Review: Within the ever-expanding dubstep community, FatKidOnFire are definitely seen as one of the front-running brands in modern times, boasting a very well supported network and roster. This latest offering sees them bring in the talents of 1137 across four epic steppers originals. The first of these goes by the name 'Can't Escape It' and is a moody roller, setting the pace for the rest of the project perfectly. Next up, the minimalist sub spreads of 'Undefeated', which rolls smoothly into the satanic spaces and atmospheric dips of 'Terror Dub'. We then finish up the project strongly as we dip into 'Engulfed'. This one is a peach of a creation, rattling between electronic utterings and lo-fi drum designs, tying things up nicely.
Review: The fat kid just keeps on burning. Slowly kindled with deep dub burners, the bass portal's new label venture has warmed our very cockles each and every month. Here we find them at their deepest, most meditative state with AKX (AKA Nottingham's Gutcha). Operating with smouldering, slo-mo ambience, there's a lush sense of atmosphere that sits somewhere between ASC and Jamie XX. Highlights include the snoozy chord washes and lolloping riddim on "Tiger Eye" and the far-away cries and processed Burial breaks on "Define". "Part One (Sunlight)", meanwhile, sounds like it could've been used on Massive Attack's Protection. Comparisons genuinely don't come any higher than that. Stunning. Shove another log on the fatty, let's keep him burning.
Review: Fat Kid On Fire come though with their seventh release, this time by 17-year old Parisian bass-wonder, Argo. Sharp snares, brutal kicks and razor sharp bass feature on the deep and atmospheric "Hundred", while "Plan B" utilises a sinister vocal sample which takes things in a very dark halfstep direction. Machine gun sonics, savage walls of powerful low end and driving percussion make up the last original, "Seek", while "Asylum" gets a remix from Living Proof, who turns in a real head nodder worthy of Argo's originals, accented by some tasty dub influences. Highly recommended!
Review: With the discovery of shady UK producer Atma, FKOF has even surprised itself at having uncovered this exceptional future breaks talent. They don't seem to know much about him, but it's the music that speaks volumes and here we're presented with four exquisitely produced, forward-facing tracks. "One Voice" starts the EP with menacing arpeggiated bass chugs and what sounds like a brooding Russell Crowe sample, the dubstep of "Black Mirror" continues the music for dark alleyways theme, whilst things get more soulful on "See It Here". Finally "Subterranean" introduces some trap attitude for a percussion-led mindblower.
Review: The fatties at FKOF are genuinely firing right now. Eight releases deep, each one builds respectfully on the last, and naturally this four-track treat from Tuba bossman Bakir is a whole new level. "Elefante" sums up the sonic richness and boldness in a jiffy thanks to its impeccable drum production and arrangement. Throw in some horns (probably played by Bakir himself) and a soft skank and you're putty in its hands. Moving on, "Numbers Go Up" deftly plays between aggy and techy thanks to its subtle but dominant persistence, "Red Hook" is the moody (yet mildly meditative) industrial dub stomper while "Three Sided" closes the show on a flip-switching deep jungle flex. May the fires at FKOF keep on burning - the scene needs more creativity like this.
Review: The guys at FatKidOnFire make a major step here in tightening their grip around the top plinth of a now crowded dubstep landscape. They do this by bringing a phenomenal four track expanse to the table from the likes of Binary, who certainly doesn't disappoint. We begin with the shifty, unearthly tones and dubstyle delays of 'Cataclysm' and the hellish tripletted rhythmic plays of 'Decoding', before hitting the stuttered drum work and chilling half time percussive stabs on 'Kill You'. The EP rounds off perfectly with a top draw collaboration alongside Ceiva, which goes by the name 'Skeleton Dance', another unpredictable arrangement stuffed full of haunted sub pressure.
Review: With a well-paced, measured sounds fitting the platform like a snug pair of slippers, it was only a matter of time before Bunzer0 added his deep techy weight to FKOF's evergreen EP series. "Burner" ignites with a twitchy, techy twist. All staggered and spiked out, it owes just as much to techno as it does sub science. "Schizo" lives up to its name as whispering breakbeats give stern messages beneath dense layers of atmosphere while "Fracture" is the ultimate snake-charmer as it rattles and rolls with off-beat minimal mischief. Finally we hit "First Lesson". A complete switch flip in terms of tempo and drum dynamic, it's the misty drive home after you've dropped the heavyweight nuggets that preceded it. Swingy.
Review: FKOF continue to fire full-pelt into the creative unknown. This time rising German artist Causa is in the driving seat. And he's taking us to the darkest possible destinations. "Dismaying" belies its title in every way as the thunderclap snares shatter and tightly-clipped, reversed-tone percussive elements clatter. "Mighty Dub" plays on similar sounds with a heavier, stampier approach where shiny aluminium designs wobble and falter with trippy effect. Deeper again, "Invasion" boasts an array of trippy moaning processes while "Blaster" swaggers on a woozy skank. Unique and forward-thinking... Just as you'd expect from FatKidOnFire.
Review: Will Benton's label, FatKidOnFire, has a seriously heavy rep for delivering only the most forward thinking productions by the edgiest producers. Each release only has a catalogue number and that's the way it should be - no clutter, just underground sounds. Chokez is the latest to grace the FKOF ranks, turning in this uber meditative four track single. He was discovered by accident when Kaiju uncovered a bootleg of their own tune by this cheeky Londoner... Highlights include the sub-heavy ancient orient vibes of "Ras Samurai VIP" and EP highlight, the deep and dubby headnodder, "Madda".
Review: Chris Innasound comes through with some phat, smoking tunes, and somehow manages to land on a label with a very similar outlook, the unstoppable FatKidOnFire. Four tunes, four walls of beats and bass for your body and mind; "It Is What It Is" takes a slow, marching rhythm and slaps a fat wallop of bass underneath it, and "What You Need" sounds like its natural development, a frozen, harmonic bundle chunk of noise with a rhythmic pattern. "Re-Entry" rolls and flaunts its more tribal percussion in front of a subtly squelching load of mutant bass, whereas "Between The Lines" takes after the deep and heady dubstep that both the artist and the label are closely associated to. Heavy gear.
Review: Long-term FKOF affiliate and friend, Content steps up to deliver a quad of purist future-focussed sub jams. As you'd expect from the man previously known as Drama, each one of them is laced with pensive menace and spotless sonic designs. Highlights include the seemingly endless, brain-bursting bass drone on "Pirate Activity" and the crisp sub punctuation and outer-planetary sounds on "Open Circuit". Dig deep and you'll find a wealth of further audio acme. Nine releases deep and not so much of a whiff of a dull moment, FKOF continue to blaze brightly.
Review: New artillery of dubstep swelters from the on-fire FatKidOnFire imprint - yessir! Militant bass vibes and deathly percussive stabs all-round with this new four-way compilation from a bunch of newcomers, and it's all very much in the typical spirit of the label. "Fear Spud" by D-Operation Drop is like a war march guided by a band of low frequencies, Iskeletor's "Charizard" is a wild, venomous slice of neuro-funk with a broken beat, while "S.90" by Saule is a more typical dubstep anthem a-la DMZ, and Bukez Finezt goes more acoustic with his harmonious bass experiment tagged "False Friends". Bad.
Review: Fat Kid On Fire, the more daring of dubstep labels out there at the moment, welcome back Darj to deliver some of his inimitable mind swagger, and he delivers the goods like always. The opener "Wagwan" is probably the choice cut out of the four, where the tunes half-steps are swallowed whole by an ocean of dubby chord swells, but "The Edge" is not far behind given its deep and driving groove slithering militantly in the shadows. "Submarine Dub", as the name suggests, is a subaqueous bass pounder that'll rock your boat and throw you overboard thanks to a healthy dosage of lo-fi wobbles; the remix comes from Egoless who tears the groove wide open, leaving only a trail of watery dub and bric-a-brac percussion in his path.
Review: FKOF invite a new face to their solid, stone-faced troop; Dark Harmonics. What began as a free download has now developed into an entire extended narrative that sits solely at the forefront of future dub. "ForbidonFountin" palpitates with jittering subs that wobble like jelly around the anvil kicks and twisted vocal sample processes. "Crypt Walking" lives up to its title; a foggy, moonlight meander through the creepiest of quarters, all pensive and as tightly clipped as an old army general's diction. "Wayne Pipe" takes us into meaner, more minimal pastures as another fluctuating sub textures takes the lead over industrial strength beats. Finally we hit "Quake", a floor-crushing swagger jam that rolls with a precision vocal sample. Moody and uncompromising, Dark Harmonics are single-handedly writing a whole new chapter in bass music right here.
Review: Japanese bad man Dayzero made all the right moves with releases on Phantom Hertz, Zip Sound and a few others last year. His first drop of 2016 suggests Dayzero is still on a course set for the top, aligning with Fat Kid On Fire for a most impressive four track release that ends on a heavyweight collaboration with Karnage. Don't sleep on the preceding three solo cuts from Dayzero however, as collectively they really make this worthy of your time and attention. The heavily chopped vocals and superbly structured percussion sets opener "Allca" apart as our pick; the stuttering kicks really feel like they are bouncing off the bassline.
Review: Fat Kid On Fire starts off the new year with a handpicked selection of deep, sweltering dub licks from Vienna's rising Dubapes outfit. The label had a promising start last year and their signature sound just keeps on evolving with these four, chubby-as-hell floor monsters; starting with "The City", a mutant-like bundle of electrolite bass infusions dominating its core, with a broken artillery of kicks and snares. "Feel The Tribe" goes for a more D&B approach with breaks galore at the helm, whilst "Jah No Dead" is one for the heads - cerebral, hazy pads wailing gently above the rickety percussion sway. Finally, "Endangered Dreams" heads straight into the orbit thanks to a sinister but seductive gravitational pull consisting of emotive strings, crystal-like synths and seductive vocals. Get involved.
Review: With previous releases on Altered, Indigo Movement, MWM, Underslung and Dubstep Rotterdam, Dubbacle's been bubbling for more than a minute. Now, with this FKOF document, he has potential to boil over into the wider scene consciousness; "Jah Fire" is a haunted affair. All minor chords and strange spatial atmospheres, it wouldn't go amiss on techno imprints such as Monkey Town or bPitch. "Bezerk" is equally unique thanks to its alarming time signature and drum dynamic. "Control" nods neatly at fellow native 2562 with its future garage chords and smooth, deep finish while "Restless" is a condensed slice of smoky jazz futurism thanks to a well processed trumpet and some deft looping in the rhythm department. Genuinely unique, those firebrand fatties sure know how to pick them.
Review: Kudos-enriched bass site Fat Kid On Fire follow up their Un/Known album earlier this year with their first full single release. With such a stamp of authority, and the fact it's been penned by the never-failing Dubfreq, this shouldn't need much of a hard sell. Each cut tickles a different corner of the dance; "Next To Me" shimmers with delicate vocal dynamics, "Selenky" offers the peaktime saw-tooth swagger-punch and both "Excuse Me Officer" and "MSH" leaning back on a funkier skank flex. Each cut really shines with same enthusiasm, clarity and wit as FKOF itself. This could be the start of something very special.
Review: Bona fide dungeon master from New Zealand, Headland makes his FKOF debut with four cosmic chasm explorations: "Break Out" rides on an alluring industrial texture most likely sampled from an oil rig in the furthest reaches of the known universe. "VHS Weather" takes us even further into the unknown with a woozy, seasick dynamic that's both paranoid and uplifting. "Trade Off" plays with the concept of space as the beats build with a roomier view, allowing the piped tones and waft through like thick green smoke. Finally we hit "Inflekshun". The swampiest side of the square, be prepared as deep washes of tones and textures coat you indelibly. Unique.
Review: Fresh from their scavenging mission on New Moon, Dutch trio The Illuminated land on FKOF, a platform that's supported them since their earliest incarnations. With four tracks to showcase, FKOF have given them their biggest opportunity to date. And as each track pushes their own and the genre's boundaries beyond expectations, they've clearly not wasted the opportunity. Highlights include the insanity riff spirals on "Psychonauts" the pulsating heartbeat subs and dubbed out percussion on "Vintage" and the synth and sax sensuousness of "HMU". Illuminatingly lush, FKOF's label operation just keeps getting better and better.
Review: Deep and futuristic dubstep from Will Benton's FatKidOnFire out of London. This time it is Bristol duo Isolate at the helm, taking you on some disturbed bass excursions. First track "Damaged" features skilfully restrained rhythm with demonic bass snarls and overall haunting atmospherics. "Hyperion" is more chilled out upon first listen but don't think for a second that they let up on the darkness or bass pressure. "Program" sees them get back up-tempo with metallic industrial percussion accompanied by demonic reverberations and alien snarls. Finally they team up with Slynch on "Fandango" a funky, grinding liquid dubstep affair.
Review: The best producers can conjure a groove and spirit with one perfectly executed kick drum arrangement. See "Boatland" for the perfect example; the second the smouldering kick cuts through the eerie pads, you'll be enveloped in an undeniable sense of carnal rhythm mischief. This immersive experience continues as we hit a VIP rendition of 2012's "The Omen" that's deeper and more dynamic than the original without losing any of its founding spirit. "Braata" shows evidence of Juss B's current residence in Bali as a relentless hand drum runs point and the surging pads and thick subs running back-up. "Cerebus" brings us to a fittingly firing climax. Pacier and more dramatic, the double-ups on the kicks and the crude oil sub attached to each beat elevates this from deep to dangerous. FKOF have delivered once again.
Review: Drum & bass heads and French junglists will be more than familiar with deep bass duo Kantyze. With previous on the forward-thinking likes of IM:LTD and Suspect Device, their sonic signature has always been one that's lent itself to the odd tempo or groove fluctuation. Here they prove as much with their FKOF debut. Four tracks of dynamic dark design, they've taken the best elements of drum & bass (drama, pace, unpredictability) and applied them to a deeper framework. "Chokey" is a sea of enveloping synth washes and mournful strings, "Bring The Core" is a loopy lesson in techno-minded minimalism and "Digital Reality" is a carnal call to action, all rapid and dramatic. Finally we hit "Ruff". With classic time-stretched jungle vocals and snares, soaring atmospheric textures and deep space sensations, it belies its name with equal measures of smooth. Beautiful.
Review: FatKidOnFire looks westward for its 12th EP outing. Marking a whole year of forward-thinking, dynamic bass releases, US artist Malleus gives us a schooling in originality, as "Vodun" is coated in the harrowing sounds of what appears to be a rusty swing, shifting lonely in a damp cold wind. "Wall To Wall" seems equally alien, with deep space groans and weeps reverberating over a beautifully rounded bassline and roomy drums. "The Message" takes us down a much darker route as the vocals and strings are mangled and warped with a real twisted cheekiness. Finally "Body Heat" closes the show on a bigger, aggy dramatic flex; all ominous bass tones, an alarming staccato middy bass riff and treacle-thick subs, it's a great way to end a truly unique EP. Watch out for Malleus, an FKOF stamp of approval is just the beginning.
Review: Fatkidonfire have been known to pull a few new artists out the woodwork, and the finger always seems to be stuck to the pulse with these guys. This times it's Moonstones who makes his debut, and he does so with four broken pieces of bass swagger. "Powernap" is a low-swinging bundle of Percussion scatter and minimal bass, but "Cupol" is bouncier and generally more moody in life. "Murky" is a grainy, lamenting grime hybrid, while "Rhino Clash" steals the spotlight with its steeping beats, hissing back room sonics and digi dancehall bass aesthetics.
Review: After a brief hiatus from digital releases, dubstep heavyweights FatKidOnFire make their return to the fray with a monster EP from Mr. Mt entitled 'FKOFd032'. The dutch dubstep prodigy has put together an awesome box of subweight pressure, focusing on a dubwise use of space and bass frequencies. We start off with the mysterious rolling flavours of 'Grizzly Dub' which folds smoothly into subtly industrial sounds of 'Confusion Dub'. Next up we have the relentless march of 'Footslogging' which is another spooky bass driven adventure, rounding off with the Star Wars inspired sounds of 'Invader Dub'. Overall this is another solid release from the FKOF imprint and a great way to sign the year off.
Review: With previous on the likes of Uprise, Kokeshi and Innamind, Nanobyte's hook-up with FKOF is a very natural progression. Across the four tracks the Welsh duo showcase the true breadth of their creativity with vibes for headphones and heady floors alike. "Susurrus" isn't just a brilliant word; it's also a captivating production that shimmers with emotive melody and touching nuances. "Dirt Smuggler", meanwhile, is much darker and floor-focussed but comes with a breath-taking breakdown to ensure complete balance. "Want For Nothing" reveals the duo's penchant for future garage thanks to its unrelenting two-step and vast, oceanic pads. "Swoop" continues the steppy riddim; skipping towards the light thanks to its spiralling arpeggio and ever-developing elements, there's a wholesome, euphoric dynamic at play throughout. Stunning.
Review: FKOF have been on a fearsome run of late, pushing themselves to the very top of the dubstep scene with a consistent run of high profile projects and drops. We here see them team up with the trusted sounds of Phossa over four tracks of pure steppers heat. From the super hypnotic swinging subs of 'Heed' alongside 3WA to the weird and wacky winding leads of 'Drones' and grizzly low end pulses of 'Stygian', this release packs a punch from start to finish. The project finishes with a look at 'Null', a chime driven trippy adventure, holding some subby weight and unpredictable percussive lines sure to send any 140 dance into a frenzy.
Review: If Pugilist sounds familiar, that's because he's one half of 140bpm dupstep duo, Perverse. This solo offering though, is a very different kettle of fish indeed. A showcase for the breadth and scope of this producer's production abilities, and one which the label feels is an 'embodiment of the genre's hybrid tradition', we get four tracks of impressive richness. "Astral Plane" is a slow and weary trek across a lonely planet, while "Chalice Riddim" is a spikey reggae-tinged slice of primal dubstep. "Mantis" meanwhile, is sparse and gentle jazzy garage, and closer "Acceptance" is a stunning slice of dreamy pads and scattershot beats.
Review: It's getting to a point now with the FKOF release schedule that we are just expecting monthly bangers, and we are yet again not disappointed as Roklem and Sebalo step out on this latest helping with four servings of sumptuous steppers flavour. Firstly, Roklem arrives on solo duty with 'Forged', a grizzly, dungeon-style roller, stuffed with warbling sub textures and haunted chime melodies, before Sebalo's super colourful 'Troubled Space' arrives with a more atmospheric approach, dripping in floaty pads and marching bass tones. The pair then jump into classic collaboration mode across two originals, the first of which takes the name 'They Arrive', warning us of the murky, otherworldly textures that lay within. We finish the EP up with their second link up in 'New Frontiers', a sub behemoth, putting a heavyweight closer on yet another exciting selection from the FKOF team.
Review: FatKidOnFire serves another swerve shot with this extended player from London-based multi-instrumentalist Sixth Ape. It's all future beat business here; there's a defiant, genre-snubbing air about the whole collection as we're immersed in deep drum dynamics and similar rolling grooves we've been seeing on Culprate and Asa's material lately. Highlights include the tribal percussive thunder on "Inner Zulu" and the far-away mystical modern jazz of "Abdominal Breathing". Emotional.
Review: Dubstep's finest fat burners ante-up as they inch closer to an entire year of releases... And they do so with the help of exciting London duo Soundproof. "Lemmings" lives up to its name in a spectacular way: the bellowing juicy bassline is so gosh-darned funky, you could quite feasibly walk off a cliff while immersing yourself in its highly distracting uniqueness. Further on we're treated to more guttural scuffage on "Chainmail" and slinky sub science on "Bison" before the boys switch the tempo for the deep tribal workout that is "Arkun Stone". Both parties involved in this EP are killing it right now. 100 per cent proof.
Review: Following an outstandingly successful launch, dubstep site-come-stable FKOF returns with the able assistance of Matt Pulsar. Still operating under his mesmerizingly hypnotic Subreachers guise, each of these four cuts leads you down the darkest dub alleyways possible. Highlights include the heavily reverbed rim-shots and subtle sluggy bass murmurs of "Hanbo", the spacious delicacies and expertly edited amens on "Icecrack" and the church-like gothisms and harrow hollowed tones of "Immortal". This fire ain't going out any time soon.
Review: A catalogue member of Cue Line and White Peach, the one like Teffa steps up on FatKidOnFire with four blazing bass cuts that edge on the deeper end of the dubstep spectrum. That said, "581D" is a brooding, fearless riddim that leaks an oozing bass from every angle, and "100s Of Lighhyears" feels like its part 2, or rather, a deeper continuation of the same sci-fi electronics. Our favourite on here is "Tar Goroth", though, namely for its tech-minded bass and dreary sonics, but "The Main Question" does plenty of thrashing of its own - those subs! Killer.
Review: May Fat Kid On Fire present to you, the darkly minimal stylings of VGB and all the terror and anguish that comes with it. There's your warning. Straight in on "Down To Earth", you couldn't get more sparse than this, as the beat barely clings on through cycles of deep void and repetitive synth melody. "Twist" offers more opportunities for movement - if you were going to get loose at any point through this EP is probably your chance. Skipping through to the dark dangerousness of "13th Floor VIP".
Review: Time is flying by at the minute, especially in the dubstep world as heavyweight release after heavyweight release launches itself to the forefront of a very healthy scene. We here take a look at the legendary FatKidOnFire imprint who touch down with four new heaters from WZ, kicking off with the spooky overtones and sharp string slices of 'Death Struggle'. Next, the swampy flutes of 'Gas Out' swim into view, closely followed by the sublime sub bass textures of 'Fwaah'. Finally, the dubwise delays and spacey atmospheric designs of 'Chambers' rounds up another wicked drop from the FKOF massive.