Review: We always look forward to seeing a fresh delivery from the highly celebrated Encrypted Audio camp, who here provide us with another sack of sauce as they put forward this experimental helping from A_0. This is by no means your typical dubstep release, as we hear the immediate unpredictability of 'XP's synths run riot amidst a broken coming together of industrial sorcery. To follow, the darkened eskimo synth stabs of 'Fienz' and the super grimey designs of the energetic 'Impact'. Finally, we finish up our look at this project with a dip into super syncopated rhythmic bliss and unpredictability of 'Scraper', sure to send any dance into an absolute state.
Review: Back on FatKidOnFire, Parisian bass wizard Argo is in absolutely no mood to kick-start 2017 with something tame. Instead, these four cuts showcase the deepest, most wondrous shades of dubstep, starting with the deep and cerebral whirpool that is "Around Me", followed by a similarly murky affair by the name of "Machina". "Solidz" is meaner, more pumped, and powered by an aggressive injection of growl-bass, but the tune never strays too far away from the deeper end of the dubstep sound, leaving "Symbiotic" to provide the snare lashings as one final twist of the knife.
Review: While we understand that it has more to do with a dogged mind and a dedication to producing wild-eyed dubstep and breakbeats, we've always thought that Binary's name doesn't quite do the man's music the right justice. To us, it sounds wide and uncontrollable, an almost 3D aesthetic to its wages of bass and percussion. The producer is up on Encrypted Audio with a bag of new cuts under the ENC25D banner, a four-pronged mood setter to please the heads and nudge the dancers. From the echoes of "Infirmary Dub" to the cavernous pits of "Trangression", Binary's output kicks down the doors and leaves no surivivors, which is a good thing if you're dealing in hazardous levels of sub tones travelling through the air like bullets. BAD.
Review: Binary's material is kicking off left, right and centre at the moment, and we seem to mentioning his name a lot at the moment, not to mention the fact that his deep, mindful style of ninja bass, a take on the genre with a noticeable stealth to its beats. "Mind Killer", for example, is a dark has cavernous roller filled with booby traps at every turn, morphing and winding in a wormhole of dread. "The Box" is equally tenebrous in its choice of sonics, but here the look and feel is a lot more dubwise, taking inspiration from the Mala tradition. The only difference is that Binary takes it one step further into oblivion. Rah!
Review: As always with Encrypted Audio, we are in for somewhat of a treat as they unveil this very classy sounding three track expanse from Burke, who has also been in fantastic form of late. We kick off with the spooky melodic twists and sharpened drum slaps of 'Yu'll Do Nuttin', which sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the EP with it's hard-hitting rhythmic design. From here, we dive into 'Village Eejit', a sub-heavy warbler that would cause damage on any system with its minimal structure and explosive low ends. Finally, things get spacey as Argo steps up on remix duty to revamp 'Bram Stoker' into a heavily weighted roller, adding a perfect amount of variation to the EP as a whole.
Review: As we move further into the new decade, we are thrilled to see that the Encrypted Audio team are continuing to keep up the pace, as they welcome one of 2019's standout producers: Cartridge. He kicks off this powerful four track collection with the colourful melodies and smooth grooves of 'Daffodils In February', followed by the incredibly gnarly tones of 'Isham'. Next, eastern patterns are combined with scratchy drums on 'Riot' with excellent results, alongside the final track 'Stubble', which uses chiming melodies and swirling sub textures to round us off nicely. Tidy work!
Review: The slow oscillating sub that sits below 'Steps' is killer, it's low rumble creates a perfect opposition for the collection metallic crashes, clangs and simmering bubbling pots, we feel like we're in the nutty professors work shop. Cue 'Magic Mushroom' if you're a fan of the Super Mario series you will recognise nearly every manipulated sample in this badboy! From Mario's mushroom inducing growth spurts to kicking the Koopers they're all there, and for the ghost house sub... amazing. 'Critical Error' has got some real groove it and for this reason will kill the dance across other bass led genres. 'Wu Tang Style' is a loud and intense collection of sounds on a slightly different tip to the rest of the EP.
Review: It was only a matter of time before Content had his own EP on Encrypted Audio to be fair. The label have been delivering some of the most innovative and progressive deep bass sounds since launching and the same can be said for Content's career too. Here's proof; the jazzy two-step swing of "Critic", the spooked-out fogginess and unpredictability of "Questions", the slippery space funk of "Short Change" and the utter filth of "Parish Pick-Axe", each cut hitting from a completely different perspective with some remarkable textures and sound designs, the fit between artist and label couldn't be tighter if it tried. Essential.
Review: Content has gone from being on the fringes of the Encrypted Audio crew to delivering its very best bass concoctions, and that's no small feat given then fact that this is one of the hottest catalogues on our digi charts at the moment. The young dread soldier storms through the airwaves with the iconic sounds of "Origins", a marching slab of dubwise two-step for all those who are still praying for the maintenance of high quality dubstep. Put it this way, if FWD at Plastic People were still happening then this man would be getting quite a few rewinds. Remixes come from Kloudmen and Fill Spectre, with the former slapping down a bit of techno sensibility, and the latter twisting up the bass even further. Vibes!
Review: Another deep space excursion from Encrypted's relatively recent past, label co-founder Content and US star-gazer Krudkutter first dropped these two devilish constructions just over a year ago. "Things" put the gravy in graveyard with its elastic bassline and woozy triplet-based beat. "Just 9" takes the spooky factor to even darker places with unnerving processed breathing and stumbling off-grid beats that shuffle beneath some of the creepiest, swampy tones and textures. Forever future.
Review: US bass producer Dalek One comes through with some seriously professional constructions, showing the UK fam exactly how it's done in 2017! Up on Encrypted Audio, the producer starts off with the moody, unpredictable flows of "Gone Mad", which fall neatly into the hands of the liquifying "Lid Seeker". "Not Real" drags its rusty, deranged beats along with the help of a murderous web of bass, whereas "Scattered Music" sounds more like machine than man, a cold and calculated bric-a-brac of beats and bass with a sinister edge.
Review: Our pet favourite, Encrypted Audio, has just scouted out two new bass-headz for their catalogue, the promising talents of Darkraqqen and Ramsez, both relatively new players on the scene. That being said, "Demons Inside" sounds like it's been crafted with the upmost care and attention to every detail, breaking out a dangerously wobbly swarm of bass, while "FML" goes much deeper into the depths of the dubstep cavern thanks to some utterly broken beats, which leaves "Pressure" to send us off into dread march mountain, to quote an infamous Mala killer. Sick.
Review: It was only a matter of time before Dayzero would appear among the rest of the Encrypted Audio crew, and number 36 in the catalogue feels like a winner from the very first bars. "Ahab Shell" is the name, and the vibe is pure dread-out from start to finish, with "Level 3" getting even dubbier on the drums and bass, making it a sick addition to any modern steppers stet. "R6Y", on the other hand, reminds us of early days Skream, where glitch half-steps are intertwined with deep, alien-like bass that can only come from London Town. Among the best of the week, in our opinion...
Review: It was only a matter of time before Deafblind made his debut on the savagely forward-thinking Encrypted Audio imprint. Unapologetic, dank and barbed; his sentiments fit the label perfectly. "Second Strike" is a demonic grave-smasher with sinewy psy elements twisting around the thrusting halftime beats like boa constrictors. "End Of The Line" is a lot more mournful and introspective as it gradually fills the space with echoing reverb and lizard bass groans while "Untitled" is the funeral march soundtrack you never knew you wanted. "Cupine" sets fire to the scene of the crime with evocative sci-fi pads and clanking, weird-funk industrial drum work. Hear all evil, see all evil.
Review: Run by Content (Tony Riley) and Deafblind (Rich Weston), Encrypted Audio is a label that likes to focus on 'the darker side of electronica'. Pushing a self-confessed 'experimental bass' sound, the ENC006 EP perfectly captures the label's spirit. There are five doom-step excursions featured, highlights include the creepy dark alley crawl of "Pistol Grip", the sparse, angular percussion of "Six Shooter" and the hip-hop-on-opiates haze of "Atlas".
Review: The sheer amount of quality dubstep we have been receiving in the store is so pleasing to see, with producers pulling out new tricks every week to keep the genre as fresh and vibrant as it has ever been. We begin this project from Dubape with a peek into 'Trapped', a phenomenal piece of steppers production, laced with irresistible eastern string work. Next the rawcus horn roars of 'Gargoyle' step into the driving seat, followed by 'Burn' alongside Hiloxam, an alien-like roller, housing some very cool sounds indeed. We then finish up the project with the syncopated hat rhythms and choppy synth work of 'Virus' with Scooped, rounding things of in good fashion.
Review: Whenever we see an ENC catalogue number pop up in the store, we know we are in for a good time, with this latest drop from Ducker adding to Encrypted Audio's incredibly consistent catalogue. We begin with 'Blood Run', which combines subtle percussive influxes with spacey pad textures and high energy drum runs. This is then followed by the bleeping melodies and haunting arpeggios of 'Bookworm' before 'Digitalize' gives us a really original sounding thump, pushed by gnarly subs and warbling synthesizer lines. Finally, 'Haunting' deploys a rawcus bass lead over heavily delayed drum slaps and more minimal rhythmic sections to really hit home the final run!
Review: The Encrypted team look to continue their highly rated recent run with this one as they invite the intriguing sounds of 'El inside for a three track dubstep experiment. We begin our journey through this one with a taster of 'Repetition', a blippy, stuttered original design combining bubbling synthesizer plucks with moody sublines to create something quite ear-opening. Next, 'Start A War' stitches together an array of organic percussive chimes with a spooky atmospheric overtone for more thought-provoking listening, before rounding this off with 'Wake Up Lisa' another crunchy creation that ties together an heavily reverberated drumset with spacey melodic drifts and off-key piano stabs for an eerie adventure.
Review: Savagely on-point Encrypted welcome a key contributor to Denver's rich dubstep scene: Ether. It was only a matter of time as both artist and label appreciate the same inventiveness and risk in tracks. As proved by "Da Funk" which has enough space to fit entire universes between the beats and is coated in unique, beguiling designs. This futurist theme is maintained throughout: be it in the devilish voice and ball-and-chain, bone-dragging beats of "Spawn", the freaky kick-skips of "Trigger" or the pure machine funk of "VuFlex", Ether is giving us a glimpse into time beyond now.
Review: Next up on the listings for the ever-ready Encrypted Audio we see them welcome a fabulous array of dubstep talent as Ether, Samba and Chokez arrive for two cracking heaters. First of all, we hear Samba & Chokez join forces to provide a dungeon-ready rethink of Ether's 'Dafunk', lining it with glistening melodic chimes and high energy hi-hat lines. On the flipside, we hear the two go out on original duty with the haunted synthesizer designs and spooky atmospheric pressings of '2', which gives us a great example of just how lethal Samba & Chokez can be. Overall these are two fabulous additions to the incredibly reliable Encrypted Audio catalogue!
Review: Continuously excavating talent from the darkest depths of dubspace, Encrypted Audio maintain the heat seat of Argo's 2017 opener with this ludicrously loose four-piece. Everything about "Cough" startles and discomforts - the droning strings, the strange drums, the trembling hook; it all works together with alarming results. "Mercurial" takes the space concept even further with enough room to fit entire fleets of buses between the kicks while "No Escape" tips at modern classical techniques with its textures before a smoky 808 eases itself into the fray. Finally "Artesh" looks east for alluring, cosmic inspiration. Heady stuff.
Review: Two originals, one co-lab, one remix: Ghast returns to Encrypted with long-time Free Love Digi cohort and fellow Tuscaneer Thomas B. As always with these two, it's a high pressure experience with a wry balance of tension, angst and funk. Thomas takes the lead with "Goom Room", a cut that rides a clever bounce thanks to the sudden switches into skippy drums and strange humanised bass tones while Ghast deconstructs it with dark pranged out textures. Deeper into the script we hit the cavernous twangs and pneumatic hisses of "Cryo Bomb" where the pair lock horns over a groove that gets trippier as the track progresses before Ghast closes the show solo with the woozy deep space sojourn that's fittingly titled "Beyond Repair". If it ain't broke...
Review: We want to start off by acknowledging just how heavyweight a combination this as the combined styles of Glume & Phossa touch down on the incredibly consistent Encrypted Audio for three more incredible creations, kicking off with crunchy drum curls and gnarly bass drives of 'Bat Country'. Following this, we start to explore further into the more melodic side of the duo as 'Yucatan' arrives with a bag of incredible tight drum processing and haunting atmospheric design, before 'Apogee' provides us with a more introspective original, led by shimmering chord expressions and spooky melodic structures. They just keep getting better and better!
Review: The Encrypted Audio camp have always held an extremely high standard a label project. This is a trend with most certainly continues in style as they bring in Manchester's dub specialist Hypho for a sumptuous four track bonanza. First we look at 'Guillotine' which brings aquatic rhythms together with 8 bit sound design for a exciting outing. Following this, 'Blazed' and 'Narrow' provide more of the same flavours with engulfing subs running riot amidst powerful drumlines. Finally, the unpredictable bass movements and shuffled chops of 'Rotten Milk' finish up the project with a bang, rounding off an impressive body of work.
Style Me Guide (feat Rider Shafique) - (4:37) 140 BPM
Style Me Guide (feat Rider Shafique - Kelly Dean remix) - (5:27) 140 BPM
Bufo Alvarius (original mix) - (4:13) 140 BPM
Bufo Alvarius (Deafblind remix) - (4:37) 140 BPM
Review: Well what a combo this is as we see the potent production duo of Hypho & Xakra link up in style as they land on the ever-ready Encrypted Audio imprint for a four track masterclass. To kick us off, Rider Shafique is inside for a super catchy roller by the name of 'Style Me Guide' for which Hypho & Xakra supply us with a stunning, slower tempo dubstep-style arrangement, dripping in electronic sauce and providing the perfect amount of room for Shafique to do what he does best. Kelly Dean then steps in to provide us with a more dungeon-ready remix of this one before we move into warbling textures and blippy melodics of 'Bufo Alvarius', providing a nice contrast from the A-side. Finally, Deafblind gets involved for a lofi rethink of 'Deafblind' to put the final touches on a glistening selection.
Review: It's starting to feel like every week we see a new Encrypted Audio release land in the store, and we are not complaining for one second as Jaswan continues their fantastic run. We begin this one with a dive into 'Nocturna', a warped, writhing piece of electronic elegance driven by lethal reee tones and quirky percussive hits. From here, we take into the subtle eastern string plucks of 'Sakura' and blippy melodic structures of 'Saraswati', before 'Yo We Dreaming' combines sizzling shaker patterns with floaty atmospheric pads and breathy percussive influxes to round us out in style. Fantastic stuff.
Review: Never often mistaken for Ms Minogue, this Kai Li peddles a darker sound altogether. Discovered by Encrypted Audio during an online trawl for new talent, the sounds made by this fresh artist instantly converted them. Now fully signed up (EA are talking about nurturing his talent long term) he delivers his debut EP, ENC023. There are three tracks to explore here, starting with the morbid shuffle of "Acid Victim". The heavy vibes continue with the dark alley crawl of "OMW" and the sub heavy dubstep moods of "Shrunken Head (feat Itchy)". One to watch.
Review: Encrypted aren't messing around in 2017 are they? Following key releases from Ghast, Trop, Rygby, DMVU and Argo comes abyss veteran Karnage. Last spotted on FKOK via DayZero's EP, here we find in well-oiled rolling mode as "Zaoichi" cascades further and further into itself with loopy introversion. "Model 29" steps back to refocus on a much starker, classic bass riff, with all the right dub hallmarks and skies of space between the elements, this was designed for one thing only: smashing systems. "Killswitch", meanwhile, is tailored for smashing bodies.... a real menacing mechanical funk is at play as strong themes of techno run throughout. "Mokko" provides essential counterpoint with its wonderfully wobbly sub and big breeze pads that enter mid way. Full spectrum.
Review: Insane scenes as Karnage returns to Encrypted with four of his moodiest sluggers to date. "Death Proof" sets the pace with its rifle bass shots, tense atmosphere and harrowed chords, "Kefka's Revenge" takes us deep into the machine with a cascade of data textures and that rains defiantly over some gut-punching swaggered-out beats while "Prog Knife" pays homage to the Genesis with staccato bass shots over a brutal mecha beat. For the finale (fantasy) Karnage gives us a round-the-world trip with a dizzying set of, wavey sci-fi aesthetics and chords that rise to cathedral height. Immense material to the last detail.
Review: After 18 months of silence, Versed rises from its sleep with an energised album-sized air. Leaning over the future precipice even further than before, the whole collection reeks of innovation and rule-free drama. The cosmic digidub of "Slept On", the scaly drones and off-beat parps of "Cabin", the mischievous wobbles and spacious funk of "Don't Talk", the tripped out vocal cuts and pranged out bass zaps of "Buddha" are just some of the many highlights on offer here... Dig deep and digest - this more than makes up for lost time!
Review: In one sense, Scandinavia is the perfect hub for creating dark and cerebral dubstep experiments. The cold weather and short days are an easy blend of circumstances which naturally spawn hours and hours on end in studios...and, of course, dark machine-drum music of all types. Sweden's Kloudmen duo are part of this dynasty, and they return to Encrypted Audio with a pair of proper stormers: "Badadoh" is a dubstep tune stuck in the grime days thanks to a rattling mutant bass and those inimitable pacman sounds moving back and forth; "Modu" is more your sort of 'traditional' dubstep weapon used by the likes of Mala or Coki in their legendary sets. Top gear.
Review: Encrypted Audio are back in the building with yet another stack of absolute heaters here as they enlist the vibrant production stylings of Kodama for a delightful three track selection. We begin with a dip into 'Moonlight', a spacey, glittering soundscape packed with constantly evolving synth themes and moogy subs. Next, 'Shokichi' lands, packed with Asian melodic themes and spicy basslines, followed the super swinging drum arrangements of 'Witching Hour', a composition brimming with stunning harmonies and lively chiming melodics. This is definitely one to be taken in inside a venue!
Review: New York's Kronodigger takes a step away from producing classical acts to flex his sound design muscles on this breathtaking two-tracker. "Electric Brain" bends and melts with industrial strength demonic funk and textures that stop you in your tracks while "Retribution" is a much gloomier affair with a writhing toxic swamp bassline, a paranoid chime hook that will soundtrack many of your next favourite nightmares and a breakdown that teases us with peaks of a utopian universe... Before pulling them away with bitcrunched insanity. Chilling, challenging and uncompromised; just what we expect from Encrypted.
Review: It seems as though the Encrypted Audio team are looking to continue the run of good form that saw them through the breadth of 2019 as they kick off the new year with this swamp-ready EP from Manta. On the A-side we are gifted 'It Lurks', a proper spooky little warbler which provides an unassailable wonk between its unorthodox drum claps and moogy bass grooves. On the flip, 'Zealot' continues the murky theme, this time taking a more stuttered rhythmic approach, packing some serious sub energy below!
Review: Mershak's trade is in the darkest and most eagle-eyed of dubstep, which makes him a bit of a rudeboy around these charts; his output has the same sort of impact on us that Noisia used to have back in the d&b revival days. So, just like Noisia, "Gnosis" and "Heavy Work" drop vicious levels of low frequencies that will no doubt have the effect of a nuclear bomb in any respectable dancehall from here to Dundee. "Kindler" takes the moves to a sparser, more tribalistic sort of setting for the real headz, but "Rituals" breaks the groove up nicely with a bumpy bass recalling somrthing more like a bass steppah - oh, Marshek!
Review: It's been an excellent year of releases for the team at Encrypted Audio, who here continue their flavoursome run with a combined EP from Mrshl and Centauri, kicking off with Centauri's super experimental machine gun chomper in 'Invicta'. Next, Mrshl roles out for his solo addition with grimey synths and evil horns on 'Spastic Bells' followed by a jump into two back to back collaborations. First, the pair combine gritty dubstep flavours with colourful percussive influences on 'Grey', before finishing everything up with the stuttered drums and choppy bass stutters of 'Hallway Freakout', rounding off an impressive body of work.
Review: It's back to Encrypted Audio we go as we take a dive into their latest four track selection from Murk and Shiva, a German dubstep link up set to cause some serious damage in the dance. We kick off with the stunning soundscaping work of 'Cluster' which combines scuffed rhythmic elements with spooky pads for a wicked introduction. This is then followed by the chiming percussive genius of 'Ma Key' and engulfing sub designs of 'Upside Down', before we find ourselves maneuvering through 'Visage', a swampy bass bin cruncher, top with sparse vocal slices for that additional dash of colour. If we could describe this one in one word, it would be "potent".
Review: This is the first time that Opus and Loudcutta appear on the excellent Encrypted Audio imprint and, we should add, it's also the first time that they join forces behind the mixing board - full-on debuts on all fronts! Thankfully, what they have produced is some absolute gold, ad exactly the sort of bass gear needed to shake the scene up: "M-80" launches one of the duttiest basslines we've heard since the start of 2017, "Rotten Wing" gives a new terminology to the what we usually refer to as 'off-kilter', and "Teefing Season" is the most effective bit of wobble available on our charts this week - total winners! Recommended.