Review: Once again the magicians behind the Dread Or Dead imprint have been able to deliver an absolutely nuclear collection here as they invite eight of their rosters finest inside to explore the weightiest ends of the dubstep spectrum. First up, Toki lets loose a barrage of sub-busting bass activities on the moody marches of 'Zimmy', before 'Stage Four' from Cel rises to the top of the tree with a glitchy glide through more hard-ended low end production. We then take in Kusmo with the system-shaking syncopation of 'Kraft Dinner', giving us a completely different direction to explore, closely followed by both Volume A, with the haunted atmospherics of 'By The Order' and Blazid with a chunky sub-buster in 'Morbid'. Finally, two additional danger zone inducers as TLL firstly steps forward with the unpredictable rhythms and quirky chimes of 'Amygdala Complex', with Myca$h's 'Against The Law' providing the final weighty bullet for this killer arsenal of a collection.
Review: The Dread Or Dead crew have always been an exciting team to follow, with their release structure welcoming the weird, wacky and wonderful in unison. This latest drop from Datra is a collection of all three as we open up with the insectoid synth growls and marching percussion of 'Dono's Lab'. From here, 'Earthquake' then arrives for a mega-punch of metallic dubstep flavour, before the slower paced syncopation and trippy vocal processing of 'Asylum' sends us down an entirely different rabbit hole of sonic exploration. Finally, Beatsforbeaches steps up with an official remix of 'Dono's Lab', giving us a much more minimal take on this EP's powerful title track and rounding off the project with a dash of additional finesse.
Review: Dread Or Dead have been a pretty reliable source of top-notch 140 music in recent times, with this latest entry from Nizth being another wicked edition to the catalogue. We begin this dive into murky waters with 'Mannequin' being the first weapon to unload, combining bubbling synth flicks and moody basslines below, before the hypnotic percussive inputs of 'Seen' give us a trippy second input. From here, the bitcrushed bass spasms of 'Liberation' are topped with eerie woodwind and filtered drums for a truly intense experience, before rounding off with two top quality remixes. First up, 'Mannequin' is sent to the blender for a system-ready overhaul by WZ, next to Q100's grizzly overhaul of 'Seen', utilizing some really cool bass sounds for a potent outro. Lovely work!
Review: We always try to keep an eye out for upcoming Substrada drops, so when we saw his unique production stylings were teaming up with the wonderful team at Dread Or Dead, we knew we would be in for a treat. We open up with the precisely designed LFO purrs and bubbling sub structures of 'Whale Dance', a fitting title track for this fabulous selection, coupled with sub-busting sizzler of a remix from EKSTR, who takes the track and reformats it into a dubwise experiment. We also get to take in two more originals, firstly, the industrial synth grinds and metallic drum licks of 'On The Run' and secondly the super-syncopated rhythms and glass-like chimes of 'Grained', giving a serious dose of depth to an already solid project. Excellent work as always!
Review: Dread Or Dead have been on a real roll of late, pumping out some seriously top quality dubstep creations for us all to enjoy, with this latest helping from the super-consistent B-Say being the latest scorcher to land. We begin with the aquatic percussive plucks and bubbling bass infusions of 'Drips', before 'Sabotage' delivers a more stripped back approach focussing on lingering chord stabs and dissonant harmonic flutters. From here, the hypnotic percussive circulations and bouncy drum rhythms of 'Fabric Stairs' wade into view with an instant impact before the project rounds of with Lampa's gnarly, sub-heavy rework of 'Sabotage' which takes a much darker route, focussing on crunchy bass tones and a much more spacey feel. Wicked work!
Review: Next up from the team over at Dread Or Dead, we have a seriously gnarly selection from the one and only Duckem, who unleashes four tracks of pure dirt for us all to enjoy. We begin with a look at the dystopian harmonics and cleaning percussive lines of the title track 'Spinal's Army', which through its haunted arrangement sets the tone perfectly. From here we are greeted by more stunning soundscaping as the sweeping vocal layerings and demonic harmonies of 'Dyson Swarm' give us something a little different. We also see two top quality remixes land alongside the originals with this one as Saraphim firstly sends 'Spinal's Army' to an emotional blender, followed by B-Say's stripped back yet super-potent overhaul of 'Dyson Swarm' for good measure.
Review: Dread Or Dead are back in action again as they this time welcome BeatsForBeaches into the roster for a three-tracker jam-packed with explosive steppers energy, kicking off with the incredibly eerie 'Have Mercy', sampling a soulful yet haunting vocal line atop punchy bass LFO's and spooky atmospheric soundscape. Next, the unnerving flavours continue as the high pitched melodic taps and moody basslines of 'Whoo' deliver another subby punch to proceedings, before Zygos joins the party for it's finale as 'The Spirit' unleashes a choppy arrangement of half-time rhythms and string-lead harmonics. It's an interesting EP to say the least!
Review: Next up from the fabulous Dread Or Dead imprint we see yet another top quality addition to the catalogue, following on from recent heaters alongside the likes of Shinobi Yurei, Ivo, Cyrax and more. Nova makes his return with a vengeance as we first dive into the original mix of 'Noughts & Crosses', a sub-heavy steppers sizzler, destined to cause incredible amounts of damage in any 140 dance through it's wavy bass slides and overall haunted vibe. The remixes for this one also add an entirely new dimension to the release, with Repulsion firstly sending the track to the electro blender with his outrageous recreation. On the flip, Dayzero delivers an aquatic rethink of the track, complete with bubbling synthesizer pulses and an unusual percussive line to keep it as unpredictable as ever. Lovely stuff from all involved.
Review: Next up from the Dread or Dead team we take a peek at a fantastic compilation project as 'Dread Rising' pulls a wicked selection of producers together to showcase their evident skill sets. This project showcases the weird and wonderful, from the unorthodox radio sweeps of Qant's 'Puzzlism' to the awesome melodic expansions of 'Luminescence' from Hundo.Our stand outs for this one however have to be 1137's stunning harmonic exploration within 'Tactical' alongside the super choppy rhythms and warbling synth designs of Mental Medication's 'Toybox'. This is a project that we feel really encapsulates a full spectrum of 140BPM music.
Review: We are very excited to have this wicked selection from Dread Or Dead available in the store now, as they unveil three originals from Shinobi Yurei. We kick off this project with a look as the haunted harmonies and unusual drum designs of the title track 'Rain Dub', before switching swampy for straight distortion as the reesey writhings of 'Deep Valley' swing into play next. Finally, we unleash the powerful percussive persuasions of 'Haunted Taiko', which again uses gnarly bass instrumentation to put a touch of serious finesse onto the last track.