Review: Visages has been one of the big A&R success stories of Perez's 1985 Music, and this four-track EP is the next evolution of his techy, hybrid sound. Dark Guru is titled with an absolute gem of a dubstep track, a loping 140 monster which oozes force and sophistication through waves of undulating low frequencies; a true class act that simply deserves to be heard in a club. The rest of the EP is 170, and the highlight is 'Egotrip', a devilishly sharp minimal roller that stays clear of boring tropes and instead blends guttural bassline sweeps with jagged synth stabs and biting percussive touches. 'Yalda' is also obscenely good, as a crunchy groove beds down amongst soulful vocal notes and shuddering basslines. Best in class.
Review: Few producers have carved out a production signature as twisted and unique as Monty, and the Toulouse-based artist is back on his home imprint of 1985 with another absolute percy of an EP. It's just as diverse as the others, and F4DE moves from jagged dancefloor rollers through to dubstep destruction and deep, distinct liquid sounds. The title tune smacks of previous conquest 'Quest', and its hugely complex array of interlocked sounds ooze sophistication in a manner that's befitting its clubland persona. 'Righteous' is a monster of a 140 track and you can smell the blood from the off, as a foreboding introduction leads you down the path of no return, straight into the belly of the beast. More minimal force follows on 'SVP' feat. Icicle, before two liquid cuts round off the lineup; we especially love the deliberate, purposeful bassline of 'Whatever You Need'. Sensational.
Review: As a label, we are always pretty impressed with what the FatKidOnFire team are able to deliver, a feeling which extends to this tidy new remix drop as they unleash four new versions of previous corkers. Firstly, District unleashes a powerful display of steppers-inspired madness with his sub-heavy resketch of 'F#cking Spiders' from Dark Harmonics, before Chad Dubz lets the LFOs run wild with his dubwise overhaul of Maes' 'Jah Jah Livin' original. From here the project takes a more experimental turn as Leon Switch delivers an organic, crunched up rework of 'Dossier' from WZ, before Biome gets busy rebuilding the trippy synth flutters and powerful basslines of 'Nilaari' from Chad Dubz, putting the finishing touches on another top quality drop!
Review: Whenever new Foundation Audio material lands in the store we have to give ourselves a little bit of additional time to take it in, with this powerful new display from Quasar being another fantastic example of why we hold them in such high regard. First up, 'Badlandz' gives us a masterful display of subbass power, keeping a minimal arrangement fresh with some powerful low-ended processing. Next, the aquatic synthesizer bubbles and shifting drum stutters of 'Submersible' adds a more experimental edge before the gnarly sub punches of 'Laniakea' gives us another spacey vibe-out. Finally, the heavily reverberated percussive lines of 'Primal Instinct' allows us to cool down as the project finishes and solidifies itself as one of Foundation Audio's strongest drops of 2021.
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: Since the inception of White Peach, founder: Zha has seemingly never dropped the ball when it comes to the overall quality of the label's releases. This latest drop from Ourman sees the project steer towards its more dubstep-influenced roots, kicking off with the haunted harmonies and crunchy percussive displays of 'Namarie'. Next, the delicate drum processing and wonky string plucks of 'Meknes' sees us dive down a slightly different direction before 'Sinning' sees us take in some fluttering, woodwind-style synth work above some more potent bassline action. Finally, 'Vulgar' delivers the darkest punch yet, with swampy LFO pulses and demonic-sounding horn stabs see out one hell of a project in style.
Review: Eprom is not only a close production partner of Alix Perez, but he's a reliable source of slower yet possibly even heavier sounds for his label 1985 Music. 'Dangerous Sound' gives you a hint what it's about from the name, and this tune is a halftime monster of frightening proportions, a glitched out and messed up number that has one goal; to blow up the dance. Basslines cut through each other, synths overheat and the overall engineering is on another level; typical Eprom and vintage 1985.
Review: As soon as we saw that Enigma Dubz had again teamed up with the Deep Dark & Dangerous family, we knew we were in for a treat. This tidy new five track display sees the veteran producer perform at his dubstep optimum, kicking off with the gnarly synth growls and haunted percussive delays of 'Area 51'. Next, the vibrant soundscaping, stunning vocal chops and sweeping synthetic flavours of 'Into The Ground' give us something a lot more emotive before 'The Cosmos' gifts us glittering pads and power sub-pulses below. Finally we finish up with two more heaters, with 'No Sleep' giving us a trippy dive into the edge of a more wave-influenced sound, before the crunchy percussion and heavily syncopated synth melodies of 'Tunnel Vision' put the cherry on the cake.
Review: This year, Fred Everything has been busy revisiting tracks from his back catalogue. The latest cut to get the revisionist treatment is 'Barbarella', a gorgeously intergalactic fusion of deep house and squelchy nu-disco that first featured on his 2018 album Long Way Home. The headline-grabbing revision comes courtesy of Parisian legend I:Cube, who reinvents the track as a sleazy, spaced-out chunk of metronomic synth-pop/space disco fusion with added acid bass and lashings of starry-eyed synths. Fred Everything provides two 'Slow Down' versions, both of which shuffle along at 89 BPM. The main mix is a street soul tempo wide-eyed shuffler, while the 'ReDub' is a sparse, analogue bass-propelled late-night treat full of echoing beats and sharp, mind-mangling acid lines.
Review: We are genuinely running out of words to describe just how much we are loving the FatKidOnFire journey, with good, original 140 music being their absolute forte. They invite the sounds of Substrada inside for a four track bonanza, kicking off with the spacious percussive bangs and subtle yet gnarly synthesizer slaps of 'Doom'. Next up, the London City Warlord himself: Riko Dan arrives to provide the perfect vocal addition to 'Calibre', before the chilling string influxes and organic drum work of 'Omen' alongside Caba deliver a secondary sub-punch. Caba stays on for the final track as 'Aku's Grasp' gives us a super syncopated metallic outro, rounding this one off in style.
Review: Infernal Sounds have been on a killer roll of late, with every release landing with some serious impact. This latest assembly of delicious bassweight from Nova is another addition to that catalogue as we kick off this selection with the shivering LFO grinds and punchy drum slaps of the title track 'Bonafide', giving us a powerful opener. From here, 'Single Fuse' combines gnarly, haunted melodic designs with swampy drum additions to give us something bulging with low end power, before 'Fivers' takes us down a much more minimal road, again focussing however on those eerie atmospheric pads. For the finale, Foamplate gets involved for a bubbly creation by the name of 'Intricacy' which utilizes a fantastic sub-line atop lively percussive additions to see out the tracklisting in style.
Review: It's time now to jump into a selection of grimey dubstep fusions as we see Scarz touch down on Cue Line for five tracks of wompy madness. The project kicks off in good fashion with a dive into 'Saucer Dub', a spacy kicker packed with alien energies, before 'Percussa' wades into view with a bag of lofi percussive twists and submerged bass themes. Following this we look at 'Nintendub', a minimal glitchy growly that packs a bounce, quickly preceded by the 3/4 rhythmic manoeuvres of 'Wind Up Dub', showcasing a real widespread collection of styles. Finally, RDG lands just in time for a systematic refurbishment of 'Saucer Dub', building it up within a dancefloor ready format.
Review: As the dubstep sound continues to grow, it is important for labels such as the ever-ready Badman studios to stay as ahead of the game as they have been, with this tidy new four track delight from Arkham Sound being yet another belter for their already impressive catalogue. We begin with 'Unknown Force', a subtle, gnarly roller, linking flickering hi-hat manoeuvres and clean drum punches with a sizzling sub-line, perfect for the late night crew. Next, 'Live & Direct' moves into even more swampy territory, with glitchy toplines providing the juice above another booming bassline. From here, 'Last Breath' unleashes a spectacular soundscape of flickering percussion and growling reese bass action, before the warbling subs of 'Pirate Dub' brings us to a tidy close!
Review: Now it's been a brief minute since we last took in a brand new drop from Drone, one of the finest 140 and grime producers to emerge out of Bristol in recent times. This brand new drop on 1985 music however sees him return to that fantastic form of old, kicking off firstly with the title track 'Evil Sky', a demonic, slightly slowed roller, jam packed with grizzly bass energy from start to finish. Next, the minimal yet potent sub-splashes of 'Back & Forth' are chased up by the dungeon-ready percussive twangs of 'M416' and system-busting bass growls of 'Disturbed' for good measure. Finally, the eerie, bitcrushed landscapes of 'Reptar's Revenge' sees the EP round off with an evil twist, putting the finishing touches on an exceptional body of work.
Review: When you take a second to explore the full depth of the White Peach catalogue, it is truly remarkable just how consistent they have become as an imprint championing all areas of 140 music. This time they welcome Ourman to the party, who kicks off the festivities with 'Windy', a woodwind heavy journey through different eastern themes, topped with distant vocal chants and groovy string plucks to match. From there we move into the dusty sub-bass designs and sweeping melodic designs of 'Sagasu' which again explores eastern styles of arrangement before 'Rub A Thug' strips it all back with some more introspective harmonic design. Finally, the high compression and chunky drum designs of 'Polarized'.
Review: As always with Moonshine Recordings, we are very excited to jump into this new release which once again gives us a very modern take on dubwise themes and reggae in general. D-Operation is the artist in question who heads up two exclusive remixes of 'Liberation', the first of which features Vale as an official 'Trumpet Version', combining potent basslines and marching drum-lines with powerful horn performance to spin any system. On the flip, Babe Roots and Don Fe give the track a much different feel, slowing everything down and focussing on haunting flute lines and powerful subs below for a much more ethereal vibe. Incredible stuff!
Review: Well following on from a number of impressive dubstep events across the full spectrum of the scene, The Deep Heads team have matched that all with this incredible new compilation as they deliver the third edition of their incredible 'Deep Heads' series. This star-studded lineup is pretty breath-taking, with the likes of Kromestar, Biome, Om Unit, Sukh Knight, Synkro & more all delivering some serious bassweight. The tracklisting is made up of 24 wicked originals, with our favourites actually coming from some of the lesser established faces on the project. These include the likes of Mystic State's sumptuous 'Society' original alongside Astrid, which boasts serious 'Anti-Social' vibes. As well as this, the more stripped back, garage influenced drums of Clubroot's 'Harmony' and dancing percussion of 'Traps' from Escapism Refuge also sit as highlight picks for us!
Review: Following his entry appearance on the label's cracking Edition V/A a while back, Welsh deepsmith Cesco makes his full debut on Alix Perez's 1985 with four sterling stripped-back steppers. "Angry Waves" sets the pace. Pneumatic drums, clipped vocals and the groaniest bass you'll hear this side of quarantine, anger never sounded so good. Elsewhere "ABR" whips up graveyard feels, "Ping Pong" plays pocket billiards with your brain while "Chair Dub" brings home the bacon on a moody 140 tip. What a label debut. Keep Cesco on your radar.
Review: We were over the moon to see that Koan Sound, one of the most respected electronic production outfits in the UK, have finally made their return release, courtesy of the Vision Recordings team. It's safe to say that this is a pretty mind boggling selection, kicking off with a system-thumping half-time masterpiece of a title track entitled 'Chronos'. The levels of clarity these guys are able to pump into their synthy goliaths are off the scale, with 'Red Shift' following up with another reesey punch of production wizardy. Next, 'Traverse' takes a more minimal approach without losing any of the potency, with 'Aeon' giving us a storming finale, focussing on a much more harmonic side things. The champions have returned.
Review: Not many tracks are as widely renowned as Nasty Habits' (AKA Doc Scott) 'Shadow Boxing', a seminal number from the 1990s which you'll still hear out in clubs to this day (well, not right now). It's therefore about time it was given more remix treatment, as Benny L, Traumatize, J:Kenzo and Scott himself step up to bring us four new versions. Benny L's is hotly anticipated and the talented producer has stretched things out and toughened them up, leaving you on your seat with the suspense of his two-minute-plus introduction that gives way to a refined, growly take on that signature bassline. J:Kenzo contributes some percussive steppiness, whilst Traumatize injects some grit and Scotty rolls things out even more. Outstanding.
Review: Following on from the fantastic response to its original release last year, Tru Thoughts have supplied us with an absolute gem here as they welcome back the legendary Flowdan for an official remix of 'Welcome To London'. This was one of Flowdan's more spooky creations, operating at a slower tempo, which has been completely revamped by the wonderful Jack Sparrow, who takes the acapella and sends it to an entirely new dimension, speeding up to around the 140 mark and layering it between sumptuous, bouncy bass taps and inventive drum work to give a fantastic original an additional dash of magic!
Review: Crossing the Atlantic in style each and every time, Ternion Sound are back at it again, this time unleashing a sumptuous new four track delight for the dons at Artikal Music. We begin with the hypnotic synth twists and amazonian atmospheric delays of 'The 14th', which unleashes a raucous display of percussive power, before 'Parasite VIP' delivers an outstanding piece of dirty dubstep production. Following this 'Smoke Em out' brings forward more sweeping pad textures to add an eerie sense of depth to the EP, before the fluttering flute lines and dubbed snare delays of 'Far North Dub' puts the final touches on one of the strongest releases from the Ternion camp we have ever seen!
Review: The Duploc imprint has without a doubt been one of dubstep's shining lights over the course of the last few years, both as a label imprint and as a general space to explore steppers music worldwide. This first edition of their new '140 Allstars' compilation series is a perfect example of their explosive range when it comes to releasing music. First up, JSM arrives with his eerie creation by the name of '1893', weaving together bitcrushed synths and stuttered drum runs in style. This is then followed by the quirky melodic twists of 11th Hour with 'Immortals', alongside the minimal and unusual synth shivers of 'Swerve' from Crowley. From here we continue forward into the trappy rhythms and pounding subs of Causa's 'Triple Choc', before the oldschool, DMZ-sounding LFOs of Ome's 'Better Stay Home' and the haunted, metallic slaps of Ninety's 'Snake's Kiss' VIP mix. Exceptional work as per from a top quality imprint.
Review: There are certain labels we look to and know almost instantly are going to supply us with some absolute fire. Based on recent form Locus Sound have been one of these imprints, with Lord Jabu providing the goods for their latest outing. The title track 'El Molino' is a glistening whirlwind of arpeggios and chimes, ticking away in a hypnotic twist atop system rumbling sub-lines. From here we move into the marching synth patterns and lofi shaker runs of 'Swarm', before 'Buccaneer' lands on deck with an unusual lead instrument to add a final dash of variation to this very impressive body of work from all involved!
Review: As ever, the consistency and A&R skillsets of the Albion Collective team ring very true in this one as we are greeted by Yoofee, who delivers three system ready chompers. We begin with the vibrant rhythmic displays and colourful drum skips of 'Seek & Move', a throwback, marching goliath. Next, 'Janker' arrives with a much more demonic vibe, combining gnarly sub punches with eerie, high ended melodic flutters to really unleash those devilish tones. Finally, 'Make You Believe' gives us one hell of a finale, combining delicate ascending arpeggiators with shuffling drums and molten subs below. A wicked selection to say the least!
Review: As the Southpoint team continue to grow and expand their powerful catalogue of original bass music, they welcome the sounds of the much sought after Kiddah, who unveils his quality with a spicy four track masterclass. The title track 'Grip' is exactly what the doctor ordered, fusing together lethal reese action and gnarly drum breaks, kicking us off with a fiery introduction. From here, MRo's sumptuous vocal talents swim into view on 'The Way', another luscious landscape of tasty breaks and vibrant subs. Finally, Kiddah sends the EP down a completely different route as Diligent Fingers arrives for a powerful vocal on the raucous dubstep designs of 'Run Di Place Red'. The combination of these three heaters is something truly special, topped off by the addition of the 'Run Di Place Red' instrumental mix for good measure.
Review: It appears that dubstep really is the place to be this January as we have seen a flurry of high quality releases hit the store, kicking the year off with some real panache within the realms of 140 brilliance. Here we see the insatiable sounds of Teefa team up with Cue Line for five intricate original recordings, kicking off with the wriggling percussive lines of the title track 'Faulty Line', leading kindly into the upbeat rhythms of 'Loner Stoner' and the haunted LFO's of 'Four Dimensions' alongside Berrik. Finally we land on Gaze Ill's stannic revamp of 'Faulty Line', which revamps the percussive elements into a more dominant lead feature, with fabulous results.
Review: For a number of years now, the Iron Shirt Recordings team really have been at the forefront of dubstep music, with their release catalogue constantly showcasing a fantastic combination of fabulous newcomers and established stepper veterans. This latest body of work sees them invite the ever-ready Split inside for a masterclass in dub-design as he unveils his full length 'Dream Catcher' album. Featuring twelve vibrant originals and two well-placed remixes, it's a top quality showcasing of Split's intricate production style, from the precise percussive pulses of 'Poison', the gnarly synth twists of 'Mafia' and big room drum smashes of 'No Escape', to the twisted, evil sounding didgeridoo warbles of the title track 'Dream Catcher', which instantaneously catches the ear. It's a pretty masterful display, with our highlights including the delicate clicks and engulfing sub-textures of 'Bubbler', next to the system sizzling reese=bass action of 'Tenacious Theme' and swampy LFO swoops of 'Amanita'. It's a wicked overall project that can be taken as either an enjoyable long play listen or a pick n mix of DJ-friendly singles.
Review: It would appear that the great and good have gathered for this brand new Monsters Music incited madness as they unleash the second edition of 'Friends With Monsters', a potent compilation series showcasing some of the most exciting names in 140. The tracklisting is magnificent, featuring 20 powerful bass-driven 140 originals, with the likes of Sh?m, AD, Stinkahbell, Roklem, Sebalo & a bag more all making powerful appearances. For us, there are a couple of clear standouts, with the haunted, eastern-inspired string work and clunky percussion of Nightmare and Oni's 'Tomb', the electronic sounding LFO growls of LV's 'Eliminate' and the robotic bass chops of 'Wushu' from Blindside being the originals that rise to the top of the pile. Powerful business indeed!
Review: It's been a short while since we last heard from Kotei, but he is back in full force with this spicy new single 'ICHI'. As always with Kotei's production, this one is as crispy as they come, taking a strong theme of eastern-style melodies and plucked strings. This of course opens the door to some fantastic remix additions, with Glume & Phossa kicking us off with a regal sounding refit, jam-packed with lethal bass punches and unique percussive expression. Next, MOREOFUS delivers a typically grimey rethink, stuffed with eerie synthesizer drones and choppy drum slaps, before Dakan takes us to the swamp with his squelchy overhaul. Finally, JFO delivers a stripped back finale, focussing on intense drum processing to round off the project with a classy touch!
Review: Mr. K seems to be able to do no wrong as we see him reappear with yet another potent project as he returns to one of our favourite 140 labels in White Peach. From start to finish this selection of new school dubwise designs offers nothing but bassweight, perfect for setting the dance alight. The title track 'Don't Trip' is awesome, packing a bag of subby punches, alongside the spacey atmospheric pressures of 'Haze', which is then driven by subtle bass flavours. We move into the B-side next as we take a peek at 'Firm', an amalgamation of potent LFO explorations and stripped back drum creations. Finally, we finish up our journey through this one with the Asian inspired melodies and harmonics of 'Hokusai', which takes simple patterns and turns them into something beautiful.
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 been a brief minute since we heard from the forward thinking Cimm, with his recent LP drop being one of our recent steppers highlights. This latest four tracker continues in the same reign of form, with 'Endo' providing us with a haunted yet wonderfully wonky introduction, packed with creepy percussive inputs and grizzly electronic leads. Next, Cimm shows his elegance with sampling as 'Grape Lime Ricky' gives us a more mellow dive into the dubstep depths, followed by the dungeon ready delay designs of 'Endless Sky' and dubwise influenced compositional structure of 'Space Queen' to round off the release with real finesse. Amazing work.
Review: As always with N-Type's fantastic Wheel & Deal imprint, we have once again witnessed him pull something magic out of the bag as City1 delivers four system-ready stompers. The warped electronic pulses and unusual melodic flavours of 'Darah' kick us off with something a little unusual, followed by 'Ying _ Yang', an eastern inspired bag of plucked melodies and chiming percussive power. Next, 'Rambut' gives us a trippy journey through spacey pad warbles and stomping low-ended subs, before rounding off with the alarm-like zones and aquatic drum manoeuvres of 'Zoma', putting the final dashes of finesse of a spectacular dubstep project.
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again with this one as they invite the wonderful sounds of OME in for three tracks of colourful dubstep expression. Let us kick off with the beautiful arrangements of 'Canarios', which combines subtle percussive lines with sweeping overhead pad lines and short woodwind bursts to give us a smooth, soothing roller. Next, the title track 'Bermuda' is rolled out which switches up the vibe completely, driving forward with fat LFO warbles and distant shimmering melodies. Finally, 'Rollin' is unveiled, switching the organic percussion for metallic slaps and rounding us up in style'.
Review: Sending in some of the biggest kicks drums we've heard this side of 2021 is Ivy Lab with the unruly and massive bass of "Paradise Pistol". Strafed by crazy reverb, delay and time stretching effects, it's a track that collides experimental dubstep with a garish, slow mo approach to knees up drum and bass. "Suzuki" on the flip offers something murkier and more frenetic in rhythm, channelling spirits from the sub aqueous electro zone. Highly intensified UK merk outta 20/20 LDN Recordings.