Described by renowned label manager Steph MEDi as “music you can feel”, Deep Medi Musik was birthed in 2006 by the legendary Mala, and has gone on to become one of the most essential labels across the entirety of the electronic music spectrum, nationally and internationally. It’s safe to say these industry linchpins are wholly integral to the makeup of UK culture and society as a whole, on both a musical and artistic level. Mainly specialising in dubstep, dub and grime-etched sonics, they’re arguably one of the most well-known, highly-thought of imprints around, with their roster and famed discography filled to the brim with instantly-classic names, cuts and picturesque memories. Alongside the omniscient Mala, the likes of Kahn, Commodo, J. Sparrow, Silkie, Skream, Loefah, Kromestar, Goth-Trad, Compa, Tunnidge and more have supplied cutting-edge releases, with the vocals of Killa P, JME, Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann and Cessman playing a vital part along the way. Home to countless seminal, acclaimed releases over the years including Sir Spyro’s ‘Topper Top’, Gorgon Sound’s ‘Dread’, Mala’s ‘Changes’, Kahn’s ‘Abbatoir’, Egoless’ ‘Empire Of Dirt’, Loefah’s ‘Disco Rekah’ and Kromestar’s ‘Kalawanji’, Deep Medi continue to cement their foundational, forward-thinking status as one of the most important labels in history.
Review: It's been a short while since we were last able to take in a fresh drop from the mighty Goth Trad, who returns in a blaze of glory across this outstanding new two-track drop, courtesy of the team over at Kudos Records. We begin with the VIP mix for 'Airbreaker', an industrial masterclass in steppers creation, exploring uniquely explosive percussive design and thumping basslines below. On the flip to this, we take in the more subtly arranged and unpredictable rhythmic switches of 'Apes'. This one takes us on a super cool journey through murky subs and intricate grooves, rounding off a really spicy pairing.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a new drop from the super melodic sounds of the legendary Silkie, so when we saw he was linking up with Deep Medi Musik for a full length LP project, we could hardly contain our excitement. The project is an absolute goliath, hosting nine stunning original creations, exploring the full breadth of the veteran's expansive dubstep sound, from the fast paced garage-influenced licks of 'Ring Mod' to the super choppy flute lines of 'Equine Paper' and super emotive pad designs of 'Did You Know'. It's a masterclass in melodic design and harmonic structure, with some highlights including the constantly evolving sweepings of 'Leave It' and grizzly yet stripped back combinations of 'The Redeemer'. Incredible stuff!
Review: Following on from a year of well thought out releases, the Deep Medi Musik team look to put the final egg in the basket with this weighty new four track expanse from Quasar. We begin our listening journey with the title track 'Walk', a stunning piano-lead creation, packed full of emotion and eerie atmospheric design behind. This sets the tone perfectly as 'Inutile' follows with a more classic sounding steppers arrangement, this time focussing on interesting bassline expressions and crunchy drum designs before the more wonky sub-structures and syncopated rhythms of 'Ambivalent' send us westbound. Finally, the electro-driven madness of 'External Signal Processor' gives us one final shock, combining glitchy sounding synthesis with gnarly bass creation for one last punch of power.
Review: Now when we see a link up like this come together, It is genuinely quite difficult to not be filled with pure excitement as Commodo links up once again with the legendary Deep Medi Musik for a three tracker of genuine brilliance. We begin this one with a look at 'Lobby Theme', a bubbling fusion of villainous 80's soundtracking and pressing subs below, setting the pace perfectly. From here, the jittering synth plucks and unpredictable drum rhythms of 'Eldritch' roll into play, before the title track 'Procession' gives us a sub-busting finale, pushing out warm and fuzzy basslines below a spooky backdrop above to once again show just how good this link up can be!
Review: Following on from the release of 'Braindamage' earlier this year, we see the super original sounds of A/T/O/S land once again on the legendary Deep Medi Musik imprint for a feature length LP project. In an age of infinite genre fusion and vocal experimentation, this album really does represent a changing of the tides as the untouchable collaborative energies of Amos and Truenoys unleash a ten track epic, challenging an uncountable number of genre restraints. From the spooky backdrops of 'Space Rails' and sumptuous vocal displays of Amos on 'Are You In Love', we see the duo rise to yet another peak of both consistency and quality. Our highlights would have to include the dreamy soundscaping and sweeping subs of 'Connect The Signs', alongside 'Stretched', an experimental journey through chiming instrumentation and retro drum sounds. Incredible stuff!
Review: The legendary Deep Medi Musik is one of the most popular unground imprint in the UK and their latest release is exactly what we were hoping for as the invite Bukez Finezt in with four tracks of steppers bliss. We kick off with 'The Idea Of The Devil', a haunted, grubby expanse of haunted synthesizer presses and metallic percussion. Following on from an explosive start, 'Rekt' gives us some serious wobbly goodness before the 3/4 rhythms and colourful LFO work of 'Interrogation' are let loose. Finally, 'Critical Mass' gives us something a little different as melodic layers are stacked up above the breathy drums to add some differentiation before the final whistle.
Review: eep Medi Musik continues to be the leader of the deep dubstep sound after many years in the game. Kahn is now back on the label with new versions of "Dread" which was an absolute stone cold classic way back in 2012. The originally restrained and atmospheric track gets some much-celebrated Dubkasm treatment here and the results are then pressed to limited white label vinyl for the first time. All four versions bring the goodness despite them being heavier takes on the OG with plenty of fresh, fine warrior leads and effects added to the mix.
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Review: Deep Medi Musik really do have an untouchable knack for finding absolute gems, all holding a strong, front facing system influence, with this latest remix project from Dubkasm, Rider Shafique and Egoless being the perfect example. We find ourselves in the midst of a field of tasty sub designs and eerie compositional designs. Egoless reworks the Dubkasm sound into a slower, more stuttered creation, allowing Rider Shafique's impactful poetry ring out loud and true. What a way to finish up the year!
Review: It's always an incredible occasion to see a return to releasing for Deep Medi Musik, one of the most influential and important dubstep labels to have ever graced the scene. This time around they plug for a single track release, inviting in the experimental, forward thinking production stylings of Aardvarck, who touches down with a very wavy piece entitled 'Monkey See'. Between an array of acidic synthesizer rolls and shuffled, organic drum sounds, this one packs a real punch, coupled with some flavoursome LFO maneuvers to match!
Review: There are fewer more joyous experiences in dubstep than learning of a new Deep Medi drop, which is why we were so thrilled to hear of this brand new selection from the ever-dependable Samba. We start with a quick dive into the title track 'Winona', which lays steeped in eerie melodic structure and flutey tones, followed closely by the rasping, gnarly sub expanses of 'Worms'. Next, we land on the unusual rhythmic layout and fuzzy bass designs of 'King Kan', before we round everything off with the crunchy drum lunges and emotive orchestration of 'Snakes. Egos'. Incredible stuff as from an incredible producer x label combination.
Review: What more of a Christmas present could we ask for than a new Deep Medi drop? To make it even better, they have employed the services of dubstep mastermind: Commodo, who runs riot here across two incredible original creations, packed to the rafters with original steppers flavour, into which we couldn't resist taking a bite. The first track we dip into is 'Rikers', a mystic original, stacked with inquisitive melodies and crunchy drum steps, filled with unpredictable energy and glitchy arpeggios. On the flip of this one we are greeted with more ital-energies as we tuck into 'Daytona', another absolute stomper, perfectly summarising Commodo's somehow undersung creative flare. Deep Medi have only gone and delivered yet again it seems!
Review: Up there with Swindle and Joker, dubstep's funkiest OG Silkie returns to Deep Medi with three more sublime grooves. Broken, cheery, just a little cheeky and swooning with switches, each of these cuts rattles and bashes with Silkie's signature west- coast-meets-UKG-in-a-long-dark-Croydon-tunnel melting pot: "Impervious" flips from orchestral epic to dreamy flutters before dropping into 80s horn funk with mischief while "Reevea" is Silkie in classic "Poltergeist" mode. Finally "Egyptian March" is straight out of Indiana Jones. A jittering snake charmer that has you going from nought to rolling under stone doors and grabbing your hat in 10 seconds. Silkie you absolute don.
Review: When a new Deep Medi release hits the store, it's become standard procedure to become fuelled with excitement, it's only natural right? This time we see the ever creative sounds of Gantz return with a super experimental four tracker. We kick off with the illuminatory journey that is 'Fugazi' which features a trip-like musical experience, with hallucinogenic themes running wild alongside 'Elif Dikec'. Next we hear the the electronic masterpiece of 'Shivy' which features guest vocals from 'DedW8'. This is followed by 'Dying On Acid' which returns to the trippy themes with what seems like a whirlwind of sound design. The EP is then wrapped up perfectly with another guest vocal, this time from Rider Shafique who delivers a phenomenal piece of spoken word over 'Sharkeyes'.
Review: Not content with absolutely smashing the game with their Deep Dark & Dangerous label this year, Truth return to one of their strongest spiritual homes: Deep Medi Music. Naturally they're packing some serious sentiments: "Lion" is a pounding roller that chugs with an industrial strength toxic bassline and demonic call from Teklife's Taso. "Messages" flips the situation for a much lighter, mystical and spatial exploration with fluttering break echoes and unhurried, yearning chords. Finally we're knocked seasick by the slobbering kicks and boa-like bass of "Ruffneck" which doesn't so much as live to up to its name but sets a new benchmark in dangerous, knife-edge ruffneckism. Powerful frequencies.
Review: A/T/O/S stands for A Taste Of Struggle, and it's safe to say that Amos and Truenoys have certainly put their backs into this project. The duo were originally picked up by Mala back on 2014, and haven't looked back ever since. This is their second LP to date and, much like their debut, it touches upon many different elements of the enlarged dubstep continuum. There's plenty of tunes on here that'll liven up any dance, but this is very much a pensive and meditative bass affair. Much in line with Mala's pioneering 'deep' dubstep, it's clear that the Deep Medi head honcho has foud some new, young, and like-minded talents to carry on his dynasty.
Review: London-based dubstep wizard Silkie has been on the front lines of Deep Medi Muzik's output for almost ten years now, and it's safe to say that the producer is now a veteran of the scene; his deep, cerebral take on the genre has always been a breath of fresh air to London's musical tradition, and U.K. dance music on the whole. He returns to his roots with this new three-tracker, spear-headed by the mean lean of "It Wasn't You", a tune so cold and merciless in its approach that it sounds more like a military march. "Jah Man" inevitably brings the dubwise vibes to the plate, and "Computer World" delivers some fine digital ammo. Fire!
Review: There's no stopping the gnarly Germanic charms of Bukez right now. The dust hasn't had a hot minute to settle on his Decade Of Weight album and here he is laying the seasick smack down on mothership Deep Medi. "The Main Rule" is a woozy specimen, all tripped out and twisted. "Unknown Force" follows a similarly loose-footed route with more emphasis on the alien atmospheres and multi-textured drums. Make no mistakes; Bukez is bossing right now.
Review: The Kaiju duo first signed to Deep Medi Muzik back in 2015, and the great Mala couldn't have picked a more on-point production pair for his label. Although the two artists are not from the Far East, their music and style seems to have something innately Japanese at its core, a subtle swing that carries the tracks from side to side like a samurai's swing of the blade. The opener "Envy" is the perfect example of Kaiju's ninja beats, swift and conniving licks of percussion that fit perfectly with the r&b vocals emanating from the deeper end of the mix. We're also big fans of "Sloth" because it reminds of the Brixton Mass golden days of DMZ, and "Wrath" for its sliding, metallic folds of pseudo jungle drums. Top gear.
Review: Stepping away from their diligent Deep Dark Dangerous development, Truth return to the mother label with four seismic slabs of sub-soaked deepness. "Jade Helm" is a wandering swagger jam that's given character and life from subtle chime trembles, "Sound Killah" is one of those mid-track game changers when the bassline suddenly switches up with real pensive menace. "With Us" marches forth into a stark dystopian future, our scant feelings of hope raising as the drum rolls really tense up on the breakdown. Finally we hit the EP's title track; a rolling, percussion-heavy cut laced with ghostly prayer horns and shimmering skanks. Superb.
Review: Now officially signed to Deep Medi, Schildhauer and White's Kaiju project are set to break the seal on a year of release silence with a whole new slew of dubwise dynamics. Tapping into the true roots with a real taste for organic elements, both cuts will resonate with the most ardent of classicist; "Burn Down Babylon" is all about the well-plucked bass and humming persistence of the organ. "Wrong Tings" takes us even deeper down the instrumental route with spacious drum elements, bulbous bass and crisp guitar lines. Warm, deep and wholly immersive, there's some awesome science going on here.
Review: Compa hails from Manchester, but his productions and his sound are quite deeply imbedded into London's rich dubstep dynasty. The young bass wizard is back on Mala's Deep Medi Muzik, starting off with the murky stepper riddim called "Truth In Sound", a wreckage of beats and sonics that is dissolved by the mutant waves of "Noctule". "Tibetan Chant" is more of a tribal dance ritual to the Gods, and "Four Four Claps" turns things nastier and away from the deeper waters that we're used to hearing Compa sail on.
Review: Slow baked in lashings of hype and hearsay since 2013, Gantz and Commodo's remixes have long since been sought after since Commodo premiered them over two years ago. "Free Focus" gets the trippy percussive treatment from Commodo with purring block strikes and wiley wonks on the lead tones while "Buckwild" contains drum arrangements with time signatures that will perplex as much as appeal. To put the importance of this release in perspective, the vinyl releases were already fetching over L30 within a week of release.
Review: Japan's Takeaki Maruyama's dark, deep and sweltering pseudo dubstep has been around for longer than you might think. Before being signed early on by Mala for his own Deep Medi Muzik, Goth-Trad was releasing cutting-edge bass science on labels such as DNA Kalacta and Popgroup Recordings. His return to Deep Medi is a significant one, and "Sinker" is likely to be one of the best tunes that he's made in a while - those bouncy, fluttering swirls of mutant bass are docile yet vibrant and possess a sort of subtle menace to them. "Sunbeam VIP", however, is a pure corner-dweller's delight, a brooding little bass monster with enough subs to gravitate you off your feet and into hyper-space. Another winner from both artist and label. Quality assured.
Review: Oh boy.. Three of modern bass music's finest players collide for the first in a series of collaborative long players on Deep Medi. The results - as you'd expect just reading the line-up - speak for themselves. Every artist's signatures is coded deep into the collection; Kahn's unpredictability and robustness, Commodo's grit and funk and Gantz often unfathomable depths and eastern twangs are all present as we wriggle and writhe to the detuned harmonies of "Crystal Collect", get twisted on the tripped out drum dynamic of "Kibosh" and lose ourselves in the spacious jazz-minded drums of "Unmistakeable". Truly unique.
Review: Next up on Deep Medi Musik is an assured system smasher from K Man The Phantom, who was previously moonlighting on Mala's label as Dub Mechanics. After debuting his new alias with the Electro Magnetic Destroyer single last year, he's back in action with a double-header that should appeal to all those who love a searing mid-range buzz with their dubstep related material. "Blink" bounces on the most hyped-up of beats, positively shoving the killer lead riff around in all its mechanical magnificence, while "Power Drill" takes that slower, lurching approach to LFOing bump and grind, layering up the intensity only to melt away into a most haunting of mid-session breathers.
Review: After plates for Osiris, Lion Charge and Ruff Cut, Bristol pairing Jamie Schildhauer and Paul White bring their Kaiju project to the Deep Medi label. Lead track "Justice" has been a much sought after dubplate for some time, and a fine example of Kaiju's innate understanding of dub science implementing only a few elements - haunting flutes, floating synths and crisp percussion - with deadly precision. Justice is served! Complementing this, Kaiju conjure some truly monstrous atmospheres with "Creeper" - if Demdike Stare turned their hands to steppahs it might sound like this. Deep Medi is nearing its 100 release and every one of them have been superb.
Review: Turkish producer Gantz has been steadily earning his stripes on Black Box and Innamind, but now he makes a return to Deep Medi Musik with one of his most daring offerings to date. "Pseudooo" heads straight out into the kind of uncharted territory you might expect to find Ras G and Afrikan Sciences chilling in, without sounding quite like either of those artists. The title track meanwhile heads into a more low slung hip hop refrain that bleeds wonderfully around the edges, while Rider Shafique lends his dextrous flows to "Rockstar" with sizzling results. "Supreme A" rounds the EP off with a more introspective mood built around delicate string hits looping with erratic abandon.
Review: Some hot new bass pressure from Kahn on Deep Medi Music which arrives swiftly after Mala's label issued those crucial Gorgon Sound refixes of his 2012 dancefloor killer Dread. Naturally the hood popping riddims are in full effect from the Young Echo member. After a climatic, horn heavy, mutant ragga intro, "Abattoir" drops into monophonic bass roll of drums accompanied by science fiction atmospheres and skittering drums. "Over Deh So" is a more liquid in its groove, providing a fitting alternative, with pulsing, dubbed-out synths exchanging progressions with sinister cathedral tones for a track you could imagine lifting the roof off a rave held by a secret occult of Gregorian monks.
Review: We've been waiting for this one for a minute: Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound outfit finally unleash this mighty re-fix of Kahn's 2012 Deep Medi outing "Dread". Warm skanks, gravelly toasting and a rolling muscular momentum, it's a whole new tune. "Late Night Blues" gets a similarly massive facelift as the deep space is replaced by crisp live drums and added textures. Quintessential version material.
Review: On his first release for Deep Medi Musik this year, Commodo taps up JME for a mean lyrical flow over the top of a typically monstrous production, making a perfect dubstep / grime crossover track in the process. JME has a blast pointing back to classic reference points from Kano and Wiley and many more in his conscious MC turn, while Commodo's beat prowls in the background with that exotic charm that has always marked out his style from the rest of the pack. There's a hooky chorus and plenty of grand stabs, and for those who just want the tune the instrumental is bundled in as well. The fact that the beat stands up on its own without any trouble says a lot about Commodo's studio prowess, which is no doubt why he continues to be a mainstay on Mala's label.