Review: For a city that is so lit by sunshine, Los Angeles now has a pretty lit dubstep community, especially if we're talking about the deeper, darker end of the bass spectrum. Ahkur is one such artist leading the charge in this space, and he's up on After Dark Music with four raucous doses of bass-weight, each one of them built for pure destruction. "Insomnia" kicks off with a wayward swagger, all gloom and doom, while "Bone Kirk" steps it up with some gnarly percussion work. "Times Have Changed" gives a nod to the style's reliance on dub templates, and "Night Sesh", the collaboration with Tetrad, ends with a feisty punch of wobble, to give the place a little grimeyness. Dutty!
Review: After a very respectable 2018, the Foundation Audio team are back again with their first project of the year as they invite in Krook for a very potent project indeed. The title track for this one goes by the name of 'Get Checked' and is a monstrous amalgamation of electronic growls and weighty sub textures, destined to duppy any dubstep dance nationwide. Next up with roll into the distorted moog leads of 'Splitter', which is quickly joined by spooky chime melodies and drippy atmospherics. Finally, we see The Greys and Tetrad join the party in a three way collaboration entitled 'Skinwalker', another haunted composition, stuffed with subby textures and satanic stutters.
Review: Calling your track "Heart Of The Soundsystem" is a bold move... But it's a move that LA new-blood Tetrad executes with serious skill: the bassline pumping with thick dub blood, power surges through every cone with life as it worms between sub and higher octaves amid a dense array of Pablovian textures. "Well Maybe Dub" is a much deeper, denser construction with a slow-and-steady kick that's wrapped in ten-tog duffle subs. One for lift off, one for come down... Hearty on.
Review: Dub Sector have been running riot of late, and this latest compilation from them shows just how crazy it's been, as they bring us thirteen of their finest heaters from the last 12 months, all bundled together into one weighty batch. We hear some absolute dirt from heavyweight names such as Dalek One, Rez and The Widdler, along with some seriously naughty selections from the likes of Kwizma with his sub heavy 'Gravitation' original, and JWiRE's big room smasher 'Amen Ra'. For us, the steaming low end of Lory Kong's 'My House' renders it a serious highlight, along with the colourful bass synths of 'SpaceJail's 'Interstellar'.
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.