Review: Once again it looks like the Encrypted team have arrived with another slice of delicious dubstep action, this time welcoming Manta to the table for a sizzling three-track display. We kick off with a vibrant combination of grizzly LFO manoeuvres and organic sound drum slaps in 'Powertrip', giving us an immediate feeling of sonic uniqueness. Next up, we find ourselves in-tune to some 80's style power moogs and more hypnotic synth designs in 'Creepin', before 'Witchfinder' strips it back even further for a gnarly dungeon-esc roller, putting the finishing touches onto a very tidy little three-tracker from all involved.
Review: There is a lot to be said for the incredible levels of consistency being shown by the Encrypted Audio team and this latest three track delight from S0LID is yet another showcasing of that, exploring the darker side of dubstep with some serious finesse. We begin with 'Blind Spot' a sub-heavy submarine ride through aquatic percussion and deep sub-waves, fluttering between gnarly LFO's and haunted melodic twists, before the oldschool wobbly bass-tones of 'Grudge' give us something with a much more throwback feel. Finally, the party completely switches as 'Escape' unveils a shivering half-time extravaganza, moving between fluid basslines and acidic jitters, rounding us off with a dash of mystery.
Review: If you are ever having a bad day, you can always rely on a new drop from Encrypted Audio to turn your mood around, with this sizzling new four track selection from Ducker being a great example. We begin with 'Imposter', a certified system-ready slap, buzzing with electronic bass prickles and hypnotic vocal textures, before 'Report A Crash' unleashes a tirade of monstrous drum stomps and alarm-like synth action to switch the pace dramatically. Next, your sub-speakers are in for a real ride as 'The Light' deploys a lethal display of low-ended mastery, topped with floating soundscapes and spacey drum textures before 'Vertical Vengeance' takes us down a swampy road for a bass-fueled finale.
Review: There really does seem to be no stopping the current Encrypted Audio run, as they continue on their breathtaking run of original dubstep releases with this powerful new three track expanse from Kodama. As always, Kodama pushes the boat out in as many ways as possible, kicking off with the haunted, spacey pads and charming harmonic flutters of 'Westly', which despite its delicate drum design approach still packs one hell of a punch. From here, the melodic vibes continue in abundance as 'Murphy's Song' unleashes a fabulous display of arpeggiated string plucks, all before 'Glimpse' switches the flavour into a more garage influenced approach, combining skippy rhythms with dripping percussion and chiming melodies for a fire finale.
Review: The Encrypted Audio team are one of the most consistent out there when it comes to new school dubstep label projects, with this new three track delight from Koma being a perfect example of that constant high level being maintained. We begin with the super grizzly drum crunches and stripped back yet extremely potent subwork of 'Dialtone', giving us a boost from the off, followed by the stuttered rhythms and beautiful soundscaping work of 'Flick' which really does take the project to a whole new level. Finally, 'Untitled' provides us with a gloomy outro track, linking together unpredictable reesey tones with clunky percussive powerdrives, putting the finishing touches on a masterfully produced bag of delights.
Review: It really is hard to find words that hold Encrypted Audio is as high enough of a position of praise as we feel they deserve of late. Their catalogue just keeps getting better, with this latest four track delight being yet another bag of bombshells. We begin firstly with a dive into 'Untitled', a weird yet wonderful warbling behemoth of a stepper alongside 'Grawinke; before 'Manufacturing Defect' links together sweeping synthetic clumps and super groovy rhythmic arrangements. The party takes a much more experimental tone next as the epic arpeggiator drills and Edwardian string samples of 'Warning' alongside Scooped leap into action, closely followed by a killer closer in 'Sourdough', a closer that sees both DubApe and Xakra display their love for the darker side of steppers music. Excellent work.
Review: The bar is constantly being raised by the Encrypted Audio team, a feat they seem to have achieved once again with this spicy new selection from Ekula. We kick off our dive into this one with a look at 'Meadows' a UK funky & breaksy hybrid, focussing on interesting rhythmic movements and warbling basslines, before the glitchy melodics and distant vocals of 'Speech' steer the ship in a different direction. Following this, 'Dancehall Filla' sees Natty Campbell get involved with some hard hitting vocals over some classic horn riff action, before rounding off with 'Dance Again', a crunchy roller, constantly exploring new areas of rhythm and groove through it's unique use of percussion.
Review: It is becoming more and more difficult for us to keep pace with the Encrypted Audio rampage as they continue their pretty spectacular run of top quality dubstep drops with another bombshell, this time welcoming fourteen top quality steppers creators inside for a mega compilation. There have been no expenses spared when it comes to the lineup, with the likes of Dalek One, Kodama, Karnage, Zygos, Mungk and many more established faces supplying us with a string of hard hitting dubstep originals. When we take a look at our specifics favourites however, we have to point out the truly lethal sub-bass & reese-bass combinations on DubApe's 'Quick', alongside the glitchy soundscapes of 'Bricked' from Chendah and the super syncopate rhythmic displays of Reamz on 'Devilish'. Awesome work as per!
Review: All across the breadth of 2020 we were very happily singing the praises of Encrypted Audio, who despite all the carnage worldwide were able to maintain a very consistent run of releases. They kick off 2021 in an ethereal bag as Chendah unleashes four tracks of melodic fire, kicking off with the spacey melodic structures and delayed chord lines of 'Emulged', followed by the beautiful, dusty soundscaping of 'Homee'. The project then takes a slightly darker turn next as 'Kibb' gives us some serious low end pressure, alongside some charming percussive clinks, before 'Sear' gives us a sumptuous eastern inspired outro track, putting the final touches on a very well thought out body of work.
Review: The Encrypted Audio team have supplied us with un-numbered treasures across the breadth of 2020, which is why we were so happy to see them slip in one more gift before the year comes to a close. Murk & Breez are in action to deliver a powerful four track display, kicking off with the fluttering percussive and dungeon-like atmospherics of 'Atem', followed by the gnarly bass plucks and spooky soundscaping of 'Different Dreams', kicking us off with a bang. Next, we dive into the interesting, almost Amazonian style rhythmic arrangements of 'Granite', which sends us in a completely new direction before the gully-sounding rolling bassline warbles of 'Salamanders' gives us one final punch. Amazing work!
Review: The Encrypted Audio team have been putting together some outstanding drops across the breadth of 2020, with this new six track system-buster being another example of just how strong their catalogue has become. This extensive compilation brings together the very best of their recent releases into one handy pile, with the likes of Hypho, DubApe, Ekula, Hunter Reed & BSay providing the goods. When laid down next to each other, we do notice a couple of clear standouts, with Hypho & Logan_olm's 'Badman Tune' being an incredibly catchy techy roller, alongside the system shaking bass notation and sweeping atmospheric pressure of 'Emparedado' from BSay. It shows just how well they have done over the last few months and we absolutely love to see it!
Review: The Encrypted Audio team have delivered a real gem of a release with this one as they welcome the sounds of Mungk in for a dubwise delight, launching his band new 'Warrior Dance' single with some cracking remixes. The original mix of the tune is a proper system stomper, driven forward primarily by it's marching drum designs and ska-like chord syncopations, making it a perfect turn up tune for the dance. We have also been given some top quality remix action as Ourman firstly gives the track a more emotive half-time facelift, followed by Imanzi's spaced out system-ready relick. Finally, Kodama gives us a shuffling steppers overhaul, pushing a more classic dubwise chord pattern forward with an eerie sense of atmosphere throughout.
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: 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: 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: 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!
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Encrypted Audio are kicking off a new decade with some serious style here as they invite the incredibly creative sounds of Rygby in for a three track bonanza. We kick off with the frankly stunning melodic synth manoeuvres and warbling LFO patterns of 'Janksy', before the trap-style drums and sharp, pulsating 808 subs of 'Twinkle Toez' follow up closely. Finally, we return to more Rybgy rhythmic genius as we take in 'Deadliest Force', another almost eskimo inspired composition, complete with popping drum arrangements and a constantly shifting icey soundscape. Lovely!
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Review: It appears that the Encrypted Audio team seem pretty intent on continuing their high profile run of releases as they unveil this quite frankly phenomenal body of work from Nottingham's SkintDisco. 'ENC038D' is a top draw LP project, from 'Type Zero' with its euphoric arpeggiated textures and 'Blutack' with its impeccable dubwise sound design to the tribal percussive flavours of 'Issa', the eastern inspired melodies of 'Suffer' and the dungeon driven subs of 'The Pipe'. The project also comes complete with two top draw remixes, as Zygos takes 'Type Zero' for a spacey overhaul and Koma reworks 'The Pipe' into a percussive shackout. Excellent work from start to finish!
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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: Whatley comes through correct with his musical debut, but this is no surprise given Encrypted Audio's recent recruitment policies; the imprint only goes after the very best of the best across the enlarged 'bass' world. "Disconnect" grooves and rhymes majestically with its distant and fading piano keys, while "Beckoning" drops a much heavier load of bass dread amid that inherent musicality that seems to represent Whatley's style. "Madre", or mother, takes a much sparser approach to the whole equation, coming through with a stripped drum groove and a cold, airy gust of minimal sonics. A masterful first release from the new artist.
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: 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.