Review: Four slabs of thoroughbred soundsystem dubstep from Londoner Alive on Dubtribu: "Stepping" sets the tone with its molten low-end creating an ultimately funky, slippery experience, "Murda" follows and is more on the straight-up dungeon business flex with big dubby echoes on the stabs and rim shots. "Native Wolf" develops both themes with a rolling drum arrangement and a vocal textures that becomes an overwhelming foggy lead element before the buried, muddied skanks break through the thick mists. Finally we hit "Sensi Dub". A lighter exploration of contemporary dub, the reflective light shimmers from every processed guitar strum while the strings ooze cinematic drama with subtle but persistent charm. Complete with a VIP of "Native Wolf", this ticks myriad boxes.
Review: One of our favourite dubstep imprints returns here as the Dubtribu camp bring forward the earth shattering sounds of Arta for a five track special project. We kick off with the powerhouse distortion of 'Rambo' with its heavyweight electro leads, before rolling into the spookier, more soundscape driven design of 'Check'. Next up, the stuttered electronic bass stabs of 'Cryogenesis' before landing on the robotic war machine known as 'Stompa'. We then finish up the EP with 'Communications Dub', a perfectly swung ride through sub bass and space, driven by its quirky rhythms and subtle percussive movements.
Review: Dubbacle and Dubtribu are pretty much made for one another. Yes, their names share more than three of the same letters, but it's the vibe and should of the tunes that we're talking about. The imprint specialises in deep and meandering dubstep; the sort that 'they don't make like they used to'. Luckily for us, this label is very much on point, and it often finds new, contemporary talents with which to carry on this fine tradition. Here we got four of the finest, murkiest slices of future dub to grace our charts this month, all full of dread and heartical bliss just waiting for those low frequencies to peak and hit the base of those floors with pure heat. From "Reflection" through to "Absent Mind", and peaking with the suffering steppers flow of "Roots Music" and "Meditative". Oh gosh - what a collection!
Review: Thou shalt covet thine mysterious Fiend as he steps up to Dubtribu with his debut album Seven Deadly Dubs. Digging deep into the roots of dubstep and what the dynamics truly mean, each track takes us back to the earliest incarnations of the genre with pensive, meditative weight, flow and arrangements. Highlights include the soft-but-firm doubled kick pummels of "Chernobyl", the organic drum rattles and weaves of "Devil's Lettuce", the pneumatic mechanical drum funk of "Wrath" and the deep space soul of "Venus". Thou shalt not sleep on this.
Review: As one of the most impressive dubstep imprints to take centre stage of the last few years, Dubtribu are at it again, this time in soulful collaboration with Forslab. On this "Future Rastaman" EP we are treated to three dubwise delights, kicking off with the heavily swung sounds of the title track. This one is a belter, complete with choppy marching drum arrangements and lethal subs. We drip into the amphibious nature of "Six Shootaz" next, which forges aquatic percussive sounds and gnarly atmospherics with dub themes to great effect. Finally we end of the collaboration with Kovaakh named "Bong Dub". This is a perfect way to see the EP out in style, as euphoric lead synths take the lead role above wobbly bass structures and classic dubstyle chord patterns.
Review: Dubtribu is the sort of bold-faced, bass outlet that likes to wear its heart on its sleeve, promoting good music by new, emerging talents from all corners of the dance spectrum. One thing is for sure, though, and that is that they like to keep things grounded in tribalism. Newcomer Guesswerk seems to have understood that, delivering some seriously grimed-out harmonics on the wonky shades of "Hunter", a tune that recalls the early days of Skream and Benga's work for Tempa. "Ghosts" is similarly wayward, mixing up flute sounds with darker, more heartical melodies in the finest of dub traditions.
Review: Los Angeles' Introspekt is Resident DJ at B-side LA and presents he latest session in bass therapy for Croydon's Dubtribu. "Jungle Stomp" starts out with some soothing and melancholic deep house chords but then that junglist style dub bass drops in spectacular fashion, backed by delayed snares. "East Wind" has a similar vibe, not so much for the dancefloor, more blunted style drifting with its mysterious pads entrancing you while the bass does the rest. "Return To Johto" sees Introspekt get more energetic with a more fierce beat and rushing synth melodies and "Ancient Relic" rolls pretty damn deep too. This is the darkside of the dub, explore at your own peril.
Review: What better news could we find than the word of a new Dubtribu release? We were very excited to see them bring forward the grimey sounds of Kismat, who touches down here with four absolute heaters. We kick off with the goliath bass tones of 'Guardian', pulsating heavily amidst crispy drum designs before we land next on another subby roller in 'Abyss'. The third original is less sub heavy creation by the name of 'Wretch', which focuses on devilish floating atmospherics and chilling string sections, followed by the skippy drum textures of 'Antimatter', putting the finishing touches on yet another impressive project.
Review: Ah, what a pleasure it is to see the return of Dubtribu, who continue to impress time and time again, this time bringing forward the ever dependable Lyne for a wicked new release, which was previously featured on the official JunoDownload podcast. This explosive two tracker kicks off with the title recording 'Shivtrap', a monsterous goliath of a stepper, bristling with potent bass pressure and fantastic synthesis. On the flip we then dive into the potent LFO manoeuvres and spacey percussive designs of 'Majus', wrapping up what is yet another fantastic release from the Dubtribu camp, a label that seem to be able to do no wrong in 2019.
Review: It's a US thing as Dubtribu invite two Stateside bubblers over to Croydon for four slices of deep-seeded meditative progression. Moskra takes the lead with "Sentry", a warped, tripped out wash of sub-soaked kicks and strange echoed percussion, and "Trampled", a lean, sinewy percussion piece with off-beat synth shots that fly out of nowhere. Khan Kurra follows with two equally deep flavours. "Antitype" is a night walk through an empty warehouse where echoes and re-shots play tricks with your mind while "Chart The Waters" is a heavily textured slice of cosmic dub where processed vocals invite you to an entirely different universe... You'd be wise to join them.
Review: As far as record labels go, Dubtribu have to be one of our favourites in the dubstep world for sure, as they seem to be physically incapable of delivering us a poor release. This latest selection from Muhla summarizes the direction dubstep is going, with 'Guzei' kicking us off with some hard hitting string swerves. Next up, the breaks infused switch ups of the title track 'Ikaruga' hit home before more sizzling string inflections appear on 'Shokugeki'. Finally, we finish this project up with a look at 'Swadian Knights', another eastern inspired steppers explosion, perfect for tearing the dance to pieces with its hypnotic textures and unpredictable drum arrangements.
Review: For this one, the incredibly consistent sounds of Dubtribu team up with the super conceptual production prowess of Platypus for an explosive two track release, as always, pushing the dubstep boundaries as far as they can be pushed. The title track 'See Your Face' is a lot slower than 140, but through the haunting lead vocal, intensely spooky atmospherics and grinding bass synths it packs just as much energy. We speed right up as we flip over to the B-side 'Sugahbeeb'. This one is experimental as ever, with unpredictable melodic staps flying around atop hypnotic LFOs and punchy drum arrangements.
Review: It's always a thrill to see new Dubtribu land into the store as we see them begin to close out the year in style, this time inviting the powerful production pallet of Ploom into the fold. He brings forward three tracks of dubwise delight, kicking off with smooth dubby subs and pounding chord lines of 'Southland Dub' before we then explore the more grubby synthesizer runs and eerie atmospheric designs of 'The Name Of'. Finally, the title track 'Moom' appears in force, focussing on more spooky woodwind tones and a constantly shaking rhythmic layout, bringing a frosty finish to this wicked EP.
Review: Sirius' call from the Dubtribu massive comes only after one prior appearance, but his bass-heavy percussion riddims are clearly enough to satisfy the tastes of most head honchos. Alpha Canis Majoris, a stellar constellation, is five tracks of all-out dread, bouncing like slabs of metal. "Henna" is all about the subs, wide and destructive, "Depth" is a classic sort of bass stumbler, while "I.O.U" unleashes some much needed wobbling in the rave, and "Danger" goes for a grime throwback that sounds a little like early-days Skreamism - "Level The Vibes" staggers its minimal beats and percussion over detuned samples and cerebral strains of harmonics.
Review: Dubtribu as a label for us have really pushed themselves to the forefront of the modern dubstep scene, always supplying us with electric energy. They have continued this theme here as they bring forward Soukah on four tracks of pure fire. The title track 'Light Extinguished' is a satanic expanse of gritty drum designs and subtle sub manoeuvres, whilst 'Vaccum' provides us with a more stripped back selection of percussive leads over a dark atmospheric backing. Following this we dip into 'Violets Are Red', which is driven by sweeping drum hits and crunchy halftime designs, with 'Cold Blooded' putting the finishing touches in place via its haunted tones and powerful sub layers.
Review: We do always end up with a smile on our face when we see a new project from Dubtribu land in store, as we just know we won't be disappointed. This time around they invite the heavy hitting sounds of Takjacob inside for a monstrous three track exploration into 140 music, kicking off with the lethal melodic reese leads of the title track 'Say Nothing', kicking us off with a serious bang. Next, the electricity is turned up as 'Sounds Of Anarchy' is unveiled, packed full of fuzzy synthesizer pulses and plucked arpeggios, before we round up on the pulsating 808 slaps and glittering harmonic layers of 'System'. What a project this is!
Review: Within the super expansive spheres of dubstep, one label that always seems to come up with the goods every time is Dubtribu, a delightful project packing an impressive back catalogue to say the least. Their latest offering comes to us courtesy of Tinky, who lets loose across the vast soundscapes of 'Dravus'. This one combines crisp drum processing with subtle sub ascensions and glitchy top layer synths, packing a serious wonk. Pharma then steps up on remix duty for this one, overhauling the track into an even more stuttered rhythmic position, making it a perfect surprise for an unsuspecting dance.
Review: Croydon's next generation bass ambassadors are flying the flag hard with their latest compilation. 13 exclusives from some of their most exciting creative contributors from around the world, Deep Dub Inside 2014 is a great representation of the scene's currently healthy - and mercifully underground - state. From the rolling, funky and melodic twists of YYA's "Rosanegra" to the punctuated bass sermon of Hkay's "Retribution" to the fathomless star-gazing depths of Nereeda's "Before" to the space sax slinkiness of Neurosplit's "Amsterdam", there's a great sense of forward-thinking creativity coded deep into every cut. Essential for all low end lurkers.
Provoke & Quintana - "The Kingdom" - (4:32) 140 BPM
Review: The Dubtribu crew know how to cap off a year in fine style, especially seeing as they've had a pretty good one themselves throughout this unpredictable 2016. We now know them as the label who produce consistently excellent levels of low frequencies, and who are also kind of experts in spotting new talent from the streets. Deep Dub Inside 2016 features all of their best names, and then some. This badboy is twenty-eight tunes long, and mean as motherfu**** - inside, you'll find dark, brooding, ominously constructed bass cuts from the likes of Fiend, Mr Tetris, Krease, Yin Yang Audio, and plenty more bass scientists. From two-step to bro-step and back to garage, this will surely satisfy even the most ravenous of DJs and dancers.
Review: Dubstep compilations as a whole are often difficult to nail perfectly, as it is easy for tracks to get lost in the space between. However, we can assure you that the team at Dubtribu have done a magnificent job with their new extended project 'Deep Dub Inside 2018', which features heaters from the likes of Yin Yang Audio, Proove, Arta, Muhla. Stizzla, Eater and many more. For us the standout recordings come in the form of Nosq & Grawinkel's robotic combustion in 'Strange', alongside the smooth drum processing of Lory Kong's 'Haters' and Kismat's tearout triumph in 'Cosmic'.
Nicky Boy Floyd - "Triple Double" - (4:44) 140 BPM
Saanen - "Messed Dub" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Jutsu" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Aztek & Muhla - "Fsake" - (3:36) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Tactile" - (5:01) 140 BPM
Forslab - "Mechanism" - (5:05) 140 BPM
Nomad - "Twitch Fingers" - (5:02) 140 BPM
Dziga - "Inchain" - (4:41) 140 BPM
The Cosmos - "Insomnia" - (2:24) 140 BPM
Review: Flying straight out of Croydon, one of 2017's most impressive dubstep imprints: Dubtribu return for a fantastic end of year compilation. This 14 tracker sums up everything you need to know about the label, it's dark it's dangerous and it's incredibly weighty. From start to finish this compilation explores the vast distance of dubsteps boundaries, from the haunting vocals of 'Disappear' by Platypus to the wonky rhythms of Nicky Boy Floyd's 'Triple Double' and back around to the neuro inspired sounds of 'Jutsu' by the magnificent Yin Yang Audio. Highlights for us include the dubwise inspired sounds of Nomad's 'Twitch Fingers' and the spooky LFO's of 'Insomnia' by Nottingham based up & comer 'The Cosmos'.
Review: What a year it has been for the team at Dubtribu, a label who continue to impress in all areas, with their homegrown roster looking stronger by the second. This last project of the year sees them firing on all sides as they invite eight of their best in for 'Deep Dub Inside 2019', a comprehensive showcase of the labels sound, featuring potent originals from the likes of Arta, Tinky, Muhla, Kismat, Cel and Ran for starters. We have two clear highlights for this one, with the gnarly sub work of Takjacob's 'Can't Own Me' being a real heavy hitter, along with the spooky overtones of Copley's 'Bombay Bad Boy'. Awesome stuff!
Yin Yang Audio - "Radiation Nation" - (4:42) 140 BPM
Sparkup - "Otomo" - (4:49) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Pitch" - (4:16) 138 BPM
Lory Kong - "Cup Of Peace" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Sepia - "Warzone" - (4:28) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Fight" - (4:09) 140 BPM
Krease - "Space Cake" - (5:14) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Lift" - (4:00) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "The Rabbit In The Moon" - (3:45) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Exit Strategy" - (6:29) 140 BPM
Jackson - "Solidarity" - (5:19) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Daggadub" - (4:45) 140 BPM
Copley - "Scatty Dub" - (4:08) 142 BPM
Krease - "Kinetik" - (5:12) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Endless Nights" - (4:38) 140 BPM
Digital Monk - "Eat The Rich" - (6:18) 140 BPM
Copley - "Vacuum" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Dynastic Linage" - (5:47) 140 BPM
Krease - "Abenaki" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Sirius - "Sizzle Dubby" - (4:12) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Transmission" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Krease - "Pariahk" - (5:32) 140 BPM
Foul Matta - "Twisted Sibling" - (5:38) 140 BPM
Kurt Roc Skee - "Nonsens" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Lory Kong - "Mainframe" - (4:52) 140 BPM
Provoke - "Starting Over" - (4:26) 140 BPM
Khan Kurra - "Demiurge II" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: Since emerging from the dungeon in the last year, the deeper side of dubstep has really found its soul again. With the emphasis on groove rather than spacious sound design, there's some incredible music available again. And Croydon-based Dubtribu are one of the labels leading the charge, as proved by this epic track end-of-year collection: highlights across the exclusive cuts include Yin Yang Audio's siren-blaring sludge-stomper "Radiation Nation", Sirius's east-meets-west string-plucked skanks on "Fight" and Jackson's horn-heaving, classic early Rusko sounding funker "Solidarity". And that's just three killer examples from a potential 29. Dig deep on this one.
Review: Yin Yang Audio has already graced the presence of Croydon's Dubtribu, but this time the producer does so with an 11-track album, deserved chance for him to really get his voice across. This is because YYA's output isn't dubstep in the fullest sense of the word, but rather a diverse and explorative myriad of sonics bound together by a heavy layer of low frequencies. If you're expecting loud, squelching and raucous brostep, you won't find any here; Yin Yang Audio serves up a gnarly bunch of tunes that can be used both on and off the floor, a myriad of sonics to bounce to and meditate over. For fans of the Deep Medi sound.
Review: Uncompromising bass tactics abound as Houston's YYA hops over the pond to Croydon's Dubtribu imprint. "The Running Man" carries several techno hallmarks as the sub pulsates with gradually growing menace. Further on we're immersed in classical drama as "Stressless" stretches out the strings before dropping into a series of sharp sinewy bass waves while "Sacrifice" takes us down a dark bass alley and duffs us up with distorted gritty lows and industrial strength highs. For his grand finale YYA lays down "Deepspace". All drones and gravity defying drum dynamics, naturally it lives up to its name.