Review: After a string of high profile appearances, AXH sets out with a marvelous new five track spectacular on the legendary Boka imprint. Straight from the title track 'Tokyo' we are introduced to what AXH is all about with it's rolling distorted subs and dubbed out drum work. Next up we move into the dynamic synth movement and breathy drum design of 'Gamera' before landing on 'Inokashira' for some eastern inspired stepper goodness. The eastern theme continues as we move into the shuffled break stabs and hypnotising plucks of 'Devilman'. The EP then rounds off very well indeed with a bonus track entitled 'Harajuku' which brings pulsating sub work and circulating strings to the front row in blazing style.
Review: As one of the most prominent dubstep labels working in the UK today, we were super excited to see the heavyweight Boka imprint team up with Bristol's Chad Dubz for a full length project entitled '22 Ounces'. As an EP it's everything you could want, jam packed with stepper-inspired creativity. We start of with the swamped out rhythms of the title track, leading into the more dubwise eastern blends of 'Elephant'. Next up we have the sub-driven yet spacious arrangement of 'Under The Influence', rounding the EP off with the haunting woodwind leads and unpredictable percussive patterns of 'Flute Dem'. Overall this is a great project for both Boka and Chad Dubz to end the year with.
Review: After November's debut for Dubtribu, Guesswerk is back on our bass charts with this tidy three-tracker for the rising Boka stable. Clearly in no mood to much about, the producer opens with the crestfallen, ethereal flow of "Falling", the closest you can get to nature with a load of broken dubstep beats penetrating all angles. "Untitled" is a murkier affair, dropping a fuzzy bassline that engulfs anything and everything in its sight, including the rough metallic percussion spewing out of the groove; Quest's remix takes the tune back to '06, a time when bass was just beginning to get some pretty pointy edges - wobble that shit.
Review: It appears that Boka are back at it again as they bring together two veteran names in RDG & Dubape for a thrilling new original by the name of 'Drift'. From the off we can tell we are in for a good time, as cascading waves of vibrant delay structures and choppy drumwork are woven together above a combination of pulsating sub tones and haunting woodwind action. As a piece of soundscaping, it's a stunning creation, maybe not one for the ravers as much, but most certainly one for the listeners!
Review: Currently celebrating their tenth birthday, fearless Dubstep label Boka unveils a new series, which collates the best releases from their Tank series. Here on Volume 1 we get 14 killer tracks that still stand strong now, highlights include the menacing machine gun bass attack of "Big What" by Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant, the heavy whiplash crunch of Matta's "Terminus" and the spacey mechanical dub of "Stop Riddim". Watch out for volume two!