What a wholesome collection of new school garage flavour we have here as the wonderful sounds of Thing returns to Dubthing for a full length LP drop, featuring twenty-six brand new breathy rollers. It's quite a thing for an artist to release a relevant full length LP, but to hit a twenty-six track collection with this level of consistency and quality is even more special. From the beautiful vocal processing of 'Time After Time' and tight drum clips of '3 06 2022' through to the murky lofi magic of 'Deep Sadness' and downright rhythmic wizardry of 'Pleasure Beat', this project sure does cover a lot of ground. If you can find the time, we couldn't recommend taking this one in on long play higher, with every individual track contributing something new, exciting and fresh to a truly spectacular running order. Incredible work!
Another winner for the Dub Communication crew appears to have landed as they welcome back the wonderfully consistent Frenk Dublin, one of the leading lights in future dub music across the world right now. He is joined by the ever ready Tenor Youthman for 'Fire Just A Shot', a fabulous new single exploring the deeper ends of the dub music spectrum, focussing on heavy delays and moody basslines below for a seriously weighty new weapon. The project also comes complete with three official remixes, with Om Unit stepping up first for a shaker-induced rhythmic overhaul, packed to the brim with original flavour. Next, Smalltowndubz give the track an even spookier feel as we are greeted by squelching chords and spacey synth lines, before Masis unleashes a steady dub march of a remix, focussing on 4x4 drum struts and and even spacier backdrop. Tasty!
We have another tasty helping of sonic sweetness from the In:flux Audio crew here as they welcome back the explosive flavours of 1point5, who unleashes four tracks of pure heat for us to enjoy. The introduction sees 'In The Dark' arrive, a smartly designed amalgamation of euphoric vocal presses, sticky synthesiser bubbles and spacey drum processing, before the more mystic melodies and stripped back drum designs of 'Settle' take us down a more magical avenue. From here, 'Last Time' pulls together a dizzying combination of blippy synthesiser hops and industrial guitar sweeps for a more metallic overhaul, before finishing the project off in the remix corner. We see Qwirk take up the mantle with his powerful overhaul of 'In The Dark', a gnarly rethink of the title track that gives the EP a nice final dash of spice.
Already a legend of the game in many people's eyes, Phaeleh makes yet another monumental return with this latest collection on Undertow, exploring the most beautiful elements of 140BPM based creation. We begin with 'Once Chance', a thought provoking swim through silky vocal sweeps and glittering pad textures. From here, a more shuffling set of drums are rolled out for the room filling vocal displays of 'Outside The Lines', doused in stunning synthetic harmony from start to finish. To close, we are very pleased to see a final dive into some garage-driven goodness as the high energy drum crunches of 'Walk Away' take the lead role, topped off of course with some more of those stunning melodic inductions, shimmering bass booms and emotional vocal slices to match. Fabulous stuff!
1985 digging deep into the 140/170 axis with its fully internatty crew once again. Some of the tunes have become in demand 2022 IDs already - including Monty and Visages's 'Tek' and Alix Perez's beautiful 'Not Alone' - other highlights include the monstrous junglism of ICJ's 'Metrodome', Visages' woozy blues on 'Love Conspiration', Cesco's happy-slapping 'No Fuss' and Paige Julia's almighty 'Ease Your Mind'. What a collection, 1985 doing the absolute business right now!
Once again the mastery of Wheel & Deal is placed on display for all of us to see, welcoming the futuristic dubstep designs of Bidl inside for four tracks of pure heavyweight heat, kicking off with 'Examine', a seriously murky combination of aquatic bass drips and crunchy drum processing to kick us off with a fiery punch. Next, 'Longhead' fuses floaty melodic drifts and unusual harmonics for a breathy swim through drippy synth textures, followed closely by the chomping LFO bites of 'Oddball', giving us a more squelchy sense of fun to dive into. Finally, the warbling synthesiser runs and dubwise delays of 'Sit Down' give us a more relaxed finale to enjoy, bringing the project to a close in serious style.
About Dubstep: Originating from South London during the early to mid-2000's, dubstep has without a doubt become one of the UK's most beloved musical outputs. With the roots of genre planted firmly across both system culture and the darker side of garage, dubstep's rise to worldwide notoriety between 2009 and 2015 was something very special to behold indeed. Based around 140BPM, with elements from all over world music, it is a sound that travels across so many spectrums of sound. All of these areas tend to united over a love of a pounding sub bass, sometimes focussed more on harsher, tearout sounds across the water, with the UK tending to lean towards a more dubwise soundscape.