Review: Not content with absolutely smashing the game with their Deep Dark & Dangerous label this year, Truth return to one of their strongest spiritual homes: Deep Medi Music. Naturally they're packing some serious sentiments: "Lion" is a pounding roller that chugs with an industrial strength toxic bassline and demonic call from Teklife's Taso. "Messages" flips the situation for a much lighter, mystical and spatial exploration with fluttering break echoes and unhurried, yearning chords. Finally we're knocked seasick by the slobbering kicks and boa-like bass of "Ruffneck" which doesn't so much as live to up to its name but sets a new benchmark in dangerous, knife-edge ruffneckism. Powerful frequencies.
Review: New Zealand trio Truth come up with a superlative contribution to one of the premiere dubstep labels, Deep Medi Musik. In the same vein as DMZ, Kryptic Minds et al, "Amnesia" is a half-stepping nightmare vision full of psychological twists, vintage film samples, ominous atmospherics and crackling SFX. Perfectly poised, it maintains the intrigue right until the end, unerring in approach. "International" on the other hand, kicks off with a more jovial tone, featuring rattling breaks, xylophone beats and curious jungle flavours, the rallying reggae sample calling out above the beats. A fantastic release and an essential for die hard dubstep fans.
Review: Rewind: it's the summer of 2012 and Kiwi duo Truth make their Artikal debut with a weeping, mournful paranoia piece "Babylon London". It becomes a deep dubstep anthem of the season. Back to the future: Artikal founder J:Kenzo flips the vibe for a 172 jungle makeover. Maintaining the cries and soars of the original, but adding a whole new sense of energy and activity in the drums and basses, it's an exemplary lesson in contemporisation. Massive.
Truth & Dutty Ranks - "Calling You Back" - (4:20) 140 BPM
Review: Truth teams up with Decoda and Dutty Ranks in turn for a stunning release on N-Type's legendary Wheel & Deal. "The Emperor" is every bit as grand and imposing as its namesake, with snapping snares, grizzled synths and smashing blocks of bass, all underpinned by a chilling wavering cry and a rousing guitar riff which draws you in and pulls you to the dancefloor. "Calling You Back" is a much more gentle venture, with lilting beats, soothing atmospherics, broken only by the groaning bassline and rumbling sub bass below. Highly recommended.
WHEELYDEALY 022 21 Nov 11 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: An all-star lineup is an understatement here as some of the best in dubstep team up on Deep Dark & Dangerous for an absolute corker entitled 'Freak Show'. Long term genre favourite: Youngsta pulls together with the ever-creative sounds of Truth and a breath of fresh air from Stylust, resulting in a whirlwind of demonic melodies, colossal drum designs and writhing bass patterns, making this a real monster you can expect to hear at festivals and in clubs all around the country.
Review: Here, digital DJs get a rare chance to own a slew of previously vinyl-only plates from Mala's Medi Musik imprint. Deep Medi Releases 3 continues the format of its two predecessors, including cuts from 12" singles released in 2008 and 2009. For fans of good quality dubstep, it's well worth a look. While there's the odd intense dancefloor wobbler (Goth-Trad's busy "Saturn", Skream's "The Shinein"), there's also plenty of depth, melody and beauty amongst the trademark low-end pulse. Look out in particular for a pair of luscious, emotion-rich cuts from Quest, a pleasing bleep-fest from Truth, and Clouds' brilliantly far-sighted "Protecting Hands" - here available in two stunning mixes.
Review: For this awesome project, the team at Strictly Breaks have got together an absolute gem of a roster to put together a show stopping 25 track breakbeat compilation. Traversing the entire breadth of an already widened genre, we hear everything from the heavily soul inspired 'The Prophet' from Glover Crockett And Glover to the more directly blues orientated 'Maverick Woman Blues' from Moloch. Our favourites right from the beginning have to include the rock n roll rhythms of Cooking On 3 Burners with 'Real Life Baby' and of course the heavily percussive based compositional creations of 'Hurt & Fire' from Franco Crescenzo.
Review: Brooklyn-based bass dealers Tuba blow their sub trumpet with a rich collection that spans their impressive history so far. Ranging from the meditative steps and jazz shimmers of Subreacher's "Future Target" to the techy breakbeats, sub-soaked steps and dreamy breakdown of D-Operation Drop's "Origami" via the ghostly, cavernous resonance of Below's self-title nightmare soundtrack, Tuba have curated a fine selection that represents their clear and confident contributions to the ever morphing and mutating dubstep sound. If you've not picked up on any of these yet, now is most certainly the time!
Review: As January nears its bitter end, it seems this the time to release mega compilation albums. AEI, the company behind Get Darker, UKF and D&B Arena unveil their next project: Get Darker Presents: This Is Dubstep 2012. And what an album it is. Bringing in all the flavours of contemporary dubstep, it succeeds in providing a sweeping panorama of an increasingly fractionalized scene. From the deeper sounds of Author, VIVEK, Kryptic Minds, Icicle & Distance and Phaeleh, through material from scene pioneers such as Horsepower Productions, Skream and Benga, to the more aggressive sounds of Gemini, Flux Pavillion, 16 Bit and Nero, it's all covered. A brilliant "who's who" of dubstep in 2012 - highly recommended.
DJ Madd - "The Life You Chose" (Distance remix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
Stinkahbell - "Film Noir" - (5:37) 140 BPM
Sleeper & Thelem - "Arrakis" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Kryptic Minds - "The Divide" - (5:32)
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 1) - (1:13:24) 140 BPM
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 2) - (1:09:30) 140 BPM
Review: Sixth in the series, This Is Dubstep is one of the more comprehensive, on-point series the scene has given us (ie: many!) Across the 40 tracks every single shade is covered; from rave-tinged (Noisia's remix of "Smack My Bitch Up") to all-out technicolour bass (Drumsound & Bassline Smith), This Is Dubstep 2013 pays respect to all corners of the dance - including the really far-out experimentations of Mala and his Cuban project. With exclusives such as V.I.V.E.K's "Barcelona" and Killawatt's "Single Entity" thrown in for good measure, this isn't just a summary of today's dubstep; it's a slice of the future too.