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This is a set of tracks we've certainly been looking forward to getting our teeth stuck into. Straight out of London, Samba steps out onto the Crucial Recordings imprint for a certified belter of a release. The title track "Malignant" is a steppers dream, blending subtle percussion and powerful subs with eerie atmospherics to chilling success. The remixes come by way of dubstep legends: Sleeper and Bukez Finezt who both rework the composition into their signature styles. Finally the VIP mix of Un is pure dance floor dynamite, boasting earth tremering basslines and haunting synth melodies wrapped up with a bow on top. I mean what more could you ask for...
The North American duo of Distinct Motive are at it again, this time teaming up with Navy Cut for a weighty two track release. We start off with ?King? which is a stepper?s delight. Pounding electronic subs roll ahead in the bass section whilst marching drums and super swung gritty synths run riot above. On the flip side we hear ?Worthy? which is straight out of the same bag of swing, however this composition is driven by its revving bass synth sounds and stuttered vocal appearances.
One of Nomine Sound's biggest releases to date; Boylan & Slimzee collide for four absolute heavers right here. "No Cure" is the deadliest jam of the set with its swooping, swathing horror movie bass, "Replicants" takes us deep into the rave machine and sends us home packing with some twisted mentasms and hoovers, "Delta City" plays the consummate graveyard stomper with a little more space and weight while "Reinforced" closes with a homage to one of the most important record labels in the early jungle movement. This is nothing short of essential.
Immense compositions from two of Bristol's brightest sparks Modelle and Lemzley Dale. Polybus is an incredible opener with its almost theatrical spirals and cascades while Majula's Curse continues the cinematic pressure with sweeping poignant strings and a sense of drama that's shattered with gully space bass. Dig deeper for Talisman, a mystic portal firing us straight back to 2000 BC Egypt and back on every bar and the floating, highly emotional arpeggios of Afterlife. Genuine beauty.
We?re always happy to hear more deliciously devised dubstep from the Macabre Unit collective and this one is definitely no exception. Straight from the off on Drifter we hear warm rolling subs lashing into whirling atmospherics and sharp drum processing. Next up we have Killamanjaro which is comprised of eastern melodies, choppy break patterns, rolling percussive stabs and of course gritty bass synths. From here we move onto Monarch which is a real steppers journey, bringing out lush jazzy synth textures and sound design over rogue bass oscillations below. Finally we finish up with a blast from the past in Remember. This one is comes complete with classic hardcore synth chords across the introduction, later descending into an electronic cluster bomb of unique sound design.
3 months on from their 5 year celebratory compilation, Indigo Movement are back with yet another high profile release, this time rolling out from Bristol?s own Chad Dubz. Built with intense, siren like drone synths and incredible electronic atmospherics, WW3 is more than a fitting name for this single. Along with this devastator of a composition we are blessed with two very creative remixes, the first coming from Zygo with dubwise rethink. The second comes courtesy of Gleb Choutov who rebuilds the track completely in a stunning piece of sound design. Great stuff!
Often being portrayed as one of the UK's finest DJ's, Jaguar Skills is a name solidified across so many genres of dance music it's hard to summarize in one line. As a project "Miseducation Of A Hip-Hop Boss" is a homage to this, as we hear four high profile collaborations across multiple genres. To kick off "Riot Squad 2" in collaboration with Mind Vortex is an instant jump up anthem. Next up UK grime veteran Saskilla joins the party with his high energy vocal on another drum and bass belter entitled "Off My Rocker". Following this Milli Major & Face get involved on the high grime anthem "Air Pie" and the EP is then rounded up with the highly anticipated collaboration with Double S named "Levelz".
5 Chuckles' don and all-round (literal) G, Alphapup's Ras hooks up with France's Moresounds to share a brand new Dub Stuy release. Ras takes the lead with the silverback sizzler "Gorilla Glue" where aerosol sprays are both shaken and stirred and the jungle is never far from your mind. "Globa Shit-Uation" is an even heavier affair with massive dubby washes over dreamy uplifting chords. Deeper again Moresounds ups the high voltage with an electrified bassline, chiming percussion and rising sense of drama throughout while "Deep Base" subverts the digidub style with raw tribal percussion and some deftly placed bass groans. Send for the hacksaws!
Bass music from a UK funky perspective, courtesy of Bristol's DJ Polo - who has had previous releases on authority labels such as Roska Kicks & Snares and New York City's High End Times so go figure! On the dubbed-out late night anthem "1 Triple 0" prepare to get that lighter in the air, featuring the mad vocal skills of Grim Sickers, while "Limonata" is the instrumental version. More of the same on "Multiple Palm Tree Emojis" (featuring a bit of help from Lobby) and tropical vibes abound assisted by those sweltering polyrhythms on the absolutely heaving "Swervin".
Well, where do we start with this one. You want heavy dubstep? You have it all right here right now. Rampage Recordings have served us up an absolute feast, kicking off with Lifecycle?s glitchy monster of a riddim entitled "Brain Thrilla". From here we move into a four way collaboration from Barely Alive, Virtual Riot, Phaseone and Myro named "Rampage" and it's an absolute corker. Next up we have the riddim anthem that is "Jump Up" from Leiden's own Franky Nuts. The EP is then finished off perfectly with Bloodline's "Street Gangs" anthem, which works bubbling subs and spooky synths together seamlessly.
East London's Razor is every bit as sharp as his name suggests. One of Southpoint's key MCs, his "Homegrown" EP showcases his broadest abilities beyond hosting the carnage in the crowd. Upbeat, intense and focused, "Act Like You Know" balances fire and funk with skill, "Dangerous" is pure grime drama with lavish clipped strings and venomous bars while "Found" sees him vibing with Asante Justice over a sassy Moony two-step and "Get With It". Elsewhere "Get With It" is the darkest, slickest narrative side Razor's ever recorded, "5" takes us to dreamier pastures while "Easy" shuts us down with a classic pulse riddim and some classically trained wordplay. Cuts!
The long standing dubstep stronghold we know as Gradient Audio returns for another spicy bag of bass driven goodness. This two tracker comes courtesy of Trillbass & Clerks in dual collaborational compositions, bringing something fresh to the table. On the A-Side "Jabberwocky" is a gritty fireball, focussing on intense oscillating reese synths and crunchy drums. On the flip however we hear "Freedom" which is a more stripped back look at the classic standardized dubstep ideals. On this one we hear low lurking bass instruments growling away whilst airy eastern inspired melodies roam freely above.
Exclusives
BARELY ALIVE/VIRTUAL RIOT/PHASEONE/MYRO/FRANKY NUTS/BLOODLINE/LIFECYCLE - Rampage Sampler 03 (Rampage)
ZAMWISE - Koko Riddim (Foundation Audio) - exclusive 21-02-2018
GANJA WHITE NIGHT - The Origins (SubCarbon)
Exclusives
MODELLE & LEMZLY DALE - Paladins (White Peach)
SAMBA - Malignant (Remixes) (Crucial Recordings)
LEVITATE - Collapse (Division Recordings)
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