Review: The Smoking Sessions team have always had a knack for putting top quality compilation projects together, with this latest selection being another fantastic addition to their already outstanding catalogue. This second V/A project under 'The Session' title sees the likes of Occult, Synkro, Versa, Sunpal and many more make their return, all delivering sonic-masterclasses across UKG, bass and dubstep themes. The whole project oozes class, from the glittering arpeggios of 'Deeper Future' from Teefreqs to Escapism Refuge's stunning 'Dust' original. The project sets a very high standard, but our highlights including the spacy pad textures and stunning melodic twists of Lews B's 'Hush' and of course Geode's gorgeous 'Some Friday Flavour' original, channeling smooth squarewaves into a fantastic harmonic masterpiece.
Review: Well following on from a number of impressive dubstep events across the full spectrum of the scene, The Deep Heads team have matched that all with this incredible new compilation as they deliver the third edition of their incredible 'Deep Heads' series. This star-studded lineup is pretty breath-taking, with the likes of Kromestar, Biome, Om Unit, Sukh Knight, Synkro & more all delivering some serious bassweight. The tracklisting is made up of 24 wicked originals, with our favourites actually coming from some of the lesser established faces on the project. These include the likes of Mystic State's sumptuous 'Society' original alongside Astrid, which boasts serious 'Anti-Social' vibes. As well as this, the more stripped back, garage influenced drums of Clubroot's 'Harmony' and dancing percussion of 'Traps' from Escapism Refuge also sit as highlight picks for us!
Review: Who says smoking stunts your growth? Look at Smoking Sessions; 10 years in the game and never been bigger. Inhabiting that fertile axis between dub, garage, electronica and dubstep, its roster features some of the most innovative names in bass music such as Djrum, Geode, Synkro. Here we hit some selected cuts from the full 14-track anniversary album. Ranging from beautiful new moments such as Geode's mystic string-melting stepper "Ishikari" to out-and-out cult label anthems such as Synkro's perennial "Don't Know" and Djrum's measured and meditative "Plead With Me", this immaculate collection represents the label's distinctive and striking remit and sets us up for the next 10 smoky years. Spark up.