Review: Next up from the ever-ready Burke we see him move back onto his solo imprint for an extremely haunted four track selection, headed up by a title track named 'Cross The Line'. The combination of dissonant harmonic layers and grizzly, gnawing low end textures on this one send shivers down the spine before the creepy-crawly sounding percussive layers and pulsating subs of 'Detail' send us in a completely different direction. From here, the drill-like bassline and plucked melodies of 'Harps & Home' send us again into completely new territory, before rounding off on the monumental basslines and scraped bass textures of 'Craic Fiend', putting the cap on a fiery selection.
Review: The days of deep dubstep ruling the 140bpm bracket are back again and boy are we glad. LSN is on Vantage UK for this superbly put-together four-tracker and its one certain to make your jimmies rumble and your pennies tumble, coming as it does form into broad archways of stunningly deep, loping tech. The title is appropriate, and the title tune is the standout, with stabbing 808s offering a sense of lift to its gorgeously lethargic yet stepping percussive overlay. There's torn and ripped low frequencies on 'Twin Dub', eerie textures on 'Rebirth' and wobbly creativity on 'Fun Guy Funk'. Wicked stuff.
Review: Following on from the recent launch of White Peach's new vinyl website scheme, they are back at it again with yet another top quality drop from Opus, who really struggles not to hit the back of the net it would seem. The title track 'This Damn Feeling' sets the tone perfectly with it's glum, chiming introduction and super-sidechained sub pulses that sit atop a sharpened sitar-like synthesizer line. From here, 'Day & Age' delivers another glistening sub-heavy masterstroke, before the moody bass LFO's and eerie upper textures of 'Ghost' prepare to bust open the first sound system they can find. Finally, 'Renegade' sends the release completely leftfield with a wonky half-time experiment, glued together by epic string work and an irresistible lead synth that packs one hell of a punch!
Review: The consistency of In:flux over the lockdown period is something we never seem to be able to keep quiet about, purely because it becomes more impressive with every release that seems to land into the store. This latest helping from Ekula is a perfect example of that as we kick of with the shuffling, breaksy drum works and sizzling sub-bass structures of the title track 'All Night', before 'Afterparty Sunrise' combines with sunshine chords with a more scattered drum design for some fantastic variation in rhythm. Next, 'As I Go' arrives with Ca$tle on collaboration duty, unleashing marching kicks and smooth melodic chimes, reminding us of early Anti-Social radio shows, before we get into a pair of weighty remix creations. Firstly, Dystinkt gives 'All Night' a bit of a hardcore face-lift, upping the energy levels dramatically, followed by the legendary Benton arriving to rework 'Afterparty Sunrise' into a nostalgic party starter. Excellent!
Review: Infernal Sounds have most certainly been on a pretty killer run so far this year, seeing the likes of Taiko & Saule grace the imprint in recent times. Their latest drop sees the magnificent De-Tu deliver a three track bonanza, kicking off with the spacy, dub-infused chords and system rattling basslines of 'Fruitcake', a potent title track indeed. Next, 'Wicked Skank' delivers more syncopated chords with an incredibly hard hitting warbling lead, again delivering a tonne of weight to the low end. Finally, the crunchy percussion and eerie atmospheric patterns of 'Secrets' gives us a final tad of variation to round off another top quality body of work from the Infernal Sounds camp.
Review: Whenever we see a new one land from the Artikal Music team we know we are likely to be in for a good time, so when we saw that Deadcrow had landed for another explosive two tracker, we had to take a listen right that second! Both tracks on this one deliver something pretty special, with the spacey drum designs and warbling 808 pressures of 'Scrape' landing first of all. From here we move onto the flip side with 'Concrete', another gnarly masterpiece, slapping together a sub-busting reese line with highly energetic rhythmic manoeuvres and colourful background FX to really work a system to its limit.
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: 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: There really does seem to be no way of stopping the Deep Dark & Dangerous onslaught once they hit their stride, as Coltcuts returns for yet another incredible four track selection, kicking off with the sweeping string lines and clunky drum smashes of the title track 'The Haunting'. The spooky vibes remain apparent as we move forward into the warbling LFO pulses of 'Concrete' which work in tandem with a layer of dissonant string swipes before 'Passage Of Arms' strips it back to a good old wobble, kick & snare combo. Finally, 'Skrrrt' unleashes the horns of Valhalla, strapped onto an epic soundscape, complete with blasting bass tones and glittering atmospheric inputs. What a drop this is!
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: 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: Well we can safely say that new school reggae is alive and well as we take a listen to this terrific link up between the legendary production skill sets of Numa Crew and the touching vocals of XL Mad for a system rattler by the name of 'Real Reggae Music'. It's a match made in heaven as XL Mad delivers a sweet, well arranged vocal line doused in singalong-ready harmonic structures over the super weighty sounds of Numa Crew's flawless riddim below. This release also comes complete with a highly energetic jungle rethink from T-Kay, which adds a fantastic level of variation to the project as a whole.
Review: Oh Sepia, Sepia, Sepia, the man who takes dubstep to a completely new plane of existence is back it yet again with another stunning four track experience courtesy of Badman Studios. The title track 'Sanctuary' sets us off in good fashion, providing us with one of the wonkiest originals we have ever heard here at JunoDownload, slapping together floaty beat stops and clicky percussion from the off. From here we manoeuvre into the electronic playgrounds of 'Danger Zone', followed by the unpredictable synthesizer switch ups and ascending basslines of 'Gradients'. Finally, 'Step Back' delivers something completely different from the rest of the EP as a combination of sweeping bass growls and old school wobbles combine over minimal drums to see us out in style.
Review: Next up from the fabulous Dread Or Dead imprint we see yet another top quality addition to the catalogue, following on from recent heaters alongside the likes of Shinobi Yurei, Ivo, Cyrax and more. Nova makes his return with a vengeance as we first dive into the original mix of 'Noughts & Crosses', a sub-heavy steppers sizzler, destined to cause incredible amounts of damage in any 140 dance through it's wavy bass slides and overall haunted vibe. The remixes for this one also add an entirely new dimension to the release, with Repulsion firstly sending the track to the electro blender with his outrageous recreation. On the flip, Dayzero delivers an aquatic rethink of the track, complete with bubbling synthesizer pulses and an unusual percussive line to keep it as unpredictable as ever. Lovely stuff from all involved.
Review: If we were to rate project this in terms of consistency, it's a match made in heaven as the ever-ready Mr.K links up with one of 140's most prominent and respected label imprints: White Peach. This one kicks off with the swampy LFO movements and glittering drum dances of 'Red Handed' before the haunted atmospheric design and busy high percussion of 'Okoustik' quickly follows. Next, the sublime sub designs of 'Aro' run through like a steam train, making all in their path move, before the fluttering flute arrangements and heavily syncopated drum shuffles of 'So Vague' sees the project out with a bang.
Review: Two names we are extremely fond of link up for this one as we see Phossa land for another solo outing on the incredibly consistent White Peach Records, giving us four system-ready slaps. We kick off with the title track 'Touch', an emotive ball of chiming melodic lines and sharp drum work, followed by almost R&G hybrid vocal slices and unpredictable percussive explosions of 'Lotus'. Next, the euphoric lead synths and crunchy drum designs of 'Untitled' provide us with more emotional harmonics, with the more mysterious arpeggio-based structures and super-swingy rhythmic layouts of 'Static' rounding off the EP in style!
Review: It's actually becoming quite a scary prospect to see people compete with Foundation Audio, who's release catalogue continues to grow and improve as we move further into 2019. This latest helping is served to us by 3WA, who gets extremely spooky from the off on the haunted tones of 'Glory', before the rapid-fire LFO twists of the title track 'Black Marsh' roll into view. Next, the bumping percussive maneuvers and spacey processing of 'Protect Ya Neck' really does the business before the unusual sounding 'Blackbird' brings an extra dash of originality to the pot before we finish up.
Review: Following his entry appearance on the label's cracking Edition V/A a while back, Welsh deepsmith Cesco makes his full debut on Alix Perez's 1985 with four sterling stripped-back steppers. "Angry Waves" sets the pace. Pneumatic drums, clipped vocals and the groaniest bass you'll hear this side of quarantine, anger never sounded so good. Elsewhere "ABR" whips up graveyard feels, "Ping Pong" plays pocket billiards with your brain while "Chair Dub" brings home the bacon on a moody 140 tip. What a label debut. Keep Cesco on your radar.
Review: Whenever we see the Artikal imprint appear in the forthcoming releases section of the store we can't help getting a tad excited, and this latest four tracker from Sabab is the perfect example as to why. We kick off with the dungeon-ready sub warbles and dubby drum delays of 'System Skank', followed by the intense bassline LFO's and eerie, distant atmospheric pad structures of 'Piercing White Light'. The haunted feelings continue as we move forward with the spacey snare smacks and grizzly synthesizer designs of 'Fittest Of The Fittest', reminding us of early Dub Police work, with the EP then rounding out with 'Unity', a futuristic dubwise adventure, driven forward by extensive chord delays and an overall chilling feel.
Review: After something dub-fresh and deeply gorgeous? Numa Crew have rolled together some serious phat ones for your delectation, created to rumble subs throughout the feel good lands. With enough oldschool vibes to satisfy the purest of dubstep puritans while adding enough sunshine-soaked melody to create the perfect summer playlist, the whole EP screams instant classic from start to finish.
Review: We are always filled with excitement when we see a new Foundation Audio drop hit the shelves, especially with so much good dubstep around at the moment. They get busy here with a tasty four track offering from Aki, who kicks us off with the spooky bass phases and warbling LFO structures of 'Fruit Punch', before the crunchy drum textures and eerie pads of 'Peripheral' wade into play. Next, 'Sofa Schwenger' applies some incredibly potent triplet action to proceedings with a booming sub-line before we round the EP out with stunning drum breaks and constantly evolving compositional structures of 'Schizoid'. Awesome stuff as per!
Review: The consistency of dubstep labels such as Duploc in recent years really is something to behold and celebrate, with their latest drop continuing the themes we seem to bring up every time, as Hella drops two beautiful bangers. Firstly, 'Maple Trees In Spring' combines an emotive, Asian sounding string-lead harmonic structure with beefy, well thought out drum structures to create something somehow both introspective and outward facing. On the flip, the slightly quicker tempos and horn driven rhythms of 'Cascades' provide a fantastic level of differentiation, holding both tunes in a well designed balance of subtlety and beauty.
Review: Now, following on from their previous link up on the illustrious White Peach imprint, we are thrilled to see a secondary collaboration project between Bristol's own Glume & Phossa, two of the most creative faces in the dubstep scene at this moment in time. We kick off with the stunning chime sweeps skippy kicks of the title track 'IMHK', before diving into Glume's solo creation 'Shriek', which packs some serious dungeon weight. Phossa then continues on the spooky vibe with his original 'Deathly Stare', before the pair combine their powers for a second time across the incredible melodic structures and arpeggiated melodies of 'Luko', rounding off another incredible body of work from the pair.
Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: Oh boy.. Three of modern bass music's finest players collide for the first in a series of collaborative long players on Deep Medi. The results - as you'd expect just reading the line-up - speak for themselves. Every artist's signatures is coded deep into the collection; Kahn's unpredictability and robustness, Commodo's grit and funk and Gantz often unfathomable depths and eastern twangs are all present as we wriggle and writhe to the detuned harmonies of "Crystal Collect", get twisted on the tripped out drum dynamic of "Kibosh" and lose ourselves in the spacious jazz-minded drums of "Unmistakeable". Truly unique.
Review: It's been a fantastic 2019 for dubstep, as we have seen the newer breed of artists become seriously established and flourish. We see one of those flourishing artists here, as Cimm steps out on Artikal music with three absolute heaters, kicking off with the long awaited percussive switches and glittering plucks of 'Godsmack'. This is then followed by this bubblin synths and lethal reesey extensions of 'Stonebridge', which leads into the more unusual rhythmic persuasions and expansive LFO movements of 'Wolf Council', rounding off this project nicely.
Review: Since smashing her way onto the 140 scene a couple of years back, Eva808 has been kicking up a storm with her unique production style, and this EP courtesy of Innamind Recordings is the perfect example of why. We kick off with 'Pink Uzi Gang', one of 140's most prized gems of recent times, laced with bubbling subs and aquatic percussion. Next up, 'Shakti'. This one takes eastern samples and sends them to a whole new dimension, with some incredibly clean snare processing in partnership with rolling hats luscious sub bass textures. And incredible release from an incredible producer!
Review: Innamind return here with another bundle of absolute haters, courtesy of the ever dependable Headland. He lands here with three super original creations, the first of which goes by the name of 'The Judge', a super catchy roller, led by some really original melodic call and response between bubbling synths and guitar lines. Next up, we land within the fantastic percussive displays of 'Camino', a track laced with potent sub energies and electrifying drum work, before we finish up on more dungeon demonics with 'Strays'. Innamind are on a serious roll at the moment and this release further cements their place in the dubstep scene.
Review: What a powerful run of releases Crucial Recordings has been on in recent times. It's been an absolute pleasure to watch them continuously put together such top draw releases, and that theme doesn't run thin here as DPRTNDRP ushers forth with two absolute corkers. Firstly we check the A-side in 'Enkai', a swampy lurker, drizzled in syncopated percussive expanses and grizzly subweight pressure. This is followed up perfectly on the flip by 'Bantu', an eerie collection of slapping snare drums and hypnotic Asian melodic structures that pack a real punch for the dance. Tasty stuff indeed!
Review: As ever, Crucial Recordings have supplied us with a box of serious ammunition here as they invite in the unbeatable duo of Glume & Phossa for three tracks of pure steppers bliss. The first original takes the name 'Opal' and stars the title track for the project, working together smooth horn tones and stunning drumwork. This is then followed in style as the gritty bass stutters and to put it frankly, stunning orchestration of 'Feral', fusing together colourful melodics with hard hitting sub sections. Finally, we finish up with the skeletal drum structures and hypnotic bass pumps of 'Ruins', tying up a stunning three track selection.
Review: It is hard to find any fault in the forward march of Duploc of late, who have continuously been supplying the scene with weighty original recordings, perfect for setting the dance alight. They here employ the talents of Rygby who lets loose across four potent originals, beginning with the swampy LFO textures and trippy atmospheric patterns of 'Ask Questions Later'. Next up, 'Schreddzz' emerges packing a groovy punch with guitar lead melodic structure, followed by the incredibly unique sound design of 'Consolation'. We then round the project up with a more precise look at 'The Hothouse Age', a track that combines drill-like drum work with haunted harmonies, yielding fantastic results.
Review: We are at a point now that when we see a Foundation Audio release drop, we expect nothing but quality with them delivering the very best in dubstep time and time again. They here invite Cartridge in for three tracks of pure heat, kicking off with the moogy, eastern inspired melodic twists and turns of the title track 'Snake Charmer'. This is then followed in style as 'Dad Bod Dubstep' arrives on the scene with some seriously hefty subweight pressure, alongside minimal drum work and blowout bass synths. Finally we finish up with the spooky woodwind tones of 'No More', wrapping up another wicked body of work for both Cartridge and the Foundation Audio team.
Review: Next up from the Foundation Audio imprint, they continue their incredibly impressive run of form as founder: Chad Dubz links up the Manchester based powerhouse known as JFO for a weighty three track collection. We begin our dive into this one with the sizzling sub textures and smooth drum designs of the title track 'Insight', which really does set the tone for the rest of the project right from the off. From here, 'Flow' warbles into play with its super tight low-end bass explosions, topped with unbelievably well processed drum clicks and piano stabs, followed by the amphibian synthesizer smacks of 'Amnesia', which brings pulsating basslines and yet more sharpened snare work to the table to round the project off in style.
Review: It's time to saddle up and strap in as we dive head first into the second edition of Subaltern's heavyweight 'Kaleidoscope' series, championing new school dubstep creations with a real dash of finesse. We begin with the untouchable unpredictability of Dalek One, who unleashes a horde of glitchy tripletted bass stabs, expanding into epic horn-like leads as the track progresses. This leads perfectly into Clearlight's more minimalistic 'Stuck Inside' composition, focussing on hypnotic atmospherics and spooky vocals, before Phossa rolls through with the haunted arrangements of 'Vacant'. Finally, Bisweed rounds this one up in good fashion as the rolling 808's and jittery percussive layers of 'Profround' emerge.
Review: What a year it has been for the team at FKOF, a brand and label project that continues to grow in both strength and popularity, flying the flag for dubstep worldwide. This latest project sees them invite in Kwizma for four original stormers, kicking off with the gnarly bass slaps and stripped back percussion of 'Mariana', followed by the super subtle steppers flavours of 'Sidewinder'. Next, 'Tananum' rolls into play with yet more incredibly precise drum processing, giving it a serious cool metallic edge, before we round up with the super spacey sub tones and haunted vocal sampling of 'The Mog'. Amazing stuff!
Review: The Encrypted team look to continue their highly rated recent run with this one as they invite the intriguing sounds of 'El inside for a three track dubstep experiment. We begin our journey through this one with a taster of 'Repetition', a blippy, stuttered original design combining bubbling synthesizer plucks with moody sublines to create something quite ear-opening. Next, 'Start A War' stitches together an array of organic percussive chimes with a spooky atmospheric overtone for more thought-provoking listening, before rounding this off with 'Wake Up Lisa' another crunchy creation that ties together an heavily reverberated drumset with spacey melodic drifts and off-key piano stabs for an eerie adventure.
Review: We want to start off by acknowledging just how heavyweight a combination this as the combined styles of Glume & Phossa touch down on the incredibly consistent Encrypted Audio for three more incredible creations, kicking off with crunchy drum curls and gnarly bass drives of 'Bat Country'. Following this, we start to explore further into the more melodic side of the duo as 'Yucatan' arrives with a bag of incredible tight drum processing and haunting atmospheric design, before 'Apogee' provides us with a more introspective original, led by shimmering chord expressions and spooky melodic structures. They just keep getting better and better!
Review: Now here is a legendary link up if ever we saw one, as Wheel & Deal founder and legendary dubstep figure: N-Type teams up with the untouchable consistency of Kromestar for two tracks of pure heat! First of all, we dive into the stunning melodic presence and general harmony of 'Nu Era Dub', which combines starlit synthesizer patterns with a grizzly underbelly to cook up an absolute heater. On the flip, the horns come into play as we dive into 'Mutants', another futuristic ball of melodic goodness, slapping together soulful saxophone riffs with high energy drum licks and vibrant pad textures for an instant classic. What a pairing!
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again as they here present us with a stunning selection from SBK, a producer who is starting to turn heads wherever he goes with his super impactful steppers originals. We can hear a distinct eastern theme running through the heart of this one, kicking off with the eerie string work and distant percussive sprinklings of 'We Are From The Desert', featuring Ourman. Next up, we land amidst the heavy horn stabs and grizzly bass synthesizers of '3 Million Stones', before finding ourselves doused in heat as the warbling bass wriggles of 'Inferno' usher forth. Finally, 'Lead Dem Pace' alongisde Quasar ties the knot on this one, wrapping up another impressive body of work!
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again with this one as they invite the wonderful sounds of OME in for three tracks of colourful dubstep expression. Let us kick off with the beautiful arrangements of 'Canarios', which combines subtle percussive lines with sweeping overhead pad lines and short woodwind bursts to give us a smooth, soothing roller. Next, the title track 'Bermuda' is rolled out which switches up the vibe completely, driving forward with fat LFO warbles and distant shimmering melodies. Finally, 'Rollin' is unveiled, switching the organic percussion for metallic slaps and rounding us up in style'.
Review: The Dub Sector team have had a very exciting 2019 with a list of top notch releases, topped off by this brand new offering from man of the minute: Dalek One, who arrives on the scene with three original weapons. We begin with an observation of the title track 'Can't Walk', which combines robotic textures and glitchy percussive sounds to create something truly unique, followed by rawcus, electronic tones of the second original: 'Skincrawler. To round everything up, Max Mischief joins the party on collaborative duty as the triplet-style drum structures and minimal melodies of 'Sicim' finish up in style.