There's no denying that Leo Cap has been on an absolute tear over the course of the last two years, with this, his brand new album on Deep Dark & Dangerous, being a perfect showcase of how far his sound has come. Leaping left, right and centre across the full spectrum of dubstep ideals, Leo has cultivated a truly magnificent collection, from the aquatic sub work of 'Don't Move' and mind-bending sub sweeps of 'Underground Business', to the sub-busting bass marches of 'Step Off' and more rhythm-inspired percussion of 'Music That You Like'. It's a truly top quality collection, with our individual highlights including the super-abstract bass designs and vocal sampling of 'No Matter How Far', next to the pulsating bass warbles of 'Same Different' and raucous LFO designs of Manchesta Dem Boy'. What a collection!
The After Dark Music crew are back in business with this fiery new box of warblers from Mikrodot, who immediately injects a new level of 140BPM energy into our lives. Firstly, the title track 'Lost Time', fuses exuberant LFO expressions with syncopated chord stabs and dubby horn delays, setting the tone perfectly. We then jump into 'No Cocaine', another nostalgic thrill-ride, diving through more reggae-inspired musical themes and lethal sub slides, with 'Nobody's Listening' then upping the ante with a more violent feeling around it. Finally, 'Sleuth' delivers a seriously moody feeling', focussing on chiming harmonics and distant vocal delays, closing the EP with a slam.
TempOzone's second release features the exceptional talents of Brighton-based producer Etch, who delves into the depths of sub-aquatic bass science with five rugged and raw tracks. Etch, recognised as a most inventive break-experimentalist in 2023, showcases his skills in cutting breaks, dub and percussion for the dancefloor. Follow the collapsing groove of opener "Underpass Rouge" we're met with the sparse dubs of "Predator Trax" - some deep tribal dub at its finest. Industrialised amen breaks makes their way through "Paranorm", with "C-50" adding some classy experimental IDM to the equation (got us thinking something like Klaus and Flaty). - while "Zap Me To The Moon" completes the EP with a cosmic, jungle twist.
As always, White Peach have arrived and delivered a simply sumptuous collection of dubstep-inspired originals, this time welcoming in the maverick sounds of Ourman for a stunning display of production-based mastery. We open up with the shimmering soundscapes and delight synth designs of 'Nowhere To Look', a creeping emotive epic that despite having a slightly slower tempo, sets the tone perfectly. Next, the more mysterious drips of 'Glock' and the grime-inspired synthesiser slides of 'Rezolve' are whisked into play, showcasing the incredible versatility of
Ourman. Finally, 'Danz' gives us a smooth sweep through choppy instrumental flutters, closing off this frankly outstanding project in style.
Monsters Music over the years has become somewhat of a flagship flyer for the grittier side of the dubstep spectrum, with a number of their artists leading the way on that side of the scene. However, this time around, they have touched down with a wicked new standalone drop from ROI OS, taking us into much deeper waters with 'Level 0'. Focussing in heavily on hard hitting sub-processing and heavily delayed drum stamps, this is an original that deserves to be spun on the most heavyweight systems, with the tracks low-end being simply sublime in its creation. An awesome, unexpected treat!
Around the world in 12 wubs; Alix Perez's superlative 1985 continues to dig deeper and deeper into our psyche with the third volume of their faultless Atlas VA series. As always, the tempos are set to flexible as we slide and glide between the style and speeds courtesy of some incredible names... Cesco brings some proper dark UKG on 'Superstealth', Sir Hiss gets angular with the electroid funk of 'Shower Man Time', Visages go all slinky and futurist on 'Margit' while the bossman Perez and GLXY link up for something truly sexy and soulful with 'Green Lane'. All this and so much more, from Rockwell & Scepticz to Settle Down to Eprom, this is yet another exceptional adventure from the 1985 crew.
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.