Review: The boys at In:flux Audio are back at it again, this time unleashing a wicked link up EP between label founders: Tik&Borrow and the more recently acquired sounds of 1Point5. We begin with the breakbeat-stepper fusion of 'Thunder Dub', a futuristic electronic masterclass, jam packed with interesting rhythmic expressions and fluttering metallic melodies. Next, 'Dirty Sean' continues along a similar vibe with more raucous breakbeat action, focussing on a less intrusive but no less potent bassline below. As well as this, J.Kong gives 'Thunder Dub' a complete overhaul, sending in an army of LFO's to wonk out the dance in style!
Review: Dubstep has arguably never been in a more consistently top quality position, with nearly every release boasting incredible levels of both innovation and bass-driven mastery, a theme into which Infernal Sounds most certainly deliver with Bukkha's brand new 'Badda Dan Dem' selection. We kick off with Killa P's highly impactful vocal feature on the title track, slapping the mix to pieces with a well processed vocal line, followed by Blackout JA's more dancehall influenced toasting over 'Rise Of The Beast', a seriously weighty dubwise sound for the system. Finally, we round off this selection of three collaborations with Gaze Ill joining the party on 'Stems Dub', another swampy design, pushed forward by it's distorted flute lines and shimmering percussive inputs, putting the final touches on yet another top quality selection!
Review: Next up from the Basskruit crew, we take in this fabulous new selection from an artist by the name of Cubiqule, whose brand new single seems to find itself lurking between about ten different genres and yet not sounding out of place at all. The electronic magnificence of 'Duna' is something to behold, with the half-time, almost hip-hop inspired rhythms of the track sitting so comfortably alongside incredibly metallic percussion and swampy bass sounds, the fusion is frankly mind-blowing. Despite the original track being so exceptional, we also find ourselves blessed with four remixes, kicking off with SCHIM92's colourful steppers rethink, alongside a much more dungeon-inspired 140 relick from Datra. Next, Crowley gives the track another dubstep overhaul, speeding up the rhythms into a system-busting soundscape, with the wonky drums and sizzling synth action of Moonstreams's rework providing the final touches of this excellent projecty
In A Monochromatic Wilderness Of Pain - (3:03) 110 BPM
Strange - (4:49) 125 BPM
The Man With The Other Face - (5:39) 140 BPM
Distrust - (6:26) 140 BPM
Naitsri Complex - (6:04) 57 BPM
No Sided Shape - (4:31) 109 BPM
Mokujin Ballet - (2:35) 94 BPM
Red Moon - (5:23) 136 BPM
Review: Etch is a complete and utter badman, we can all agree on that, and this extended play on Seagrave will please all of those who recognise Etch for what he is: a superb, multi genre producer who formats groove and energy into myriad shapes and patterns. This EP moves from ambient kicks to deeply penetrating breaks and it's 'Distrust' which really caught our attention, as it moves from simple pads to 140, low frequency shudders that hook your ear and keep it locked. 'Naitsri Complex' is similar in its emphasis on space, with ample room for subtleties and small details to really shine through. It's an incredibly unique piece of music that we can't recommend highly enough.
Review: The team at Iron Shirt Recordings have been on a pretty relentless roll across the breadth of 2020, with there being at least one notable drop a month it would seem. This latest outing sees them yet again flexing their muscles as they welcome Jaswan inside for a spice-laden four-tracker, commencing with the airy woodwind textures and sumptuous drum designs of 'Oracle'. From here, 'Atlantis' follows with a similar vibe about it, dripping with organic shaker layers and creeping background melodies that give the whole track a bit of a sneaky feel, followed by the more potent snare crunches and glittering synth slides of the title track 'Dias Muerte'. Finally, the charming chimes and melodic plucks of 'Toy Box' puts the final touches on an excellent body of work!
Truth & Lelijveld - "Psychological" - (2:37) 140 BPM
Lost - (2:24) 105 BPM
Shrouds - (3:41) 140 BPM
Earthlings - (4:10) 140 BPM
Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a brand new release from the legendary Truth trio, who we are pleased to see returning to their home imprint of Deep Dark & Dangerous for a lively five track expanse. We begin with the title track 'Neptune', a jittering collection of delicate synths and punchy kick patterns, glued together with an array of glittering reese tones. Next, 'Psychological' sees Lelijveld get involved with some stunning vocal additions, giving us some incredible soundscaping mastery before the grizzly atmospherics and glitchy manoeuvres of 'Lost' take us somewhere completely different. From here, 'Shrouds' supplies us with a much more aquatic sounding creation, linking crunchy percussion with volatile bass tones, before we round off with 'Earthlings', a big synth system-buster, stuffed with hypnotic energy and terrifying horn stabs to see us out in style!
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: Following on from a fantastic selection of full length drops across 2020, the Duploc team continue their exciting run of form here, presenting the fourth chapter of their sumptuous 'Duploc Selects' series. They offer up another 10 system scorchers, with the likes of Rez, Oddkut, Hotcut, Nova and more all supplying the goods. The full tracklisting is pretty outstanding, but there are a couple of highlights we couldn't not mention, with Hella's spacey saxophone genius on 'Trinity Centre' being an instant hit. The sub-busting basslines and explosive reesey textures of 'Me N My Speakaz' from DRTY HBTZ is also an absolute bop, with the sizzling low end of Idioteque's 'Morality' also raising some eyebrows!
Review: The Encrypted Audio team have been putting together some outstanding drops across the breadth of 2020, with this new six track system-buster being another example of just how strong their catalogue has become. This extensive compilation brings together the very best of their recent releases into one handy pile, with the likes of Hypho, DubApe, Ekula, Hunter Reed & BSay providing the goods. When laid down next to each other, we do notice a couple of clear standouts, with Hypho & Logan_olm's 'Badman Tune' being an incredibly catchy techy roller, alongside the system shaking bass notation and sweeping atmospheric pressure of 'Emparedado' from BSay. It shows just how well they have done over the last few months and we absolutely love to see it!
Review: The man of unlimited talents we know as Zha is back at it once again, this time landing on his home imprint of 'White Peach' for a joyous four track EP, exploring the complete spectrum of 140BPM-based music. We begin with the wayward plucks and syncopated drum expressions of the title track 'Snails', which kicks us off with a somewhat minimal vibe, before the eerie instrumentation and jazzy licks of 'Daisy' drag the EP into a completely different ballpark. Next, the high energy rhythmic switch ups and choir-like synthesis of 'Shattered' inject some choppy energy into proceedings, before we round out on 'Tunnels', a super swampy masterpiece, driven by both it's gnarly bass lead and those piercing eastern vocal samples. There appears to be no stopping Zha, no matter how many projects he takes under his wing!
Review: Next up from the WiddFam squad, we take a peek at this wavy five-producer link up as Kraken, Serpent Eyes, ZiEK, Makak and Legend4ry join forces for a sizzling six track delight. We begin with 'Salvation', an eastern inspired stepper jam, packed with catchy vocal samples and lethal subs below, before the title track 'Osiris' sees Kraken deliver a punch of eastern woodwind and precise drum processing, before 'El Dorado' deploys more mysterious pluck melodies with a much more whirling sense of bass instrumentation. The rest of the crew then get involved on remixes, with Legend4ry's 'Banging On The Percs' mix of 'Salvation' giving us a vibrant, bouncy rethink, alongside SerpentEyes & ZiEK's synthy overhaul of 'Osiris' and the floating sub-textures of Makak's 'El Dorado' recreation to round us out in style!