Reviewed this week
Time for our annual Coki dispatch! Last spotted on Hatched's twelfth instalment in 2016, the DMZ don returns with more low end gems. Each cut shuddering with raw rootsical nature, it's a mystic trip from start to finish. "Azazel" glows with an island sunset theme, "Dub Worker" ripples with soft skanks and bounces with bulbous bouncy bass, "Rebellion" is a future sing-along slab of powerful consciousness while "No Lay Lay" finishes us off with a venomous wobble and grime style stabs in a way only he knows how. No laying around on this one.
An all-star lineup is an understatement here as some of the best in dubstep team up on Deep Dark & Dangerous for an absolute corker entitled 'Freak Show'. Long term genre favourite: Youngsta pulls together with the ever-creative sounds of Truth and a breath of fresh air from Stylust, resulting in a whirlwind of demonic melodies, colossal drum designs and writhing bass patterns, making this a real monster you can expect to hear at festivals and in clubs all around the country.
With UKF being one of the biggest and most popular musical networks in the world, it's almost become expected of them to drop nothing but bangers. For this one they have certainly met their criteria as they deliver Hybrid Minds in collaboration with Alexa Harley for a smoothly liquidised storm on 'Solitude'. From the off we are blessed with beautiful chord movement and stunning harmonies, spiced up with Harley's amazing vocal expressions. Great stuff and a must have for any drums enthusiast.
As a label project, LW Recordings are hailed worldwide for their explosive dance music compilations, so we were super excited when we saw that volume 2 of their dubstep series 'Essential Dubstep Weapons' was being readied for the shelves. From start to finish the project is spectacular, encompassing so many styles, be it the emotive chord progressions of 'Do It' by DopeztB or the more stripped back arrangements of 'Infidel' from Re5a. Other highlights for us have to include the hardcore riddim flavours of WinWel's 'Oh' and the spooky sounds of Platypus's 'Mandalay'. Overall it's a great selection and a must buy for any dubstep fanatic.
Time for a latter platter; Utah abyss explorers Durandal and Funkmod make their debut on the mighty DND with five stinking bass creepers. Vibes range from soaking wet frog bass and alien weirdness on "Choomah Dub" to pressure cooked bounce dynamics and shimmering skanks on "Wise Up". Need more you greedy animal? Jump on their remix of Pushloop. Pure filth.
Tearout dubstep as a sub genre is looking stronger than ever, with massive festival lineups being announced every week and some serious radio support. This new compilation from Rimoshee Traxx entitled 'Cubed Trap & Dubstep: Extra Ordinary Edition' is a showcase of some of the dirtiest dubstep designs available on the market today. For us the immediate talking points have to be Rakta's explosive VIP mix of 'Time To Fly' along with Sativacide's 'Outer Space', which contains some serious bass work. Some of the more emotive recordings on this project also standout as highlights, including DrHouseM's synthy future bass banger ' All In One' and Liftance's emotional big room remix of 'Only You', originally created by Pressure Cooker & Ryan Ellingson.
It appears that the Firepower camp are at it again in the EDM world as Audiowrx steps forward for another headline EP slot. From beginning to end we are treated to some seriously lethal flavours, pushing everything that Audiowrx is about. For us it feels that there is something for all EDM fans on this one, be it the impeccable synth design and scattered drum selection on 'Down', the downright dirt that 'Freaks' brings to the table or even the more unpredictably smooth stylings of 'Feels' featuring Jade. Audiowrx has really flexed his production muscles and come back out with something beautiful!
For this quite frankly brilliant selection, we see Alerion team up with the Grimey Grooves imprint and showcase three absolute face melters, as he showcases the full breadth of his production arsenal. The title track 'Tullamore Dew' moves from intense, eastern inspired melodies across the introduction to steaming reese leads and goliath drum selections. Next we roll into the riddim spectacular as the reggae inspired compositional structure of 'Night Rider' combines with sharp snares and unpredictable lead synths. Finally we finish up on a lethal collaboration as Alerion teams up with Shagoki for assured dancefloor destruction on 'Get On Discord'. This is one to rip apart the big rooms around the world!
Grubs up! New talent touting explorers of the weird Lunchn' Collective let rip with another fresh one track missive from new talent It's Ember. Swaggering with a wry sense of synth sleaze but swaying with delicate chords, it's an on point balance of dreamy yet weighty, punchy but wavey. We'll be spitting curse words if we don't hear more from It's Ember very soon. Tuck in!
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