Despite having its roots firmly planted in Croydon, England, dubstep is now a global movement, with Deep, Dark & Dangerous being one of the leading global imprints representing the sound. Headed up by dubstep heavyweights and internationally acclaimed production trio: Truth, DD&D has rapidly risen to the top of the steppers tree, providing the scene with a near un-matched stream of original releases and live events. Truth’s sound represents the darker side of the dubstep spectrum, which is mirrored within the label’s now extensive catalogue, which constantly shifts between hard hitting solo EPs and groundbreaking compilation drops. The roster is always expanding, previously welcoming heavyweights such as Biome, Pushloop, Sepia, Taiko, Dalek One, Youngsta, The Widdler and many many more. They represent such a consistently top quality approach to releasing 140 music with their bespoke artwork designs also adding to the label’s majesty. With dubstep back on the up, it’s very exciting looking into the future of the Deep, Dark & Dangerous sound.
Review: As one of the architectural groups behind the modern wave of dubstep music, seeing Truth return to their home imprint of Deep Dark & Dangerous for a full length album project is always going to be exciting! The project is simply outstanding, to put it plainly, covering the full breadth of the modern dubstep sound from the aquatic synthy sweeps of 'Pages' and subtle keys of 'Unlearn', to system busting sub-eese combinations of 'You'll See' and haunted structures of 'Transition' with the magnificent vocals of Lelijveld. It's a work of mastery and pure precision, with some additional highlights including the gorgeous, string-lead soundscapes of 'Something Missing', the constantly evolving growls of 'Love' and lip-curling melodies of 'Alethia'. Spectacular work!
Review: It's rare that we find ourselves disappointed with a Deep Dark & Dangerous release, who appear to be able to do no wrong at the moment, a feeling amplified by this magnificent display from Konka. We begin with the dungeon-ready bass growls and warbling low-ended displays of 'Annix', which sets the tone for the EP pretty quickly. Next, the bass-bin-bending synthesizer blows of 'Plane Shifter' unleash a monstrous display of sonic power, before the alien-like reese tones of the title track 'War With The Devil' continue the dungeon-ready theme. From here, the sharpened drum processing of 'Scavenger' gives us a refreshing switch up, without losing any of that sub-bass potency, before 'This Sound' delivers a rib cage-rattling finale, rounding off a seriously impressive display.
Review: As soon as we saw that Enigma Dubz had again teamed up with the Deep Dark & Dangerous family, we knew we were in for a treat. This tidy new five track display sees the veteran producer perform at his dubstep optimum, kicking off with the gnarly synth growls and haunted percussive delays of 'Area 51'. Next, the vibrant soundscaping, stunning vocal chops and sweeping synthetic flavours of 'Into The Ground' give us something a lot more emotive before 'The Cosmos' gifts us glittering pads and power sub-pulses below. Finally we finish up with two more heaters, with 'No Sleep' giving us a trippy dive into the edge of a more wave-influenced sound, before the crunchy percussion and heavily syncopated synth melodies of 'Tunnel Vision' put the cherry on the cake.
Review: We have come to expect great things from every Deep Dark & Dangerous release that lands in the store, because we are yet to be disappointed to tell you the truth. This latest offering from NotLo is yet another bullseye hitting selection, kicking off with the grizzly bass smashes and stuttered snare arrangements of 'Speakeasy', which sets the tone for the EP perfectly, as the more dungeon-like drum designs of 'Remainder' follow with a sub-booming bang. The pace then quickens as the distant LFO delays and powerful soundscaping of 'After Hours' appear on the horizon, followed closely by the raucous reesey writhings of 'Limits' which again adds a touch of dirt to the mix. Finally, the best of the bunch is unveiled as 'Screening' links together the rest of the project with a bang!
Review: Through his numerous different avenues of musical influence, it's hard to stay away from the incredible progression we have been seeing from Hypho, who here takes a trip across the sea for a naughty four track display on Deep Dark & Dangerous. From the off we can tell we are in for a serious treat with this one as we firstly jump into 'Dust Of The Devil', inside which Hypho deploys a lethal selection of potent bass designs and sharpened drum textures for the fantastic Slowie to run wild over. From here, 'Dirty Water' provides a system-ready combo of punchy kick-sub combos for Strategy to provide the vocal fire, followed by the swampy textures of 'Sufferin', alongside a stunning vocal display from the magnificent 'Megumi'. Finally, Xakra & Finnoh join the party for the marching kick bounces and intense sublines of 'Stellar Transit', which rounds this top notch selection off with a serious bang.
Review: It's been a very exciting few months of releases for the Mancunian dubstep veteran, as we see Biome land yet another kill drop, this time courtesy of Truth's Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint. We begin our journey into this one with a dip into the lethal reese design and earth-shattering drum slaps of 'The Joker', followed by 'Boxed', a sublow creeper, jam-packed with eerie atmospheric pressure and powerful bass energy. Next, we are greeted by colourful percussive plucks and raucous substructures in 'Monster' before 'Never Listen' strips the whole party back for a crunchy finale, capping off yet another well thought out drop from the DD&D team.
Review: Following on from a fabulous year of releases, Deep Dark & Dangerous are back at it again, this time unveiling Oxossi's brand new drop, featuring five sumptuous sizzlers. We begin with the shimmering rhythms and bulgining bass pulses of 'Sweat' which injects the project with energy right from the off, before the organic percussive sampling and sweeping, detuned horn-lines of 'Magdelena' give us something very different indeed. Next 'Morbid Impulses' delivers a combination of smashing drum slaps and eastern melody, before the more mellow composition and shaker-lead rhythms of 'Sosa' again steer the EP in a completely different direction. We then finish up with the Lo-fi drum processing and spooky melodic synthesis of 'Dead Thorns' which puts one final twist in the tale of this fabulous selection.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a brand new release from the legendary Truth trio, who we are pleased to see returning to their home imprint of Deep Dark & Dangerous for a lively five track expanse. We begin with the title track 'Neptune', a jittering collection of delicate synths and punchy kick patterns, glued together with an array of glittering reese tones. Next, 'Psychological' sees Lelijveld get involved with some stunning vocal additions, giving us some incredible soundscaping mastery before the grizzly atmospherics and glitchy manoeuvres of 'Lost' take us somewhere completely different. From here, 'Shrouds' supplies us with a much more aquatic sounding creation, linking crunchy percussion with volatile bass tones, before we round off with 'Earthlings', a big synth system-buster, stuffed with hypnotic energy and terrifying horn stabs to see us out in style!
Review: The consistency at which the Deep Dark & Dangerous team continue to move is up there with the best in the world right about now, as they unveil this fabulous new four track experiment from Isded. The EP kicks off with a weighty introduction as 'Fear' combines spooky woodwind lines with a minimalist drum crunches and a potent sub pulse below for some magical results. From here, the warbling begins properly as 'Abysmal' lets loose a swampy LFO line, followed by the stripped back bass pressure and bright drum slaps of 'No Gimmick'. Finally, 'Milk' sees Isded really let loose, this time beefing up the drum lines for an incredibly punchy arrangement, topped with some world famous meme-sampling and an alarm-line synthesizer that carries the track perfectly.
Review: Whenever we open up a new package from the Deep Dark & Dangerous team we now know to expect something that is likely to knock our blocks off, a promise that Khiva most certainly keeps with these two absolute scorchers. We begin with the title track 'Where The Reaper Stood', a horrorcore stepper, doused in eerie vocal delights and sharp, impactful percussive design, this one could spook out any dance. On the flip, 'All These Things' delivers a combination of gnarly LFO gobbles and sharpened metallic bass distortion to provide a haunted B-side!
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous team really do have a top knack for spotting and crafting high end releases, with this brand new 'Ishtar' album from Abstrakt Sonance being yet another winner. Featuring 17 incredible originals, it's a masterpiece of 140 themes and dubstep influences, from the grizzling reeses of 'Mindstate' and subtle sitar slides of 'From Wallah With Love' to the percussive brilliance of 'Beautiful Time To Be Alive' and system ready sub-marches of 'Deep In The Jungle'. There's just so much to enjoy throughout the project, including some high end collaborations, which sees the likes of D Double E, Killa P, Long Range, Crowell, Vandull and EniGMA Dubz all get involved with top quality contributions.
Review: It's always an exciting moment to open up our new releases box and find a tasty new addition from the Deep Dark & Dangerous team. They unveil four vibrant new sizzlers from Widow here, kicking off with the dungeon drum reverberations and gnarly, almost barking reese textures of 'Widow'. Next, the stripped back, eerie nature of 'Portal' and super syncopated rhythmic displays of 'The Labyrinth' give a whole extra dimension to the release before moving into our epic finale by way of 'Serpent's Tongue'. This is a subby warbler, driven by its well thought out atmospheric bad work and hard hitting low end, perfect for the system!
Review: There really does seem to be no way of stopping the Deep Dark & Dangerous onslaught once they hit their stride, as Coltcuts returns for yet another incredible four track selection, kicking off with the sweeping string lines and clunky drum smashes of the title track 'The Haunting'. The spooky vibes remain apparent as we move forward into the warbling LFO pulses of 'Concrete' which work in tandem with a layer of dissonant string swipes before 'Passage Of Arms' strips it back to a good old wobble, kick & snare combo. Finally, 'Skrrrt' unleashes the horns of Valhalla, strapped onto an epic soundscape, complete with blasting bass tones and glittering atmospheric inputs. What a drop this is!
Review: Truth is on Deep, Dark and Dangerous for an EP that's, well, deep, dark and dangerous. That doesn't quite do the range of sounds and styles on this release full justice, however, as Truth stretches his legs across shuddering halftime, funky jungle and fluid rollers. 'Eyes On Me' is especially delectable, as a haunting vocal sample shimmers up into full view and perches above a juke-influenced, stepping halftime beat that strides out across the full track. 'Heartbreak' is a faster, heavier number that lends some heft to the release, whilst 'Pass Me By' is a lovely, soulful liquid number. This is one for the heads.
Review: There really does appear to be no stopping the onslaught of releases that Dalek One is delivering at the moment, with this latest six track adventure landing on the legendary Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint. We kick off with grizzly distortion and choppy drum textures of 'Sorcerous Behaviour' before the warbling LFO's and electronic synth pulses of 'Run And Hide' are let loose. Next, 'Casting Spells' a bitcrushed wobbly punch alongside chunky sub drives and minimal drum designs of 'What Go' and the alien synthesizer slaps of 'Tunnel Vision'. Finally, 'Roll Out' delivers a much more dub-influenced punch with an electronic twist to round off proceedings in style!
Review: It is genuinely very difficult to keep pace with everything that the Deep Dark & Dangerous team have been up to, following on from three mega compilations and an awesome release last week, they return to business with another weighty selection from ONHELL. He delivers a monstrous EP for us all to enjoy, featuring eleven original subby rollers under the title 'Grime Beats Vol. 1'. We can most certainly hear the grimey influences rolling through, from the grizzly square leads of 'Airplane Beat', to the trappy rhythms of 'Cold Bitch Type Beat'. The project is a mighty success, with favourites including the swampy textures of 'Wolf And The Cub' and of course the speaker busting basslines of '21X Riddim'. Awesome work!
Review: So let us get this right, following on from three weeks of incredible compilations, the DD&D team are back literally a week later with another corker? Incredible. They continue their outstanding run here via the silky sounds of Khiva, who firstly pushes forward the electronic brilliance of 'Chuckles Revenge', a metallic warbler switching between subtle sub pounds and big room synth slaps. On the flip 'From The Dirt' unleashes a more stripped back design, packing no less potency however as more grizzly wobbles are let loose amidst well place vocal samples!
Review: Part three is upon us as Deep Dark & Dangerous unveil the final piece of the puzzle in their latest release line with 'Dangerous', showcasing the most rawcus sounds on their roster. The line up for this one is sublime, with heavyweight names such as CITY1, Ternion Sound, Lost, Dank Frank, DayZero and SubDocta all being drafted in to showcase their unique skill sets. The project as a whole bleeds creativity and musical innovation, with particular points of interest coming in DMVU's incredibly swampy 'Dem Fi Kno' original, which unleashes a wash of pungent synthesizer sweeps and impactful percussive inputs, alongside the unpredictable electronic brilliance of 'Arc' from Computerbeats. This compilation series has been truly magnificent to take in and is a real testament to the DD&D commitment to pushing dubstep forward.
Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
Review: Now let's be real here. There aren't many people matching up with Deep Dark & Dangerous when it comes to dubstep release quality. This last 18 months has been a display of extreme dominance, with this latest five track project being yet another example of that. Featuring 10 steaming originals, from the likes of Oxossi, Sepia, Taiko Dalek One and more heavyweight names, they really aren't playing around. Highlights for this one have to include the horn-heavy LFO ramblings of Angelic Roots' 'Thunder Dub', alongside the subtle eastern twinges of 'Cobra Shake' from Khanum and the slapping percussion of REZ's 'Adidas'. Lovely stuff.
Review: It appears, to nobody's surprise, that Ternion Sound have gone and done it again, landing on the dubstep behemoth: Deep Dark & Dangerous for a scrumptious four track offering. We begin with a dive into the incredibly punchy drum work and eerie melodic twists of the title track 'Know Thyself', followed my the more harmonic journey of 'Hallowed'. The drum design throughout this EP is pretty flawless, with the scattered marching rhythms of 'Ah Fer Fuck' giving us a real injection of energy before 'They're Coming' deploys a monstrously mighty set of bass tones and percussive manoeuvres to round things off nicely.
Review: Despite the fact that traditionally, winter remains somewhat of a slumberous period for the electronic music industry, the Deep Dark & Dangerous contingent spare no time getting back to what they do best, which is releasing heavyweight dubstep flavour. They here invite Coltcuts inside to deliver two tracks of pure fire, kicking off with the warbling electronic bass drives of 'Thank The Lord', which possesses a pretty damned demonic feeling throughout. On the flip side, '100% Herb' gives us something very different as twisted, mystic melodic structures writhe uncontrollably amidst sharp, whipping drum slaps and eerie atmospheric design. Excellent work!
Review: It's always a thrill to see what Deep Dark & Dangerous have in the locker as they here unveil their latest acquisition, handing the floor over to Pushloop who touches down with four tracks of sublime quality, We kick off with the title track 'Loose Wires', which utilizes some incredibly squidgy percussion to give the track a real swampy texture, followed by the rawcus LFO's and demonic chord structures of 'Spicy Grilled Cheese'. Everything then intensifies as the fuzzy 808 subs of 'Pot Cookies' roll into play, before the super punchy snare slaps and booming bass synthesizers of 'Old's Cool' round off another top notch selection from the Deep Dark & Dangerous team.
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous rampage continues to fly as we jump into their latest release, this one coming to us from the unique steppers fusions of Wraz. We kick off our delvings into this one with a sampling of the lethal title track 'Desert Tales', an original laced with emotive eastern string patterns and some hard hitting horn explosions, followed by the fluttering flutey introduction and pulsating 808 driven breakdowns of 'Triflow'. Next, we take a peek at the warbling LFO creations of 'Alienist' which writhes away above yet more lethal bass synthesis, before we finish up with the haunted atmospheric pressures and gnarly low end tonality of 'Viper'.
Review: What a year the team at Deep Dark & Dangerous are having, pumping out banger after banger, providing the dubstep scene with serious vitality at every turn. For us, JLeon here delivers one of the projects of the year, kicking off with the truly incredible production values of 'XasAjj', an original stacked with explosive sub designs and colourful percussive twists. Next, the dubwise twists and turns of 'Quetzal', followed by the incredible bass swings and crunchy snare snaps of the title track 'Boruca Mask'. Finally, we finish up in style as the rolling drum shuffles and awesome writhing bass instrumentation of 'Irazu', finishing up the EP in serious style.
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous team have been on absolute fire the last 12 months, providing seemingly endless streams of top quality dubstep music for the world to enjoy. They continue this trend here as they invite it the forward thinking 140 sounds of Khiva, a producer who's uniquely crispy dubstep originals have gained her quite the fan base. We kick off with the super choppy swings and bass drones of the title track 'Butterfly Effect', followed by the dungeon-like tones and atmospheric vocal lines of 'Feel It Out'. Next up, the stunning percussive and harmonic structures of 'The Method' roll into view, finally finishing up with the haunted horns and spacey soundscaping of 'Other Side'.
Review: We are always excited to see a new release from the Deep Dark & Dangerous camp hit the shelves, and their latest offering most certainly doesn't let us down as we embrace the forward thinking sounds of Distinct Motive. This is definitely a unique selection, with the wonky, super syncopated swings of 'Loose Pimp' leading the way before we jump into the dubwise Asian fusions of 'Crazy'. Next up, we take a look into 'Itchy Fingers', which again uses a super unique lead synthesizer sound to provide the early energy, before descending into glitchy, gritty madness later on. Finally, we look at the title track 'Radar' and most certainly not disappointed as it's hypnotic, swampy lead bass loops and bleeping atmospherics put the finishing touches on the whole project nicely.
Review: What an incredible project we have here, as Samba makes a champion return alongside the vastly respected Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint across four more absolute heaters under the EP title 'Kings'. We begin with a look at the charming 8bit flutters and softened harmonies of the title track 'Kings' before taking a dive into the deeper and darker with urgent scattered woodwind melodies and breathy chorus lines of 'Paleluv'. The following track we examine is entitled 'Explain' and barges its way into the centre of the project with rawcus lead synths, slicing through all in their path, before we round up this impressive body of work with the eastern inspired melodic lines and hard hitting bass instrumentation of 'Haru'.
Review: If there's one thing we can always look forward to, it's Deep Dark & Dangerous coming up with yet another dubstep belter, which they have done time and time again over the last two years. Here we see them make a high profile return as they unveil this absolute corker from 'Shlump', who let's loose all the cannons on 'Flying Saucer'. Through a combination of weird and wonderful bass warblings and dubwise drum expanses, this one hits home heavily and packs a major punch.
Review: For us, there are few North American producers who have had as much of a positive influence on the traditional dubstep sound as The Widdler, who has been at the forefront of swampy sound design for a long time. Here we see him team up with the precise production prowess of Pushloop for 5 tracks of pure danger. To start 'Abydos' takes us down a satanic sidestreet of growling subs and asian melodies, with 'Houdini' providing some more riddim inspired bass drivers and 'Wiccan Witches' causing an absolute ruckus. Both producers have also included solo creations, with Pushloop's being a super swingy percussive ride in 'Broken Murals'. The Widdler then strikes with 'Calamity', a masterpiece in eastern dubstep fusion. Incredible stuff.
Review: Now here is a link up we have been looking forward to for a long time indeed, as we see UK dubstep flag flyer: Lost get down with the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew across a top draw four track offering. We kick off our murky journey with the punchy bass pummels of 'General Dub', before getting sent to the shredder amidst the explosive synth patterns of 'Bazurk', alongside Wevaman. Next up, we get gritty across the distorted moogy madness of 'Helios', before rounding up the project with some rawcus reese run outs on throughout 'Vulcan', putting the finishing touches on a very solid body of work.
Review: Too Much Tuna by Pushloop is new-age bass music at its finest. The title track's loping, monotonous dubstep notes wrap themselves around your ears, greyish tones stirking deep with tinky stabs bringing the highs and balancing out the range. Martians is more pointed, stabbing drums bring out the best of the bassline, a low-end that carries a sense of anger an injustice as it barrels forward. Reptoid is a different tip; weirder and harder to like but even more rewarding, with distorted highs dominating like a much cooler version of Mario Kart, one that's garish and simply doesn't care. Computer Takeover brings up the rear with lunging, aggressive bass stabs set against a properly murky percussive echo. Moody, yet manages to bring some funk to the table. If you're into your dubstep, be sure to check this.
Review: Last seen flexing on the likes of DUPLOC, White Peach and Version Collective, Mr K's credentials speak for themselves. As do his precision murk-raking, infectious compositions. Take "Fidget", a stripped back wriggler that recalls the days of FWD with its sleazy bass bends and toxic addictive hook. Elsewhere we hit the pensive sunrise walk through the loneliest of graveyards that is "No Air", we're submitted into the abyss with the purring spatial dynamics of "Focus" before closing out with a little mystic science and rudimental dub aesthetics on "Where I". A serious label debut; we reckon we'll be seeing more of Mr K on Truth's triple D imprint very very soon...