It looks like the White Peach team have pulled another gem out of the hat with this latest collection from Lofy, who arrives in style with four glamorous creations. First up, Oneman gets involved on 'Foretold', an eerie, choir-driven thrill ride through dissonant harmonies and flutey backdrops. From here, the regal horn sweeps and dubwise vocal FX of 'Asakusa' gives us a trippy punch to savour, with the bubbling arpeggios and chiming melodic inputs of 'Mortician' following closely. Finally, a monstrous masterclass as 'Grizzly' deploys a lethal reese-synth lead, topped off with haunted harmonic placements and thudding drum drops, giving us a very vibrant outro indeed!
Whenever we see a new drop from the Foundation Audio team hit the store we know we are likely to be collecting up a brand new bag of treats, with this brand new helping from Dalek One being exactly that. We begin with the jittering synthetic swipes and eastern-inspired percussive chops of 'Duckin N Divin', a vibrant title track that kicks us off with a sizzle. Next, the mosquito-like lead synth drones of 'Flood Channels' are brought onto display with a reesey backdrop to match, before the pace quickens on 'Last Rights', which gives us a much more organic sounding LFO drip. Finally, 'Wayseed' gives us a tidy combo of shimmering synthetic stutters and clunky drum stumbles, rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable collection of original dubstep flavour.
Now this is a collection we can tell has been in the making for a hot minute, as Vandull, one of Nottingham's finest mic controllers, steps up on Deep Dark & Dangerous for four original dubstep vocals. We begin with the super-stuttered percussive chops and eastern-inspired woodwind of 'Shh' alongside Hypho, which does the job of kicking the EP off with a high energy level. From here, Angelic Root arrives to provide the super unorthodox instrumental backdrop of 'Red Moon', within which we hear Vandull's vocals sent through a serious amount of processing with some wicked results, before Cartridge ups the pace on the half-time drives of 'Soulsearch', allowing Vandull to explore a different range of performance styles. Finally, Katch steps up on production duty for 'DUM', a haunted combination of dissonant synthetics and warbling LFO splutters, giving us a very fun outro track to this wicked collection.
The Smoking Session crew have collected up a positively potent collection of sizzlers for this one as the combined flavours of both LJ & Paul Domino are brought forward for a delightful four track journey. We open up with the trippy chord progressions and dubwise FX delays of 'Purple Sound', which sets the tone nicely from the jump. From here, 'Saturn' sends us to the stars with a glittering backdrop above pumping sub prods, before 'Colour Blind' sends us down under for a jittering journey through percussion and thudding bassline pulses. The whole EP is then rounded off nicely with the typically dub-influenced chord pops and chomping drum crunches of 'Invisible', putting the final touches on a very smooth four track box. Fabulous stuff!
Vantage have been on fire of late, with this latest addition to the catalogue from Chad Dubz again raising the bar even higher. Opening up with 'Rain', this intro is a kickstarter with a stunning backdrop of flickering melodic drones and sweeping pads, all leading towards a super-precise breakdown, full of chiming instrumentation and fluttering strings. We then stretch into the dubwise next as 'Be With You' launches with more melancholy backdrops, stuffed full of eerie piano chords and bone-chilling vocal lines. The project then rounds off on a much more aggy tip, with 'Cold' delivering the goods, doused in choir-infused chords and a gnarly bassline down below for good measure. Wicked stuff all around!
It's very rare that Dub Killer makes his way onto the Juno store and disappoints, with this latest drop on Subline Audio once again doing the business. The original drop takes the title 'Russian Warships', giving us a grizzly backdrop of potent bass energy and super-precise drum processing, topped with wartime radio samples for an overall eerie feel. The party is then taken into a different dimension following this however as Abstract Sonance gives this one a much dub-infused overhaul, focussing on dizzy drum delays and thumping horn stabs. A seriously cool pair of weapons here!
About Dubstep: Originating from South London during the early to mid-2000's, dubstep has without a doubt become one of the UK's most beloved musical outputs. With the roots of genre planted firmly across both system culture and the darker side of garage, dubstep's rise to worldwide notoriety between 2009 and 2015 was something very special to behold indeed. Based around 140BPM, with elements from all over world music, it is a sound that travels across so many spectrums of sound. All of these areas tend to united over a love of a pounding sub bass, sometimes focussed more on harsher, tearout sounds across the water, with the UK tending to lean towards a more dubwise soundscape.