Eddy Seven & Polly Yates - "La Petite Mort" - (4:35) 112 BPM
The All Seeing Eye - (3:41) 140 BPM
Eddy Seven & JMan - "Deep In The Jungle" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Technology - (3:39) 140 BPM
Look To The Future - (5:42) 140 BPM
Junction - (5:03) 140 BPM
Negative To Positive - (5:02) 140 BPM
Roman Road - (4:10) 140 BPM
Trash Trap - (4:36) 140 BPM
Alladin - (4:36) 140 BPM
Delhi Trotter - (5:32) 140 BPM
Sahara - (4:08) 140 BPM
Violet - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: As far as dubstep labels go, there aren't many with the same infectious mindset as Hatched, who continue to pump incredibly high-quality music out there with impeccable speed. Their latest offering comes to us from Eddy Seven, who smashes together a stunning 13 track selection, showcasing just how varied and forward-thinking the dubstep sound can be in 2020. From the electronic blips of 'Technology' and swirling middle-eastern melodies of 'Delhi Trotter' to the minimal sub textures and percussive sub rumbles of 'Junction', this project covers the full spectrum with serious finesse. Our favourites have to include Look To The Future for its sinister tones, the big room bass slams of 'Ready For The Winter', alongside the sweeping vocal melodies and emotive harmonies of 'Violet'. Amazing work!
Review: When it comes to long-form dubstep projects, it is often easy to get bogged down, with a lot of producers wanting to write the same track over and over again 12 times. Off-Switch Audio however have provided us with a very special project indeed as they welcome Nuboid's outstanding 'Nomad' LP. From the intense soundscapes of 'Authority', and sweeping eastern flute melodies of 'Shuji', to the grimey reese lines of 'Relic', this project showcases an incredible level of versatility from start to finish. Our highlights from this one have to include the pleasing reversed-string melodies and smooth drum work of 'Shizen', alongside the plucky arpeggios and unpredictable rhythmic switch ups of 'Flash'. We would highly recommend listening through this one on long play!
Review: As always with the Innamind team, we are in for somewhat of a treat here as Las unveils a weighty six track experiment, kicking off with the siren-like synth leads and scattered percussive grooves of 'Flo'. From here, the pleasing, spacey chord progressions and pulsating sub structures of 'Trippin' arrive in a flash before the aquatic bass tones and glittering chiming flutters of 'Float' bring us something completely different. Following this, 'Swamp Dub' stays very true to its name with some squelchy bass work before the dubwise drum designs of 'Tarot' and slow marching bass notation of 'Morning Glow Dub' put the final touches on a pretty exceptional package.
Review: Following on from an exceptional string of releases, we see the magnificent K-Lone land on Wisdom Teeth for a top quality LP project, showcasing just how forward thinking his sound is. The whole project is a masterclass in soundscaping and atmospheric processing, with a softened, almost meditative hypnosis running through the heart of the tracklisting. From the chiming melodies of 'Yelli' to the pleasing arpeggio expansions of 'Bluefin', it's just a fabulous listen. Although we would highly recommend taking this one in on long play, we would pick the constantly evolving percussive grooves of 'Cocoa' as our favourite for this one!
Review: Well established Croatian dubsmith presents his most diverse and boundary-pushing body of work to date: Brainstorm. A genre-defying project that applies his grimy, unforgiving tightly textured funk in a number of tempos and contexts, this is an album that seamlessly takes us from the light, loose-limbed 125 styles of "Ground Zero" to the brutal steppy D&B funk of "Clap Back" in the flick of a switch. Other brain-bending moments include the steady dub kicks and pranged out tones of "Acid Dust", the dusty jazz key strikes on "You Knw Wsp" and the pulverising halftime punch of "Shocker". The only shocker here would be to sleep on this... Easily one of Macabre Unit Digital's boldest and most boundary-less releases to date.
Review: Now this is a link up we didn't expect to see, but by god are we happy to see it emerge. ALXZNDR links up with the wonderful Scrub A dub for a super hard hitting six track explosion, kicking off with the sweeping string melodies and choppy drum textures of the title track 'Golden Gate'. Next, 'Lei Shen' deploys an array of eastern woodwind melodies for a haunted vibe, alongside the heavy sub lines and twisted melodic switch ups of 'A100'. These are then followed by the sweeping scale plucks of 'Johari Bazaar' and the epic harmonic layers of 'M C W' before we round off the project with 'Red Raider', a sneaky, grimey roller, putting the finishing touches on an incredible body of work!
Rat - "Memento" (Audialist remix) - (4:50) 134 BPM
Review: Next up from the Deep Heads team, we welcome this tasty new selection from the one and only Audialist, a Swedish producer who is starting to bring his incredibly unique sound to the centre of the dubstep sphere. Through the sunshine chords of 'Serpent', clicking percussion of 'Keep Turning' and incredibly clean bass manoeuvres of 'Dead', he kicks this project off with a real touch of finesse. We then lean into the stunning harmonics of 'Urban Surfer', the dubwise drum and sub combos of 'Sleep It, Eat It, Drink It' and shimmering pad textures of 'Gone' to round off the original creations. He then gets busy of remix duty, giving a spacy UKG rethink to 'Same Kind' from Congi, Occult & Segilola, as well an unbelievable techy overhaul of Congi's 'Mesopotamia' and a highly rhythmic redesign of 'Memento' from Rat. Audialist is most certainly a name to watch in the coming months.
Review: If we are talking about legends of the UK underground, there really aren't many names that rank above Skream. A veteran of many sounds, we see him return to his roots with this latest selection to release some prized unreleased classics, spanning from 2002 to 2003. This is a must have selection for any serious steppers fan, with the project bleeding authenticity across the entire track listing, from the bubbly drum bounces and warped bass tones of 'Depth Charge' to the grimey synth textures of 'Disfunktional Minds' and high energy eskimo-inspired drum switches of 'Oh My Gosh'. It's one for dubstep historians, that sees Skream's earlier more grime-influenced productions finally land in the public domain.
Review: If you know anything about jungle and D&B, you'll know Boomah... Arguably one of the most distinctive vocals in the game, his harmonies are so warm and genuine they pretty much hug you as they fly out of the speakers. Here we find him at his most emphatic and eclectic, covering all bass bases in true style. Highlights include the sprightly summer roller "Spread A Little Love" the classic hardcore rave breaks "Forward Ever" and the gritty, metallic dubstep joint "Unstoppable", but to be honest this is best enjoyed as the full album it's written as: a shiny mirror reflecting the most exciting sounds of bass music's never-ending narrative.
Review: If we are talking about legendary grime producers within the UK, there are very few who rank higher than Terror Danjah, a name so cemented within the foundations of the UK underground that you would be hard pressed to find an era in which he hasn't remained extremely relevant to the culture. This latest project comes to us courtesy of Tru Thoughts, giving us a glimpse into just how important he is to grime's past present and future, from the twisted bass distortions of 'Nightmare' and hard hitting guitar stabs of 'Metal', to the more classic jumpy rhythms of 'Red Card Riddim' and instantly hard hitting arrangement of 'TBC' alongside Sir Spyro. With other highlights including the gnarly synth leads and dramatic strings of 'Last Days' and moogish warbles of 'Scene 1' alongside Nii-Teiko, this is definitely one for the long play! We at JunoDownload also want to wish Terror Danjah all the best and a speedy recovery during this difficult time
Review: The Kaiju duo first signed to Deep Medi Muzik back in 2015, and the great Mala couldn't have picked a more on-point production pair for his label. Although the two artists are not from the Far East, their music and style seems to have something innately Japanese at its core, a subtle swing that carries the tracks from side to side like a samurai's swing of the blade. The opener "Envy" is the perfect example of Kaiju's ninja beats, swift and conniving licks of percussion that fit perfectly with the r&b vocals emanating from the deeper end of the mix. We're also big fans of "Sloth" because it reminds of the Brixton Mass golden days of DMZ, and "Wrath" for its sliding, metallic folds of pseudo jungle drums. Top gear.
Review: A/T/O/S stands for A Taste Of Struggle, and it's safe to say that Amos and Truenoys have certainly put their backs into this project. The duo were originally picked up by Mala back on 2014, and haven't looked back ever since. This is their second LP to date and, much like their debut, it touches upon many different elements of the enlarged dubstep continuum. There's plenty of tunes on here that'll liven up any dance, but this is very much a pensive and meditative bass affair. Much in line with Mala's pioneering 'deep' dubstep, it's clear that the Deep Medi head honcho has foud some new, young, and like-minded talents to carry on his dynasty.
Review: This second full-length from London-based producer Soloman 'Silkie' Rose - the follow-up to 2009's City Limits Volume 1 - further develops a deep and melodic take on dubstep that should appeal far beyond the genre's underground stronghold. With bright melodies, jazz chords, ear-catching synths, sampled horn stabs and future garage style vocal cuts aplenty, City Limits Volume 2 has far more in common with, say, the far-thinking two-step exploits of Phuturistix or Hospital Records' genre-bending Outpatients series than most dubstep full-lengths. But it's these qualities that make it such a rewarding, enjoyable and essential release.
Review: This album from serial electronic music experimentalist Ulrich Troyer is surprising on many levels - not least that it's been released by Mala's respected Deep Medi Musik imprint. Fiercely downtempo, Songs For William sees Troyer turn his hand to dub with mesmerizing results. Troyer has previously eschewed more traditional musical forms in favour of white noise and breathtaking ambience, but here he gets the formula just right. The combination of dubstep/dub techno style atmospherics, unassuming dub rhythms, analogue pulses and soft-focus electronic melodies is judged perfectly (see the Kraftwerkin-dub vibes of "Driving To Cologne", or brilliantly titled "Shoegazing Muff"), resulting in an album that's simultaneously calming, beautiful and steadfastly otherworldly.
Review: Mala's album project comes to light with a healthy amount of expectation. The DMZ / Deep Medi Musik main man has always carried a reverence amongst the dubstep scene for his unfussy approach, staying true to the sound he helped forge in the nascent days of the genre while avoiding over-exposure or buckling to hype and trend where so many of his peers succumbed to change. As such this project sees the man well outside of his comfort zone as he tackles a specific album project whilst sticking his head more clearly overground to work with Gilles Peterson on an adventure in Cuba working with local musicians. This is most definitely Mala's music, and the spiritual, tribal nature of his productions to date only gets enhanced by the influx of Cuban folk sounds. This is no simple case of ripping samples and dropping them for token effect though; the percussive patterns and licks of piano, guitar, horns and voice are completely interwoven into the South London pressure as if they were always meant to be. It's testament to the pure approach Mala takes in the studio that he manages to balance these unlikely bedfellows to such fluid effect. Undoubtedly there will be naysayers who will argue that in doing an album of this nature Mala is diluting his purist vision for dubstep, but in truth the approach and end results he has managed to conjure up bring a revitalising, fresh angle to the genre, which is what it needs in abundance. There's maybe a lack of the "shock of the new" factor as Cubano music is not exactly a stranger to UK dance music forms, and Mala isn't exactly switching his own stance too drastically, but ultimately that doesn't matter. The whole album is direct and immensely satisfying to listen to, capturing the alluring spirit of South American folk tradition and empowering it with the transcendental nature of dubstep in its finest form.
Review: Many producers in electronic music embrace the cinematic style of production, to create that Hollywood blockbuster epicness. It's tougher to achieve then think up of course, but one act who strike the right balance between surround-sound-drama and club sensibility is Moonbeam. "The Random"is a box-office triumph, packed with 22 tracks (which includes some much needed club mixes). It is wall-to-wall with their regular vocal cohorts. The pooled contributions of atypical singers like Avis Vox, Matvey Emerson, Leusin, Blackwite Feel and Aelyn all add much in the enigmatic and atmospheric departments. "Only You" feat Jacob A is instantly catchy, and other highlights (of the many) include "Madness", "Little Monster", and "You Win Me". Stunning album, which we have had on repeat since first listen.
Review: Now many have guessed that this one has been in the works for a while, but that makes us no less excited to unveil this tasty new album projct from J:Kenzo, who returns to his home imprint of Artikal Music for 'Taygeta Code'. From start to finish, the album is a true exploration into electronic music, primarily of course focussed around 140BPM. It's got bass pressure on 'Desired State', it's got acidic originality on 'Hoodwinked', it's even got a weighty guest vocal from the legendary Flowdan who returns on Kenzo's Darkside VIP mix of 'Like A Hawk'. This is an excellent showcasing of J:Kenzo's ability within a crowded dubstep scene.
Review: To be honest, it's about time that Logan Sama had the space to compile his own series of mythical London club Fabric's, Fabriclive series. The grime DJ started his career back on the equally important Rinse FM back in 2002, and has been an important part of the club's development over the years that saw grime and dubstep blow up. At number 83 in the series, Sama drops a selection of tunes that are wholly representative of his DJ sets in Fabric's Room 1; the mix contains tunes by everyone from grime pioneer Wiley, to vocalist and producer JME, and a whole load of lesser known names that have kept the grime scene evolving. This is the real deal, there ain't not other like it around these days. Recommended.
Review: The Deep Dark and Dangerous imprint has been one of the most notable movements within deep dubstep's recent resurgence, having consistently supplied the underground scene with original ideas and themes. With the LA based label's latest project we see them team up with dubstep heavyweights Truth & DJ Youngsta for the debut 'Shadow People' album. Being over three years in the making, it is, as expected, brilliant. Our stand out picks would have to be the eerie yet satisfying soundscaping of 'Deeper' featuring Spikey Tee, the absolutely chilling sub bass pressure of 'Awake Before You' and of course the eastern inspired embarkation of 'Eyes On Me' featuring stunning vocal additions from Rosa. This one is a serious must have for any dubstep fanatic.
Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
DMVU & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Dem Fi Kno" - (4:13) 140 BPM
CITY1 & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Pomboo" - (4:36) 105 BPM
Ternion Sound & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Funky Shit" - (4:34) 140 BPM
LOST & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Hexagon" - (5:06) 140 BPM
Dank Frank & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Great Wall" - (2:57) 67 BPM
DayZero & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Submarine" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Computerbeats & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Arc" - (3:39) 140 BPM
SubDocta & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "The Spirit" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Review: Part three is upon us as Deep Dark & Dangerous unveil the final piece of the puzzle in their latest release line with 'Dangerous', showcasing the most rawcus sounds on their roster. The line up for this one is sublime, with heavyweight names such as CITY1, Ternion Sound, Lost, Dank Frank, DayZero and SubDocta all being drafted in to showcase their unique skill sets. The project as a whole bleeds creativity and musical innovation, with particular points of interest coming in DMVU's incredibly swampy 'Dem Fi Kno' original, which unleashes a wash of pungent synthesizer sweeps and impactful percussive inputs, alongside the unpredictable electronic brilliance of 'Arc' from Computerbeats. This compilation series has been truly magnificent to take in and is a real testament to the DD&D commitment to pushing dubstep forward.
Review: It is genuinely very difficult to keep pace with everything that the Deep Dark & Dangerous team have been up to, following on from three mega compilations and an awesome release last week, they return to business with another weighty selection from ONHELL. He delivers a monstrous EP for us all to enjoy, featuring eleven original subby rollers under the title 'Grime Beats Vol. 1'. We can most certainly hear the grimey influences rolling through, from the grizzly square leads of 'Airplane Beat', to the trappy rhythms of 'Cold Bitch Type Beat'. The project is a mighty success, with favourites including the swampy textures of 'Wolf And The Cub' and of course the speaker busting basslines of '21X Riddim'. Awesome work!
Review: Don Mclean could learn a trick or two from New Zealand's Headland; you could drive a Chevy (or any other brand of motor vehicle) up this "Levy" all day long and it'll never go dry. A true marching tune that gradually rises in intensity without ever losing its stately pace, it's the type of tune that was tailored for nights like System or DJs like Amit. Elsewhere we get seasick with the trippy glitches on "Seen" before going all-out darkside with the haunted humanisations on the foreboding "Cold Warning". Seriously heavy duty stuff as always from Headland. Man's having his pie and eating it right now.
Eric H - "The Lights" (DJ Joseph remix) - (5:44) 140 BPM
Toasty - "Take It Personal" - (5:29) 93 BPM
Slaughter Mob - "Guts 'n Bones" - (4:47) 91 BPM
Scuba - "Words" - (4:52) 140 BPM
Toasty - "Like Sun" - (4:45) 137 BPM
Distance - "Empire" - (5:07) 93 BPM
Scuba - "Dream" - (4:35) 140 BPM
Review: While Hotflush is now a label known for its position at the forefront of cutting-edge club techno, it has gone through many different stages of evolution to arrive at its current sound. Scuba Presents Hotflush is a new series of compilations curated by the label boss attempting to trace the label's rich history, which goes all the way back to 2003 when the dubstep sound was just starting to explode. This first compilation - titled The Formation Years - looks at the years between 2003 and 2006, when Scuba regularly attended the seminal FWD>> night and began to release music from himself and some of the producers he met there, some of which is collected here. Those who first came into contact with Hotflush via its recent techno releases may be surprised at the intense bass pressure of tracks like Distance's "Nomad" and Toasty's "Like Sun", but the bright melodies of Scuba's "Harpoon" and the breakbeat garage of Slaughter Mob's "L'Amour" show that even at the beginning, Hotflush was never just been a straightforward dubstep label. Whether you're familiar with Hotflush or not, this compilation is an essential lesson in dubstep history.
Review: Within UK dance music's expansive circles, there are few who have offered as much as Scuba over the years, who here returns to his beloved Hotflush household for a stunning new project by the name of 'In Retrograde'. This project sees him traverse a complete spectrum of electronic music, with a half time dubstep feel being the central yarn in its tapestry. From the distorted utterings of 'Buzzsaw' and funky inspired flavours of 'Gyroscope' to the more soundscape led compositions of 'Entrospect' and 'Ants', this project boasts a wealth of musical expertise, showcasing a depth of dubstep influences and offshoots.