Review: This is an EP that oozes class from start to finish, and for us, sits pretty solidly as one of the most powerful dubstep releases of 2019 as OME lands of Simply Deep for five tracks of pure brilliance. We kick off with 'Another', a shimmering behemoth of glittering flutey tones and whirling atmospheric pads, followed by the warbling crunches of 'Way Too Far'. Next up, we face the haunting arpeggios of 'Luna Sangrante' before diving into a pair of very well designe remixes. Firstly, Busted Fingerz flips 'Another' into an apocalyptic grimey explosion, with Allone then reimagining 'Way Too Far' into a smooth hip hop roller. Awesome stuff!
Review: Having been nominated in the category of 'Best Record Label 2019' as part of the celebrated Duploc awards, Albion Collective can safely say that they have smashed 2019 out of the water. This final release of the year sees them out in style as the rapidly rising sounds of Cartridge, also nominated in the 'Best Breakthrough Producer' lands with three tracks of explicit heat. The title track 'Cashmere' combines impactful drums with eastern influenced woodwind melodies to cook up a storm, followed by haunted plucks and grizzly sub textures of 'Antimatter' and mystic harmonies of 'Sacred Scrollz' to round out the year in style.
Review: Despite the fact that traditionally, winter remains somewhat of a slumberous period for the electronic music industry, the Deep Dark & Dangerous contingent spare no time getting back to what they do best, which is releasing heavyweight dubstep flavour. They here invite Coltcuts inside to deliver two tracks of pure fire, kicking off with the warbling electronic bass drives of 'Thank The Lord', which possesses a pretty damned demonic feeling throughout. On the flip side, '100% Herb' gives us something very different as twisted, mystic melodic structures writhe uncontrollably amidst sharp, whipping drum slaps and eerie atmospheric design. Excellent work!
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: It is clear that the Duploc team intend to keep the energy levels as high as they did throughout 2019 here as they unveil a tasty two tracker from Sam Cosmic to get the year off to a flying start. We begin this one with a dive into the groovy manoeuvres and catchy melodic structures of 'Cooled', which utilizes an unusual squeaky lead synth instrument with great results. On the flipside we then take in 'Steam', a proper colourful piece of dubstep production, with synth designs alternating between emboldened bass LFO's and eski-style square glides, providing incredible contrast within the tune from start to finish. Excellent stuff on these two.
Review: As one of the most consistent duo's of dubstep's 2019, we are thrilled to see Roklem and Sebalo adding another potent package to their year's discography as they here land on Instigate Recordings for four tracks of pure fire. We kick off with lethal, tripletted snare slaps of 'Stressed HDD', before we roll into the collaborations. Firstly 'Shadow Run' arrives with some dungeon-ready percussive slaps, followed by the vibrant sub rolls of 'System'. Finally, we dive down a much more steppers route as 'Attain' finishes us up in style.
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: 2020 is looking to be a very exciting year for the dubstep scene, as we will continue to see labels such as Navy Cut continue to rise to prominence, if last year is anything to go by anyway! This time around they invite in the unique production techniques of Distinct Motive for a wicked two track piece, kicking off with the haunted atmospheric layerings and unique bass structures of the title track 'Hamburg'. On the flip side. 'Haste' provides us with some high energy marching drum structures, alongside sweeping subs and subwise delay effects to add some serious contrast to the A-side. Tasty!
Review: For us, the team at the Indigo Movement imprint were a clear standout across the course 2019, constantly updating the scene with truly innovative, stepper-influenced dubstep music. They have come to kickstart the year in style here as they invite MungK in for three tasty originals, kicking off with the shifting harmonies of catchy string leads of 'Kabuki'. Next, the classy, shuffling drum work, touching vocals and emotive string movements of 'The Saint', before the EP rounds off with a final touch of finesse throughout the choppy percussion and spacey atmospheric design of 'Komorebi'. Awesome work!
Review: At this point, Bunzer0 has to hold some seriously legendary status as the dubstep veteran lands on Indigo Movement for two tracks of pure heat. We begin our examination of this one with a dive into 'Inbreeding', a piece of percussive masterty, with the melodies being providing by subtle drum taps above pulsating sub drives below. Following this, we then move into 'Accuracy', an unpredictable display of highly skilled production techniques, fusing dubstep and the unknown, leaving the listener blown away with every sub slap. Awesome stuff!
Review: The dubstep scene is looking as healthy as it has ever been as we draw towards the end of 2019, with high end releases such as this one from Subaltern dropping every week. They invite Ill K into the blend, who supplies us with four original heaters, kicking off the project with the breakbeat-steppers hybrid sounds within 'Warp 6'. This is then chased up quicktime by the big room drum smashes and colourful percussive influence of 'Mirage' before Chad Dubz touches down on collaboration duty across the dungeon-fueled sound design of 'Ninja Technique. Finally, 'Walking Home' sees Koobas enter the project as we are driven down a nostalgic, hardcore avenue.
Review: The Gourmet Beats team have had another fantastic year in our eyes, with some incredible EP's landing on their platform, propelling them to the top of the food chain. This latest four track extravaganza from Ternion Sound is a perfect example of the quality levels we are talking about as we kick off with the dusty vocal sampling and lethal bass chops of '5778'. Next, 'Limbo' arrives with a bag of groovy energy and smooth synthy bliss before 'Ukandu Ikandu' utilizes some extremely creative rhythmic delays for a really original creation. Finally, the warbling subs of 'Sound The Alarm' put the finishing touches on an excellent body of work.
Review: Last year we saw the pairing of Sebalo & Roklem cause some serious damage in the 140 sphere, constantly supplying the scene with incredible releases throughout the entirety of the year. It appears they look to continue the trend this year as they lend on Silent Motion immediately with four powerful stompers, kicking off with the swirling jerks and warbling subs of the title track 'March Of Waves', alongside the organic drum structures and blipping synths of 'Stuck'. The pair then move into solo originals, with Roklem providing some dungeon-ready flavours in 'Confused' and Sebalo proving a more subtle set of sub structures and stuttered drum layers on 'Dimensions'.
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again as they here present us with a stunning selection from SBK, a producer who is starting to turn heads wherever he goes with his super impactful steppers originals. We can hear a distinct eastern theme running through the heart of this one, kicking off with the eerie string work and distant percussive sprinklings of 'We Are From The Desert', featuring Ourman. Next up, we land amidst the heavy horn stabs and grizzly bass synthesizers of '3 Million Stones', before finding ourselves doused in heat as the warbling bass wriggles of 'Inferno' usher forth. Finally, 'Lead Dem Pace' alongisde Quasar ties the knot on this one, wrapping up another impressive body of work!
Review: As far as dubstep veterans go, Von D holds a special place in steppers history, with a long run of 140 classics under his belt. He here offers two of his more hard hitting recent originals up for remix duty and the combination of Hypho and Moresounds simply could not resist getting involved. Firstly, we hear Hypho's potent rethink of 'Hardcore Dub Music', which alongside featuring some tidy vocal work from Rider Shafique, packs a real classic steppers punch. Following this, we hear Moresounds rebuild 'Frictions' into a more march-ready roller, providing a perfect secret weapon to mash up the dance.
Enter The Gates (feat Rider Shafique - Egoless remix) - (4:31) 62 BPM
Enter The Gates (Egoless remix instrumental) - (4:02) 62 BPM
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: Uprise Audio are a label we can always rely on to bring us some serious dubstep flavour, a task in which they have held their own for the entire year. This latest two track pairing from 11th Hour is a perfect example of the sound the label are proud to represent, with 'Hyperspace' kicking us off with some stunning sub work and drum design as the A-side. On the flip to this we are given 'Bravo Zulu', a more marching style of composition, built to cause somewhat of a ruckus in the dance with it's hard hitting sub line and sharp snare delays. Lovely stuff!
Review: It's been a superb year for Crucial Recordings, who continue to push fresh and original dubstep music, almost weekly at this point. They here invite Sleeper to do what he does best across four hard hitting steppers stompers, with the creepy textures and wibbling bass tones of 'Shudda' landing first. The distorted delights and dubwise drum devices of the title track 'Militant Focus' follows in style, before the shimmering LFO's and heavily reverberated rhythms of 'Franklyn' join the party. We found off 'Fish Tea', a more subtle roller, tying this one up nicely.
Review: We always get excited to see a brand new JFO release hit the shelves, so when we saw he had teamed up with the ever-ready Macabre Unit team for a two track special, we were absolutely over the moon. This one is a perfect showcase of what JFO is all about, as 'Bodom' kicks us off in style, channeling incredibly clean bass synthesizer processing, spacey pads and punchy drums to provide us with an absolute heater. On the B-side we welcome 'Virus', dripping in a more classic deep dubstep flavour as growling synthesizer rolls run riot amidst delicate percussive leads and smooth atmospheric textures. Another job well done for both Macabre Unit and JFO!
Review: It's been a while since we heard of such a match made in heaven as this as we see Manchester's Hypho touch down on the legendary 81 UK for four tracks off pure bass-driven class. We kick off with a potent collaboration with BeatBoss champion Rakjay, who delivers some wicked vocal leads on the moody 'Round Ere', followed by the eerie bass tonality of 'Yinliao'. Next, Rakjay returns again on vocal duty, bringing poetic twists above a fantastic arrangement of subtle sub expansions and rolling drumwork on 'Graft', which is chased up by the crunchy tech infused breaks of 'Module', rounding this one up in style.
Review: Whenever we see the Uprise Audio name flickering into action within the store, we know we are guaranteed a treat or two. We aren't disappointed as they welcome in Asylum for two original heaters, kicking off with the fluttering arpeggios and grizzly bass tones of the title track 'Green Rolex'. On the flipside, the party steps up a gear as we are introduced to an array of vibrant bass synthesizer curls and haunted atmospheric design on 'Micro Dose', providing an excellent contrast to the A-side and rounding up an excellent double drop.
Review: As ever with the now legendary Artikal Music imprint, we are gifted a fantastic four track selection, courtesy of the dubwise divisings of Sabab. We kick off with the title track 'Guidance', which perfectly combines classic rootsy vocals with dungeon-ready drum smacks and earthy subs for a real heavy hitter. The bass tones continue to play vital roles as the shimmering low-end of 'Youthman Dub' and more explosive synthesizer rays of 'Harmonic Dissonance' come next. Finally, all hell is let loose on the tearout bass instrumentation of 'Dutty Babylon' which sees the project span the full breadth of the dubstep banner.
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army) - (4:36) 142 BPM
Send Out - (4:33) 142 BPM
Crossing The Line (feat Killa's Army - radio edit) - (3:42) 142 BPM
Review: Wait wait wait, Pinch, Kahn, Tectonic AND Killa's Army? Just take my money. This is a fantastic link up from start to finish as two Bristol legends combine in style across two powerful originals. We firstly check out the deep, rolling sub tones and high energy vocal displays of Killa's Army on the hard hitting 'Crossing The Line'. You can hear this in a Kahn set of any kind, any day of the week. Things get even darker on the flip however as 'Send Out' lands with more gnarly sub tones, creating a seriously spooked out atmosphere through its use of space and choppy drum movements.
Review: As ever, Crucial Recordings have supplied us with a box of serious ammunition here as they invite in the unbeatable duo of Glume & Phossa for three tracks of pure steppers bliss. The first original takes the name 'Opal' and stars the title track for the project, working together smooth horn tones and stunning drumwork. This is then followed in style as the gritty bass stutters and to put it frankly, stunning orchestration of 'Feral', fusing together colourful melodics with hard hitting sub sections. Finally, we finish up with the skeletal drum structures and hypnotic bass pumps of 'Ruins', tying up a stunning three track selection.
Review: What a year it's been for the Bristolian bass masters known as Foundation Audio, as they pull the year to a close with this outstanding project from Clearlight, to really put the finishing touches on an exceptional 2019. From the off, we are in for some sumptuous swampy goodness as the organic drum sounds and creepy percussion of 'Stomp Dub' wades into view, before the title track 'Ununderstandable' lets loose a barrage of suspenseful subs and grizzly atmospherics, chilling listeners from their bones to their boots. Finally, the spacey sounds of 'Chasm' put the cherry on the cake, tying up a top draw body of work.
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: It seems as though the Encrypted Audio team are looking to continue the run of good form that saw them through the breadth of 2019 as they kick off the new year with this swamp-ready EP from Manta. On the A-side we are gifted 'It Lurks', a proper spooky little warbler which provides an unassailable wonk between its unorthodox drum claps and moogy bass grooves. On the flip, 'Zealot' continues the murky theme, this time taking a more stuttered rhythmic approach, packing some serious sub energy below!
Review: Despite having a moniker which sounds like an all-female pop outfit from the 90s, you'll be glad to hear that Girl Unit, is, in fact, nothing of the sort. A house aficionado of the highest calibre, the South London based producer blends elements of UK funky, 2-step, house, garage, Chicago juke and shades of dubstep with an iconoclastic irreverence for genre boundaries. Appearing on Bok-Bok and L-Vis 1990's label, Night Slugs, the I.R.L EP marks the third release for the burgeoning young imprint, which was established earlier this year. The EP - incidentally one of the most hotly tipped records around at the moment - begins with the title track. A dramatic, cinematic intro (rather reminiscent of D&B producer Rockwell's "Noir") initiates the proceedings with a thumping statement of intent and screechy, sliding synth embellishments. A hollow, clip-clop beat underpins the track, moving from dark, moody moments to more mellow, Mount Kimbie-style sections with masterful ease. DVA takes things down a tougher, rougher street with the tapping, grinding synthetics and raw industrial edge of his 'Hi Emotions' remix, whereas Young Gunz crew member, French Fries tunes in to a funky vibe, with shuffling rhythms, a nod to soca and lashings of sun-drenched tropical exoticism.
Review: The Tormented Audio which is headed up by Dubzta have outdone themselves on this one as they bring forward Kali to unveil four tracks of devastating heat. The title track goes by the name of 'Loco' and is an emotive trappy roller, packed to the brim with colourful, chiming melodies and uplifting harmonies. From here 'Specialist' takes over with a bag of dubwise elements, before we land on the scratchy, more expansive dubstep stylings of 'Altercations' are let loose. Finally, we finish up the project with Dubzta appearing in collaboration mode on 'Rapidly', rounding up this one nicely with some expansive 140 goodness.
Review: Manchester artist Hypho hooks up with fellow UK compatriot Boime for a double drop of heavy dubstepping vibes for Manuka. The record itself sounds like it comes from the deep, dark and cold confines of a disused powerplant, with the lead track fizzing with alien synths, atonal keys and kick drums replete with an uncanny assortment of distorted atmospheres to boot. Tribal atmospheres make their way into "Deform", a deadly alternative for the more serious and industrial ends of the night. Not to be missed alongside Hypho's most recent Round Ere three-track for Loefah's Swamp81 imprint. Serious shit.
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: For us, White Peach really are one of the most impressive imprints doing it right about now, with a near flawless year of releases under their belt, they continue to push out music right down to the wire, with this latest drop from Taiko looking to be their final of 2019. This EP is a masterclass in 140BPM production, with the title track 'Miners' combining spooky, eastern string patterns with choppy drums and potent subs to kick us off with a storm, followed by more eerie melodic structures within 'Prism' and some seriously cool, almost wooden sounding percussion on 'One Of Us'. We finish off with the more gentle string plucks and lofi drumwork of 'Just Like We Used To Do' putting the final touches on an incredible year for the White Peach familiar.
Review: Proof - as if we need it - that bass music has a long, long way to go before it runs out of ideas, as here Las has created five reasons why contemporary dub still inspires, motivates and captures the imagination. The strange, trippy riff on the title track summarises this consummately, as does the rich mischievous dub bubbles of "Pirates". Further on we hit the more dancefloor aimed "Lesson" as the rich tribal rhythm paves the way for some ace vocal sample abuse and a bassline that lollops so hard it might damage your needle. "Temper" plays the perfect role of grand finale: powered by a paranoid palpitating sub bass and doubled up kicks, we're suddenly stopped in our tracks by a stunning classical piano refrain. Game changers, the lot of them.
Review: Since smashing her way onto the 140 scene a couple of years back, Eva808 has been kicking up a storm with her unique production style, and this EP courtesy of Innamind Recordings is the perfect example of why. We kick off with 'Pink Uzi Gang', one of 140's most prized gems of recent times, laced with bubbling subs and aquatic percussion. Next up, 'Shakti'. This one takes eastern samples and sends them to a whole new dimension, with some incredibly clean snare processing in partnership with rolling hats luscious sub bass textures. And incredible release from an incredible producer!
Review: As ever with Artikal Music releases, we are in for an absolute treat on this one as they invite in the forward thinking sounds of Saule for three tracks of steppers bliss. We kick off this one with the title track 'Zeroes', a high pitched warbler, reminiscent of early Clue Kid heaters, followed up by the super deep sub tones and war like drum slaps of 'Baro', already giving the EP some seriously cool contrasting points. We then move into the eerie overtones and unpredictable drum punches of 'Pistola' which boasts yet more weighty sub movements, rounding up a tight body of work.
Review: Uprise Audio sure know how to find a banger, as they here enlist the Mancunian bassweight of JFO for two tracks of 140BPM delight. We kick off firstly with the stuttered rhythms and choppy synth/drum combos of PDX, a truly original piece, swaying back and forth between different themes, taking the listener on one hell of a journey from start to finish. On the flip, we find a more classic JFO structure as he unleashes more gnarly bass design and precise drum processing on 'Juggernaut' to gift us a potent two track delight.