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: 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: 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.
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Review: Deep Medi Musik really do have an untouchable knack for finding absolute gems, all holding a strong, front facing system influence, with this latest remix project from Dubkasm, Rider Shafique and Egoless being the perfect example. We find ourselves in the midst of a field of tasty sub designs and eerie compositional designs. Egoless reworks the Dubkasm sound into a slower, more stuttered creation, allowing Rider Shafique's impactful poetry ring out loud and true. What a way to finish up the year!
Review: Daryl Nurse aka Youngster is not cite often enough when we talk about grime, dubstep, and the evolution of both these genres. But, the UK bass scientist is very much up there on our list, and we're big into his sound from the early 2000's. Out on White Peach this week is a reissue of his '02 bombshell "Bongo", a raw and minimalistic bass stepper with a wild set of cowbells, stop-start rhythms and a nasty, unforgiving bassline for the heads. That's not all, though; there's three remixes to sink your teeth into: Hi5Ghost chucks in an added layer of slicing percussion sounds for total damage, Deep Medi associates Kahn & Neek slow the whole groove down to their singular, cerebral levels, and Impey drops his broken gunshot riddim version, aptly called the 66668 Bar remix. Fire!
Review: Following his mates Sly One and Bromley, SOBAD fam Distro makes his debut with the on-point beat splicers Punks. With the help of My Nu Leng affiliate Dread MC "The Drum" sets the message clear: big thumps and uncompromised weight. "Killdem" takes us even deeper into the dance with 22nd century jungle blend of stuttering drums and iced out atmospheres. "Stomp" shuts up shop with grime undertones and tech overtones. Serious breaks horse power.
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Today we're inspecting the construction site of Artikal Music UK's next project. Founder J:Kenzo employed eleven professional and highly skilled architects to carefully design, build and create a handcrafted compilation full of music he admires. As J:Kenzo explains: "The tracks included were filtered through from artists that have previously released on Artikal or have some connection with myself either being played on my Rinse FM shows or live sets". Considering the quality of each and every track, only two years of fabrication to finish off this product is remarkably short. Volume One of "The Architects" reflects J:Kenzo's refined taste in dubstep and drum and bass. On the 2 x 12" record, you'll find some absolute masterpieces from amongst others D-Operation Drop, Causa, Compa, Argo, DubDiggerz and J:Kenzo himself. The Architects' series, a yearly showcase filled with content from the label's artists plus VIP and remixes as well as bringing through new talent, will make the foundations of dubstep shake undoubtedly.
Review: As far as legends go in grime, there really aren't many producer/DJ's that have given as much as Spooky over the years. This second edition of his 'Ghost Mode' series is a perfect example of why, as he unleashes a heavyweight array of 16 potent grime missiles. The energy levels are high regardless of style, as we can hear between the more melodic structures of both 'Coral Reef' and 'Digital Pirate', alongside the more classic grimey chops of 'Rotten Salsa' and 'Parasite'. There are a couple of clear standouts, including the high energy rhythmic switches of 'Gully Skank' and thick harmonies of 'Coral Reef'. Sumptuous work from the Spartan as per!
Review: Primarily known for his masterful drum & bass originals, it's a genuine pleasure to see an artist with as high a calibre as well, Calibre put together a 140 project with as much immediate clout as this. From the sparkling breakbeat drum designs and lethal sub pressure of 'Diamond Dub' and choppy garage rhythmic prowess of 'Break That', we can see that he is by no means out of his comfort zone. Next up we look at the rolling kick punches and eerie spacious textures of 'Wassold', before rounding up perfectly with a dip into 'Horange', a groovy little number, driven by a moogish lead bass and softened horn-like backing sounds. This one is very enjoyable indeed.
Review: Multi Music US have graced us with a very clever release indeed as Bayalien Sound System land with an instant impact across for electronic overloads. We begin with a dive into the title track 'Woolly Mammoth', a haunted hop hop roller, packing some serious high levels of organic energy, with the super distorted bass tones of 'Rio De Janeiro' and jittering rhythmic displays of 'Golden Lotus'. Finally, 'Dusty' provides another compositional switchup, building its arrangement around scarce triplets, with layers of authentic percussion providing the glue in-between. Lovely!
Review: This a collaboration we were super excited to see, as Manchester legend Pete Cannon teams up with the rapidly rising sounds of Patrice and rapidfire vocal slaps of Snowy for a top quality new single via Loefah's legendary Swamp 81.imprint. In typical Swamp style, this one delves into the dark and dingy realms of bass music, combining gnarly low end drones with colorful percussive rolls and eerie synth melodies, giving the whole track a real sense of finesse. This one also comes complete with a Snowy Dub version for good measure!
Review: Everybody loves a good VA, it's just wicked getting a whole big album full of tracks from different artists - the definition of a kid in a candy shop. This one from Uncommon has a cool combination of bigger and smaller acts, from the mighty Kasra to lesser known quantities like Resist. Kasra's 'Needles' is a standout, a fiercely minimal slapper that gargles and gurgles its way straight into your brain, and for anyone that is into the Critical sound: this is the tune for you. Kanine, another rising star, hits hard on 'Searching', a tune that reminds us of the recent Klippee tracks over on Lifestyle Music. All in all, this is a very solid little VA - yes yes!
Review: Next up from the Deep Heads team, we welcome this tasty new selection from the one and only Audialist, a Swedish producer who is starting to bring his incredibly unique sound to the centre of the dubstep sphere. Through the sunshine chords of 'Serpent', clicking percussion of 'Keep Turning' and incredibly clean bass manoeuvres of 'Dead', he kicks this project off with a real touch of finesse. We then lean into the stunning harmonics of 'Urban Surfer', the dubwise drum and sub combos of 'Sleep It, Eat It, Drink It' and shimmering pad textures of 'Gone' to round off the original creations. He then gets busy of remix duty, giving a spacy UKG rethink to 'Same Kind' from Congi, Occult & Segilola, as well an unbelievable techy overhaul of Congi's 'Mesopotamia' and a highly rhythmic redesign of 'Memento' from Rat. Audialist is most certainly a name to watch in the coming months.
Review: Hospital's very own Austrian super duo hit back hard with their fourth full length LP releasing two years of hard work and studio time out into the open. No doubt made with packed dancefloors across the globe in mind, we of course all know and love the addictive keys and white static of "All Night" like it was our very own, but there's much more to see here. Featuring a whole host of fresh influences from French house, funk and indie-electronica, there's more to see here than your average smash-hit D&B album. Even if you think this isn't for you, trust us, "All Night" is. It so is.
Review: We've been waiting for this one for a minute: Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound outfit finally unleash this mighty re-fix of Kahn's 2012 Deep Medi outing "Dread". Warm skanks, gravelly toasting and a rolling muscular momentum, it's a whole new tune. "Late Night Blues" gets a similarly massive facelift as the deep space is replaced by crisp live drums and added textures. Quintessential version material.
Review: Oh boy.. Three of modern bass music's finest players collide for the first in a series of collaborative long players on Deep Medi. The results - as you'd expect just reading the line-up - speak for themselves. Every artist's signatures is coded deep into the collection; Kahn's unpredictability and robustness, Commodo's grit and funk and Gantz often unfathomable depths and eastern twangs are all present as we wriggle and writhe to the detuned harmonies of "Crystal Collect", get twisted on the tripped out drum dynamic of "Kibosh" and lose ourselves in the spacious jazz-minded drums of "Unmistakeable". Truly unique.
Review: Can you believe it's been 18 months since Thelem last dropped a big release? Time flies and all, but he's been sorely missed... And these six tracks remind us why: "We Ain't The Same" is a barbed grime-referend battle anthem with all the vitriol you'd expect from a T-Man feature. Dig deeper for rolling titanium punches ("Get A Grip"), bulbous 8-bit bass funk ("Equippin'") and Joker-style velveteen spatial strutting ("Latched"). For added measure, Thelem also shows us how does things on a D&B flex with Enei-level iced-out D&B ("Mind Games") and a crisp, haunted Commix-style rattler ("Cascading"). Don't leave it so long next time Thelem!
Review: Stickybuds is rapidly gaining the reputation as the guy that can rework any type of dancehall flavour, as he here unveils the remix project for 'Take A Stand'. No expenses are spared as he pulls together an all star cast of remixers, including the likes of A.Skillz, Beat Fatigue and Chris Munky to name a few. For us, there are a few clear standouts for this one, beginning with the Ahee remix of '99%', which reworks the original into a metallic snarling beast without dehousing Rubi Dan's fantastic lead vocal. We also find an immediate soft spot for Skope's album Goulash rework of 'Take A Stand' itself, which is packed with high energy synthesis from start to finish.
Review: Amon Tobin calls these six tracks 'rhythms'... Bit of an understatement; we would rather describe these cuts as pure evidence that there is still so much more potential and room to explore bass music, sound design and instrumental hip-hop than most people assume. But that's not such a snappy title. Bottom line: Each cut is right at the boundaries of various genres and oozes dense, uncompromising textures that show more and more layers on every listen. Highlights include the Radioactiveman style breakbeat sword-slayer "Adrian's Rhythm" and the daft counter play of bass tones and processes on "Cashew Rhythm" but, in all honesty, there's not a dull moment throughout. Welcome back Two Fingers... Don't leave it so long next time!
Review: Let's just list the amount of stone cold bass OGs on this collection: Krust, dBridge, Om Unit, Danny Scrilla, V.I.V.E.K, Von D, Moresounds, AU, Oris Jay & Chris Innersound and whole load more of soundsystem culture's most innovative craftsman working at the deepest levels of the low end coalface all feature on this immense and forward thinking document. Including the curator Amit himself. Every track is a highlight, each one and abyssal, immersive experience but essential highlights include the toxic bass bounces of Moresounds' "They Can't Handle It", the 23rd century UKG of Oris and Chris's "They Can't Handle It" and Krust's big screen masterpiece "Escape From Finland". Amit deserves a holiday. Or a massive trophy. Or both. Bass compilations don't get much bigger than this.
Review: It's time to look into the future of dub here as we see a very exciting team up occur between Leo James and J Appiah, who both touch down on Navy cut for a fantastic two track single. The lead track is everything we would want from a future dub original, as slow paced chord progressions and unpredictable percussive stabs lay the foundation for some soulful vocal work, packed with dubbed out FX and themes. We are also gifted 'Lost & Found', a super creative underground bass composition, laced with wicked vocal work and bouncy drum designs. Very tasty indeed!
Review: Big things have been expected from Lunice since his first remixes slipped out on Big Dada and Top Billin' in 2009. Those who groove to the sounds of Mike Slott, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Nosaj Thing have been waiting patiently for a proper release from the Montreal based producer for too long! Props then to Luckyme, for delivering Stacker Upper, the 21 year-olds first official single release. Whilst nowhere near as far-out, experimental or genre re-defining as some of his LuckyMe contemporaries, Lunice still offers a fresh new twist on hip-hop. The real genius is the simplicity of his sound. Somehow, Lunice is able to make memorable, hum-able tunes with only a handful of elements. Take lead cut "Hitnames Anthem"; while little more than a beat, bassline and rising/falling keyboard melody, it sounds big. The same can be said of the bass bin-bothering "Hip Pop" or crunked out, analogue freakout "Purp Walk". Even the EP's most complex track - the wonderfully sweet and melodic "Fancy Forty" (backed, incidentally, by a great Rustie rework) - comes cloaked in Lunice's trademark production
Review: Back in 2010, Peverelist's Punch Drunk label released the Worth The Weight compilation, a collection of hard to find classics from Bristol's dubstep scene. In the years that have passed, dubstep has mutated, and so has Punch Drunk, with the classic dubstep sound giving way to something equally as likely to feature elements of house, techno and experimental music. It's this direction explored in the Worth The Weight Vol. 2: From The Edge, a 12-track compilation featuring tracks from the city and beyond. While Hodge and Tessela represent swung house and techno hybrids, Bass Clef and Ekoplekz are on hand to provide some strange analogue deviations, while Kahn and Zhou represent the city's Young Echo collective. With Pev himself, Andy Mac and Kowton delivering a remix of the classic "Roll With The Punches", this is an essential compilation for anyone with even a passing interest in the past few years of bass-centric UK music.
Review: The team at Numa Recordings have assembled one hell of a selection here as we see them introduce four fantastic originals as part of this brand new 'Heartless Badboys' EP project. Firstly we see the well renowned Numa Crew get busy alongside the super catchy vocals of XL Mad on 'Broka', before we jump into the super smooth yet grimey flavours of Hypergrade's 'Cabala'. Next on the menu, we tuck into what we presume is the title track as 'Heartless Badboys' ushers forth with a tonne of half-time synthetic energy, courtesy of Ago & T.Kay. We then finish up with the old school junglist twists and turns of 'Old Ravers' from Lapo, wrapping up a very clever four track piece.
Review: Bass badboy Swindle rocks his way back onto the Butterz catalogue, a label he hadn't visited ever since his first releases four years back, after numerous outing on the mighty Deep Medi Musik and Planet Mu, among others. Peace, Love & Music is his first full-length work, and it's also the most diverse piece of music that he's put out so far. The opener "Gotta Do" is a true introduction of his skills, where strange instrumentation travels beneath radio edits calling his name, but every other track on here contains a wide range of sounds and influences, from jazz to R&B and even drum & bass, all coated in a familiar layer of bass to comfort the corner dwellers. It's a smacker, check it!