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: When we saw that the legendary DJ Madd was back in action with a long-awaited 140 drop we couldn't have been more excited, with this new four-tracker on Badman Studios being exactly what the doctor ordered. We kick off with the dungeon-ready reese-sweeps and colourful percussive ditherings of 'Babylon Scatta', before we hear more classic Madd bass design on 'Lighta Kru', combining eerie atmospherics with energetic rhythms throughout. Next, 'Soldiers' delivers a subby punch of OG dubstep-flavour, keeping those drum designs super minimal before the jittery grooves and spacious processing of 'Weapon Of Choice' puts the icing on the cake. Incredible work as per!
Review: The Infernal Sounds team have gained a real reputation for their respectful showcasing of the deeper side of the dubstep sound, which is why we were so excited to see a legendary figure such as Cluekid landing a potent two-tracker on the impressive imprint. We begin with the super nostalgic LFO designs and colourful, breakbeat-influenced drum arrangements of 'Electric Avenue', a warbling masterclass in original dubstep wizardry. On the flip, 'Horizontal' gives us an opportunity to explore Cluekid's more melodic side as we are greeted by regal sounding horn-lines and glittering synthesizer patterns to match, before descending into more wobbly madness!
Review: Now, The Untouchables have gained quite the reputation for exploring the more experimental side of bass music, with this latest drop on DNO being a perfect way to showcase their intricate electronic designs in style. We begin with the thunderous drum punches and high tempo rhythms of 'Audacity', before 'Galactic Noise' unleashes an even more display of rapid-fire drum slaps and distant atmospheric pressure. The tribal designs of the title track 'Culture Clash' follow, combining gorgeous percussive lines with smooth processing for a real impactful creation before the shaker-heavy slides of 'Time Travellers' sees out the original tracklisting for this one in style. Finally, the bonus track 'China Haze' gives us one last dash of steppers flavour, working yet more percussive genius into a packed out low end with relative ease. Top stuff from all involved!
Review: It's been a very exciting few months of releases for the Mancunian dubstep veteran, as we see Biome land yet another kill drop, this time courtesy of Truth's Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint. We begin our journey into this one with a dip into the lethal reese design and earth-shattering drum slaps of 'The Joker', followed by 'Boxed', a sublow creeper, jam-packed with eerie atmospheric pressure and powerful bass energy. Next, we are greeted by colourful percussive plucks and raucous substructures in 'Monster' before 'Never Listen' strips the whole party back for a crunchy finale, capping off yet another well thought out drop from the DD&D team.
Review: Now for us, this looks like the perfect way to round off an eventful 2020 for the 786 Recordings team as they unveil the first edition of Mortal Kombo, a high energy collection of collaborative dubstep fire. We begin with the gnarly bass grooves and explosive drum structures of 'Suppression Dub', a weighty link up between Mr.K & DPRTNDRP, followed by the swampy bass wonks of 'Witchcraft Dub'. seeing Quasar & Nova join forces for a spooky warbler. Next, Saule & Centauri arrive with 'Tyrant', a high intensity, almost hip-hop infused ball of bassy goodness and percussive power, with Teffa & Sound Unknown putting the final touches on the EP with 'Hide & Seek', one final subby system smasher to round off proceedings in style. This is a solid and cohesive body of work that most certainly finishes off the year on a high!
Review: For their seventh official release, we are very excited to dive into this one from the Bassin crew as they welcome Beatsforbeaches inside for a solid four track display in dubwise energy. Kicking off with 'Powerful Thing', we are greeted by a darkened, dungeon-esc vibe, as shimmering chord line and sharp snare crunches lay atop a sub-heavy landscape, before 'Erebus' combines intricate drum rhythms with a constantly shifting collection of synthy scrapes with devilish results. Next, 'Kabal' gives us more underworld melodies and gnarly instrumentation to really hammer home that evil vibe, before rounding off with 'HO', a more quirky combination of bubbling percussion and stuttered vocal sampling, giving the EP a perfect sign off point.
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: The magnificent White Peach imprint have gained some serious notoriety for both their incredible levels of quality and consistency, a theme they continue to enjoy with this fabulous new four track display from Taiko. We begin with 'Oaken', a stunning display of melodic prowess and atmospheric mastery alongside Ed Hodge, with a gorgeous saxophone line taking the lead in front of a smooth dubwise backdrop, Next, we dive into the more dungeon-esc percussion of silky synth harmonies of 'Lawless', before the more classic sounding LFO action of 'Spent' delivers a blast from the past. Finally, the uplifting melodies and fluttering chime expressions of 'Where Ya From' round the EP off in good form.
Review: Whenever Monday comes around and we open up our upcoming releases folder and find a new release from the FKOF family, we genuinely jump for joy at this point, with their catalogue remaining so incredibly consistent for the last few years. We kick off this brand new four tracker from Q100 with a sizzler entitled 'Coleslaw', jam packed with speaker-busting sub movements and jolting rhythmic maneuvers, sending us left, right and centre right from the off. Next, the reese-driven madness of 'Cuticle' and skippy drum / explosive sub textures of 'Steppin' both provide us with some serious energy, before the sharpened snare slaps and bulging basslines of 'Yasno' put the final touches on the project. Outstanding work!
Review: This brand new drop from the Subline Audio is another perfect example of the slow but definitely noticeable blending of different 140 genres as Uncommon Sense & Dub Killer unleash three scorching originals. We begin with the creeping, grimey violin slides and potent drum designs of the title track 'Rhino', an original that wouldn't sound out of place on any live radio set, followed by the luscious, jazzy soundscapes of 'Time & Space', wrapping together fluttering woodwind and powerful synthesizer energy. Finally, we slow the pace for the monstrous bass work on 'Horrors', a chugging behemoth of sizzling low-end goodness. Very tidy indeed!
Review: The Smoking Sessions team have supplied us with a softened bombshell with this brand new spicy four track experiment from Synpai, who unleashes an extremely colourful array of futuristic bass-driven music for us to all enjoy. We kick off with swampy yet garage-driven designs of 'Reiki', a crunchy bubbler, switching between subtle kick thuds and nostalgia-inducing organ drives. The vibe switches substantially next as we take in some gorgeous eastern-inspired instrumentation and melodies on the super groovy 'Shakti', before 'Broken Boiler' unleashes an array of floating LFO-driven madness. Finally, the pace quickens drastically on 'High Priestess', a jungle-inspired switch up exploring expansive breakbeat drum designs and luscious soundscaping behind. Top work!
Review: We spent pretty much the entirety of 2020 praising the FKOF movement, who seem to have no limits to what they can achieve within a four-track project. This brand new drop from Mondaigai is right up the same alley as he unleashes some killer original creations, kicking off with lethal reesey bass expressions of 'Sledgehammer', followed quickly by the much quickened metallic drum smashes of 'Element'. Next, the jittering synthesizer action of 'Shockwave' gives us a sound that would cause pandemonium in any dancefloor situation, before rounding off with 'Hallelu-jah', a super syncopated stomper, smashing together pulsating percussion and hypnotic arpeggios for a magnificent finale.
Review: It's been a short while since we last heard from the grime warlord himself, but we couldn't be happier to see Spooky Bizzle returning to his home label of Ghost House for six tracks of grimey fire. We begin with the choppy drum slaps and electronic designs of 'Half Asleep' to kick start our journey. Before the nostalgic LFO work of 'Treacle Work' and rapid fire melodic stabs of 'Boy Better Splurt' take the release in a completely different direction. We then move into the war-ready rhythms of 'Slick Dub', before the moogy bass pulses and classic 2-step rhythms of 'Drop The Bomb' lead us towards 'Danger Zone', which rounds us off with system-smashing triplets for good measure!
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: Will Benton's label, FatKidOnFire, has a seriously heavy rep for delivering only the most forward thinking productions by the edgiest producers. Each release only has a catalogue number and that's the way it should be - no clutter, just underground sounds. Chokez is the latest to grace the FKOF ranks, turning in this uber meditative four track single. He was discovered by accident when Kaiju uncovered a bootleg of their own tune by this cheeky Londoner... Highlights include the sub-heavy ancient orient vibes of "Ras Samurai VIP" and EP highlight, the deep and dubby headnodder, "Madda".
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: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: The discography we are seeing form under the Instigate banner is starting to become quite a goliath looking collection, with this extra drop from Lampa adding fuel to the fire. We begin with the title track 'Celestial', which stands a sizzling creation, driven by glittering high end synth plucks and a lethal reese sound below. From here, 'The Details' sees Enigma join the party for a spooky 140 roller, alongside Gnasha's influence on the eastern inspired melodic twists of 'Highlander'. Finally, B-Say steps forward to have his way with 'Matrimony', giving us a sumptuous sub-pounding rework to round this project off with a bang!
Review: It's been a short while since we last heard the legendary sounds of Kromestar deliver a new EP, but boy was this one worth the wait as he unleashes to incredibly emotive originals via the Nebula Music Group. We begin with the title track 'Aftermath', a sumptuous exploitation of chilling choir-like vocal lines and smoothened, well processed drum creations to give us something both heavenly and haunting at the exact same time. On the flip to this we take in 'Missing', another emotion-fueled thrill-ride, focussing much more on sweeping melodic inflections and subtle harmonic dips, showing the more delicate side of Kromestar's production. Amazing work!
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: The Artikal Music imprint have had yet another incredibly consistent year across the breadth of 2020, with this new remix project from LSN being the perfect way to round things off! From start to finish this is a fabulous outing, kicking off with J:Kenzo & Sabab's monstrous, synth heavy recreation of 'Systematic', alongside the legendary Warrior Queen. Next up, Von D arrives to give Rider Shafique's super catchy vocals on 'Reality' a tasty, sub-heavy revamp before Synkro sends 'Gone' to the blender, bringing us a chilling, post-jungle rethink, dripping in metallic synthesis and eerie atmospheric pressure. Finally, Mister Shifter gets busy with his percussive-lead overhaul of 'Join 'Em' to give the EP a bang for a finale. Amazing work from all involved!
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: 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: After something dub-fresh and deeply gorgeous? Numa Crew have rolled together some serious phat ones for your delectation, created to rumble subs throughout the feel good lands. With enough oldschool vibes to satisfy the purest of dubstep puritans while adding enough sunshine-soaked melody to create the perfect summer playlist, the whole EP screams instant classic from start to finish.
Review: We are most definitely starting to run out of ways to describe the pure brilliance that we can find within the Foundation Audio catalogue, which continues upon it's top quality run with this one as 3wa lands four sizzling dubstep originals. We begin with 'Bronca', a heavyweight warbling behemoth, dripping with interesting percussive flavour throughout, followed by the more swamp-laiden LFO sizzles of 'Old Mount' and shimmering metallic synth plucks of 'Bloody Mess' to follow. Finally, the charming melodic drifts and bouncing rhythmic arrangements of 'Worms' puts the final touches on the project, again solidifying the dominance of Foundation Audio in 2020.
Review: All across the breadth of 2020 we were very happily singing the praises of Encrypted Audio, who despite all the carnage worldwide were able to maintain a very consistent run of releases. They kick off 2021 in an ethereal bag as Chendah unleashes four tracks of melodic fire, kicking off with the spacey melodic structures and delayed chord lines of 'Emulged', followed by the beautiful, dusty soundscaping of 'Homee'. The project then takes a slightly darker turn next as 'Kibb' gives us some serious low end pressure, alongside some charming percussive clinks, before 'Sear' gives us a sumptuous eastern inspired outro track, putting the final touches on a very well thought out body of work.
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: Simply Deep are at it again here as the Aerotonin's forward thinking bass project moves into a brand new package, this time housing some naughty breaksy bass hybrids from Imanzi. We kick off with 'Totem', which takes high energy drum inserts and combines them with writhing bass sounds, kicking the EP off with a serious dose of energy. Next up, we take a more steppers inspired road as Imzani joins forces with Mungk on the tribalistic tastings of 'Kapa Haka', before we land on the grimey synthesizers and wobbling kick patterns of '2147'. Finally, OME joins the party with a glitchy rethink of '2147', providing some new energies to round off the project in style.
Review: It's safe to say that the Numa Recordings catalogue is a pretty spectacular thing to take a peek at, which has been added to by this fabulous new collection as they unveil the second edition of their 'Heartless Badboys' EP Series. We begin our four track journey with Lapo, who delivers a synth-heavy party starter in 'Automatic Soul', a crunchy number that finds itself switching perfectly between electronic leads and dubwise delays. Next, Leon P is joined by Ago for a piece of breaksy brilliance on 'Juju', followed by a serious upswing in tempo as T-Kay delivers some metallic mastery on 'Monarch'. Finally, things get a little techy as XL Mad unleashes 'Death Valley', a crunchy tech-inspired roller, giving us an excellent final touch.
Review: Vandal Records is a french drum and bass label founded in 2004 by SKS which is devoted to the dancefloor. Sub-label "Vandal Limited" was founded in 2014 by SKS with Redeyes and is dedicated to liquid and deep music. Their compilation Grand Royal is back with it's fourth edition of footwork, jungle and halftime flavours on Vandal LTD with a massive volume featuring Balatron from Iceland who serves up the deep and deconstructed drum and bass creeper "Missplaced" (original mix) , Hast from the UK with some wonky deep dubstep on "Beat Canon" (original mix) , DJ Madd from New York with some blunted bass inflected hip hop on "Cheeky Steppa" (original mix) plus Crimes! from Portland USA with the absolutely wicked "Beetleborg" (original mix) with bassline so razor sharp it will potentially tear up your speakers so beware!
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.