Review: As the dubstep sound continues to grow, it is important for labels such as the ever-ready Badman studios to stay as ahead of the game as they have been, with this tidy new four track delight from Arkham Sound being yet another belter for their already impressive catalogue. We begin with 'Unknown Force', a subtle, gnarly roller, linking flickering hi-hat manoeuvres and clean drum punches with a sizzling sub-line, perfect for the late night crew. Next, 'Live & Direct' moves into even more swampy territory, with glitchy toplines providing the juice above another booming bassline. From here, 'Last Breath' unleashes a spectacular soundscape of flickering percussion and growling reese bass action, before the warbling subs of 'Pirate Dub' brings us to a tidy close!
Review: Finding a unique pocket of sonic aptitude is a rarity in dubstep these days, with so many top quality producers slowly but surely penetrating every direction of the sound. However, this brand new three tracker from Phydra on Badman Studios sounds as refreshing as ever, kicking off with the sharpened snare thumps and grizzly low end of 'Immortal', before the spacious designs and rambling LFO lines of the title track 'Overhaul' wide into view. From here, Jellyfist & Riley swerve into view with their additional work on 'Root Awakening', a sizzling roller jam-packed with precisely processed bass energies, rounding the EP off with Mystic State's percussion-heavy rethink of 'Immortal'. It's yet another bullseye from the Badman Studios camp!
Review: For this latest latest drop on Badman Studios, we see them welcome the vibrant sounds of Brightwing to the table, who delivers a scrumptious new four tracker for us all to enjoy. We kick off with the gnarly reese-bass textures lurking around the low end of 'Marching Orders', which combines these with lively percussion for a real bouncy feel. Next, 'Doom Patrol' unleashes an array of eerie pad textures and harmonic arrangements, before the pounding sub-bass textures and minimal drum designs of 'Franklin, CT' hit the system with a serious thump. Finally, the dub mix of 'Euphoria' shows the more delicate side of Brightwings production arsenal as precisely processed drum clips and potent basslines combine for one hell of a finale.
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: Oh Sepia, Sepia, Sepia, the man who takes dubstep to a completely new plane of existence is back it yet again with another stunning four track experience courtesy of Badman Studios. The title track 'Sanctuary' sets us off in good fashion, providing us with one of the wonkiest originals we have ever heard here at JunoDownload, slapping together floaty beat stops and clicky percussion from the off. From here we manoeuvre into the electronic playgrounds of 'Danger Zone', followed by the unpredictable synthesizer switch ups and ascending basslines of 'Gradients'. Finally, 'Step Back' delivers something completely different from the rest of the EP as a combination of sweeping bass growls and old school wobbles combine over minimal drums to see us out in style.
Review: Badman Studios appear to have unearthed a bit of a gem with this one as Grawinkel unveils four tracks of blistering dubstep fire. We kick off with the quack-like lead synthesizer pulls of 'Lock Off', kicking us off with high energy from the off, followed by 'Between', which jolts between haunted woodwind and grizzly underlying sub designs. The energy levels are then upped again as the spooky harmonies of the title track Reflection from Grawinkel & Pillow is let loose, before The Boy & The Sine get involved on the tribal 8 bit soundscapes of 'Awe'. Amazing work!