Review: As always with the Innamind team, we are in for somewhat of a treat here as Las unveils a weighty six track experiment, kicking off with the siren-like synth leads and scattered percussive grooves of 'Flo'. From here, the pleasing, spacey chord progressions and pulsating sub structures of 'Trippin' arrive in a flash before the aquatic bass tones and glittering chiming flutters of 'Float' bring us something completely different. Following this, 'Swamp Dub' stays very true to its name with some squelchy bass work before the dubwise drum designs of 'Tarot' and slow marching bass notation of 'Morning Glow Dub' put the final touches on a pretty exceptional package.
Review: It has to be said that the consistency of Boka is something quite phenomenal to take in and witness, with this latest outing from the deadly duo of RDG and Dubape being a perfect example of that. We kick off with the title track 'Storm', which through amazonian atmospherics, gnarly basslines and subtly eastern string plucks kicks us off with some serious flare. Next, the spacey synthesizer moves of 'Drift' add something very different, before 'Brok Out' darkens the vibe with raucous bass movement and satanic vocal delays. Finally, the scattered drum expressions and pounding 808 subs of the speedy 'Decoy' round off the originals, with RSD's old school wobbler of a 'Brok Out' remix adds the final touches to a wicked selection.
Review: The consistency of In:flux over the lockdown period is something we never seem to be able to keep quiet about, purely because it becomes more impressive with every release that seems to land into the store. This latest helping from Ekula is a perfect example of that as we kick of with the shuffling, breaksy drum works and sizzling sub-bass structures of the title track 'All Night', before 'Afterparty Sunrise' combines with sunshine chords with a more scattered drum design for some fantastic variation in rhythm. Next, 'As I Go' arrives with Ca$tle on collaboration duty, unleashing marching kicks and smooth melodic chimes, reminding us of early Anti-Social radio shows, before we get into a pair of weighty remix creations. Firstly, Dystinkt gives 'All Night' a bit of a hardcore face-lift, upping the energy levels dramatically, followed by the legendary Benton arriving to rework 'Afterparty Sunrise' into a nostalgic party starter. Excellent!
Review: Next up from the fabulous Dread Or Dead imprint we see yet another top quality addition to the catalogue, following on from recent heaters alongside the likes of Shinobi Yurei, Ivo, Cyrax and more. Nova makes his return with a vengeance as we first dive into the original mix of 'Noughts & Crosses', a sub-heavy steppers sizzler, destined to cause incredible amounts of damage in any 140 dance through it's wavy bass slides and overall haunted vibe. The remixes for this one also add an entirely new dimension to the release, with Repulsion firstly sending the track to the electro blender with his outrageous recreation. On the flip, Dayzero delivers an aquatic rethink of the track, complete with bubbling synthesizer pulses and an unusual percussive line to keep it as unpredictable as ever. Lovely stuff from all involved.
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: The days of deep dubstep ruling the 140bpm bracket are back again and boy are we glad. LSN is on Vantage UK for this superbly put-together four-tracker and its one certain to make your jimmies rumble and your pennies tumble, coming as it does form into broad archways of stunningly deep, loping tech. The title is appropriate, and the title tune is the standout, with stabbing 808s offering a sense of lift to its gorgeously lethargic yet stepping percussive overlay. There's torn and ripped low frequencies on 'Twin Dub', eerie textures on 'Rebirth' and wobbly creativity on 'Fun Guy Funk'. Wicked stuff.
Review: With Innamind Recordings being such a forward thinking label project, we were absolutely thrilled to see this one land in our store as Ago steps out for a full length LP project, showcasing his versatility within the expansive realms of 140. What a project it is as well, from the smooth celestial synthesis of 'Above' and 'Deer' to the more dubwise influenced rolling percussion of 'So I Smoke' and 'Dragon Love'. Our highlights for this project however have to be the unpredictable yet incredibly smooth sounds of 'Blur', along with the sumptuous dubby switch ups and tumultuous sub pressures of 'Deer Dub'.
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water where Cartridge is living right now, but blimey! This new selection from him on the super-consistent Locus Sound imprint is yet another showcase into his dubstep-driven brilliance, kicking off with the sub-shattering low end and unpredictable drum manoeuvres of 'Iron Lung', before 'Two Of Us' combines fluttering melodic inputs with lethal bass growls. Next, 'Tek Time' unleashes a stunning soundscape of glitchy lead synth designs and haunting string jerks, before rounding the EP off in style with the crunchy bass exploits and groovy percussive marches of 'Brute'. Awesome work!
Review: Infernal Sounds have most certainly been on a pretty killer run so far this year, seeing the likes of Taiko & Saule grace the imprint in recent times. Their latest drop sees the magnificent De-Tu deliver a three track bonanza, kicking off with the spacy, dub-infused chords and system rattling basslines of 'Fruitcake', a potent title track indeed. Next, 'Wicked Skank' delivers more syncopated chords with an incredibly hard hitting warbling lead, again delivering a tonne of weight to the low end. Finally, the crunchy percussion and eerie atmospheric patterns of 'Secrets' gives us a final tad of variation to round off another top quality body of work from the Infernal Sounds camp.
Review: Infernal hit the big two-oh and they've recruited Taiko to mark the occasion. Last spotted on the label around 009 by way of a Darkimh co-lab, this is his debut EP for Infernal and it's long overdue. Each cut gets darker and more uncompromising as we creep and writhe from the gothic haunted house bass harmonics of "Giant Big Man" to the lighter, ghostly flutters and gurgling bass of "Slingshot Dub" right through to the trippy, warped finale "Pen To Paper". A giant big release.
Review: We are genuinely starting to run out of ways to describe just how impressive Duploc has become, both as a label imprint and source of dubstep knowledge within the modern scene. These latest belters from Markee Ledge lend themselves to that mindset as we firstly take in 'No Game'. Through a combination of earwigging vocal lines and a constantly expanding rhythmic skeleton, this one quite easily goes down as one of the most creative and catchy dubstep originals of 2020. On the flip, we lose the vocal additions in favour of a much more traditional steppers approach, laced with synthy goodness and swamp-ridden bass tones. The contrast between both tracks makes for fantastic back to back listening.
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: 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: Oh Sepia, Sepia, Sepia, the man who takes dubstep to a completely new plane of existence is back it yet again with another stunning four track experience courtesy of Badman Studios. The title track 'Sanctuary' sets us off in good fashion, providing us with one of the wonkiest originals we have ever heard here at JunoDownload, slapping together floaty beat stops and clicky percussion from the off. From here we manoeuvre into the electronic playgrounds of 'Danger Zone', followed by the unpredictable synthesizer switch ups and ascending basslines of 'Gradients'. Finally, 'Step Back' delivers something completely different from the rest of the EP as a combination of sweeping bass growls and old school wobbles combine over minimal drums to see us out in style.
Review: What a link up we have here as the newly formed Billitfam, AKA: Smasher and Mighty Moe join forces for a brand new single by the name of 'Vibes And Wot Not'. The interesting thing about this with this one of course is that we are so used to hearing both Smasher and Mighty Moe rolling out over skippy garage instrumentals, however both of them deliver to the highest degree with their singalong-ready inputs. The whole release is then turned on its head as Smokey Bubblin' B arrives with a well thought out UKG relick, adding a fabulous level of variation for the dance. Fabulous stuff!
Review: What a coup for No Hats No Hoods! Back in the day many grime heads would have given their privates for some of these dubs. Formative grime instrumentals, these were all written ready and waiting for Tinchy Stryder, Dirty Danger and Slix's tight-fisted bars. Here we find them in all their naked glory, and they still sound slick to this day. Cuts like the woozy Japanese shuffled funk "Functions On The Low", the west coast LA meets Croydon vibes of "Lethal Injection" and the savage cage rattling of "Tings In Boots" tell one of the most honest grime narratives you'll find right now.
Review: So at this point in time, it's hard to imagine Alix Perez making a stale tune, as he lands here on the wonderful 1985 music for another twisted collection of heaters. We kick this one off with a look at the spooky overtones and warbling synthesizer growls of 'Ravana', before the shivering LFO designs and glitchy melodic plucks of 'Lifeline' stutter into play. Next, 'Post-Mortem' arrives with more lethal reese bass action driving the stripped back drumwork forward in a blaze of system energy, before rounding off with the catchy arpeggiator flexes of 'Ends' alongside Headland. What a project this is!
Review: Whenever we see the Artikal imprint appear in the forthcoming releases section of the store we can't help getting a tad excited, and this latest four tracker from Sabab is the perfect example as to why. We kick off with the dungeon-ready sub warbles and dubby drum delays of 'System Skank', followed by the intense bassline LFO's and eerie, distant atmospheric pad structures of 'Piercing White Light'. The haunted feelings continue as we move forward with the spacey snare smacks and grizzly synthesizer designs of 'Fittest Of The Fittest', reminding us of early Dub Police work, with the EP then rounding out with 'Unity', a futuristic dubwise adventure, driven forward by extensive chord delays and an overall chilling feel.
Review: When we saw this one land in the store we could barely contain our excitement, seeing Imajika and Subaltern on the same project together, what more could we ask for? The project holds five beefy originals, kicking off with the title track 'Stagger', a system ready march, driven by high energy percussive lines and pulsating subs. This is then followed by 'Unti Pundi', which deploys more spacey goodness and vibrant bass tones before 'Inside The Sycamore Root' unleashes a much more swampy style of composition, complete with growling synthesizers and aquatic percussion. We then dive into the super wonky LFO designs and creepy atmospheric feelings of 'Stoker' before finishing up on 'Walking Through The Elephant's Foot', an eerie, post-dubwise delight. Amazing work!
Review: Next up on the listings for the ever-ready Encrypted Audio we see them welcome a fabulous array of dubstep talent as Ether, Samba and Chokez arrive for two cracking heaters. First of all, we hear Samba & Chokez join forces to provide a dungeon-ready rethink of Ether's 'Dafunk', lining it with glistening melodic chimes and high energy hi-hat lines. On the flipside, we hear the two go out on original duty with the haunted synthesizer designs and spooky atmospheric pressings of '2', which gives us a great example of just how lethal Samba & Chokez can be. Overall these are two fabulous additions to the incredibly reliable Encrypted Audio catalogue!
Review: Whenever we see an ENC catalogue number pop up in the store, we know we are in for a good time, with this latest drop from Ducker adding to Encrypted Audio's incredibly consistent catalogue. We begin with 'Blood Run', which combines subtle percussive influxes with spacey pad textures and high energy drum runs. This is then followed by the bleeping melodies and haunting arpeggios of 'Bookworm' before 'Digitalize' gives us a really original sounding thump, pushed by gnarly subs and warbling synthesizer lines. Finally, 'Haunting' deploys a rawcus bass lead over heavily delayed drum slaps and more minimal rhythmic sections to really hit home the final run!
Review: Now we can safely say that Manuka really were one of our stand-out dubstep labels of 2019, with a pile of expertly sourced releases and impactful branding, we can't wait to see what the future holds for them. Their latest offering is one of pure class as they invite Pluralist inside with a tasty four track selection. Firstly 'Let Them Blow' arrives with it's masterful garage-influenced drum processing and delightful vocal work, before the techy drum chops of 'Bussboy' warble into play. Next up, Kone joins the party, helping out on the glittering brilliance of 'Orbit', before we finish off with 'UN Sanctions', a dungeon-ready roller, featuring the unique vocal presence of Rex Domino.
Review: Hot on the heels of their Open Your Eyes EP comes a cheeky remix package of their herbal homage "High Grade". Reversions now on offer come from the seemingly unstoppable Ruckspin (tonked up super-stepper), Lee Mortimer-endorsed Tymer (gritty, 4/4, electro business) and UK dub dons Vibrophonics who provide a vocal remix and no less than three versions! A bona fide lecture in bass, each rub prises a different element of the original, manipulating and processing it to make a whole new low-end journey. There are still a few seats left on this Zion train... Grab a ticket and get with the gents.
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: Some hot new bass pressure from Kahn on Deep Medi Music which arrives swiftly after Mala's label issued those crucial Gorgon Sound refixes of his 2012 dancefloor killer Dread. Naturally the hood popping riddims are in full effect from the Young Echo member. After a climatic, horn heavy, mutant ragga intro, "Abattoir" drops into monophonic bass roll of drums accompanied by science fiction atmospheres and skittering drums. "Over Deh So" is a more liquid in its groove, providing a fitting alternative, with pulsing, dubbed-out synths exchanging progressions with sinister cathedral tones for a track you could imagine lifting the roof off a rave held by a secret occult of Gregorian monks.
Review: As ever, we were excited to see a fresh batch of originals land in the store from the White Peach imprint, as Zha continues to push the label forward with hard-hitting and innovative 140BPM belters. This latest offering comes to us from Rygby, who's twisted, hypnotic structures kick start proceedings perfectly on the title track 'Consignment'. Following this, the smooth tripletted rhythms of 'Non-Commital' wade into the foreground, followed by the stunning soundscaping and wonderful wonks of 'Suckerpunch". Finally, 'Esoteric' injects some eerie energy to the project, coupled with glitchy rolling melodies and lo-fi chord movements to finish everything up nicely.
Straight Up (feat Dash Villz & Rider Shafique - radio edit) - (4:00) 124 BPM
Review: Bromley's "Straight Up" was always going to be a tune worth remixing. You can hear it from the instrumental mix on here; its sparse, barren, techno-like arrangement is sublime on its own, but can easily accommodate a little extra meat around the bones. The original tune was produced alongside Dread MC, Dash Villz and Rider Shafique, and Mafia Kiss are the first to transform its nu-skool dancehall flex into more of a traditional bassline stepper. Aloka transform the Bristol producer's tune into another majestic, grime-ridden techno experiment, and you even get a radio edit for good measure. Biff!