Review: We are absolutely loving the direction that the legendary Alix Perez has been taking recently, driving his uniquely techy production style into the dubstep scene with fantastic results. This latest project on 1985 music is the perfect showcase of just how good it can be, kicking off with the eerie atmospheric sweeps and gnarly bass excursions of the title track 'Last Rites'. Next, the engulfing subs and classic vocal fx sampling of 'Deep Six' burst onto the scene before the stripped back bass tones and impactful reverberations of 'Spooked' touch down. The project is rounded off with a dive into 'Melodrama', a track teetering with emotive energy and rolling sub tones, driven by it's unique, Burial-like lead vocal line.
Review: Now many have guessed that this one has been in the works for a while, but that makes us no less excited to unveil this tasty new album projct from J:Kenzo, who returns to his home imprint of Artikal Music for 'Taygeta Code'. From start to finish, the album is a true exploration into electronic music, primarily of course focussed around 140BPM. It's got bass pressure on 'Desired State', it's got acidic originality on 'Hoodwinked', it's even got a weighty guest vocal from the legendary Flowdan who returns on Kenzo's Darkside VIP mix of 'Like A Hawk'. This is an excellent showcasing of J:Kenzo's ability within a crowded dubstep scene.
Review: The dubstep scene is looking as healthy as it has ever been as we draw towards the end of 2019, with high end releases such as this one from Subaltern dropping every week. They invite Ill K into the blend, who supplies us with four original heaters, kicking off the project with the breakbeat-steppers hybrid sounds within 'Warp 6'. This is then chased up quicktime by the big room drum smashes and colourful percussive influence of 'Mirage' before Chad Dubz touches down on collaboration duty across the dungeon-fueled sound design of 'Ninja Technique. Finally, 'Walking Home' sees Koobas enter the project as we are driven down a nostalgic, hardcore avenue.
Review: As ever, Crucial Recordings have supplied us with a box of serious ammunition here as they invite in the unbeatable duo of Glume & Phossa for three tracks of pure steppers bliss. The first original takes the name 'Opal' and stars the title track for the project, working together smooth horn tones and stunning drumwork. This is then followed in style as the gritty bass stutters and to put it frankly, stunning orchestration of 'Feral', fusing together colourful melodics with hard hitting sub sections. Finally, we finish up with the skeletal drum structures and hypnotic bass pumps of 'Ruins', tying up a stunning three track selection.
Review: It would appear that we are entering a new golden era for dubstep as we are greeted with yet another week of super high quality releases, Instrigate's latest of which comes to us courtesy of Qant. This four tracker is dripping with organic production energy, kicking off with the mystic melodic structures and skippy kick drum patterns of 'Stage Fright'. We then tap into the subtle high end frequency pushes and unorthodox harmonies of 'Low Tier Spiderman Memes', before landing on the choppy drum crunches of the title track 'Phobos'. Finally, we engage with the spooky and hypnotic bell arpegios of 'Malevolent Chime', rounding this one off nicely.
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again as they here present us with a stunning selection from SBK, a producer who is starting to turn heads wherever he goes with his super impactful steppers originals. We can hear a distinct eastern theme running through the heart of this one, kicking off with the eerie string work and distant percussive sprinklings of 'We Are From The Desert', featuring Ourman. Next up, we land amidst the heavy horn stabs and grizzly bass synthesizers of '3 Million Stones', before finding ourselves doused in heat as the warbling bass wriggles of 'Inferno' usher forth. Finally, 'Lead Dem Pace' alongisde Quasar ties the knot on this one, wrapping up another impressive body of work!
Review: When we heard the news that Cimm had an album on the way, we could barely contain our excitement. When we then learnt it was to be featured on Sentry, our expectations tripled, and boy does Cimm deliver! The project takes the name 'Unknown Caller!!' and is a perfect embodiment of what today's deep dubstep scene represents, from the irresistible sub pressures of 'The Corner' alongside Rider Shafique to eastern-dub hybrids of 'Blue Sapphire' and lower tempo bass quakes of 'I Am Jack Travis'. The collaborations are fruitful on this one, as Cimm also invites Youngsta, Mr K, SGT Pokes, Riko Dan and Animai to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest dubstep projects of the year.
Review: There are fewer more joyous experiences in dubstep than learning of a new Deep Medi drop, which is why we were so thrilled to hear of this brand new selection from the ever-dependable Samba. We start with a quick dive into the title track 'Winona', which lays steeped in eerie melodic structure and flutey tones, followed closely by the rasping, gnarly sub expanses of 'Worms'. Next, we land on the unusual rhythmic layout and fuzzy bass designs of 'King Kan', before we round everything off with the crunchy drum lunges and emotive orchestration of 'Snakes. Egos'. Incredible stuff as from an incredible producer x label combination.
Review: Sentry Records has put together some serious releases over the last few years, showcasing the latest and greatest in dubstep and its surrounding genres. We are therefore introduced to and absolutely storming compilation here as we reel off bangers from the likes of dubstep legends such as Caspa, Truth, Sukh Knight, Youngsta and more. For us, the highlights of this incredible compilation are quite clear, kicking off with the stunning production of 'Judas' from Nomine, who brings forward his uniquely metallic sound design on mass. Another absolute heater we couldn't forget is the spooky yet satisfying 'Crocodile' from Dayzero, packed with wicked drum flavours and haunted overtones.
Review: This is an EP that oozes class from start to finish, and for us, sits pretty solidly as one of the most powerful dubstep releases of 2019 as OME lands of Simply Deep for five tracks of pure brilliance. We kick off with 'Another', a shimmering behemoth of glittering flutey tones and whirling atmospheric pads, followed by the warbling crunches of 'Way Too Far'. Next up, we face the haunting arpeggios of 'Luna Sangrante' before diving into a pair of very well designe remixes. Firstly, Busted Fingerz flips 'Another' into an apocalyptic grimey explosion, with Allone then reimagining 'Way Too Far' into a smooth hip hop roller. Awesome stuff!
Review: As ever with Artikal Music releases, we are in for an absolute treat on this one as they invite in the forward thinking sounds of Saule for three tracks of steppers bliss. We kick off this one with the title track 'Zeroes', a high pitched warbler, reminiscent of early Clue Kid heaters, followed up by the super deep sub tones and war like drum slaps of 'Baro', already giving the EP some seriously cool contrasting points. We then move into the eerie overtones and unpredictable drum punches of 'Pistola' which boasts yet more weighty sub movements, rounding up a tight body of work.
Dalek One - "What Are You Saying" - (3:46) 140 BPM
Review: As ever with the Duploc team, they have assembled an EP of pure quality as they invite a cohort of their finest into the fray for the second chapter of 'Duploc Selects'. From the off highlights include the regal horn tones and catchy melodies of 'Cumulus' from Cartridge, before the gnarly bass tones and crispy drum slaps of 'What Are You Saying' land, courtesy of Dalek One. Drumterror also combines sharp drums and chiming patterns in 'Mineral' before Feonix fuses experimental drum arrangements and super-deep sub pressure on 'Lost & Direct', with the glitchy plucks and wavy leads of Ghostek's 'Seek War' putting the icing on the cake. A very strong selection indeed.
Review: Ah, there is nothing better than uncovering a dubstep compilation as potent as this, the second full edition of 'For The Heads'. We see an absolutely wicked line up, including the likes of 1137, Khromi, Roklem, Borg and more. There are some absolute heaters on this one, including the super crunchy bass movements of 'Extended Dub' from Dalek One, along with the minimalist yet metallic LFO drives of Repulsion's 'Cyclone' and Chapman's emotive 'Cry' original. One track stands out above the rest however comes from Pharma's super spooky 'Sshh' laced with enticing triplets to put the cherry on the cake for the whole compilation.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to now see the 1Forty imprint dropping their releases through Juno, with this latest compilation project being the latest, showcasing just how strong they have become as a musical imprint and brand. They here return to their grimey, 140BPM roots with four absolute heaters, kicking off with a high energy, war-ready combination between the legendary Killa P and rapidly rising Fork And Knife. Next up, NothingNice arrives on production duty with more heavyweight flavours, over which Dizzle Kid & Killa P provide the vocal artillery before 9TRANE teams up with Fork And Knife for a monstrous 4x4 roller, dripping in OG grime energy. Finally, Hayz takes old school to an entirely new level as he employs super nostalgic synths and melodies over minimal, authentic drum patterns on 'High Top', to put the finishing touches on an awesome selection!
Review: It's been a superb year for Crucial Recordings, who continue to push fresh and original dubstep music, almost weekly at this point. They here invite Sleeper to do what he does best across four hard hitting steppers stompers, with the creepy textures and wibbling bass tones of 'Shudda' landing first. The distorted delights and dubwise drum devices of the title track 'Militant Focus' follows in style, before the shimmering LFO's and heavily reverberated rhythms of 'Franklyn' join the party. We found off 'Fish Tea', a more subtle roller, tying this one up nicely.
Review: It's getting to a point now with the FKOF release schedule that we are just expecting monthly bangers, and we are yet again not disappointed as Roklem and Sebalo step out on this latest helping with four servings of sumptuous steppers flavour. Firstly, Roklem arrives on solo duty with 'Forged', a grizzly, dungeon-style roller, stuffed with warbling sub textures and haunted chime melodies, before Sebalo's super colourful 'Troubled Space' arrives with a more atmospheric approach, dripping in floaty pads and marching bass tones. The pair then jump into classic collaboration mode across two originals, the first of which takes the name 'They Arrive', warning us of the murky, otherworldly textures that lay within. We finish the EP up with their second link up in 'New Frontiers', a sub behemoth, putting a heavyweight closer on yet another exciting selection from the FKOF team.
Review: As ever with the now legendary Artikal Music imprint, we are gifted a fantastic four track selection, courtesy of the dubwise divisings of Sabab. We kick off with the title track 'Guidance', which perfectly combines classic rootsy vocals with dungeon-ready drum smacks and earthy subs for a real heavy hitter. The bass tones continue to play vital roles as the shimmering low-end of 'Youthman Dub' and more explosive synthesizer rays of 'Harmonic Dissonance' come next. Finally, all hell is let loose on the tearout bass instrumentation of 'Dutty Babylon' which sees the project span the full breadth of the dubstep banner.
Review: We are at a point now that when we see a Foundation Audio release drop, we expect nothing but quality with them delivering the very best in dubstep time and time again. They here invite Cartridge in for three tracks of pure heat, kicking off with the moogy, eastern inspired melodic twists and turns of the title track 'Snake Charmer'. This is then followed in style as 'Dad Bod Dubstep' arrives on the scene with some seriously hefty subweight pressure, alongside minimal drum work and blowout bass synths. Finally we finish up with the spooky woodwind tones of 'No More', wrapping up another wicked body of work for both Cartridge and the Foundation Audio team.
Review: There's been some seriously impressive movements coming out of Leeds of late, as the super popular 1Forty imprint continue their impressive run, this time employing the services of some UK dance music veterans. We see a fantastic combination here as Slay and Trigga join forces over a super skippy 140 sounding instrumental, coming to us courtesy of the man himself: Zed Bias. Overall, this track delivers on so many fronts, with the high energy instrumental providing the perfect base camp from which Slay and Trigga set forth, destined to duppy the dance with intense flows and sharp lyricism.
Review: When we see new releases land in the store, we like to explore the names aren't as familiar with first, which is why we instantly fell in love with this latest drop from the Vantage crew. We kick this one off with the trap-like drum rolls and bubbling 808 bass tones of 'Days End' before 'Don't Sleep' combines unusual digital signals with more bassy goodness. We dive down a smoother avenue next as 'Quelle Vie' showcases some excellent melodic sampling, before we touch down on the chilled out harmonies and lingering bass textures of 'Persan Beaumont' to wrap this one up.
Review: Time is flying by at the minute, especially in the dubstep world as heavyweight release after heavyweight release launches itself to the forefront of a very healthy scene. We here take a look at the legendary FatKidOnFire imprint who touch down with four new heaters from WZ, kicking off with the spooky overtones and sharp string slices of 'Death Struggle'. Next, the swampy flutes of 'Gas Out' swim into view, closely followed by the sublime sub bass textures of 'Fwaah'. Finally, the dubwise delays and spacey atmospheric designs of 'Chambers' rounds up another wicked drop from the FKOF massive.
Review: It's time to get deep and dark as Scrub A Dub return with yet another top quality outing, this time bringing in the spooky sounds of Somah for two original creations that are sure to bring life to any dance. We kick off with the marching drum explosions and shimmering, dubbed out percussive arrangements of 'Heart Sprint' alongside Nova, which uses warm textures and hypnotic loops to give us a pleasing finish. The B-side then switches up proceedings with a starlit harmonic structure, beefed up by incredibly potent sub pressure below!
Review: Albion Collective have had an undeniably fire 2019, showcasing an array of exciting new artists through their highly respected label platform. They continue this energy as they invite in the spooky sounds of LSN for four tracks of pure power, kicking off with the scattered, unpredictable drum work and warbling electronic subs of 'I Don't Know What That Means'. The title track rolls into play next as 'Oscillator' combines hard hitting bass tones, shimmering Asian melodies and haunted female lead vocals for a tasty recipe, followed by 'Gone For Never', a lethal combo of violent bass slides between LSN & AxH. To round up, the choppy, hip-hop drum work of 'Rubberhands' provides the perfect contrasting finale!
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous rampage continues to fly as we jump into their latest release, this one coming to us from the unique steppers fusions of Wraz. We kick off our delvings into this one with a sampling of the lethal title track 'Desert Tales', an original laced with emotive eastern string patterns and some hard hitting horn explosions, followed by the fluttering flutey introduction and pulsating 808 driven breakdowns of 'Triflow'. Next, we take a peek at the warbling LFO creations of 'Alienist' which writhes away above yet more lethal bass synthesis, before we finish up with the haunted atmospheric pressures and gnarly low end tonality of 'Viper'.
Review: The team at Innamind have been on point with their release selection throughout the entirety of a very packed out 2019, with this latest collection from Bengal Sound very much following that pattern of excellence. We kick off with the super spooky sampled harmonics and smooth, airy drum processing of the title track 'Young Skeleton', an instant classic in our eyes. On the flip side we dive down a more mystic road as the charming chimes and eerie atmospherics of 'Coroners' provide some top notch variety.
Review: Following on from their recent appearance on the JunoDownload podcast, Bristol's Foundation Audio have continued to impress with what they do best, and that is supplying top quality dubstep drops. This latest selection from MRSHL is no exception, as we kick off with the glittering arpeggios and gritty sub structures of the title track 'You Know', followed by the gnarly wobbles and oldschool samples of 'Fuccboi'. Next up, we take a dip into the abstract as 'Lovesick' arrives with some seriously wonky melodies, before the colourful harmonic structures and eski-samples of 'In The Rain' round this one off nicely.
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army) - (4:36) 142 BPM
Send Out - (4:33) 142 BPM
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army - radio edit) - (3:42) 142 BPM
Review: Wait wait wait, Pinch, Kahn, Tectonic AND Killa's Army? Just take my money. This is a fantastic link up from start to finish as two Bristol legends combine in style across two powerful originals. We firstly check out the deep, rolling sub tones and high energy vocal displays of Killa's Army on the hard hitting 'Crossing The Line'. You can hear this in a Kahn set of any kind, any day of the week. Things get even darker on the flip however as 'Send Out' lands with more gnarly sub tones, creating a seriously spooked out atmosphere through its use of space and choppy drum movements.
Review: The Gourmet Beats team have had another fantastic year in our eyes, with some incredible EP's landing on their platform, propelling them to the top of the food chain. This latest four track extravaganza from Ternion Sound is a perfect example of the quality levels we are talking about as we kick off with the dusty vocal sampling and lethal bass chops of '5778'. Next, 'Limbo' arrives with a bag of groovy energy and smooth synthy bliss before 'Ukandu Ikandu' utilizes some extremely creative rhythmic delays for a really original creation. Finally, the warbling subs of 'Sound The Alarm' put the finishing touches on an excellent body of work.
Review: We have been loving the output of Navy Cut after the last few months, seeing that they are clearly a label who have a particular sound and style, making every release a "one to watch". We see them here team up with the ever-ready Mr. K for a couple of lowend-heavy heaters, kicking off with the stunning sub structures and dubwise drum arrangements of the A-side 'Ol Dirty'. On the flip side, we see somewhat of a switch up as piano chords, flutes and a whole manner of additional instrumentation is introduced to the proceedings, adding a real contrast the A-side as we round this one up.
Review: This is a release we were dying to get our teeth stuck into as the legendary Artikal Music imprint welcomes home J:Kenzo for a fantastic new single, alongside the man himself: Flowdan. The pair join forces for a wicked new creation which takes the name of 'Like A Hawk'. You can tell that this is a track that has been created to send the raves into a frenzy, as J provides a stunning steppers backdrop, over which we hear the legendary vocal presence of Flowdan let loose, with classic, gritty lyricism and aggy flow patterns. The release also comes complete with a J:Kenzo 'Darkside' VIP, which sends the track even further into a new dimension.
Review: As ever with Moonshine Recordings, they have delivered us a seriously top notch selection as they unveil sixteen tracks of sweet reggae bliss. We have one of a line up on the table as we see names such as G Roots, Frenk Dublin, Blind Prophet, Adam Prescott and more throw us contributions as rootsy flavours are given a 2019 face lift. There are some clear standouts from this work, despite all sixteen tracks being absolute show stoppers, including 6Blocc & General Jah Mikey's system-ready stomper 'Too Rude' and the euphoric horn manoeuvres of 'Enchanted Dub' from Halcyonic, G Roots, Digid & Vale. The whole project is excellent, and we are super stoked to have it available here at Juno Download.
Review: What a year it has been for the team at FKOF, a brand and label project that continues to grow in both strength and popularity, flying the flag for dubstep worldwide. This latest project sees them invite in Kwizma for four original stormers, kicking off with the gnarly bass slaps and stripped back percussion of 'Mariana', followed by the super subtle steppers flavours of 'Sidewinder'. Next, 'Tananum' rolls into play with yet more incredibly precise drum processing, giving it a serious cool metallic edge, before we round up with the super spacey sub tones and haunted vocal sampling of 'The Mog'. Amazing stuff!
Review: Dub Sector have been running riot of late, and this latest compilation from them shows just how crazy it's been, as they bring us thirteen of their finest heaters from the last 12 months, all bundled together into one weighty batch. We hear some absolute dirt from heavyweight names such as Dalek One, Rez and The Widdler, along with some seriously naughty selections from the likes of Kwizma with his sub heavy 'Gravitation' original, and JWiRE's big room smasher 'Amen Ra'. For us, the steaming low end of Lory Kong's 'My House' renders it a serious highlight, along with the colourful bass synths of 'SpaceJail's 'Interstellar'.
Review: It's always a pleasure to see new 81 land in the store as Loefah's ever-evolving imprint continues to surge forwards, showcasing the latest bassy sounds on the market. He here brings in Sumgii who provides five sumptuous scorchers, kicking off with the subtle synth drives of 'Absurd' and spacey percussive lines of 'Chunks'. The synthesizers arrive in force on the next one as 'Skanker' showcases some post-purple soundscaping, followed by the grizzly dubstep subs of 'Dark Side Burns' before we round up on 'Wollop', which packs a serious spooky punch.
Review: Having been nominated in the category of 'Best Record Label 2019' as part of the celebrated Duploc awards, Albion Collective can safely say that they have smashed 2019 out of the water. This final release of the year sees them out in style as the rapidly rising sounds of Cartridge, also nominated in the 'Best Breakthrough Producer' lands with three tracks of explicit heat. The title track 'Cashmere' combines impactful drums with eastern influenced woodwind melodies to cook up a storm, followed by haunted plucks and grizzly sub textures of 'Antimatter' and mystic harmonies of 'Sacred Scrollz' to round out the year in style.
Review: It's that time again as we take a very willing plunge into the latest offering from the super consistent White Peach imprint, a label project that continues to push boundaries left, right and centre. This time they bring forth the fresh sounds Kyro who kicks us off with 'Bottles', a super crunchy Asian inspired arrangement swilling with gritty sub textures, followed by the shimmering, regal horns of 'Raid'. Next up we get stuck into the eerie chord tones and potent sub pressures of 'Yar', before rounding everything up with the crystalized melodic structures of 'Coop', a real moody conclusion.
Review: Southpoint are back at it again here as they revive one of their older series in Integrate, to showcase their latest dubstep selections. They here employ the full force of their 140BPM arm as Opus first prepares to knock the house down with the incredible bass pressures of 'Grassfruit', before label founder KXVU and long standing multi-genre wizard 9TRANE take it to the dungeon with the quirky sub slaps of 'Lugdush'. Next, Bristol based stepper supreme: Muttley gets to work with his Asian-inspired chopper 'Sokodu', before Jakebob and Drax team up in style to round off the project with Cave. Top top work from the Southpoint team as per!
Review: Innamind return here with another bundle of absolute haters, courtesy of the ever dependable Headland. He lands here with three super original creations, the first of which goes by the name of 'The Judge', a super catchy roller, led by some really original melodic call and response between bubbling synths and guitar lines. Next up, we land within the fantastic percussive displays of 'Camino', a track laced with potent sub energies and electrifying drum work, before we finish up on more dungeon demonics with 'Strays'. Innamind are on a serious roll at the moment and this release further cements their place in the dubstep scene.
Review: The Foundation Audio rampage rages on here as they invite in the deep, dingy sounds of Nova for yet another storming four tracker, making a perfect addition to their already super impressive 2019 catalogue. We kick this one with the eerie string drifts and spacey, metallic textures of the title track 'City Sound', before the more swampy LFO textures of 'Spooken' wade into view with some serious punch. Next up, the amphibious sounds continue as the warbling bass rolls of 'Froggyness' warp their way through the mix before we finish this one up with the more harmonious compositional structure of 'Lagoon', giving the whole project a very colourful finish indeed!
Review: It's always good to see what Werd2Jah is up to, as he here lands on Versed with a very tidy four track selection, stacked with exciting features from start to finish. We kick off with a look at 'Fed Up' which features some tasty work from Use Of Force, kicking off the dubstep theme which rolls heavily throughout the full breadth of the project. Next up, LSN joins the party as the pair team up with 'Reaper', a dungeon-heavy crunch, followed by the more bouncy drum designs and spacey textures of 'Str8 4 The Knife', which features additional work again from Use Of Force. We then finish up the project with Oldgold's collaboratory addition, as 'Bantu Tape' lunges forward with a bag of grizzly bassweight. Lovely stuff!
Review: First he links us up, now LX One is spinning us out and darking us up on the second outing for exciting new label Vantage. As you'd expect, it's a broad vista as LX One rolls out more soundscapes from his viewpoint. "Get Head Spun", a collaboration with man-of-the-moment Cimm, lives up to its title; swampy and just on the right side of savage, rather than going for the jugular it tickles before it slaps you with toxic bassweight. "Darker Ground" also boasts a fitting moniker as we're body slammed with symphonic stabs, trippy textures and stark moments of chilling minimalism. Serious dancefloor advantage.
Review: Whenever we see the Navy Cut logo on a project these days we are are immediately thrilled with the prospect of what's in store, which given their recent release history is pretty valid standpoint. This exciting run continues here as we dive into two scorchers from Surreal, who firstly ushers forth colosul bass tones and crunchy, metallic sound design on 'Somnipath', a proper wonky warbler. This is then chased up by the stunning subby shimmers of 'Don't Fall Asleep', which embraces an aquatic tonality from start to finish, perfect for swamping out any dance.