Reviewed this week
It was only a matter of time until the Project Allout gang made their 2018 return as they kick the new year off with some serious bassline pressure. This release sees Bristol's own Mindstate team up with the energetic vocals of CAL for an extremely vibrant VIP mix of their earlier collaboration 'Girls'. The VIP see's funky chord patterns and spooky synth leads combine with the vocal presence for an eerie introduction which descends into bassy madness come the breakdown. On remix duty PAR bring forth Ghastly with his much quicker 4x4 rework, Jaikea with his unpredictable recreation and Sheppz Dawgy for a full grimey rethink.
Being one the UK's standout bass music labels of 2018, we expected nothing less than a kickstart to 2018 from Brighton based collective: Southpoint. For STPT035 they join forces with Leominster's own grime hot shot Jakebob for a real journey of a six tracker. This EP explores the full breadth of Jakebob's highly melodic sound. For instance, the airy flutes across 'Wolf Whistle', the skippy choir driven arrangement of 'Dusties' alongside Lingers and the beautifully applied asian scales of 'Surai' in collaboration with Drax show a softer side of his production. On the other side of the EP we hear the more pulsating sounds of the title track 'Champion', 'Rago' in collaboration with Razor who lays down a lethal vocal feature. On remix duty, Albzzy steps forward with his fantastic dubstep rework of the 'Champion'.
After a highly lucrative 2017, being named as one of the UK's most exciting dubstep movements, Deep Dark & Dangerous are back to launch 2018 with an absolute belter of a release. The duo of Shu and Dalek One found great success towards the end of the year with their collaboration 'Mumble Dub', which itself was an instant dubstep classic. This time around Pushloop steps forward with his exclusive remix which incorporates a more reece driven style of sound design, along with skippy drum patterns vocal experimentation.
There are few names bigger in the dubstep spectrum than Datsik. Throughout the last 10 years the Canadian heavyweight has worked non stop and solidified his name in the history books as one of the leading producers in EDM worldwide. His new 'Master Of Shadows' EP on the Firepower imprint summarizes exactly why this is, from the irresistible bass grooves of 'Ronin Riddim' and 'Bad Behavior', the electronic overloads of 'You've Changed' along with 'Freakuency' and the future bass driven lead synths of 'Pressure Plates' and 'Find Me'. The EP is then rounded up by the highly anticipated collaboration 'Warriors Of The Night' alongside Germany's Virtual Riot, which is an absolute banger we might add.
SPEC - I Feel Sick (Uprise Audio)
VOODOO CHILLI feat RHIA - My Heart (Cheap Thrills)
KRONODIGGER - ENC015 (Encrypted Audio)