Review: Dubstep kingpin N-Type isn't exactly short of credits. Apart from absolutely killing it on each and every tune he releases, the man has been a pillar to the dubstep scene over the last ten years; he was there at the start, and is still proudly twisting those low-ends a decade later, after the move away from the genre's traditional sound and into the realms of what we now call 'bass'. This new EP comes out on Wheel & Deal, another big player in the dubstep scene, and they drop five mega-bad cuts by the man; the vibes are wonky and deranged, particularly on the opener "Ruff Flavours", but also on tracks like "Kore" and "Boom Blast". This is straight-up nastiness, the sort of dubstep they don't make anymore. Go easy.
WHEELYDEALY 052STEMS 28 Oct 16 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: Three months after their first release by Dabs, Hydro, M-Zine & Scepticz, Rotterdam-based club night and label Blendits returns with a fresh two tracker. Kicking off the release, Lincoln-based trio Soligen & Type-2 deliver some beautifully obscure drum & bass with "Pretending". Twisted basslines, techy drumlines and an overall infusion of light and dark textures blend together to create a sound unlike any other you've ever heard. Next up, Dutch scene frontrunners Mindmapper & Silvahfonk present "Polygraph", a floating, airy track punctured by a deep sub and clever synth play. Intriguing and unique.
Review: This latest missive from Rotterdam's Blendits Audio imprint is a truly global affair, with a track each from Sao Paulo-based Young:G (AKA producer Felipe Antunes) and Lincoln duo Soligen and Type 2. It's the latter combo that kicks things off, delivering a skittish chunk of deep, murky and tech-tinged "Martyr" - all drifting, subtle chords, metallic hits and pounding rhythms. Young:G's "Shantytown" is more of a straight-up tech-step D&B roller, with foreboding electronic sweeps and intricate sound effects wrapped around a speaker-rattling bassline and smooth jungle rhythms. It also features a rather creepy breakdown, which in our book is no bad thing.