Review: Fresh from their scavenging mission on New Moon, Dutch trio The Illuminated land on FKOF, a platform that's supported them since their earliest incarnations. With four tracks to showcase, FKOF have given them their biggest opportunity to date. And as each track pushes their own and the genre's boundaries beyond expectations, they've clearly not wasted the opportunity. Highlights include the insanity riff spirals on "Psychonauts" the pulsating heartbeat subs and dubbed out percussion on "Vintage" and the synth and sax sensuousness of "HMU". Illuminatingly lush, FKOF's label operation just keeps getting better and better.
Review: Powerful contemporary dub from the MindStep crew. Jeph1 provides a perfect spacious dynamics for Leicester's premiere conscious ambassador I-Mitri. Embracing the true sentiments of dub and applying loopy, textured techniques, it's at once heavy and meditative. Remix-wise Dubkasm gets his digidub on, Trashbat soothes our soul with slinky, soulful future garage breezes and The Illuminated take the groove down to the darkest dungeon possible, providing some great space for I-Mitri's vocal. This fire is going to burn for a long, long time.
Review: Keeping their track record intact for the Dub Communication label outta Rotterdam is local duo The Illuminated who send in a cool & toasty riddim in "The Illuminated" featuring Berlin trumpeter Vale Schwarzbeck righteously on horns. Golden 120BPM stepper! A much sought after 7" now gone digital, ZamZam Sounds alumni Blind Prophet is given 'The Illuminated' remix treatment with a previously unreleased version of "Hugh Dub" first found in its original form on Dub Communication circa 2018 - mad asiatic vibes.
Review: Moonshine's manoeuvres in the deep continue to impress with this highly accomplished collaborative remix album. A throwback to their original Steppin' Forward album - released March 2014 - the Jamaican label have given each contributor the parts to a fellow label mate's tune and asked them to get creative. The results are as consistent and progressive as the original. Every track is a highlight but stand-out essentials include the bubblesome digidub of Bukkha's juicy switch on Tuff & Powa's "Outlaw Music", Adam Prescott's sinewy shakedown of RSD's "Know U 2" and the foamy subs and wriggling melodica on Roommate's version of Alpha Steppa's "Shinkansen".
Review: Bubbling from the dub motherland, Kingston Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings deliver a 15-track heavy adventure into the finest contemporary dub sounds. Uniting artists from all sides of the oceanic dub pool, Steppin' Forward documents bass music and dub culture's furthest, most expansive potential. From Compa's undulating bass wriggles and reverb synth shots on "One Lion" to the heavy, gurgling low-end menace of Violinbwoy's "Echo Park" this is guaranteed to resonate with all sides of the dub spectrum.