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: 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: As one of the most rapidly rising projects out of Bristol right now, we were thrilled to see the CNCPT Collective team link up with the ever ready sounds of Hypho, who unleashes a tonne of dubstep-ready heat on this one. We kick off with the sumptuous bass tones of the title track 'Revenge Porn' before 'Terps' rolls into play, acting as a perfect glitchy base from which T-Man is allowed to let loose his punchy vocal presence. Finally, 'Fake Ass Thugs' lands and smacks us in the face. We feel honestly that this as an individual compilation is one of the most powerful pieces of music Hypho has ever created, packed with eerie spaces and sharp percussive crunches. It's just so damned tasty!
Review: It's an awesome time to be a part of the In:flux Audio camp as they here touch down to celebrate their 50th official release, which they do with some serious dubstep style. We kick off with a track entitled 'Arcsine', a moony, choppy roller, driven by gritty bass design and haunted pad textures, before the robotic stutters and sharp grooves of 'Listen' roll into play. We finish up the originals with the chiseled bass stabs and well placed vocal stamps of 'Tangarine', before RUFUS! And Cartridge touch down for some excellent remix additions! Tasty stuff as per from the In:flux camp!
Review: Encrypted Audio are kicking off a new decade with some serious style here as they invite the incredibly creative sounds of Rygby in for a three track bonanza. We kick off with the frankly stunning melodic synth manoeuvres and warbling LFO patterns of 'Janksy', before the trap-style drums and sharp, pulsating 808 subs of 'Twinkle Toez' follow up closely. Finally, we return to more Rybgy rhythmic genius as we take in 'Deadliest Force', another almost eskimo inspired composition, complete with popping drum arrangements and a constantly shifting icey soundscape. Lovely!
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: 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: 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: 2019 was without a doubt an excellent year for the Artikal Music imprint, constantly tabling exciting new projects, which always seemed to hit with a serious bang. This time around they kick off the year with the ghostly sounds of LSN, who gets us underway with the haunted vocal lifts and broken drum textures of 'A.I'. Next, serious drum work comes into play as the percussive brilliance of 'Spirit Dub' is unveiled alongside the sharp sub slaps and vocal lines of 'Machine', before the 8bit melodic structures and shifting rhythms of 'Breakin' round us off in style.
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: 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 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: 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: 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: Southpoint are back at it again here as they revive one of their older series in Integrate, to showcase their latest dubstep selections. They here employ the full force of their 140BPM arm as Opus first prepares to knock the house down with the incredible bass pressures of 'Grassfruit', before label founder KXVU and long standing multi-genre wizard 9TRANE take it to the dungeon with the quirky sub slaps of 'Lugdush'. Next, Bristol based stepper supreme: Muttley gets to work with his Asian-inspired chopper 'Sokodu', before Jakebob and Drax team up in style to round off the project with Cave. Top top work from the Southpoint team as per!
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.
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.
Vital Techniques - "Front To The Back" - (4:00) 93 BPM
Review: It has been a brief minute since we took in a new drop from the Second To None team, but boy have they relaunched with a bang as we talk into three absolute heaters. Firstly, Brighton resident and rapidly rising DJ: El Laurie kicks us off, with his tight drum expressions and vibrant string work in 'Next Hour', before the chomping dubstep basslines of Hamdi's 'Caterpillar' roll into view, following on from an extremely popular Facebook reveal of the track. Finally, label head honchos: Vital Techniques grace us with the third original, another freezing 140 creation, built around shimmering arpeggios and 8bit drum switches!
Review: When we see new releases land in the store, we like to explore the names aren't as familiar with first, which is why we instantly fell in love with this latest drop from the Vantage crew. We kick this one off with the trap-like drum rolls and bubbling 808 bass tones of 'Days End' before 'Don't Sleep' combines unusual digital signals with more bassy goodness. We dive down a smoother avenue next as 'Quelle Vie' showcases some excellent melodic sampling, before we touch down on the chilled out harmonies and lingering bass textures of 'Persan Beaumont' to wrap this one up.
Review: There are fewer more joyous experiences in dubstep than learning of a new Deep Medi drop, which is why we were so thrilled to hear of this brand new selection from the ever-dependable Samba. We start with a quick dive into the title track 'Winona', which lays steeped in eerie melodic structure and flutey tones, followed closely by the rasping, gnarly sub expanses of 'Worms'. Next, we land on the unusual rhythmic layout and fuzzy bass designs of 'King Kan', before we round everything off with the crunchy drum lunges and emotive orchestration of 'Snakes. Egos'. Incredible stuff as from an incredible producer x label combination.
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: Within the ever-expanding dubstep community, FatKidOnFire are definitely seen as one of the front-running brands in modern times, boasting a very well supported network and roster. This latest offering sees them bring in the talents of 1137 across four epic steppers originals. The first of these goes by the name 'Can't Escape It' and is a moody roller, setting the pace for the rest of the project perfectly. Next up, the minimalist sub spreads of 'Undefeated', which rolls smoothly into the satanic spaces and atmospheric dips of 'Terror Dub'. We then finish up the project strongly as we dip into 'Engulfed'. This one is a peach of a creation, rattling between electronic utterings and lo-fi drum designs, tying things up nicely.
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.
Dalek One - "What Are You Saying" - (3:46) 140 BPM
Review: As ever with the Duploc team, they have assembled an EP of pure quality as they invite a cohort of their finest into the fray for the second chapter of 'Duploc Selects'. From the off highlights include the regal horn tones and catchy melodies of 'Cumulus' from Cartridge, before the gnarly bass tones and crispy drum slaps of 'What Are You Saying' land, courtesy of Dalek One. Drumterror also combines sharp drums and chiming patterns in 'Mineral' before Feonix fuses experimental drum arrangements and super-deep sub pressure on 'Lost & Direct', with the glitchy plucks and wavy leads of Ghostek's 'Seek War' putting the icing on the cake. A very strong selection indeed.
Review: It's excellent to see the team at Chameleon Audio finally getting the previous pieces of their back catalogue onto our platform, this time around we see our very own KXVU land for his 'Lion Cub' EP. We kick this one off with the super skippy drum work and warbling bass tones of 'Cub Bubblin', followed by the evil string drives and menacing melodies of 'Rafiki Riddim'. Next 'Shenzi' lands with a real punchy presence, driven by sinister string leads, before we round the EP off with 'Zira' a more alien-like harmony of gnarly synths and choppy drum slaps. Excellent stuff as per from the cub!
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!
Ruh (feat C Tivey - original mix) - (4:57) 142 BPM
Oblong (original mix) - (4:42) 140 BPM
Ode (feat Earl T & C Tivey - original mix) - (5:02) 140 BPM
Some Friday Flavour (original mix) - (4:32) 89 BPM
Lark Ascending (original mix) - (5:07) 140 BPM
Jade VIP (original mix) - (5:12) 140 BPM
Jade (original mix) - (5:07) 140 BPM
Phi (original mix) - (4:06) 140 BPM
Boogie Woogie (feat C Tivey - original mix) - (4:30) 130 BPM
Variations On A Theme (original mix) - (4:38) 138 BPM
Variations On A Theme (B9 remix) - (5:05) 140 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: 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.