As one of the most consistent dubstep imprints out there, seeing Artikal Music welcome the one and only J:Kenzo back is always going to be an exciting moment for any steppers fan. This time around however, it's remix season, as Kenzo invites ten guests inside for a fiery display of re-distributed energy. The project has some awesome names involved, from the likes of 140 royalty such as Boyland and Unkey, to abstract soundsmiths such as LSN and Coco Bryce, who both flip Kenzo's work into spacey junglist rollers. Our highlights would have to include the monstrous bass designs of MYTHM's 'Narky' rethink, next to the digitised funk of Mani Festo's 'Deadbull' overhaul. Awesome work!
When Wheel & Deal come to party, they don't come to play, as we see here on this violent new four track collection from Ramsez, one of the most rowdy new school dubstep masterminds out there. The introductory episode is the title track 'Jelly Belly', a gnarly squelch through system-busting sub squeezes and rolling drum work, followed by the more abstract rhythmic jitters and unpredictable bass slides of 'Digital Drip'. The intensity then moves up another level as 'BoomBox' combines nostalgic breaksy action with system-wrecking bass manoeuvres and dissonant piano stabs, before the purring sub synths and marching drum work of 'Quattro Rhythm' bring us to a tidy close.
It's been a solid year for the team at Sneaker Social Club so far, with their stock set to continue rising with the release of this vibrant new four track display from Dog Patrol. We begin this dive with 'Non PGR', a euphoria-driven dreamwalk through distant delays and shimmering synthetics, with the Nasty King Kurl remix providing an even more spacey overhaul. From here, we flow into 'Sassafras', another bubbling crunch off, combining abstractly arranged breaks-style drums, topped with angry moogy sub stabs, with the snare heavy percussive chops of 'Creepin' then providing the outro soundtrack, forming a post-grime funk out as a wicked final closer..
It's been a brief minute since the Monsters Music crew gave us a not box of toys to try out, but this new drop from the wonderful combination of Katch & OZ is a perfect way to wake us back up. We begin with the gorgeous synth glides and electrifying melodies of 'Endeavour', followed by the aquatic percussive pulses of 'Sanctum' and higher-paced drum scrunches of 'Composite', giving us a seriously tasty bit of steppers energy, tied together nicely with purple melodic twists throughout. OZ then steps out for a fireball overhaul of 'Endeavour', giving a spacey-feel, slamming up the synthetic pressure with some juicy results, before the heavily syncopated digital chaos of 'Actuator' gives us our final slice of fun, rounding off this forward thinking collection in style!
Next up from the After Dark Music crew, a spicy collection of dungeon-driven heat from the one they called Inertia, giving us a dreamscape-inducing mix of bass and drum. We begin with 'Set It Off' a highly intense roller, fusing huge-system driven subs with bubbling dub delays and spring like drums, before 'Runaway Dub' takes us even deeper with a stripped back, half-time whomper. Next, 'Affinity' gives us another creepy roller, focussing on clicky drums and intense synthesiser lines, before both the alien-like LFO belches of 'Counteraction' and heavily filtered sub bubbles of 'Meditate' takes us to an entirely different dimension, unleashing a serious beast to say the least.
It's time to enjoy some good, old fashioned, dubstep heat, as the awesome team over at Incurzion invite Tacktile to deliver another weighty gut punch of original steppers energy. We open up with the gliding 808 screws and jittering percussive sidesteps of 'Free' before 'I Died At That Bowl' opens the glitch-laiden gates of something completely different, fusing roaring synthesisers with clicky drumwork. The squelchy feelers continue to explore next as 'Ghost Train' then delivers a crunchy combination of unpredictable bass drones and drippy percussion, with the all engulfing reese bass textures of 'The Keep' giving us a tasty final chapter, showcasing the fabulous versatility of Tacktile's production palette.
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.