Review: It's actually becoming quite a scary prospect to see people compete with Foundation Audio, who's release catalogue continues to grow and improve as we move further into 2019. This latest helping is served to us by 3WA, who gets extremely spooky from the off on the haunted tones of 'Glory', before the rapid-fire LFO twists of the title track 'Black Marsh' roll into view. Next, the bumping percussive maneuvers and spacey processing of 'Protect Ya Neck' really does the business before the unusual sounding 'Blackbird' brings an extra dash of originality to the pot before we finish up.
Review: Foundation Audio really having one heck of a year, with a string of super impactful releases hitting the shelves in quick procession, being topped off most recently with this bag of fun from 3WA. The title track kicks us off, which is well titled 'Tripping', packed to the rafters with wonky grooves and deep LFO patterns. Next we delve into the super swampy mass of 'Caves', which swings it's way forward through dubbed out drum designs and potent subs. To follow, we have more syncopated sauce with 'Tom's Basement', before rounding off this project with 'Elephants Memory', a super eerie dungeon dwelling beast, putting the cherry on the cake for sure.
Review: For us there is very little argument to Foundation Audio not being one the most consistent imprints across the whole of 140 music right about now, with an increasingly cohesive back catalogue and constantly adding new bangers to the ranks. This time they bring forward Activated, who unleashes three monster riddims, beginning with the haunted tones and subtle drum manoeuvres of the title track 'Rabbit Holes'. We are dragged down a pit of filth next as 'Mine Is Mine' smashes together lethal reese tones and skippy 2-step beats with fantastic results, before finishing up the project with a look at 'Don't Trust It', another stripped back garage roller for the dance.
Review: Destination West LA: Ahkur returns to Foundation following his Tetrad collabo earlier this year with his first full EP for the label. Anchored by groaning underground bassweight and titanic Truth-level textures, the EP ranges from delicate to demolishing, often within the space of a beat. Deep heads and fans of wandering round graveyards late at night will enjoy the purified creepiness and mystic feels of "The Apparition", gully-busters will devour that 3-tonne bass grunts of "Wires" while those who love that perfect balance of haunted and hair-raising will munch up "Orca" like it's the last chocolate bar in the factory. Raw, unrefined yet still restrained; this ticks all the important drum & bass boxes.
Review: We are always filled with excitement when we see a new Foundation Audio drop hit the shelves, especially with so much good dubstep around at the moment. They get busy here with a tasty four track offering from Aki, who kicks us off with the spooky bass phases and warbling LFO structures of 'Fruit Punch', before the crunchy drum textures and eerie pads of 'Peripheral' wade into play. Next, 'Sofa Schwenger' applies some incredibly potent triplet action to proceedings with a booming sub-line before we round the EP out with stunning drum breaks and constantly evolving compositional structures of 'Schizoid'. Awesome stuff as per!
Review: The shape-shifting, corner-dwelling AKI joins Foundation Audio with six new murkers, each one supremely balanced and meditative. This, as you'd expect, is the deeper end of the dubstep spectrum, and while tunes like "Shimmer Dub" or "Spectre" might not tear it up on first listen, they can cause some serious hertz damage when played out loud and BIG! "Cesspool" stumbles in an off-kilter manner, boasting a tenebrous gust of bass at its core, while "Artefakt" feels like the more minimalistic extreme of the grime equation, which leads on nicely to the closing remix of "Shimmer Dub" from Chad Dubz, another impenetrable wall of low frequencies and pure heartical vibes. Bless up!
Review: We are at a point now that when we see a Foundation Audio release drop, we expect nothing but quality with them delivering the very best in dubstep time and time again. They here invite Cartridge in for three tracks of pure heat, kicking off with the moogy, eastern inspired melodic twists and turns of the title track 'Snake Charmer'. This is then followed in style as 'Dad Bod Dubstep' arrives on the scene with some seriously hefty subweight pressure, alongside minimal drum work and blowout bass synths. Finally we finish up with the spooky woodwind tones of 'No More', wrapping up another wicked body of work for both Cartridge and the Foundation Audio team.
Review: Foundation Audio founder Chad Dubz steps up with his debut album. And, as you'd expect, it's a document of daring dark design. From the moment the anvil-like kicks of opener "Transcending" punctuate with precision, you know you're in for a treat. Deeper into the narrative, cuts such as a "Shaka" and "Dark Ones" tell ominous stories of minor key jungle-minded mischief while cuts such as "Stay" bellow with such a moodiness and such bulbous bass detail that you have to stop and catch your breathe. Further into the blend again we hit cuts like "Witnessed" where dungeon-destined spaciousness plays the lead role, showing the Chad knows the genre and his craft with an intimacy most artists dream of. Debut albums don't come any clearer. Any further questions should be directed to Chad directly...
Review: There is no doubt in our minds that Bristol's own Chad Dubz is one of the leading forces in the modern dubstep movement, consistently filling the shelves with innovative dubwise creations. Here we see him touch down on Foundation Audio for another monster of a release, kicking off with the dungeon inspired flavours and earth shuddering subs of the title track 'Kingdom Dub'. Next up we dip into the wonky percussive madness of 'Space Cadet', before we then land on a hell of a finale in 'Drainpipe', which is driven by super creative revving subs and glitchy arpeggios.
Review: Now this most certainly is something special as Chad Dubz touches down in his home imprint of Foundation Audio for an extended LP, complete with skits and all. It's seemingly quite a rare occurrence to take in a fully planned out dubstep album and boy has Chad hit the nail on the head with this one, from the smooth LFO manoeuvres of 'Get Loose' and bubbly melodies of 'XOXO' to the more experimental drum structures and unpredictability of 'Tidal Waved', the project gives an excellent showcasing of dubstep music as a whole! We would have to recommend also taking in the sumptuous bass processing and glittering high end of 'Sorrow' alongside the swampy bass drives of 'Blocked Drain'!
Review: Next up from the Foundation Audio imprint, they continue their incredibly impressive run of form as founder: Chad Dubz links up the Manchester based powerhouse known as JFO for a weighty three track collection. We begin our dive into this one with the sizzling sub textures and smooth drum designs of the title track 'Insight', which really does set the tone for the rest of the project right from the off. From here, 'Flow' warbles into play with its super tight low-end bass explosions, topped with unbelievably well processed drum clicks and piano stabs, followed by the amphibian synthesizer smacks of 'Amnesia', which brings pulsating basslines and yet more sharpened snare work to the table to round the project off in style.
Review: There are good runs and there are incredible runs, and we truly believe that Foundation Audio's consistency and creativity in the releases they have been putting together puts them on the path of the latter. This shimmering new rolling project from Chief Kaya is a testament to that, kicking off with the nostalgic LFO movements and crunchy drum designs of 'Duppy', before stepping everything up a gear on the title track 'Classic Edition'. Next, the dubwise chord structures and chilled out composition of 'Creator' settles in front of us, before we finish up the EP with a look at 'Indigo Dub', another dubwise shuffler, packed with mesmerising horn additions and glittering arpeggiators.
Review: What a year it's been for the Bristolian bass masters known as Foundation Audio, as they pull the year to a close with this outstanding project from Clearlight, to really put the finishing touches on an exceptional 2019. From the off, we are in for some sumptuous swampy goodness as the organic drum sounds and creepy percussion of 'Stomp Dub' wades into view, before the title track 'Ununderstandable' lets loose a barrage of suspenseful subs and grizzly atmospherics, chilling listeners from their bones to their boots. Finally, the spacey sounds of 'Chasm' put the cherry on the cake, tying up a top draw body of work.
Review: Deafblind makes his Foundation debut with a trio of Texan treats that showcase his range and repertoire with true weight and eclectic charm. While "Substitution" is all tightly woven, techy beats and ominous groans, "Giedi" comes with a classic UKG feel; all jaunty beats, jazz pads and a craftily cut up vocal, there's a tangible sexiness to the groove. Finally we hit "Untitled Forever"; the darkest of the three, here we switch and wriggle on a sturdy halfstep while an array of bass textures flip and fly across the mix, overlapping with infectiously physical undercurrents. There is no substitute for beats like this - Deafblind's smashed it again.
Review: Rootical vibes: DTR returns to Foundation Audio with three tracks exploring dubstep's purest heritage. "Dread Protocol" is the heaviest, most contemporary track of the collection. Will full emphasis on the jittering kick/bass relationship, it's a physical affair that grips you in places you didn't know existed. "Bullet Dub" is a much more emotional production thanks to its reflective minor chord changes and sombre pace while show-closer "Dedication Dub" climaxes with a sizzling soundsystem special. Funky, organic and just the right amount of darkness, this is likely to enjoy heavy rotation throughout 2015.
Review: Dubwise bass purveyor DTR is no stranger to Foundation Audio's catalogue, and the majority of the output that he's put out for the label has been among his very best. He's back with some more of his dread bassweight, a kind of sound championed out of the Jamaican heritage and the early DMZ school of thought. From "Walls Of Babylon" to "Vibration" and "Vision", this is the sort of electronic dancehall that will truly get a reaction out of the bass heads. If you're a frequenter of Jah Shaka's infamous sound system and dances, then this is your drug. Heavy and warmly recommended contemporary roots.
Review: We here see yet another fantastic offering from the Foundation Audio camp, who seem to have an incredible level of consistency of late, as they invite DTR in for another scrumptious three tracker. The title track on this one goes by the name of 'First Rhythm' and is an instant winner for us here at Juno, looking into stunning soundscaping and chord progressions, followed by the incredible dubwise horns and vocal slicings of 'Between The Lions'. We then welcome in a fantastic addition on remix duty as the ever-dependable dubstyle sounds of Akcept are brought in on remix duty for 'Walls Of Babylon', and oh does he not disappoint!
Review: Duckem and Taztical have already churned out their fair share of bass hypnotics over the last few years, but his newly found collaboration on Foundation Audio marks a new wave of skills and surprises from the duo. "Kokkino Horma" sways its wailing strings over cascading beats, and somehow the producers manage to convey a feeling of the earth's elements colliding against each other. "Pindus Dub" is less murky and more uplifting, although the track is still heavily wound in a mystical Eastern sort of stagger from the heights of the Himalayan cliffs.
Review: Gleb Choutov's a bit of a badman when it comes to unwieldily bass riddims and street-smart grime experimentations. He only debuted as an artist a few months ago, coming through correct and on-point for the Foundation Audio collective. He's back on the imprint now with three mean-and-lean bass shockers, kicking it all off with the moody, dubwise flow of "Mehr Platz", which dissolves and liquifies neatly down to a pulp of sounds through "Fiebertraum". The final slice of smokey, heartical badness appears thanks to the shimmering bass waves of "Keine Ruhe", one of the illest and most obscure dub excursions to appear on the excellent Foundation Audio label. Sick!
Review: Foundation Audio is more of a hub for new and innovative bass talent, rather than a label with a single, unifying agenda. Newcomer Gleb Choutov is recruited for the label's 23rd outing, and this guy instantly gets his point across thanks to four sweltering licks of low frequencies. "Restlicht" is a jagged pool of square waves and brittle, decomposing drums, but "Subwerk" finds a more concrete shape thanks to its dubwise bassline riding low. "Fensterios" unfolds its glitchy percussion over deep, meditative sonics, and "Neuschnee" ups the tempo by unleashing cavernous moulds of bass amid fluttering drums and echoing percussion. Big tings.
Review: Longstanding low end magician Ian Tobias lays down three stunningly stark designs for Foundation Audio. Each one shuddering with his hazy, cloudy signature, we leap from street bossing hip-hop references on "In The Back" to deep dream bubbles and blasts on "Body Lure" and back again via wonky space experiments on "Super Low Limbo". Complete with a chamber-priming remix from Clearlight, this EP ticks so many boxes we're thinking of setting up a box factory.
Review: We simply love to see new music drop from the Foundation Audio team, a Bristolian imprint with a fabulous back catalogue of subby warblers. Their latest selection continues along that theme as Kai Li supplies us with three system-ready stormers, kicking off firstly with the overpowering sub pressure and spacey drum expressions of the title track 'Jobsworth'. Next, the super punchy kick thuds and 808 style bass stabs of 'On Foe Nem' emerge, before the EP rounds off in style amid the tripled up sub manoeuvres and dungeon ready percussion of 'Ennui'.
Review: After a very respectable 2018, the Foundation Audio team are back again with their first project of the year as they invite in Krook for a very potent project indeed. The title track for this one goes by the name of 'Get Checked' and is a monstrous amalgamation of electronic growls and weighty sub textures, destined to duppy any dubstep dance nationwide. Next up with roll into the distorted moog leads of 'Splitter', which is quickly joined by spooky chime melodies and drippy atmospherics. Finally, we see The Greys and Tetrad join the party in a three way collaboration entitled 'Skinwalker', another haunted composition, stuffed with subby textures and satanic stutters.
Review: Chad Dubz is never short of answers for his Foundation Audio label, and Mellow is his latest protege to emanate from the depths of the underground. The new artist on the block has plenty to say with these two dubstep meditators, and much of this is done through a patient, calibrated tone of voice that recalls the best of the Deep Medi label. However, "Power Of Sound" does things a little differently, adding in a few cowbells in the mix to make this already visceral tune seem even rawer and more cerebral. "Hallucinations", while still sounding like it was conceived in a dark basement at 4am, has something hazier about its arrangement, a deep and mystical sort of flex that brings out the best from the lower end of the frequency spectrum. A hot little tip for you this week.
Review: Foundation Audio have only gone and done it again here as they unveil this fantastic new project from Mellow, a relatively new producer on our radar who touches down here with a bag of absolute heaters. We kick off with the title track 'Tribe', a warping swampy pelter packed with tripletted energy from the off. This is then followed in style by the sweeping tones and unpredictable percussive influences of 'Beyond Illusion', before the EP rounds off perfectly with a dive into the more stripped back 'Ocean Dub', dripping with aquatic flavours and spacey textures.
Review: We are always excited to see the Foundation Audio team unveil a new project, with the A&R skills of Chad Dubz remaining at a constant high level. This latest project sees them unveil Mikrodot for an epic dubwise episode, kicking off with the minimalist bass twists and horn lines of 'Big Sound'. Following this, the marching percussion and potent sub-lines of 'Conquering Lion' push themselves forward, before the classic reggae-style chord syncopation and warbling LFO designs of 'Jamaica' emerge, dragging the EP in a different direction altogether. Finally, the haunted overtones and sub rattling basslines and of 'Monolith' rounds off a very impressive collection!
Review: UK south coast bass fusionista Mono goes in deep with a thick, sludgy soundscape that warps and whomps with pensive, palpitating menace. Ably coloured by sudden, startling splinters of amens, it bumps serious uglies. Remix-wise Clearlight gets trippy with really cool stuttering sample FX that twist the common constraints of time and space. Chad Dubz, meanwhile, elasticates the bass for a slightly more salubrious blend that rolls with liquid prowess.
Review: Following on from their recent appearance on the JunoDownload podcast, Bristol's Foundation Audio have continued to impress with what they do best, and that is supplying top quality dubstep drops. This latest selection from MRSHL is no exception, as we kick off with the glittering arpeggios and gritty sub structures of the title track 'You Know', followed by the gnarly wobbles and oldschool samples of 'Fuccboi'. Next up, we take a dip into the abstract as 'Lovesick' arrives with some seriously wonky melodies, before the colourful harmonic structures and eski-samples of 'In The Rain' round this one off nicely.
Review: The Foundation Audio rampage rages on here as they invite in the deep, dingy sounds of Nova for yet another storming four tracker, making a perfect addition to their already super impressive 2019 catalogue. We kick this one with the eerie string drifts and spacey, metallic textures of the title track 'City Sound', before the more swampy LFO textures of 'Spooken' wade into view with some serious punch. Next up, the amphibious sounds continue as the warbling bass rolls of 'Froggyness' warp their way through the mix before we finish this one up with the more harmonious compositional structure of 'Lagoon', giving the whole project a very colourful finish indeed!
Review: Paragon isn't messing around on this one. Not that he's messed around on anything he's done on other labels such as 31 and Samurai. With its immense textures and sheet metal elements, "Normal People" is likely to scare most of its namesake, and is not to be treated lightly in any way! "Lowest Common Denominator" is slightly more conventional thank its synapse-snapping sub/step dynamic while "Ugly" is very much groove focussed; a paranoid riff swings back and forth over a mechanical, thunderous halfstep developing momentum with every spooked out pads and riser. Deeply dark, wholly original and genuinely forward thinking. You won't feel normal for a while after hearing these.
Review: Unruly Bristol bass business: Paragon does the bad smell thing and hangs around Foundation Audio after his last release. Dropping the tempo for his brother Chad Dubz, the result is two slabs of toxic dub primed for the darkest corners of the night, the dance and, ultimately, your psyche. "Totem" takes shamanic Berghain-style minor key arpeggios and smelts and hammers them over a two-step anvil while "Sirens" is an even heavier piece of apocalyptic rave music. All horns and alarms over a concrete tribal beat, it's yet another reason to keep your peepers locked on Paragon, Chad, Foundation and Bristol itself. Need a little chilly down time? Calm your nerves with DTR's deeper classic dub remix.
Review: Some bass artists aim straight for the dancefloor, but some craft new forms of art within the boundaries of the genre. Pete Saturn (aka Owl) is the latter. The Coola #6 EP is his debut for the Foundation Audio label and features 3 supremely deep jams to get lost in your head to. "Zoon" kicks things off with ominous, crawling rhythms and atmospherics, while "Coola #6" edges towards dubstep, featuring slithering and restless beats. Lastly "Allia" is a completely different of fish, featuring slo-mo beats and recurring blissful melodies. Gleb Choutov also reworks the title track into a creepy, snarling, caged beast of a workout.
Review: As the guests on the latest JunoDownload podcast, it's fantastic to see both Foundation Audio and Retina back amongst the action as two elements combine to create something fantastic, that being a top quality four track selection! We kick off with the haunted synth tones and hypnotic atmospheric design of 'Slip Upz', which is chased up in similar fashion by 'Hadrians Wall', another spooked out roller. This is then followed by the bubbling percussive pops and unusual cymbal rides of 'Space Helmet', before we finish off with smooth, nostalgic harmonic structure of 'Stoic', putting the bows and whistles on an all around awesome project.
Review: It's a Saule co-lab showdown on Foundation Audio right now as the Santa Cruz depth plunger gets busy with fellow US cohorts Subtle Minds and Malleus. "Omerta" is all about the complex percussive dynamic as heavily layered drum elements are weaved with a spell-binding, rhythmic effect. "The Flip Version" follows from Saule's killer remix of Malleus's "Wall To Wall", a harder-hitting affair than "Omerta", the emphasis is squared plainly on the oceanic bass waves as they ebb and flow against the industrial strength drums. Two partnership productions, two critical reasons to keep Saule on your radar.
Review: Japanese bass weaver Shiken makes his debut on Foundation with three supremely deep cuts. "Kabuto" (the helmet of choice for ancient Japanese warriors) fires out with a really distinctive rhythm arrangement. Retwisting the kicks gives it a breakbeat feel while retaining the abyss-like depths and space, making for a genuinely unique release. For something a little more obviously twisted and paranoid head up for "Inner Karma". A thick bed of mangled, far-away horns and haunted SFX, it could hunch a man's back from fifty paces. "Depth Of Field" closes the show with poignant hope; all stargazing and cinematic, the atmosphere is so dense it could feed a family of four for an entire week.
Review: Fat Stash's Slothman comes forth with six creepers in the form of "Hard Food". Digging deep into the roots, there's a timeless mid 2000s vibe rumbling throughout the collection; from the warm wobble of "Jah Prang" to the angular icy stabs of "Back Again" to the outright flabby bass audacity of "Wibble", there's a strong sense of authenticity and love of the foundations. You don't like "Hard Food"? Tough cheese.
Review: It would appear that we are entering a new golden era for dubstep as we are greeted with yet another week of super high quality releases, Instrigate's latest of which comes to us courtesy of Qant. This four tracker is dripping with organic production energy, kicking off with the mystic melodic structures and skippy kick drum patterns of 'Stage Fright'. We then tap into the subtle high end frequency pushes and unorthodox harmonies of 'Low Tier Spiderman Memes', before landing on the choppy drum crunches of the title track 'Phobos'. Finally, we engage with the spooky and hypnotic bell arpegios of 'Malevolent Chime', rounding this one off nicely.
Review: Seriously though, how impressive is this recent run from the Foundation Audio team as we here see them put together one of three corking releases all unveiled within the same weekend. For this one they welcome in the ever-reliable dubwise ideas of Teffa, who kicks off in perfect fashion alongside Conzi on the systematic arrangements and nostalgic drum work of 'General'. Following this, we take a second to dive into the sublime dubstep expressions of 'Young Man In A Dance', a super LFO-heavy adventure into dub, followed by awesome delay work and percussive experimentation of 'Old Days'.
Review: If there's one bass label that we keep a hawkish eye on these days it's definitely Foundation Audio. The UK crew are smashing it on all fronts, from the sort of deep and treacherous dubstep they offer to the myriad of new talents that they find. Two newcomers debut on our charts this week, the reckless Teffa and Kai Li, who clearly don't care much for traditional dance frameworks. Instead, they launch an off-ilter attach through the opening vibrations of the wobbly "Uchuujin", which is a relatively straight-laced affair compared to the almost shapeless bass stabs of "Hyohakusha". Teffa stands alone on "Digital Shaman", a merciless barricade of dubby sub-tones and tribal percussion patterns, while Kai Li drops the barren soundscape that is "Defect", a tune that uses the power of bass to create movement and a solid groove. Large up!