Review: Over the years, DJQ has certified his position as a true legend within the bassline scene, both as a solo act and DJ and as a part of the mega trio of TQD. Here we see him arrange and bring forward the second edition of his 'All Night' album series, featuring 10 incredible bass originals, showcasing everything he is about. From the rawcus bass revs of 'Attitude' and 'What Iam Like' to the more garage driven switches of 'Time To Shine', this album holds a tonne of a weight from start to finish. We are also gifted some top draw collaborations, including appearances from the likes of Dread MC, Zibba, Jack Junior and Champion.
Review: Coming through with his second bullet of 2016, dubstep cat Lenkemz bursts through our charts with his usual oddity and aggression, a mixture of characteristics which is often met with fear by regular, everyday citizens. But, what this producer does on his tracks is also hugely exciting, and just that little bit terrifying; let's not even get into the intro, because that's a different argument altogether, but "Soup" wastes no time in getting its point across with a stepping, broken rhythm and some truly cavernous sonics, whereas "Oh No Oh No" resembles something of a hip-hop hybrid, the evil spawn of an MPC jam gone wrong, and "Tree Daze" offers a completely different sort of sonic formula that sounds like nothing we've hear from Lenkemz before. Last but certainly not least, "All Of Them Had Teeth" offers a bizarre, molecular arrangement that somehow manages to stay in place and travel across ix minutes of pure leftfield oddity.
DJ Madd - "The Life You Chose" (Distance remix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
Stinkahbell - "Film Noir" - (5:37) 140 BPM
Sleeper & Thelem - "Arrakis" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Kryptic Minds - "The Divide" - (5:32)
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 1) - (1:13:24) 140 BPM
Various - "This Is Dubstep 2013" (continuous DJ mix - part 2) - (1:09:30) 140 BPM
Review: Sixth in the series, This Is Dubstep is one of the more comprehensive, on-point series the scene has given us (ie: many!) Across the 40 tracks every single shade is covered; from rave-tinged (Noisia's remix of "Smack My Bitch Up") to all-out technicolour bass (Drumsound & Bassline Smith), This Is Dubstep 2013 pays respect to all corners of the dance - including the really far-out experimentations of Mala and his Cuban project. With exclusives such as V.I.V.E.K's "Barcelona" and Killawatt's "Single Entity" thrown in for good measure, this isn't just a summary of today's dubstep; it's a slice of the future too.
Review: As January nears its bitter end, it seems this the time to release mega compilation albums. AEI, the company behind Get Darker, UKF and D&B Arena unveil their next project: Get Darker Presents: This Is Dubstep 2012. And what an album it is. Bringing in all the flavours of contemporary dubstep, it succeeds in providing a sweeping panorama of an increasingly fractionalized scene. From the deeper sounds of Author, VIVEK, Kryptic Minds, Icicle & Distance and Phaeleh, through material from scene pioneers such as Horsepower Productions, Skream and Benga, to the more aggressive sounds of Gemini, Flux Pavillion, 16 Bit and Nero, it's all covered. A brilliant "who's who" of dubstep in 2012 - highly recommended.