Review: New Zealand's Truth duo have appeared on pretty much every dubstep label that's worth being seen on these days. From Tempa to Deep Medi Muziq, they've clearly instilled a respect from their contemporaries, and they are arguably the leaders of Kiwi bass at the moment. Deep Dark & Dangerous is their own label, and "Devils Game" kicks off the imprint's third instalment with a furious wall of bass that blasts a monumental wave of chaos and doom the beats down below. "Smoke" is comparatively deeper and more gentle in its approach, and is guided by the r&b-style vocals of Animal, while Quest accompanies the darkroom stepper that the dup has preferred to dub as "Untitled". Nasty business.
Review: Stepping away from their diligent Deep Dark Dangerous development, Truth return to the mother label with four seismic slabs of sub-soaked deepness. "Jade Helm" is a wandering swagger jam that's given character and life from subtle chime trembles, "Sound Killah" is one of those mid-track game changers when the bassline suddenly switches up with real pensive menace. "With Us" marches forth into a stark dystopian future, our scant feelings of hope raising as the drum rolls really tense up on the breakdown. Finally we hit the EP's title track; a rolling, percussion-heavy cut laced with ghostly prayer horns and shimmering skanks. Superb.
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.
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: 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.
Review: As the year draws towards a swift finale, the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew have one more final bag of dubstep dynamite to bless us all with before we finish up. This project is a collection of official remixes, featuring the likes of dubstep heavyweights such as Truth, Kloudmen, ColtCuts, Dark Harmonics and many more. Overall as a project, it surfs across the entire spectrum really well, leaving no corner of the ever expanding genre unexplored. Highlights for us are without a doubt the haunted atmospheric vocals and syncopated keys that come with the two Sepia remixes of 'Regret' and 'Smoke', along with Leon Switch's ultra-metallic rework of Enochi's 'Nefarious'.