Review: Whenever we see a new Dank N Dirty Dubz release land in the store, we are always filled with both excitement and anticipation, never really knowing what to expect. This latest batch from MediCated & Gdash is a special selection indeed, focussing on the more dubwise side of the dubstep sound, kicking off with 'Natural Law', which alongside the wicked vocals of Fikir Amlak, delivers a certified system roller for all to enjoy, complete with the instrumental riddim to match. Next, Fikir Amlak continues his involvement with another catchy lead vocal on the stomping drum marches of 'Worser Than Obeah', before Rider Shafique delivers a typically exceptional verse or two on 'Jah Bless'. The 'Metro' riddim then supplies us with the instrumental fire from the previous two vocals, before Awa Fall unleashes a fantastic vocal display on the nostalgic arrangements and wicked melodies of 'Wicked Heart Man / Roots & Culture', before 'Dubwise' unleashes the above in instrumental format. What a release!
Review: As always, the Dank N Dirty Dubz team have supplied us with a spectacular compilation selection as they release the 2021 edition of their '4/20 Compilation Series'. Featuring 21 original masterpieces, the project is stooped in heavyweight dubstep names, including the like of Roomate, Pushloop, The Widdler, The Greys, Khromi and more. It's a wicked project overall, exploring the full depth of dubstep, from the emotive soundscaping of Demure's 'Alien' original, to the more jovial melodies of 'Oh, I Insist' from Blicka and futuristic dubwise delights of Morning High's 'Contemplate'. It's a powerful selection, not only showcasing how solid the label is looking, but also dubstep music as a whole. Our highlights include the colourful melodic skips of L-Wiz's 'Pcm Dub', the trancelike arpeggios of Repulsion's 'Old Photos' and of course the softened dubwise delights of 'Duality' from Distant Memories.
MediCated & Busted Fingerz - "Kings At The Kontrols" - (5:45) 128 BPM
Cut Ya Finga Riddim - (4:49) 146 BPM
Sawtooth Dub - (4:37) 140 BPM
Nothing (feat Rin) - (4:27) 140 BPM
Review: As per usual, this brand new selection from the Dank N Dirty Dubz crew holds a bag of goodies for us to enjoy, with MediCated getting the work in exploring the most explosive areas of the ever-expanding dubstep sound. As far as dubstep albums go, the best ones attempt to keep the tracklisting as varied as possible, a theme that MediCated runs with, from the super sidechained melodies of 'E.a.r.t.h' and eastern inspired string work of 'Tigris', to more dubwise delights of 'Cut Ya Finga Riddim' and 'Sawtooth Dub'. It's a fabulous selection indeed, with the likes of Gdash, Wasteman and Busted Fingaz providing us with some additional collaborative energy, alongside some exclusive remixes as MediCated gets to work on two heaters from Deadblind.
Review: As always with Dank N Dirty Dubz, they have done the business and supplies us with an exceptional selection of dubstep heat from Depth. We kick off with 'Unloved', a very smartly arranged exploration into eastern vocals and moogy pulses, before 'Clean Dem', provides us with a sub-heavy haunted thrill ride, topped off by Jafu's energetic 2-step style rethink. From here we then dive into 'Mist', a warbling drift through minimal drum work and powerful bass notation, coupled with Demure's recreation, exploding with percussive energy from start to finish.
Review: We are always very excited to see new Dank N Dirty Dubz releases land in the store, with their recent run of EP's being pretty seismic to say the list. For their latest drop they enlist the skills of Denver-based producer: Contra Scandal, who gets to work across seven stunning steppers originals. We begin our journey with the stunning string sampling and spacey textures of 'Break The Silence', followed in style by both swirling atmospheric pressure of 'Kapush', and clean cut eastern melodies of 'Runnin' From The Gun'. Next, the title track Resonatia lands with a bucket of sauce, again deploying stunning eastern stringwork to create a molten atmosphere. This is followed by the crunchy drum inflections of 'Flow' and popping percussive designs of 'Last Breath', before we round off this special body of work with the distorted vocal work, uplifting cello-like strings and twisted rhythms of 'Rona'. Amazing work.
Review: The Dank N Dirty Dubz team have become synonymous with top quality releases over the past few years and this latest selection is a continuation of that theme as they welcome ten of the best inside for a fantastic 4/20 compilation. The roster is incredible, with heavyweight names including Roommate, Pushloop, Roklem, Enigma Dubz and more. There are some incredible tunes throughout, with our favourites including The Widdler's phenomenal dubwise creation in 'Toker, the purple synthesizer slams of 'Cider from Bisweed and of course the breaksy brilliance of Jafu's 'Nuken'.
Review: For the most recent edition of the Dank N Dirty Dubz catalogue, we welcome the sounds of Demure, a Zimbabwaen dubstep mastermind who's uniquely melodic approach to the deeper side of dubstep is a real breath of fresh air. The title track 'Velezansi' gives us a real taste of this as we are greeted by breathy pad textures and pulsating drum layers, over warbling LFOs far beneath. Next, 'Umoya' deploys subtle sub textures and cute drum processing before we hear the unpredictable rhythmic manoeuvres of 'Thin Line' and shimmering synthesizer saxophone combinations of 'Starlight'. The project then signs out on 'Power Shift', a haunted, OST-like design, driven by spacious synthesizer pulls and apocalyptic guitar plucks. Stunning work.
Review: Now as far as compilations go, this without a doubt has to be one of our favourite dubstep selections of the year so far as Dank n Dirty unveil seventeen original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Aztek, Arta, Liquid Memoirs, Enigma Dubz and more. For us, this compilation showcases so much, from the emotional tones of 'Shaking & Withdrawn' from Legend4ry and the dubwise inspired arrangements of Otz's 'Moody Dub', to the super shuffling rhythms of 'Kashmir' from Khromi. For us, there are some real standouts to this one, the first of which comes from living dubstep legend: The Widdler, with his spacey, dub-infused original entitled 'THC'. As well as this, the potent collaboration between Roomate and Dokter named 'Overstanding' packs a serious punch.
Review: Dubstep albums, when done correctly, can be a real thing of infinite beauty, traversing a range of influences and styles to bring life to some truly beautiful ideals. We feel that is exactly what Khromi has done here as the 'Traveller In A Strange World' EP is released, courtesy of Dank N Dirty Dubz. From the airy scattered tones of 'Floating' and 'Mango Juice' to the skippy drum work and wild synthesizers of 'Last Q', this one is all about its variability, taking the form of a living, breathing being. The stunning brass reverberations of 'Circula' and crunchy drum work of 'Hemp' also plays into this, with some stunning remix work being provided by Liquid Memoirs and Demure later down the line.
Review: Dank N Dirty make a wicked return to the fray here as they bring together the services of BNML and Volume A for a scorching two track creation, one we couldn't wait to get stuck into. We begin with the dubwise textures of 'Electric 88' which takes moogy bass tones and layers them amongst ominous horn structures and airy chord progressions, creating a real sense of dread. On the flip we are given 'Into Reality', a real trip into the dungeon as course layers on growling reese bass textures lead the way alongside mellow sub movements and dubbed out background percussion. Overall, an awesome combination of futuristic dubstep stylings and a classic dubwise use of space.
Review: We have a winner... Frequency Dreams entered Dank N Dirty Dubz' Pushloop remix competition last year and this epic three tracker is the result. Building on his Version Collective and Dub Sector releases, Frequency Dreams hits home with a trio of tightly coiled vibes; "Axis" is a well oiled machine humming with pneumatic funk, "Radiate" is a little more introspective with its heavy atmospheres and gutter scuffing bass while his remix of Pushloop's "Secret Society" provides the grand finale where a whole new quirky staccato riff ups the energy while paying full respect.
Review: Time for a latter platter; Utah abyss explorers Durandal and Funkmod make their debut on the mighty DND with five stinking bass creepers. Vibes range from soaking wet frog bass and alien weirdness on "Choomah Dub" to pressure cooked bounce dynamics and shimmering skanks on "Wise Up". Need more you greedy animal? Jump on their remix of Pushloop. Pure filth.
Secret Society (Morning High remix) - (4:34) 140 BPM
Secret Society (Meinu remix) - (3:56) 150 BPM
Secret Society (Coltcuts remix) - (4:13) 140 BPM
Secret Society (Sudo remix) - (3:09) 88 BPM
Review: Weirdo handshake fingers in the air! Pushloop returns with another invitation to his mysterious gang. Last spotted on DNDD in February 2017, "Secret Society" is now packing remix heat. SBK invites us with a little bass fluctuation, Morning High invites via a stopover in Istanbul thanks to its breath-taking prayer calls, Meinu doesn't so much as invite us but pushes us in to the deep end with no safety devices and Coltcuts takes us along the distorted scenic route. Finally Sudo brings us into the fold on the 176 express. One way trippers only.
Review: There is a real feeling of quality around the dubstep resurgence at the moment, and a big part of that is due to labels like Dank N Dirty Dubz who are making sure standards are being maintained. This gracious dubwise two tracker from Drew's Theory oozes class, as the reggae inspired instrumentation of 'Absolute' swim away on top of cavern of sunny tones. On the flip 'Shoreline, Hallandale' works with more sensual melodies, incorporating spacey synths and even an unexpected twist on a classic break sample for good measure.
Review: Ternion Sound make an impactful return on the Dank N Dirty Dubz imprint with this industrious arrangement entitled 'Mataafa'. From a production perspective it's a masterpiece, harnessing metallic distortion with powerful precision. The lead synths take the roll of sirens, wailing above a bed crunchy bass synthesisers and intricately reverberated percussive lines. Very tasty!
Review: Deliciously dreamy material from the D and double D crew. A thoroughly international affair, this time we find Scotland's Khromi and India's Liquid Memoirs colliding for a woozy, soft-focus beat trip that's tailored for the cosiest of chill sessions. Liquid Memoirs concludes the set with two slightly heavier pieces; "Soul Search" balances chunky beats and lilting pads with a stately sense of contrast while "Panda" flexes on some heart-melting harmonics and a piano riff that layers itself up with lung-squeezing results. Dank N Dirty delights!
Review: Dank N Dirty Dubz is run by one DJ Sashwat out of sunny San Jose, California. The label has previously brought us the likes of The Widdler, Abstract Sonance and of course his own productions. These trippy and blunted future beats by the mysterious Liquid Memoirs are a real treat for the ears. First up is "Preach" with its rolling sub bass and hypnotic melody over trap inspired beats comes with the addition of that dramatic symphony. "Daydream" gets proper urban street sound on you, with some nifty glitch effects. For something more smooth and chill and on the R&B tip we've got "Opia" (VIP) while "Vibe" takes things into real slo-mo territory.
Review: Ride 'em cowboy... Otz and The Widdler saddle up on Dank N Dirty Dubz with four refreshingly loose and organic pieces of bluesy sublow soul. "Outlaws" and "Once Upon A Time" set the scene with glisteningly crisp guitar work and breeze harmonic vapour trails. Deeper into the wild west caper "New Frontiers" fuses UKG-style steppery with a little jazz spirit and slide guitar magic while "Before Dark" closes on a swooning emotional halftime vibe with full emphasis on space and soul. One of Dank N Dirty's deepest releases to date; this is sublime.
Review: Following a crucial tear-up on Hatched earlier this year, Abstrakt Sonance makes his Dank N Dirty debut with one of the most impressive and far-reaching EPs of his life (no pun) We ignite with "Life", a sweaty, stripped-back rolling slice of tribalism before diving deep into a glistening sea of chimes on the wonderful "Sculpture". Deeper into the EP we find "Metal Energy", a track bouncing with a soulful bruk feel while "Love Is Strong" taps deep into the roots with glistening guitars and powerful dulcets from Ghette and we close with the overwhelming warbled bass tones of his Enigma Dubz remix. Ah life!
Review: Dubstep marathon men Requake return to their familiar haunt Dank N Dirty Dubz with another superb exercise in deep rolling bass grooves. Each cut running and splashing with some crisp organic feeling drum work, "Endurance" plays with the halfstep arrangement with a perkiness in the hi-hats and dubby synth flutters, "Groundless" takes more of a UKG approach with its momentum gathering kicks while the bass groans are pure gutter. Finally "Jardin Bruxel" bids us adieu with a light housey groove that swings with the soul of a Submotion Orchestra join... Until some subtle snarling basses enter at the final approach. Beautiful.
Review: Californian bass crusader makes himself known on DNDD with four heavyweight cuts. "Midnight Wax" soundtracks a paranoid graveyard prowl, all shadows and owl hoots. "Secret Society" is a harmonically fine-tuned stepper that's tailored for the biggest of rigs while "White Magic" blows cosmic pipe wind into our third eyes with total dubspace satisfaction and "Kula Kula" takes us deep into the north African deserts with immense and foreboding results. Remix-wise Caidance adds layers of hazy mystical atmospheres while The Widdler fazes out the vocal and remoulds our attention to the drums. Debuts don't come much stronger than this.
Review: US dubstep lifer The Widdler backs up 2013's star-bathing deep roller "Lost In Space Part 2" with two additional slices of fresh grit. "Acheri" is a gritty halftime cut spiked with a cocktail of twisted, trippy sounds and processes while "Harrington" travels the saw-toothed path with an ever-mutating paranoid bassline that grizzles like a teething lion cub... And bites twice as hard.