Review: It's been a long time since we have been anywhere close to disappointed with a new Liondub International release, with this latest heavyweight collaboration continuing to apply the pressure, as Riko Dan, Trigon & Dave Gee join the Lion Dub team for a hard hitting new single entitled 'War Dub'. Right from the off we can tell we are in for a raucous affair as demonic horn lines and sizzling sublines provide the perfect skeleton for Riko Dan to run riot upon, unleashing a blistering display of clash-ready lyricism. This drop comes complete with the instrumental version for good measure, making it a must grab for any 140 DJ.
Review: The team behind the CNCPT Collective movement have been on fire of late, with this new drop being the latest in a very impressive run. They welcome the combined flavours of Prizma & Killa P for 'Bun Down', a raucous single that is built off a sizzling low end-heavy instrumental from Prizma, jam packed with flutey tones, over which Killa P is let loose with one of his more energetic performances this year. Next up we dive into remixes as Somah arrives firstly to give the track a darkened garage flip, before Enigma Dubz gives the instrumental version a silky rethink. Excellent work as per!
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous team really do have a top knack for spotting and crafting high end releases, with this brand new 'Ishtar' album from Abstrakt Sonance being yet another winner. Featuring 17 incredible originals, it's a masterpiece of 140 themes and dubstep influences, from the grizzling reeses of 'Mindstate' and subtle sitar slides of 'From Wallah With Love' to the percussive brilliance of 'Beautiful Time To Be Alive' and system ready sub-marches of 'Deep In The Jungle'. There's just so much to enjoy throughout the project, including some high end collaborations, which sees the likes of D Double E, Killa P, Long Range, Crowell, Vandull and EniGMA Dubz all get involved with top quality contributions.
Review: When we come to discuss consistency, if we are talking within the dubstep scene, there really aren't many labels you look to before you land on Duploc. They are back doing what they do best next as they deliver a monumental compilation project, showcasing some of the hottest dubstep talents in the world right now, including Opus, Teffa, Xakra, Wraz, Sam Cosmic and more. There are some absolute gems to be plucked from this tracklisting, including the upbeat orchestral layouts of 'Secret Forest' from Mani and of course the devilish melodic structures and haunting vocal samples of 'Hidden Blade' from Woven Thorns. Overall, this one is a huge success.
Review: Crossing the Atlantic in style each and every time, Ternion Sound are back at it again, this time unleashing a sumptuous new four track delight for the dons at Artikal Music. We begin with the hypnotic synth twists and amazonian atmospheric delays of 'The 14th', which unleashes a raucous display of percussive power, before 'Parasite VIP' delivers an outstanding piece of dirty dubstep production. Following this 'Smoke Em out' brings forward more sweeping pad textures to add an eerie sense of depth to the EP, before the fluttering flute lines and dubbed snare delays of 'Far North Dub' puts the final touches on one of the strongest releases from the Ternion camp we have ever seen!
Review: The Foundation Audio team are at it again with a masterful stroke of A&R action here as they link up Teffa and Moss for a four track steppers adventure, leaving devastation in its wake. We begin with the warbling sub textures and drifting percussion of 'Advance', Before slowly seeping into 'Synchronise', an LFO lead swampy dazzler. Next up, we dive into more crunchy percussive beauty as 'Bubbles' delivers something super wobbly, before the gritty bass switch ups of 'Ostov' are set loose, alternating between synth pulses and bass heavy groans to give us a wicked round up.
Review: It goes without saying at this point, but screw it, we will repeat ourselves with a good old uttering of 'It looks like Chad Dubz has done it again'. Landing on his home imprint of Foundation Audio, the 'Foundations' LP is an excellent showcasing of futuristic dubstep brilliance. Made up of twelve swampy stunners, Chad Dubz once again confirms his spot among the best in the game, with the tracklisting varying dramatically between the more 'Anti-Social' inspired spaciness of 'Space Cadet' to the electronic mastery of 'System'. The whole project is a delight, with highlights including the moody LFO expressions of 'Anxious', alongside the exceptional soundscaping work behind 'Life', which links up unorthodox percussive lines with a hypnotic sense of rhythm throughout. Top stuff as per!
Review: There have been a lot of label success stories over the course of 2020, despite their being so many obstacles in the way. One of those for us, without a doubt, has to be Locus Sound, who look to start to round off 2020 with this exceptional new full length compilation project. Featuring 15 scorching originals, we see the likes of Ome, Photom, Sedan, Lord Jabu, Ourman, Pharma and many more unleash some serious weight over the course of 65 minutes of steppers goodness. The entire project is dripping in quality, with our highlights being the voluptuous bass gurgles and unpredictable drum shifts of Root from Nizth, alongside Koma's groovy post-garage experiment with 'Step Two You'.
Review: The discography we are seeing form under the Instigate banner is starting to become quite a goliath looking collection, with this extra drop from Lampa adding fuel to the fire. We begin with the title track 'Celestial', which stands a sizzling creation, driven by glittering high end synth plucks and a lethal reese sound below. From here, 'The Details' sees Enigma join the party for a spooky 140 roller, alongside Gnasha's influence on the eastern inspired melodic twists of 'Highlander'. Finally, B-Say steps forward to have his way with 'Matrimony', giving us a sumptuous sub-pounding rework to round this project off with a bang!
Review: Although they may not be a label with the highest quantity of output, the thing we absolutely adore about the Navy Cut team is the consistency of quality we find within their releases. Take this new three tracker from Mae5 for instance, the blend of nostalgic dubstep flavours and newschool production techniques is nothing short of sublime, with the title track 'Tallawah/Stand Up Strong' being a perfect example of that. From here, the dungeon ready drum drops of 'Flippy Neck' give us a pulsating second hit of dubstep energy, before the EP then rounds off with 'Gods Gold', a monsterous homage to dub music, driven by an engulfing sub-line and cooling melodica swipes.
Review: The team over at Infernal Sounds must have something very unusual in their porridge, because they have yet again arrives to provide us with some absolute dirt for the system from SWR, beginning with the truly raucous reese bass stutters and bubbling melodic lines of the title track 'Square Soldier'. From here we find ourselves drifting into 'Vertigo', a breathy yet metallic synth chopper, followed by niche-hybrid basslines and subtle brass stabs of 'Cypher Zero'. Finally, the warped eastern melodic structures of 'Isshin's Theme' give the EP that final dash of the good stuff to round this off as one of the most creative drops of 2020.
Review: A producer to go down in the folkloric pages of the UK's deep dubstep and soundsystem culture through releases on label like Deep Medi, Hotline Recordings and Black Acre, it's the latter that's housed the producer's darkly motifs and sub frequencies this last half-decade. Stakeout provides a follow up to this year's already lauded Loan Shark EP, with Stakeout here offering heavily swung percussive fields, dubbed out synths and reflections of new music experimentalisms in " Transit" alongside the subterranean rhythms, amplifier gristle and expletive samples of "Crooked Law". With the EP seemingly playing with masked themes of jungle warfare that sits somewhere between the smokey hip hop of Cypress Hill and the Prodigy's "Minefields", Commodo once again pulls the mask down and goes deep behind enemy lines in the title-track with a touch of strangeness and funk.
Review: The Fent Plates team seem to be able to do no wrong as the moment, with this latest gorgeous helping from the outstanding sounds of Sorrow being another piece of gold to add to the pile. Kicking off with the VIP mix of 'Mourner', The project starts up with some serious flair, combining shuffling, almost garage like drum textures with some truly outstanding vocal sampling and atmospheric processing. There is just emotion coursing through the project from start to finish and despite the more raucous nature of 'Voynich' on the flip-side, the use of soundscaping is absolutely second to none. Lovely work!
Review: The consistency at which the Deep Dark & Dangerous team continue to move is up there with the best in the world right about now, as they unveil this fabulous new four track experiment from Isded. The EP kicks off with a weighty introduction as 'Fear' combines spooky woodwind lines with a minimalist drum crunches and a potent sub pulse below for some magical results. From here, the warbling begins properly as 'Abysmal' lets loose a swampy LFO line, followed by the stripped back bass pressure and bright drum slaps of 'No Gimmick'. Finally, 'Milk' sees Isded really let loose, this time beefing up the drum lines for an incredibly punchy arrangement, topped with some world famous meme-sampling and an alarm-line synthesizer that carries the track perfectly.
Review: At this point, we have learned to expect the unexpected whenever we see a brand new Thelem drop land in the store, but boy has he done it again. We begin our exploration into this one with a look at the title track 'Analogic', and all we can say is wow. We are greeted by sumptuous bass twists and siren-like melodies, alongside metallic percussive riffs to really emphasize the dungeon-like feel, before Onhell arrives just in-time to get involved with the rolling basslines and high intensity vibes of 'Causatum'. Next up, more incredible synth design as the sizzling distorted basslines and fluttering melodic infusions of 'Sweets' are brought to the forefront, before 'Akemie's Dub' supplies us with one final burst of LFO goodness, wrapped up within some incredible computerized sound design. Just wow!
Review: It seems that the Subaltern team have absolutely no intention of slowing down any time soon as they deliver yet another earth shattering EP selection, this time welcoming Kodama in to flex those steppers muscles. The release is a real masterclass in modernized dubstep production, firstly seeing the legendary LX One get involved 'Cronauer', a stuttered gritty chopper, followed by beautiful melodic plucks of 'Piranha Plant'. The vibe then switches across the slightly distorted harmonies and trap-like drum designs of 'Dorsia' before Shenza arrives to provide some smooth vocal fire atop the spacey arrangements of 'Il Tempo E Oro'. Finally, 'Crookshanks' delivers a strong, subby finale to a wicked body of work, fitting perfectly into the Subaltern discography.
Review: It's safe to say that the Numa Recordings catalogue is a pretty spectacular thing to take a peek at, which has been added to by this fabulous new collection as they unveil the second edition of their 'Heartless Badboys' EP Series. We begin our four track journey with Lapo, who delivers a synth-heavy party starter in 'Automatic Soul', a crunchy number that finds itself switching perfectly between electronic leads and dubwise delays. Next, Leon P is joined by Ago for a piece of breaksy brilliance on 'Juju', followed by a serious upswing in tempo as T-Kay delivers some metallic mastery on 'Monarch'. Finally, things get a little techy as XL Mad unleashes 'Death Valley', a crunchy tech-inspired roller, giving us an excellent final touch.
Review: So at this point in time, it's hard to imagine Alix Perez making a stale tune, as he lands here on the wonderful 1985 music for another twisted collection of heaters. We kick this one off with a look at the spooky overtones and warbling synthesizer growls of 'Ravana', before the shivering LFO designs and glitchy melodic plucks of 'Lifeline' stutter into play. Next, 'Post-Mortem' arrives with more lethal reese bass action driving the stripped back drumwork forward in a blaze of system energy, before rounding off with the catchy arpeggiator flexes of 'Ends' alongside Headland. What a project this is!
Review: It is genuinely difficult at this point to keep finding new ways of describing just how good the White Peach catalogue has become, with this brand new drop from the ever ready Rygby hitting the mark yet again. The title track 'Ukksbrijj (Toerag)' plays the role of a melancholy score, with sweeping synth panning and delicate drum designs providing the juice. Following this, 'Mannulus' delivers a fluttering, mechanical system cleaner with the more unpredictable rhythmic switch ups and bulging subs tones of 'Inflection Point' following closely. Finally, the clunking bass stabs of 'Mun Hunni' and skippy drum textures provide something very different to round us off. Amazing work!
Review: The thing we have always loved and will continue to love about the Simply Deep imprint, is their commitment to exploring the unknown. They are never afraid to take their releases into uncharted territory, with this new slap from Moosiqunt being a scorcher to say the least. We begin with the haunted atmospheric design and unpredictable percussive expressions of 'Refugium', which gives us a real look forward into what we can truly expect. Next, 'Untitled' combines a more traditional drum backing with bubbling textures for something a tad different, before Sedan arrives for two exceptional collaborative pieces alongside 'Scetta' who adds his sauce without spoiling the broth. Finally, we move into our remix section, with Woven Thorns giving 'Untitled' a more conventional yet moodier dubstep feel, before Stizzla & Eater remix the track into a sub-aquatic slap'. Incredible scenes!
Review: Next up from the Dub, Sweat & Beers crew we dive into the vaults as Imanzi & Mungk join forces for a weighty pair of vocal link ups. First up, the legendary vocal flows of Killa P are brought to the forefront on 'Chatty Mouth' as the eerie use of space and reverberation within the instrumental structure provide the perfect foundation from which to rise. On the flip, we find ourselves on VIP duty as Natty Campbell delivers a new version of 'Bubble & Wind', channelling some serious intense sub-lines below shimmering chord progressions and his own system-ready toasted vocal. An excellent job all around!
Review: Following on from the fantastic response to its original release last year, Tru Thoughts have supplied us with an absolute gem here as they welcome back the legendary Flowdan for an official remix of 'Welcome To London'. This was one of Flowdan's more spooky creations, operating at a slower tempo, which has been completely revamped by the wonderful Jack Sparrow, who takes the acapella and sends it to an entirely new dimension, speeding up to around the 140 mark and layering it between sumptuous, bouncy bass taps and inventive drum work to give a fantastic original an additional dash of magic!
Review: Whenever we open up a new package from the Deep Dark & Dangerous team we now know to expect something that is likely to knock our blocks off, a promise that Khiva most certainly keeps with these two absolute scorchers. We begin with the title track 'Where The Reaper Stood', a horrorcore stepper, doused in eerie vocal delights and sharp, impactful percussive design, this one could spook out any dance. On the flip, 'All These Things' delivers a combination of gnarly LFO gobbles and sharpened metallic bass distortion to provide a haunted B-side!
Review: FatKidOnFire seem to be able to do very little wrong at the moment, with their output seeming to improve in quality every single time. This latest four track experience from Kami-O is a corker to say the least, kicking off with the flutey melodic pressure and moody subs of 'Saar', alongside the grizzly, swampy underbelly of 'Seven'. From here we then move into a beautifully emotive 140BPM-based soundscape, closely followed up by 'Meru', which provides us with more spicy bass work and a heavily syncopated rhythmic format to round off this new EP in style!
Review: Whenever we see the Wheel & Deal logo appear in the store we do tend to jump for joy here at Juno Download, with N-Type's now veteran imprint very rarely managing to disappoint. This latest three track display from Oddkut is a perfect example of just how good their discography is, with 'Wonderland' proving to be a very worthy title track, jam packed with hypnotic melodic twists and stuttered key leads. Following this we take it old school as the rowdy LFO textures and heavily syncopated drum rhythms of 'The T-H' gives us a punch of old school energy, before the unpredictable synth flutters and shaker-heavy grooves of 'Nem Fudendo' rounds us off with some serious finesse.
Review: We're not quite sure how they keep managing to unearth these instant gems, but it seems as though Wheel & Deal have done it yet again, as we take a look at this brand new sizzling three tracker from MRSHL, doused in original steppers heat. We begin with the eerie chord work and slithering synthesizer ascensions of 'On One', which work away amidst harpsichord-like string plucks. From here we take in the bumping basslines and floating pad textures of 'When The Light Fades', which leads us nicely into 'Letting Go', an emotive expanse of distant vocal lines and sweeping synthesizer melody. It's the perfect round off to a top quality body of work.
Review: Now we find ourselves stumbling across something very special with this one as the impeccable Mercy delivers a stunning 11 track album, showcasing the very best of alternative underground dance music. From the stunning synthy sweeps of 'Kids In Pools' to the tap dancing disco of 'Feeling You, Feeling Me' and crunchy drum expressions of 'All I Need', we witness mastery at work throughout the album as a whole. If we were to pick out a couple of highlights to check out, it would be difficult, but would most likely settle on the celestial melodies and delicate drums of 'Panels Of Freight', alongside the smooth pad-driven harmonies of 'On My Mind', alongside Audialist. Amazing work.
Review: The Albion Collective definitely have an ear for the futuristic and wavy, which goes without saying when you peep their recent run of releases. This brand new three tracker from Teffa is another perfect example of that as we kick off with system-smashing kick drums and all-engulfing subs of the title track 'Toasting' delivers a subby punch of bassy goodness. Next, we witness some fabulous LFO distortion and rhythmic shuffling as the metallic synth work of 'Luna' gets given a much appreciated run out, before the more stripped back, dubwise style arrangement of 'Gelato' puts the final touches on a top class outing from Teffa.
Review: As always with In:flux Audio, it appears we have stumbled across a bit of a gem as J Kong lands for a spicy new EP project, alongside a couple of very well thought out remix additions. We begin with 'First', a dubsteppers delight, as we witness a swampy creation stuffed full of luscious sub-driven energy and crunchy drums, before 'Second' unleashes a much more wonky design, again going heavy on LFO manoeuvres throughout. On remix duty we have two great producers giving their thoughts on 'First', with Aztec arriving to flip the track into a systemized warbler, alongside Fork & Knife's LFO bubbler of an overhaul. Wicked work as per!
Review: It would seem that Scrub A Dub are intent on continuing their high quality run of releases as they bring forward this potent three track selection from Traces, who doesn't hold back one bit. We kick off with the title track 'Cc', a raucous, writhing speaker buster of a composition, pushed forward by it's grizzly synthesizer manoeuvres and spacey drum slaps, before the more stripped back LFO expressions of 'Nature VIP' deliver something on the more swampy end of the spectrum. Finally, we get ready to get our wonk on with 'Hear Seh', a super syncopated wobble-fest, perfect for sending the dance sideways.
Review: Following on from a very impressive run of drops from the Dirty Beats team, we see them welcome in the sounds of Tik&Borrow, a production duo who continue to impress across whatever genre they find themselves inhabiting. This project kicks off with the title track 'Umans', which fuses together squelching, swamp-like bass sounds with alien atmospherics to deliver a subby punch from the off, followed by incredibly grizzly synthesizer slides of 'Bruk' and twisted aquatic rhythms of 'Forms'. Finally, Ramsez steps up for a glitchy rework of 'Umans', somehow giving the track an even more haunted feel that before!
Flava (feat Magugu - original mix) - (5:04) 126 BPM
Hidden (original mix) - (4:40) 62 BPM
Respek The History (feat Rakjay - original mix) - (3:05) 124 BPM
Hidden (Doctor Jeep Steppin mix) - (4:13) 140 BPM
Review: Well well well, what a link up we have here as two of the most consistent forces that operate in that tasty space between dubstep and techno join forces, namely Hypho and eatmybeat. We kick off this absolute winner of an EP by seeing the ever-ready Magugu land for a super rhythmic vocal appearance on 'Flava', which itself combines dungeon-like percussion with warbling subs for a smooth experience. Next, 'Hidden' deploys some incredibly potent drum work below a hypnotic pad and synth combo, giving us a refreshing look at the 130 sound, before Rakjay delivers a top quality vocal performance on 'Respek The History', a worthy title track indeed. Finally, Doctor Jeep arrives to send 'Hidden' to the 2-step blender, bringing a groovy end to this wicked body of work.
Review: There are certain labels we look to and know almost instantly are going to supply us with some absolute fire. Based on recent form Locus Sound have been one of these imprints, with Lord Jabu providing the goods for their latest outing. The title track 'El Molino' is a glistening whirlwind of arpeggios and chimes, ticking away in a hypnotic twist atop system rumbling sub-lines. From here we move into the marching synth patterns and lofi shaker runs of 'Swarm', before 'Buccaneer' lands on deck with an unusual lead instrument to add a final dash of variation to this very impressive body of work from all involved!
Review: Foundation Audio has been keeping the levels of consistency super high in recent months, with this latest helping carry on that theme as both Mikrodot and Chief Kaya link up across four tracks of classic dubstep flavour. We begin with the distant, Asian string plucks and nostalgic LFO chugs of 'Heavy Flow' from Mikrodot, before Chief Kaya deploys a weighty, call and respond-heavy stomper in 'Pull Up'. Back to Mikrodot next as the metallic bass slides and glistening synth melodies of 'Babylon Get Weak' send us back down memory lane, with Chief Kaya's bubbly, dubwise VIP of 'Scale Of Anubis' providing a perfect end to proceedings.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we last heard from Distance's Chestplate imprint, but boy do they make an exciting return on this one as they welcome the ever-ready Bukez Finezt inside for a super three track explosion. First up the title track 'Eradicate Mankind' sees Bukez get into his experimental back, launching unusual LFO designs amidst a collection of super syncopated drum expressions, before 'The Machine' combines classic eskimo sounds with fiery synthesizer warbles for a fabulous fusion. Finally, 'Jittery Jerkz' hits the middle ground as lethal bass designs march forward upon a glittering bed of well processed and delayed drum samples, showcasing a full spectrum of Bukez's character.
Review: It has to be said that the consistency of Boka is something quite phenomenal to take in and witness, with this latest outing from the deadly duo of RDG and Dubape being a perfect example of that. We kick off with the title track 'Storm', which through amazonian atmospherics, gnarly basslines and subtly eastern string plucks kicks us off with some serious flare. Next, the spacey synthesizer moves of 'Drift' add something very different, before 'Brok Out' darkens the vibe with raucous bass movement and satanic vocal delays. Finally, the scattered drum expressions and pounding 808 subs of the speedy 'Decoy' round off the originals, with RSD's old school wobbler of a 'Brok Out' remix adds the final touches to a wicked selection.
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water where Cartridge is living right now, but blimey! This new selection from him on the super-consistent Locus Sound imprint is yet another showcase into his dubstep-driven brilliance, kicking off with the sub-shattering low end and unpredictable drum manoeuvres of 'Iron Lung', before 'Two Of Us' combines fluttering melodic inputs with lethal bass growls. Next, 'Tek Time' unleashes a stunning soundscape of glitchy lead synth designs and haunting string jerks, before rounding the EP off in style with the crunchy bass exploits and groovy percussive marches of 'Brute'. Awesome work!
Review: With such an incredible history of musical creations and teachings, it's no wonder that Nomine's home imprint of Nomine Sound continues to drop nothing but scorchers, with the latest in that lineage being this warbling pair of warheads from Fett. We begin with the potent LFO expressions and eerie atmospheric soundscaping of 'Spirits' which gives us an unusual sense of flavour. From here, we walk into a field of throwback LFO gurgles and plucked instrumentation and a couple of spooky star wars samples to deliver an enigmatic B-side in 'Palpatine'. Fabulous stuff all around!