Review: Abstrakt Sonance and DMVU on one triple-D lung-hugging heaver? This can only spell trouble. Unhurried in its intro, confident in its alien angularities, ridiculous with its tempestuous sound design; everything about this co-lab stinks to hades and back... And we wouldn't have it any other way. Drop "I Be The" and YOU be the hero.
Review: Dalek One, Pushloop and ColtCuts bundle forces for the next single on TRUTH's record label Deep Dark & Dangerous. They come forward with a unique track, entitled as "Desert Merchants", which is largely stuffed with warm and gentle eastern vibes. The high-ends are filling up a dry atmosphere highlighted by mirages. Topping off, the exhausting sub bass leaves the abandoned sandscape left with steaming hot temperatures. Nothing but heat coming from the DDD family as usual. DDD022 is due to release on the 6th of October 2017.
Review: Fresh from his experimental endeavours on his and Karnage's Vomitspit, Dayzero makes his debut on Truth's Deep, Dark & Dangerous label with this powerful five track narrative. Humid skanks, heavy pressure and sludgy bass distortion pave the way on "Looming Shadow" while "Matador" winds up the bull in you with hard throttle 23rd century metallic funk and "Space Cartoon" takes us on an animated one-way trip on the saw tooth express. Need more wetness? Jump on the 2008 wobble homage "Magical Lamp" and give it a good old rub before "Puppet On The Stage" sends us all home packing via the sea of Arabia on a job lot of peyote. Sublime.
Review: Previously spotted on Deep Dark & Dangerous Vol 1 last year then, earlier this summer with the one-track headshot "Four Four Mode", Distinct Motive returns to Truth's perennially on-point DDD imprint with their first full four track EP. Each track is a pearly keeper: "F Class" is beautifully simplistic with its molten bassline phrasing and slo-mo Q&A. "Alive" hits hard with a toxic swamp monster sense of pressure and distorted grit, "Tsunami" is as brutal and unforgiving as its name suggests while "Out There" reaches out to our cosmic cousins in their own bleeped out mother tongue. Distinct by name...
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: Colorado might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of dark, ominous bass music, but DMVU has got his shit on lock-down! He's back on Deep, Dark & Dangerous with a four-part gunshot spew that'll likely murder any dance floor from here to Aspen. "Fleww" kicks things off with a wonky, mutating bassline that sounds a lot like Coki's music on a heavy dose of LSD, while "Ummm" takes a slower, more ninja-like stance back by the familiar lyrics "..everyday I'm hustlin'". The title tune "Bloccd" is a stealthy, stop-start juke experiment carrying a load of broken drums and slithering swarms of bass frequencies, whereas "15 Signs You Grew Up In Tasmania" is more of a sound collage, straying heavily into hip-hop territories, and it sounds a lot like DMVU is having fun on that ol' MPC.
Review: This misty street fighting deep stepper has been on dub for far what feels like an eternity: Flexing his dankest muscles throughout, Estonian artist Dub Killer pays homage to the spiritual motherland with breath-taking mystic aesthetics, hypnotising harmonics and truckloads of sub. Remix-wise The Widdler adds an alluring prayer, sitars and a firing bassline that's so hot it can scorch your skin. Finally LA's Khiva adds a hard-hitting cascading drum riff and chops up the prayer call with trippy effect. Yet another sublime DDD release for the collection.
Review: Enochi and Coltcuts touch down on the dubstep scene for the first time, with Deep, Dark & Dangerous the label to give these two their first outing. We're not lying when we say that that "Captive Minds" is the most impressive bass swelter that we've heard all week; the tune is pushed forwards by an evil, meandering bass that skips in and out of hollow sonics and devilish atmospherics. If this were to have been banged out at FWD back in the day, the reactions would likely have been hysterical, followed by an endless number of rewinds. Play this out on a big system and you'll see the damage...
Review: Feonix is a North Wales/Manchester based producer and DJ and member of the LSN collective alongside 23KID, Fialka, Noztaw and Simetra. Here he teams up with Dan Jones aka Na-Kika: this one is crispy and fresh! "Pee's & Bee's" is a perfectly executed fresh slice of sub infused, crunchy goodness. Enjoy! This release appears for Deep, Dark & Dangerous: a Los Angeles based deep dubstep label that has previously brought us the likes of DMVU, Sepia, Truth and Taiko. For serious bassheads only!
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: For an artist who debuted on Deep Dark & Dangerous with an EP called "In The Quiet", Khiva is certainly making all the right noises. Taking off where she left us last year, it's another hard hitting document but overriding message is one of love... "Fresh Cut Love" hits with all the bewildering dizziness of a raw emotional encounter; savage, forthright and deliciously confusing. "Aphrodite", meanwhile, is a stirring homage to the number one end boss of love himself. All plucks and harps and mysticism, once again it captures a feeling and energy that's as old as time itself. Feel the love.
Review: Thanks to the likes of Hatched and Duploc, the rising talent behind this mysterious Kloudmen project wouldn't have appeared so prominently on our radars. Not only is the artist becoming a master of making traditional dubstep sound as raw and uncompromising as it was back in the days of FWD, but he's also got a distinctly personal touch to his tunes. "I" is everything you'd want from a 'bass' belter; the percussion is just on the right side of off-kilter, leaving the dancer with a selection of movements to rave out to, the melodies circling in its hemisphere are dark but not oppressive enough to render them the playable outside of the darkest basements, and the bass tones penetrate through the groove with total fury. It's murder...
Review: With five releases in as many months, Truth's Deep Dark & Dangerous label really is taking terrific shape this year. Now hot on the heels of Thelem's crucial "Cliques", legendary bass-crafter (and veritable DDD kindred spirit) Leon Switch joins the crew with four incendiary examples of contemporary dub danger... With its soaring, stretched minor key pads "Staying Human" sways with a lonely star-gazing soul, "OMW" ups the momentum with a more energetic drum arrangement and a fully-focused staccato bass riff while Truth-collaborator Lelijveld adds a serious smoky soul to "Sihouette". Finally "Xeno" winds up proceedings with a loose organic drum palette and harmonically tweaked percussion creating a cool counter hook with the toxic bass. Staying human isn't an issue... It's staying still when you hear these through a proper system. Impossible.
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: 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...
Review: After a trio of militant EPs for the Multi Music association, it is time for Onhell to deliver some of his swampy dubstep vibes through the ever-impressive Deep Dark & Dangerous cartel. "Bad Faith" is the only tune on here but, then again, quality tunes don't require a back-up track to prosper; this one's particularly devious thanks to a lingering melody that circles above sparse and aqueous drums, along with minimalistic vocal samples that push the tune way out onto more seductive planes. Big up, Onhell...
Review: Within the dubstep community, the one thing that is universally celebrated is creativity and there are few with more of that at their disposal than Oxossi. For this project he teams up with the now infamous Deep Dark & Dangerous team, and what a project it is! The title track "Dark Passenger" is reminiscent of early DMZ, with grinding bass LFO's duetting with haunting atmospherics and dubbed out drum work. Next up we have the phenomenal arrangement of 'Tippy Toeing' which is a goody bag of unpredictable rhythmics and crunchy synthesis. Following this we dive into the intense soundscaping of "Tokoloshe" finishing up with the heavy syncopation of "Ride It". This is a great piece of work for all involved!
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: 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 and Dangerous reign marches on as they here armour up for a colosul two track meeting with Ramsez, who certainly doesn't come to disappoint. We begin the foray with the the gritty sub rolls and distorted deluge of 'Jaywalkin'. On the flip side we are given another slice of dungeon-like delight with 'Under Ground', as frog like lead synths growl away amidst spooky atmospheric pads and sharp unprofitable drum work. Really cool stuff from the DD&D team here!
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous movement is starting to become a frightening prospect, as they put together yet another storming release, this time alongside St Louis native: Rez. From start to finish the EP is a dubsteppers delight, as we tuck into the delicious designs of the title track 'The Valley', followed by the minimized growls of 'Item 9' and incredibly punchy drum/ reese combos of 'One By One'. From here we step into the evil atmosphere and metallic bass maneuvers of 'Borders & Boundaries' before finishing up with the matured percussive rolls and spacious drum work of 'Diagon Alley'. This is a great overall project and yet another instant classic from the DD&D team!
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: Bass lone wolf Sepia is as mischievous and shady as they come in the scene. We mean that as a compliment; the artist is as mysterious as the meditative dubstep that he delivers week in and week out, which is exactly what the Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint look out for in their signings. "Lurking" might be a one-track EP, but it will no doubt make most other current bass EPs seem tiny and irrelevant by comparison. In fact, we can't think of many other artists who are crafting such quality dubstep at the moment; calibrated to the perfect level of wobbliness, and tactical in its form of percussion, this is the sort of gear that will get all the B-side fanatics up and ready for a good head-nod. Sick.
Review: Sepia's move to Deep Dark & Dangerous is the natural turnout for an artist whose been residing on our charts with nothing but bangers for the last few years. The imprint is quickly picking up all the relevant talents, and is quickly becoming an important force when it comes to new waves of dubstep. "Sakura" charges forth with a militant bass stance, followed by "Eclipse" and its glitchy half-steps surrounded by eerie background sonics. "Point Blank" goes down more soulful pastures, nodding to the likes of Burial in the process, while "Regret" tunes down the tempo entirely and ends up at a slow, Eastern lull with a booming sub bass for added effect. Sublime material from Sepia!
Review: The Deep Dark and Dangerous imprint has been one of the most notable movements within deep dubstep's recent resurgence, having consistently supplied the underground scene with original ideas and themes. With the LA based label's latest project we see them team up with dubstep heavyweights Truth & DJ Youngsta for the debut 'Shadow People' album. Being over three years in the making, it is, as expected, brilliant. Our stand out picks would have to be the eerie yet satisfying soundscaping of 'Deeper' featuring Spikey Tee, the absolutely chilling sub bass pressure of 'Awake Before You' and of course the eastern inspired embarkation of 'Eyes On Me' featuring stunning vocal additions from Rosa. This one is a serious must have for any dubstep fanatic.
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: As ever, the Deep Dark & Dangerous movement continuous to raise the bar as they return alongside Shlump for a breathtaking piece of old school dubstep creation. As a composition 'Alien Technology' is reminiscent of early Cluekid, with shimmering bass tones gliding up and down LFO's alongside expertly crafted percussive chimes and crisp snare placement. Excellent work!
Review: After a highly lucrative 2017, being named as one of the UK's most exciting dubstep movements, Deep Dark & Dangerous are back to launch 2018 with an absolute belter of a release. The duo of Shu and Dalek One found great success towards the end of the year with their collaboration 'Mumble Dub', which itself was an instant dubstep classic. This time around Pushloop steps forward with his exclusive remix which incorporates a more reece driven style of sound design, along with skippy drum patterns vocal experimentation.
Review: Four releases deep and Truth's Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint continues to impress. Now joined by Leeds subsmith Taiko, it's another case of three genuinely innovative pieces of bass music. "Hush Hush" counters the rough grizzly bass with the smooth chords and textures, "Clones" is oceanic in it dynamic and jazzy in its sensibility and unpredictability while "Fu##y" is the industrial strength sludge-packer we've come to expect from Taiko. Wounding.
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: An in-demand dub for well over a year, Thelem's "Cliques" finally comes our way on Truth's ever-impeccable DD&D imprint. Anchored with toxic grimey bass, charged with a trappy sleaze that befits Thelem's current LA location and haunted by creeped out reverse vocal ghosts all over the shop... Thelem really has delivered something special right here. The wait's been worth it.
Review: New Zealand's Truth duo have appeared on pretty much every dubstep label that's worth being seen on these days. From Tempa to Deep Medi Muziq, they've clearly instilled a respect from their contemporaries, and they are arguably the leaders of Kiwi bass at the moment. Deep Dark & Dangerous is their own label, and "Devils Game" kicks off the imprint's third instalment with a furious wall of bass that blasts a monumental wave of chaos and doom the beats down below. "Smoke" is comparatively deeper and more gentle in its approach, and is guided by the r&b-style vocals of Animal, while Quest accompanies the darkroom stepper that the dup has preferred to dub as "Untitled". Nasty business.