Review: Next up from the ever-ready After Dark Music imprint, we see them welcome the super-versatile sounds of 11th Hour, who unveils four tracks of original steppers flavour to enjoy with this spicy new EP. We begin with distant, eastern melodies and sandy soundscapes of 'Ashkhar', which sets the tone beautifully. Next, we get swampy flavours by the dozen as 'Awaken' moves us forward with some stunning synth design, before 'Revolution' delivers a pulsating steppers display of intricate percussive power and carefully processed reverbs. Finally, we move into the incredible stuttered bass rolls and sub slaps of 'Arcane', which puts the finishing touches on an exceptional project from all involved!
Review: We've said it a fair few times, but the Manuka team are undoubtedly one of the most impressive electronic labels in the UK right now. Their constant expansion into the zones surrounding dubstep is so ear opening and this latest two tracker from Aagentah and Dread MC is a perfect example. We kick off with the futuristic arrangements and powerful bass textures of 'Breathin' Space', which utilizes Dread MC's vocal in as many ways as possible, layering it above clunky percussive chimes and bitcrushed basslines. On the flip, the pace quickens significantly as 'Called Upon' combines spacy pads with a lethal set of half time rhythms, upping the pace in any dance as soon as it lands.
Review: This most recent dubstep boom has pushed forward some incredible new releases to say the least, with this brand new collaborative effort from Abstrakt Sonance & ColtCuts instantly landing near the top of the tree. We kick this one off with the warbling sub-textures and eastern inspired string plucks of Abstrakt's solo contribution 'Attitude' before the thick bass grinds and sumptuous harmonics of their first collaboration 'Hidden Agenda'. Next up, the two link up again on 'Space Case', an unpredictable, system-ready goliath, combining reesey synthesizer smacks with powerful drum delays, before ColtCuts rounds off proceedings with the grimey melodies and powerful drum processing of 'The Sacred One'. This is an excellent outing from both parties and we can't wait to hear each and every track in the dance!