Review: Following a long line of luminaries such as Drew's Theory, John Matrix and Chad Dubz, Portuguese bass-smith 3WA makes his Cue Line debut with two unique constructions: "Skeleton Symphony" rattles the bones with its active bassline that buzzes up and down the spectrum with a raw sense of funk. "Royal Rumble", meanwhile, invites us to step in the ring with some wily percussive fighting talk, crafty sample use and tripped out reverse techniques. Head-bending.
Review: Two consecutive shots fired on Cue Line's digital series: 3WA follows up last year's "Immortal Combat" with three new smoulder sessions. "Entao" lets the undulating sub do all the talking the beats space themselves as far out as possible. Things get progressively heavier; "Weednesday" hints at the promise of a foggy sesh before dropping into a sharp, industrial strength groove while "Bye Bye" fuses elements of techno and UK funky into the mix with demolishing results. Pure thunder.
Review: It's a German ting: Audhentik returns to Gaze Ill's Cue Line with fellow countryman "IAM5ERIOUS" for three stony chasm sessions. "Murderer" flexes a fairly warm skank considering its violent title, but be careful - there's danger in those moody bounces. "Room Of Truth" sees the duo scaping a much starker 4am sound that's enshrouded by cosmic fog. "Fyah" completely their triptych on an authentic roots tip, pipes and all. Finally the label boss gets ill with his deft twist up on "Room Of Truth". Dank.
Review: In a week that features a tonne of top draw dubstep rollers, we were very happy to see this latest drop from the team at Cue Line roll out as they bring forward this spicy three track collection from Breez. We kick off with the dubwise delights of 'Thinking His Majesty', a tidy piece of original dubstep genius, drawing on spacey delays and pounding subs to give a real sense of depth. This is followed up with a more front facing, chord heavy re-lick from Bukkha before we finish up on the smooth sub and drum combos of 'Irie', as Gaze Ill joins the party on collaborative duties.
Review: After ripping it up for labels like Northern Hertz and Foundation Audio, as of late, Denmark's Gaze Ill has absolutely no problems in tearing it down for the young and 'up-for-it' Cue Line label. "Space-Time" is the perfect opener, bouncing its subtle bass rolls like supersonic machine-gun spray, and accompanied by all sorts of eerie cosmic sounds, whereas "Mist" heads further into the cavernous echo that we expect such deep-minded dubstep to offer. "Spirit Of The Forces" is our choice cut, jacking out to some propah jungle infusions at the core of its groove, leaving TMSV's remix of "Space-Time" to leave us lingering outside the atmosphere. Utterly divine bass, right here!
Review: So it would appear that Cue Line have arranged a bit of a treat for us with this one as Gaze Ill lands for three tracks of experimental fire, kicking off with his brow-raising overhaul of 'Sudd' from Zygos. With this we see him rework the original into a boiling ball of bass and bounce, allowing a minimal drum set to push the whole track forward with some real style. Next, Gaze then reworks RDG's 'Shapeshift' into a piece of half-time percussive perfection, packed to the brim with shimmering bassy throws and high energy rhythmic ideas before VIP'ing his own 'Combo' original. This puts the cherry on the cake as a well thought out collection sub bass synths and reverberated congas deliver a very finale.
Review: We feel that Cue Line have pulled out an absolute gem on this one as they let Mob Killa run wild with creativity on his brand new EP 'Sinker'. The title track to begin with is as eerie as they come, shuffling unpredictable percussive sounds and haunting tones above subtle sub work. This is followed by the dubwise flavours of 'Deep Sea Search' before we move into the highly anticipated 'Document Z' collaboration with Soukah, which takes spacey syncopation to the next level. We then finish up the EP with the incredibly innovative triple delays of 'Out Your Zone', which glitches together unorthodox rhythms to create something truly unique indeed.
Review: A title that can be read in more than one way. "Keeping It Real" doesn't just refer to the track's vocal sample, or it's classically trained deep cavern sounds but also because it's the label's first vinyl outing. Level up business. Elsewhere "The Zone" is a contemporary techno-style dub track with palpitating drone subs, "Shapeshift" is powered by the groans of what we can only assume to be the undead (either that or some superb vocal processing) and "Combo", a springy minimal track that's tightly sprung by the swung kick and spacious dynamics. Cue Line: Keeping it really good.
Review: It's time now to jump into a selection of grimey dubstep fusions as we see Scarz touch down on Cue Line for five tracks of wompy madness. The project kicks off in good fashion with a dive into 'Saucer Dub', a spacy kicker packed with alien energies, before 'Percussa' wades into view with a bag of lofi percussive twists and submerged bass themes. Following this we look at 'Nintendub', a minimal glitchy growly that packs a bounce, quickly preceded by the 3/4 rhythmic manoeuvres of 'Wind Up Dub', showcasing a real widespread collection of styles. Finally, RDG lands just in time for a systematic refurbishment of 'Saucer Dub', building it up within a dancefloor ready format.
Review: After a relatively lengthy hiatus, our main man Teffa returns to our charts with a side-winder of an EP for the ever-impressive Cue Line, making this its 21st release to date. Kicking of with the wayward "Tribe Dub", we're flung deep into a world of electronic bass steppers made up of the same ilk as Mala's original sound. "Phone Tapes" and "Warped Dub" are similarly heartical killers, engulfing the entire framework with cavernous levels of sub-bass and dread-spirit, leaving "Up In Smoke" to roll its menacing dubwise scatter over a slew of itchy percussion and dreadlock nuttiness. TIP!
Review: It appears that dubstep really is the place to be this January as we have seen a flurry of high quality releases hit the store, kicking the year off with some real panache within the realms of 140 brilliance. Here we see the insatiable sounds of Teefa team up with Cue Line for five intricate original recordings, kicking off with the wriggling percussive lines of the title track 'Faulty Line', leading kindly into the upbeat rhythms of 'Loner Stoner' and the haunted LFO's of 'Four Dimensions' alongside Berrik. Finally we land on Gaze Ill's stannic revamp of 'Faulty Line', which revamps the percussive elements into a more dominant lead feature, with fabulous results.
Review: Cue Line bring home the bacon once more with this homage to the essential elements in life RDG & Cessman bring the air vibes with the breezy, rejuvenating atmospherics of "Guidance", Gaze Ill & 3WA bring us down to the earth with their rich grainy warm bass on "Manipulated", Binary & Zygos are all about the water elements as the technoid bass hits us with oceanic wave after oceanic wave n "Existence" while Murk & Shiva close with pure fire as the "Akousma" scuffs, scraps and savages you with roaring, uncontrollable drum pattern and skin singeing sound design. Bring on part two.
Review: Understandably, we were very excited to see Belgian dubstep heavyweight Zygos announce his brand new 'Sudd EP' on CueLine. This EP traverses the swampiest realms of 140, with the title track channeling extremely techy percussive rolls and detuned drums amidst a rage of grizzly subs. We then hear the gritty bass synthesis of 'Tapered' growling away alongside slowly expanding string ensembles, whilst the 4x4 drum arrangements of 'Laicism' proceed to reek havoc. The EP is rounded of with a fantastic remix of 'Sudd' from DPRTNDRP, who strips back the composition and reassmbles it into a volcanic spectacle