Review: It's time to dive into the unusual here as Dome Of Doom welcomes the unorthodox production styles of Bleep Bloop to the table for an eight track extravaganza. We begin with the raucous glitch-driven melodies of 'Hacker', before the twisted distortion of 'Paut U 2 Sleep' and trap-style dubstep hybrid sounds of 'F12' alongside Goon Des Garcons come into play. Next, Gary Paintin gets involved in the destructive synthesizer smashes of 'Out Here', followed by super crunchy sound design and halftime drum work of 'Paying Dues' and the super unpredictable rhythmic arrangements of 'No Roof', again featuring Gary Paintin. Finally the rumbling sub structures and electro screams of 'What Are You In The Dark' make way for eerie vocal pads and lethal big room chords of 'Cromatin Landscape' to see an end to proceedings. It's unusual and we love it!
Review: Within the UK, there really are few labels that have made as much of an effort to explore the unusual and unpredictable landscapes of bass music as much as Coyote, who return here with this fantastic new LP project from the wonderful Filter Dread. Throughout the course of 10 stunning original creations, we hear Filter Dread showcase just how ahead of his time he is, from the glitch-heavy devil mix of 'Galactic' and drum heavy shuffles of 'Dry Ice' to garage-inspired weirdness of 'Klipz' later on. It's a fantastic way of showcasing how to get creative with sound, with our specific highlights being the delicate yet dangerous soundscaping of the introduction 'Dark Zone', alongside the twisted rhythmic explosions of the title track 'Trickster'. It's unusual, but undoubtedly exceptional.
Review: The run that Second To None have been on as a label has been pretty darn impressive when we sit back and take it in, with this latest drop from founders: Vital Techniques being another perfect addition. For the title track we see them link up with the potent vocal prowess of Graft, who gets busy over a lively instrumental structure full of rhythmic snare snaps. Following this, 'Amen' provides us with some classic sounding grimey fire, dripping in explosive horn riffs and lively rhythms, before the epic string and choir combos of '2020 Vision' unleash the perfect finale. Lovely stuff
Review: The continuous expansion and growth of the footwork and juke genre-union is doing absolute wonders for the producers within it, with this latest Ripples drop from Invader Spade being an excellent look into the sound as it stands. We begin with a look at the well thought out vocal slices and smooth chord structures of 'More Feels' before 'Nebulous' takes a much more hip-hop influenced approach with well chopped melodic grooves laying atop high energy drum rolls. Next, more sampled goodness as the uplifting plucks and vibrant harmonies of 'Show Some Love' come into play, before the jukey genius of 'Why U Nva Call Me?' with it's pitched up vocal lines see this one out with a fantastic finale.
Review: The Project Allout wave continues to gain in momentum as they welcome back the incredibly consistent Joedan across four tracks of highly energetic and flavoursome dancefloor beats. We kick off with the post-funky influences and niche-style bassline influxes of the title track 'Impending Doom', before 'Chest Plate' strips things back for a carnival-ready drum roller. The vibes then switch up into a more experimental display next as the unusual bass manoeuvres of 'Lift Off' arrive to add some serious differentiation, before rounding up on tribal-sounding percussive influxes and simple melodies of 'Turned My Back', making it the perfect sign off!
Review: JRMS is a new project between newcomer Joseph Cardone and Massimo Di Lena, a veteran who has released on Cadenza and Royal Oak. Issued on Peggy Gou's label, the project sees the duo deliver a pared back, gritty take on house music. The title track is a shuffling, drum-heavy track featuring repurposed rave stabs and a powerful sub-bass. "Shake" sees them take on board electro influences, with a squelchy low end supporting shuffling drums. Meanwhile on "3", the pair drop a percussive rhythm track that underpins detuned squelches and tight claps. Changing tact again, they deliver the tripped out "Solo", which is sure to work for DJs who like to play deeper.
Review: For this latest tasty link we see Nova land on Plantpower for a selection of super nostalgic dubstep jams, channeling the more introspective ends of the genre into two potent original creations. We kick off with the glittering percussive inputs and breezy chord pushes of 'Caffeine Dub' which casts images of early Anti-Social Music sets into our minds with it's delicacy and subtle delights. On the flip, we dive into a much more percussive design as 'Reincarnate' brings forward bouncy congas and choppy rhythmic maneuvers to inject some OG dubstep energy into the dance! It's a fantastic two tracker and a top quality tribute to dubsteps origins!
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique) - (5:04) 152 BPM
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique - Eusebeia Truth & Rights remix) - (4:50) 152 BPM
Review: From first glance it would appear that Earthtrak have stumbled upon a serious gem of a release with this one as they welcome in stunning production abilities of Obeah for three tracks of pure bassweight. We begin by examining the title track 'Dead In This Ting' which sees the legendary Trim get involved with a typically exceptional vocal performance, using his deeper tones and skippy flows to toast his way through a stunning instrumental display. To follow, 'Bad From Mi Born' arrives which features another well matched vocal collaboration from the critically acclaimed Rider Shafique, who unleashes a system-ready performance to match Obeah's system-busting production. Finally, Eusebeia Truth & Rights provide us with a more jungle influenced rethink of 'Bad From Mi Born', adding a final additional twist to this killer release.
Review: Throughout 2020 we have seen a lot of lines between genres crossing, with 140 music and the bassline, garage, funky debacle being good examples. Today however we are checking out possibly the most exciting genre-meshing this year as On1 unleashes the drill to UKG hybridization of his new project, kicking off with the pulsating 808 sub pressure and skippy hi-hat expressions of 'Makita'. Next, the breathy bass poundings and tenacious snare rolls of 'Ryobi' arrive in style, before we finish off the journey through this one with a look at 'Terra'. We would say this is the most drill-like of the bunch as a wave of synthetic melodic sweeps are greeted with shuffling drums and yet more of those engulfing sub slaps, making this one the perfect way to round off a very exciting trio of originals.
Review: As far as we can see, the team at Hyperboloid have really unearthed a diamond of a project with this one as they welcome Raumskaya in for an extremely tasty creation, as he unveils his spectacular 'Eco' album. As a project, this is a perfect showcasing of the exploration into electronic music and just how good the weird and wonderful can be. From the emotive yet thumping designs of 'Flame Threshold' and 'Melt Me' to the stunning soundscape work of 'Int' and 'Pristine', it covers so many themes and ticks so many boxes. For us, the standouts include the bubbling rhythms and spacey textures of the title track 'Eco', alongside the haunted pulsing stabs of 'None'. It's a top quality project to say the least!
Review: The consistency of Wisdom Teeth really is something to behold as they bring us this stunning six track experience from Shielding under the LP title 'Collecting Seaweed'. Right from the off we are greeted by the stunning pad structures of 'Dunsta', organic percussion and flickering melodies of 'Grass Snow Rain' and constantly expanding soundscapes of 'Mossa' to give us an instant feeling of finesse. From here, the minimal drums and sweeping synth expressions of 'Reserv' keep the good vibes going, followed by groovy rhythms of 'Timekeeper' and finally the outstanding harmonic arrangements of '111 Ways' which provides us with a synthetic experience to see out a phenomenal body of work. Amazing!
Review: Rightly so, Paul Woolford sees his Special Request project stamped and approved by R&S with this fully sick Spectral Frequency EP. Lifting the title-track from the Zero Fucks compilation Woolford released last year, this insane banger of experimental jungle comes backed by a sidewinding beatless version in "Inverse Frequency". The EP sees two new numbers in the bassline driven bliss of "No Other Way To Say It" and the uplifting arpeggios of "Family Doggo" that offers some respite in techno from the bonafide mad breaks of "Spectral Frequency". Undeniably good. Tip!
Review: As champions of the unusual and unpredictable, we were thrilled to see this latest drop from the Keysound team drop into the store as they welcome the wonderful arrangements of Spektralsound to explore sound on a deeper level. The title track 'Safe Haven' is a perfect example of that as we find ourselves washed in blippy melodic expenses and sneaky percussive inclusions that nobody sees coming. The feeling of galloping into the unknown is then replicated on 'Paradise' which combines rolling drums with eerie vocal slices to create a twisted sense of atmosphere, before 'Silent Declaration' strips everything back for some bass and drum goodness. To finish up, the combination of eastern instrumental plucks and warbling LFO influxes of 'Happy Heart' make for a perfect finale.
Review: Grime is most definitely in a position of growth right now, as we see numerous artists grow and expand their brand, with Tigs being one of the names of the tip of the scenes tongues. This latest project sees him run riot over the drill-like bass ascensions and hypnotic melodic chimes of the instrumental behind 'Chessboxin', taking the sound somewhere a little more experimental. The track also features the rapidly rising vocal patterns of SBK, who supplies high energy verses that sit very atop a busy instrumental structure. This release also comes complete with the standalone instrumental, which most certainly holds its own in a 140 set.