Review: Ride 'em cowboy... Otz and The Widdler saddle up on Dank N Dirty Dubz with four refreshingly loose and organic pieces of bluesy sublow soul. "Outlaws" and "Once Upon A Time" set the scene with glisteningly crisp guitar work and breeze harmonic vapour trails. Deeper into the wild west caper "New Frontiers" fuses UKG-style steppery with a little jazz spirit and slide guitar magic while "Before Dark" closes on a swooning emotional halftime vibe with full emphasis on space and soul. One of Dank N Dirty's deepest releases to date; this is sublime.
Review: It's safe to say that Crucial Recordings have been on a bit of a standout spree over the past few months, so when we saw that they had linked up with living dubstep legend: The Widdler, we could hardly contain our excitement. In traditional swampy style, we kick off this project with the murky LFO expressions and aquatic flute lines of the title track 'Venting', before diving head first into 'Out There', an unpredictable roller packed with gnarly horn drives and suspenseful tones amidst a low hanging forest of unusual percussion. Finally, Smilodon gets involved with the luscious soundscaping and incredible melodic structures of 'Magnetic'. Just wow!
Review: For us, there are few North American producers who have had as much of a positive influence on the traditional dubstep sound as The Widdler, who has been at the forefront of swampy sound design for a long time. Here we see him team up with the precise production prowess of Pushloop for 5 tracks of pure danger. To start 'Abydos' takes us down a satanic sidestreet of growling subs and asian melodies, with 'Houdini' providing some more riddim inspired bass drivers and 'Wiccan Witches' causing an absolute ruckus. Both producers have also included solo creations, with Pushloop's being a super swingy percussive ride in 'Broken Murals'. The Widdler then strikes with 'Calamity', a masterpiece in eastern dubstep fusion. Incredible stuff.
Review: After 18 months of silence, Versed rises from its sleep with an energised album-sized air. Leaning over the future precipice even further than before, the whole collection reeks of innovation and rule-free drama. The cosmic digidub of "Slept On", the scaly drones and off-beat parps of "Cabin", the mischievous wobbles and spacious funk of "Don't Talk", the tripped out vocal cuts and pranged out bass zaps of "Buddha" are just some of the many highlights on offer here... Dig deep and digest - this more than makes up for lost time!
Review: The Dank N Dirty Dubz team have become synonymous with top quality releases over the past few years and this latest selection is a continuation of that theme as they welcome ten of the best inside for a fantastic 4/20 compilation. The roster is incredible, with heavyweight names including Roommate, Pushloop, Roklem, Enigma Dubz and more. There are some incredible tunes throughout, with our favourites including The Widdler's phenomenal dubwise creation in 'Toker, the purple synthesizer slams of 'Cider from Bisweed and of course the breaksy brilliance of Jafu's 'Nuken'.
Review: Now as far as compilations go, this without a doubt has to be one of our favourite dubstep selections of the year so far as Dank n Dirty unveil seventeen original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Aztek, Arta, Liquid Memoirs, Enigma Dubz and more. For us, this compilation showcases so much, from the emotional tones of 'Shaking & Withdrawn' from Legend4ry and the dubwise inspired arrangements of Otz's 'Moody Dub', to the super shuffling rhythms of 'Kashmir' from Khromi. For us, there are some real standouts to this one, the first of which comes from living dubstep legend: The Widdler, with his spacey, dub-infused original entitled 'THC'. As well as this, the potent collaboration between Roomate and Dokter named 'Overstanding' packs a serious punch.
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: US dubstep lifer The Widdler backs up 2013's star-bathing deep roller "Lost In Space Part 2" with two additional slices of fresh grit. "Acheri" is a gritty halftime cut spiked with a cocktail of twisted, trippy sounds and processes while "Harrington" travels the saw-toothed path with an ever-mutating paranoid bassline that grizzles like a teething lion cub... And bites twice as hard.