Review: It's been ten releases for the DUPLOC label since Noclu inaugurated the imprint, and we're glad to see him back with two new slices of mind dynamite, not just for the head-bangers, but also for the corner-dwellers. "Magic", for instance, bangs away its drums without fear, but its mystical range of melodies are what render the tune a deep and ethereal piece of dubstep that would make the likes of Mala and Coki real proud of the dynasty that they've left behind - and Pinch, truth be told! "Tell Dem" follows a similar path, but the beat takes a more stuttering position, one that breaks down and reshapes with each new drop of the bass. Tip!
Review: Acclaimed London producer Arkwright has already created quite a stir in the music biz with less than a handful of releases. Here the Rinse FM fave, makes his debut on Duploc, bringing fire with just two fierce tracks. The shadow of dubstep is naturally all over the release but never obscuring the music from its own unique sound. "Fool" is brooding and full of menace, with creepy horror melodies and tough echoing drums. "Networks" meanwhile is more sublime with dreamy synth washes layered to devastating effect. A truly new talent emerges.
Review: Belgian low-end evangelists Duploc continue their monthly dispatches with a restrained, well-measured groove from Dutch dapper don Minzo. Fine-tuned bass designs croak over a woozy halftime arrangement while paranoid pads wheeze overhead; this should be filed for the deepest, darkest hours of the night. Looking for something a little more visceral? Jump on ARtroniks remix for a looser, slappier bass technique. Forceful.
Review: Dubamine's been pretty quiet since his Soundsystem album in 2014. Now he dips his toes back in the water with this low-key two track single. It's all about moods with this producer, especially on "Mental" which is full of echoey, dark alley sound effects, doomy dubstep beats and pitched down ragga vocal samples. "Rooted" meanwhile has more scattershot drums, digi-bleeps that waft in and out and is shrouded in atmospheric vinyl crackles.
Review: Belgium's Artroniks has been quietly pushing a whole load of bass on our digital pages for quite some time now, and he always springs to mind us our go-to guy when it comes to heavy, freaky and utterly mental dubstep. "Illusion" is the perfect corner dweller's tune, a punchy half-time drum punch with electrifying sonics and plenty of atmospheric delight. "Phasewalk", on the other hand, is gentler and more uplifting, taking Artroniks to greener, more stepping pastures for the centre of the dancefloor.
Review: Belgian boutique label Duploc are fast becoming experts in deep, mystical dubstep, where the majority of its artists have taken inspiration from the Deep Medi school of thought and have laid down some serious bass steppers in recent months. Number four in the catalogue sees another pair of fresh-faced newcomers take the spotlight, Requake and Badklaat, with both of them having previously released on Dubstar, among other like-minded imprints. "End Of Us" is a sludgy, militant sci-fi roller boasting a ridiculously eerie bit of wobble, and "Seen" adds to the sinister vibe by adding in a gunshot of sirens and some filthy percussion on its edges. Deep, filthy and recommended to the bass heads.