' Drained'.