Review: We land here on Trusik recordings for a fantastic combination of soundscaped brilliance and dubwise delight as BHED lays down a tasty three track selection for our ears to enjoy. Kicking off firstly with 'Eighteenhundred', an ethereal display of shimmering pads and crunchy percussive clunks, followed by the unpredictable drumwork and hypnotic delays of 'Apatheia'. Finally, we round off this sumptuous body of work with a dive into 'East', a super clean look into modern dub music at its finest, driven by more haunted atmospheric layers and steady chord progressions above a potent subline. Delicious!
Review: When we heard the news that Cimm had an album on the way, we could barely contain our excitement. When we then learnt it was to be featured on Sentry, our expectations tripled, and boy does Cimm deliver! The project takes the name 'Unknown Caller!!' and is a perfect embodiment of what today's deep dubstep scene represents, from the irresistible sub pressures of 'The Corner' alongside Rider Shafique to eastern-dub hybrids of 'Blue Sapphire' and lower tempo bass quakes of 'I Am Jack Travis'. The collaborations are fruitful on this one, as Cimm also invites Youngsta, Mr K, SGT Pokes, Riko Dan and Animai to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest dubstep projects of the year.
Review: What a year it's been for the Bristolian bass masters known as Foundation Audio, as they pull the year to a close with this outstanding project from Clearlight, to really put the finishing touches on an exceptional 2019. From the off, we are in for some sumptuous swampy goodness as the organic drum sounds and creepy percussion of 'Stomp Dub' wades into view, before the title track 'Ununderstandable' lets loose a barrage of suspenseful subs and grizzly atmospherics, chilling listeners from their bones to their boots. Finally, the spacey sounds of 'Chasm' put the cherry on the cake, tying up a top draw body of work.
Review: As we move towards the end of 2019, we can definitely see that it has been a top notch year for dubstep as a whole, primarily thanks to labels such as Subaltern really upping their levels all year round. This latest selection from Helktram is an excellent example of that, kicking off with the moody moog bass action of 'Recoil' before landing on the title track 'Mineral', an original dripping in warbling bassy flavour. Next, 'Beware' arrives with some glitchy synth manoeuvres before we round off proceedings with the angelic choirs and eerie harmonies of 'Air'.
Review: With a reputation for being one of the most creative artist tags in electronic music, Ivy Lab returns here for a six track extravaganza, kicking off with one hell of a collaboration. Onoe Caponoe & L-Zee Roselli are drafted in to supply some high energy vocal pressure on the title track 'Space War 169', and they most certainly deliver. The EP also boasts a strong selection of instrumental pieces, from the shuffling electronic tones of 'Wideboi' and super choppy drum slaps of 'Rococo' to the trap-like bass jangles of 'Zip It' and frankly phenomenal hip hop grooves of 'Suburbia'. This is yet another production masterclass from Ivy Lab.
Review: Uprise Audio sure know how to find a banger, as they here enlist the Mancunian bassweight of JFO for two tracks of 140BPM delight. We kick off firstly with the stuttered rhythms and choppy synth/drum combos of PDX, a truly original piece, swaying back and forth between different themes, taking the listener on one hell of a journey from start to finish. On the flip, we find a more classic JFO structure as he unleashes more gnarly bass design and precise drum processing on 'Juggernaut' to gift us a potent two track delight.
Review: This is an EP that oozes class from start to finish, and for us, sits pretty solidly as one of the most powerful dubstep releases of 2019 as OME lands of Simply Deep for five tracks of pure brilliance. We kick off with 'Another', a shimmering behemoth of glittering flutey tones and whirling atmospheric pads, followed by the warbling crunches of 'Way Too Far'. Next up, we face the haunting arpeggios of 'Luna Sangrante' before diving into a pair of very well designe remixes. Firstly, Busted Fingerz flips 'Another' into an apocalyptic grimey explosion, with Allone then reimagining 'Way Too Far' into a smooth hip hop roller. Awesome stuff!
Review: So it would appear that Zip Sound Recordings have landed on a slab of gold with this one as they unveil a chunky two track steppers selection from Royal Panic. Firstly, we dive headfirst into the grizzly bass synthesizers and ticking melodies of the title track 'God Shot', which kicks the EP off with a high dosage of energy. On the flipside, we then dive into the gnarly overtones and warbling bass designs of 'Shadow People', a crunchy, dungeon ready roller, perfectly summarizing the deep dubstep sound of 2019. What a way to round the year off for the Zip Sound team!
Review: For us, White Peach really are one of the most impressive imprints doing it right about now, with a near flawless year of releases under their belt, they continue to push out music right down to the wire, with this latest drop from Taiko looking to be their final of 2019. This EP is a masterclass in 140BPM production, with the title track 'Miners' combining spooky, eastern string patterns with choppy drums and potent subs to kick us off with a storm, followed by more eerie melodic structures within 'Prism' and some seriously cool, almost wooden sounding percussion on 'One Of Us'. We finish off with the more gentle string plucks and lofi drumwork of 'Just Like We Used To Do' putting the final touches on an incredible year for the White Peach familiar.
Review: What a year it has been for the team at Dubtribu, a label who continue to impress in all areas, with their homegrown roster looking stronger by the second. This last project of the year sees them firing on all sides as they invite eight of their best in for 'Deep Dub Inside 2019', a comprehensive showcase of the labels sound, featuring potent originals from the likes of Arta, Tinky, Muhla, Kismat, Cel and Ran for starters. We have two clear highlights for this one, with the gnarly sub work of Takjacob's 'Can't Own Me' being a real heavy hitter, along with the spooky overtones of Copley's 'Bombay Bad Boy'. Awesome stuff!