Boogie Woogie (feat C Tivey - original mix) - (4:30) 130 BPM
Review: For this latest selection of excellence from the Deep Heads movement, we are again introduced to Geode, a producer with a serious point to prove as he unleashes twelve tracks of stunning steppers quality. From the techy drum manoeuvres of 'Oblong' to unpredictable melodies of 'Phi' and high energy rhythms of 'Lark Ascending', this release packs something for any dubstep fan! For us there are two clear standouts, the first of which comes to us through the mesmeric harmonies of 'Jade', alongside the crispy minimalism of 'Ruh', in collaboration with C Tivey. Awesome work!
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 scene was set in the spring 2015; Enigma Dubz went deeper and more explorative than ever before with The Journey So Far Part 1. Mercifully he didn't leave us waiting too long for the second part which is equally as textured, deep, melodic and mellifluous as the inaugural session: from the cosmic UKG of "Dark & Grey" and "Down The Rabbit Hole" to the space-race grime of "Sick" and the star-gazing D&B of "Island Hopping", Enigma Dubz continues to show his true range and vision. Mission accomplished.
Review: What a year it has been for the team at Dubtribu, a label who continue to impress in all areas, with their homegrown roster looking stronger by the second. This last project of the year sees them firing on all sides as they invite eight of their best in for 'Deep Dub Inside 2019', a comprehensive showcase of the labels sound, featuring potent originals from the likes of Arta, Tinky, Muhla, Kismat, Cel and Ran for starters. We have two clear highlights for this one, with the gnarly sub work of Takjacob's 'Can't Own Me' being a real heavy hitter, along with the spooky overtones of Copley's 'Bombay Bad Boy'. Awesome stuff!
Review: In the middle of 2016 Future Follower gave us a small taste of Ivo in the form of a single entitled 'Chopablock'. Eight months later the crew are pleased to deliver this artist's first full length EP. Flat 32 is a four track release that speaks for itself: through the speakers! Starting off with the deep pulsations of "Karma", "Omin" get its womp and wobble on good and proper with this nefarious street sound expression. Finally "Mitsubishi" builds the tension and suspense effectively through its dystopian atmosphere, but the beats on this cut right through that dense mood lighting: like a knife!
Review: Gully shots fired: Fresh from damaging the dance with both Footsie and P Money, Royal T's immovable banger gets the treatment from three of bass music's most exciting characters... Wen creates a tripped-out sensation that sits somewhere in the shadows between the industrial strength loopy psychosis of techno and the unnerving, spacey dynamics of dub. Kahn & Neek, meanwhile, get straight to the point with jaw-breaking snares and a bassline so deep and metallic you need a tetanus shot before you play it. Finally we hit a TQD remix of T's own "Limbo". Fresh from their debut "Day & Night", the dream trio of DJ Q, Flava D and Royal T strip down the beaty, LA-minded drifter and rebuild into an armoured Challenger tank. Bruising.
Review: A deeply personal affair. James Vine - AKA Enigma Dubz - launches his own label with a full album that expresses his roots, passions and influences with great detail, complexity and consistency. From the misty, moody two-step charms of "Fountain Road" to the darker, tubular tone bass grumbles of "Night Terrors" via the movie-ready, synth-powered tear-jerker "Requiem", all shades and styles he's become known for over the years are wrapped up in a package that works just as well as a home listening experience as it does on the floor. Apparently a part two is en route later this year, too. The journey continues...
Review: As ever, it's an exciting prospect to see a new Hypho release drop in the store, especially when he's in the rich mane of form he currently resides in. This release sees him put together three scorching original creations, kicking off with the potent sub textures and spooky atmospheric synth pressures of 'Efnol'. Next up, we see the super combo of Hypho and Rakjay recombine for yet another banger on the title track 'Edge', a tribalistic roller brimming with percussive power. Finally, OldGold joins the party on the super tech drum textures and bubbling pops of 'Regulate', which puts a glossy finish on a fantastic overall project.
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.
Review: What more of a Christmas present could we ask for than a new Deep Medi drop? To make it even better, they have employed the services of dubstep mastermind: Commodo, who runs riot here across two incredible original creations, packed to the rafters with original steppers flavour, into which we couldn't resist taking a bite. The first track we dip into is 'Rikers', a mystic original, stacked with inquisitive melodies and crunchy drum steps, filled with unpredictable energy and glitchy arpeggios. On the flip of this one we are greeted with more ital-energies as we tuck into 'Daytona', another absolute stomper, perfectly summarising Commodo's somehow undersung creative flare. Deep Medi have only gone and delivered yet again it seems!
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.
Review: Bristol bass brutality: Sentiment makes his Tumble Audio debut with a package that comprises three originals and two heavyweight remixes. "Fomo" is a bounty of dynamics and designs as bass textures from the last 10 years of grime, dubstep and trap fuse and fight one another. "7 Looks Better Than 8" is much more a straight-up icy grime piece (think Asa & Sorrow's introspective style) while "Flexin" opts for a sci-fi grime bounce similar to that of another fellow Bristolian, Joker. Remix-wise Chimpo chows down on some serious space cake while Killjoy throws in a little 4/4 UKG strut. Nice.
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: 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: If any label is going to wrap up one of grime's biggest years to date, it's Butterz. Responsible for the genre's best parties and home to artists from Swindle to Faze Miyake to Terror Danjah, Butterz are one of the most consistent and creative grime flagbearers of the game. Reading like a who's who in grime (Big Narstie, Skepta, Flowdan, Stormzy, Wiley, D Double E, Sir Spyro, Plastician, Kano, Giggs and loads more) each of the 40 tracks remind us (if we needed reminding) just how well grime has annotated and soundtracked the year. Gully.
Review: Londoner Flava D appears on Champion's Formula label with three sizzlers guaranteed to light up the dance floor, especially on the raw beatbox attack of the carnival-primed "In The Dance". The energy remains for the next two tracks, if a little moodier, on the rolling UKF pounder "Groggy" and the skippy fizz of "New Era". Solid.
Review: For us, there are few labels influencing the landscape of electronic music in the UK as much as Terrorhythm at the moment. This latest release shows exactly what we are talking about as Gloomy ventures fourth with some incredibly wavy flavours over this four track extravaganza. The title track 'Green Boson' is a grimey behemoth, stacked with rapidly shuffling drum punches and shimmering synth leads, followed by the slightly slower arrangement of 'On Hold'. From here we dive into the stunning synthetic harmonies of 'Substances' before Rapture4D joins the party for a very effective team up on 'Magnetic Attraction', which is packed to the rim with catchy glitched out lead lines.
Review: With a reputation for being one of the most creative artist tags in electronic music, Ivy Lab returns here for a six track extravaganza, kicking off with one hell of a collaboration. Onoe Caponoe & L-Zee Roselli are drafted in to supply some high energy vocal pressure on the title track 'Space War 169', and they most certainly deliver. The EP also boasts a strong selection of instrumental pieces, from the shuffling electronic tones of 'Wideboi' and super choppy drum slaps of 'Rococo' to the trap-like bass jangles of 'Zip It' and frankly phenomenal hip hop grooves of 'Suburbia'. This is yet another production masterclass from Ivy Lab.
Review: We now land in the Onepuf zone for a look at a brand new release from Bimma, who brings his unique fusion of techy themes and UK bass music to the table with fantastic results. The title track for this one goes by the name of 'Prism' and is a fantastic creation to say the least, forging clicky percussive melodies with dark rolling drum and sub maneuvers, followed by the blend of UK funky rhythms and unusual bass designs on 'Reactor Core'. On remix duty, Murder He Wrote gives 'Prism' a dubwise onceover, before Coldpast delivers a super crunchy UKG refit of 'Reactor Core'.
Review: Active since late 2010, its fair to say Tuba have put NYC district Brooklyn on the bass music map with their wealth of output, calling on an international cast of dubstep and bass-inflected talent. The label's latest draws a line from the East Coast to the West Coast, as New Yorker Blind Prophet and British Columbia's Self Evident pair up as Folding City. The four cuts here swerve between 130 and 160bpm, and suggest the duo had plenty of fun flinging stems back and forth with "Groundswell" particularly impressing. The snares and vibes come from jungle but the way it's all put together is more reminiscent of footwork. "Spacewalk" shows a deeper, more soulful side to Folding City and it's followed by a fine remix from New Yorker Doctor Jeep that veers off into DnB territory. A great EP!
Wolf Tech - "Interstellar Transmissions" - (5:55) 131 BPM
Review: As far as compilations go, a lot of the time labels and artists struggle to find a defining set of voices within. This selection from the guys at Shanti Planti entitled 'Rhythm Code III' is a great example of how to do it right however. The tracklisting ranges drastically in styles, from the smoother sounds of Wolf Tech's 'Interstellar Transmissions' and 'Plant Pontificate' from Chris Komas, to the more neurotic vibes of Ecometric's 'Embers' or EurthmY's 'Delirium'. A special shout has to go to Duffrey and Sub.conscious for their futuristic contributions also.
Rat - "Memento" (Audialist remix) - (4:50) 134 BPM
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: Easily one of the most distinctive voices in the game, Birmingham's Devilman has a delivery that captures you straight away. A combination of great wordplay, a sense of humour and his midland twang provide an instant calling card that he's been successfully dropping for well over a decade. Weighing in at seven tracks, "Devilman's State Of Mind" is almost album-level in both size and consistency. And it allows the Sika boss to represent in all directions and really show us what he's capable of. From the lewd bedtime behaviour of "Dirty Black Man" to the stunning D&B finale "Drum & Bass Father" - where he successfully weaves Obama, armour and banana into one of his slickest flows to date - Devilman has upped his ante once more.