Review: Dubstep compilations as a whole are often difficult to nail perfectly, as it is easy for tracks to get lost in the space between. However, we can assure you that the team at Dubtribu have done a magnificent job with their new extended project 'Deep Dub Inside 2018', which features heaters from the likes of Yin Yang Audio, Proove, Arta, Muhla. Stizzla, Eater and many more. For us the standout recordings come in the form of Nosq & Grawinkel's robotic combustion in 'Strange', alongside the smooth drum processing of Lory Kong's 'Haters' and Kismat's tearout triumph in 'Cosmic'.
Nicky Boy Floyd - "Triple Double" - (4:44) 140 BPM
Saanen - "Messed Dub" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Jutsu" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Aztek & Muhla - "Fsake" - (3:36) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Tactile" - (5:01) 140 BPM
Forslab - "Mechanism" - (5:05) 140 BPM
Nomad - "Twitch Fingers" - (5:02) 140 BPM
Dziga - "Inchain" - (4:41) 140 BPM
The Cosmos - "Insomnia" - (2:24) 140 BPM
Review: Flying straight out of Croydon, one of 2017's most impressive dubstep imprints: Dubtribu return for a fantastic end of year compilation. This 14 tracker sums up everything you need to know about the label, it's dark it's dangerous and it's incredibly weighty. From start to finish this compilation explores the vast distance of dubsteps boundaries, from the haunting vocals of 'Disappear' by Platypus to the wonky rhythms of Nicky Boy Floyd's 'Triple Double' and back around to the neuro inspired sounds of 'Jutsu' by the magnificent Yin Yang Audio. Highlights for us include the dubwise inspired sounds of Nomad's 'Twitch Fingers' and the spooky LFO's of 'Insomnia' by Nottingham based up & comer 'The Cosmos'.
Provoke & Quintana - "The Kingdom" - (4:32) 140 BPM
Review: The Dubtribu crew know how to cap off a year in fine style, especially seeing as they've had a pretty good one themselves throughout this unpredictable 2016. We now know them as the label who produce consistently excellent levels of low frequencies, and who are also kind of experts in spotting new talent from the streets. Deep Dub Inside 2016 features all of their best names, and then some. This badboy is twenty-eight tunes long, and mean as motherfu**** - inside, you'll find dark, brooding, ominously constructed bass cuts from the likes of Fiend, Mr Tetris, Krease, Yin Yang Audio, and plenty more bass scientists. From two-step to bro-step and back to garage, this will surely satisfy even the most ravenous of DJs and dancers.
Review: Yin Yang Audio has already graced the presence of Croydon's Dubtribu, but this time the producer does so with an 11-track album, deserved chance for him to really get his voice across. This is because YYA's output isn't dubstep in the fullest sense of the word, but rather a diverse and explorative myriad of sonics bound together by a heavy layer of low frequencies. If you're expecting loud, squelching and raucous brostep, you won't find any here; Yin Yang Audio serves up a gnarly bunch of tunes that can be used both on and off the floor, a myriad of sonics to bounce to and meditate over. For fans of the Deep Medi sound.
Yin Yang Audio - "Radiation Nation" - (4:42) 140 BPM
Sparkup - "Otomo" - (4:49) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Pitch" - (4:16) 138 BPM
Lory Kong - "Cup Of Peace" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Sepia - "Warzone" - (4:28) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Fight" - (4:09) 140 BPM
Krease - "Space Cake" - (5:14) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Lift" - (4:00) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "The Rabbit In The Moon" - (3:45) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Exit Strategy" - (6:29) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Solidarity" - (5:19) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Daggadub" - (4:45) 140 BPM
Copley - "Scatty Dub" - (4:08) 142 BPM
Krease - "Kinetik" - (5:12) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Endless Nights" - (4:38) 140 BPM
Digital Monk - "Eat The Rich" - (6:18) 140 BPM
Copley - "Vacuum" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Dynastic Linage" - (5:47) 140 BPM
Krease - "Abenaki" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Sizzle Dubby" - (4:12) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Transmission" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Krease - "Pariahk" - (5:32) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Twisted Sibling" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Kurt Roc Skee - "Nonsens" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Mainframe" - (4:52) 140 BPM
Provoke - "Starting Over" - (4:26) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Demiurge II" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: Since emerging from the dungeon in the last year, the deeper side of dubstep has really found its soul again. With the emphasis on groove rather than spacious sound design, there's some incredible music available again. And Croydon-based Dubtribu are one of the labels leading the charge, as proved by this epic track end-of-year collection: highlights across the exclusive cuts include Yin Yang Audio's siren-blaring sludge-stomper "Radiation Nation", Sirius's east-meets-west string-plucked skanks on "Fight" and Jackson's horn-heaving, classic early Rusko sounding funker "Solidarity". And that's just three killer examples from a potential 29. Dig deep on this one.
Review: Croydon's next generation bass ambassadors are flying the flag hard with their latest compilation. 13 exclusives from some of their most exciting creative contributors from around the world, Deep Dub Inside 2014 is a great representation of the scene's currently healthy - and mercifully underground - state. From the rolling, funky and melodic twists of YYA's "Rosanegra" to the punctuated bass sermon of Hkay's "Retribution" to the fathomless star-gazing depths of Nereeda's "Before" to the space sax slinkiness of Neurosplit's "Amsterdam", there's a great sense of forward-thinking creativity coded deep into every cut. Essential for all low end lurkers.
Review: Uncompromising bass tactics abound as Houston's YYA hops over the pond to Croydon's Dubtribu imprint. "The Running Man" carries several techno hallmarks as the sub pulsates with gradually growing menace. Further on we're immersed in classical drama as "Stressless" stretches out the strings before dropping into a series of sharp sinewy bass waves while "Sacrifice" takes us down a dark bass alley and duffs us up with distorted gritty lows and industrial strength highs. For his grand finale YYA lays down "Deepspace". All drones and gravity defying drum dynamics, naturally it lives up to its name.
Review: Get your head down and your hood up for these excellent couple of tunes from Yin Yang Audio on Soulstep. First up is "Synergy" - a tense piece, full of uncertain chimes, haunting synth sweeps and chiming below a deep, punishing b-line, which sets the tone for the piece. "Scared", on the other hand, pushes the experimentalism the other way, building from a sparse intro into a gently rattling, lonely main part full of groans and curious SFX. Unnerving yet thought-provoking music here.