Review: Whenever new Foundation Audio material lands in the store we have to give ourselves a little bit of additional time to take it in, with this powerful new display from Quasar being another fantastic example of why we hold them in such high regard. First up, 'Badlandz' gives us a masterful display of subbass power, keeping a minimal arrangement fresh with some powerful low-ended processing. Next, the aquatic synthesizer bubbles and shifting drum stutters of 'Submersible' adds a more experimental edge before the gnarly sub punches of 'Laniakea' gives us another spacey vibe-out. Finally, the heavily reverberated percussive lines of 'Primal Instinct' allows us to cool down as the project finishes and solidifies itself as one of Foundation Audio's strongest drops of 2021.
Review: It seems like such a rarity to see the Foundation Audio team disappoint, with their incredibly consistent run of releases keeping us constantly on our toes. This tasty new two tracker from Dbi Negative is a certified blend of steppers spices, kicking off with 'Middleman', a system-ready wonkathon, combining archive system samples with swampy LFO textures to send a dance into absolute pandemonium. On the flip side we take in 'Tension Dub', another pulsating drip through systematic sound design, this time incorporating a more fluttery set of melodies and a hint of breaks for good measure. Excellent work!
Review: The Foundation Audio camp has the utmost respect of the Juno Download team, with their release catalogue never seeming to falter for one second. This brand new drop from Chad Dubz is yet another example of their incredible consistency, kicking off with the luminous sub-bass designs and general eeriness of 'Anxious' before Teffa joins the party for 'Ghostin', an LFO-driven swampy stomper. The pace quickens next as the more sweeping bass textures and constantly shifting rhythmic arrangements of 'Headnod' take us down a completely different avenue before rounding off on 'Let Go', a breaks-influenced warbler to add that final dash of variation.
Review: We are most definitely starting to run out of ways to describe the pure brilliance that we can find within the Foundation Audio catalogue, which continues upon it's top quality run with this one as 3wa lands four sizzling dubstep originals. We begin with 'Bronca', a heavyweight warbling behemoth, dripping with interesting percussive flavour throughout, followed by the more swamp-laiden LFO sizzles of 'Old Mount' and shimmering metallic synth plucks of 'Bloody Mess' to follow. Finally, the charming melodic drifts and bouncing rhythmic arrangements of 'Worms' puts the final touches on the project, again solidifying the dominance of Foundation Audio in 2020.
Review: It goes without saying at this point, but screw it, we will repeat ourselves with a good old uttering of 'It looks like Chad Dubz has done it again'. Landing on his home imprint of Foundation Audio, the 'Foundations' LP is an excellent showcasing of futuristic dubstep brilliance. Made up of twelve swampy stunners, Chad Dubz once again confirms his spot among the best in the game, with the tracklisting varying dramatically between the more 'Anti-Social' inspired spaciness of 'Space Cadet' to the electronic mastery of 'System'. The whole project is a delight, with highlights including the moody LFO expressions of 'Anxious', alongside the exceptional soundscaping work behind 'Life', which links up unorthodox percussive lines with a hypnotic sense of rhythm throughout. Top stuff as per!
Review: The Foundation Audio team are at it again with a masterful stroke of A&R action here as they link up Teffa and Moss for a four track steppers adventure, leaving devastation in its wake. We begin with the warbling sub textures and drifting percussion of 'Advance', Before slowly seeping into 'Synchronise', an LFO lead swampy dazzler. Next up, we dive into more crunchy percussive beauty as 'Bubbles' delivers something super wobbly, before the gritty bass switch ups of 'Ostov' are set loose, alternating between synth pulses and bass heavy groans to give us a wicked round up.
Review: It's been a very long time since we last opened a Foundation Audio drop to be disappointed, a record we are pleased to see continue here as Krook arrives in the nick of time to deliver a spicy three tracker. We begin with a peek at 'Glasstray', a title track pushed forward primarily by its engulfing sub-line, which dances away below a selection of minimal drum sounds and lofi glitches to give us something very original indeed. From here, we are introducing to a more squishy bass sound as 'Jesus, Lady!' delivers a choppy, syncopated rhythmic base, slapped up some very interesting synth work, before the slower paced 'The Cheese' original shows of Krook's creativity on a whole new plateau, smashing together glitchy electronic slices over smooth low end textures below. Lovely work!
Review: As always, we were super excited to take in this brand new selection from the Foundation Audio team, who welcome in Ego Death for four tracks of sizzling dubstep fire. The title track 'Mind Your Head' is a system ready sizzler, driven by a pulsating bass synthesizer, set to wreck systems nationwide, which is then followed by the more stripped back, wonky LFO structures of '5 Finger Salute' to add some immediate depth to the tracklisting. From here, 'Code Red' delivers a thumping half time arrangement, doused in spacy flute lines and a monstrous sub bass below, before dubbed out drum work and a bubbling subs of 'Khnum' bring a fantastic end to proceedings.
Review: We often discuss the consistency of Foundation Audio when reviewing their new releases. This is with good reason as they unleash their second drop of this week, this time welcoming Retina in for four tracks of system-ready energy. We begin with the intense, jumping rhythmic displays of 'Dusted' which combines choppy hi-hats with colourful chords in style, before the wonky melodic structures of 'Nameless And Nothing' give us an instant switch up. Next, the unpredictable, lo-fi drum expressions of 'No Fear I' send the tracklisting in a completely different direction before the intense sub lines and expansive percussive additions of 'If Not The Orb' put the final touches on an excellent selection.
Review: Foundation Audio has been keeping the levels of consistency super high in recent months, with this latest helping carry on that theme as both Mikrodot and Chief Kaya link up across four tracks of classic dubstep flavour. We begin with the distant, Asian string plucks and nostalgic LFO chugs of 'Heavy Flow' from Mikrodot, before Chief Kaya deploys a weighty, call and respond-heavy stomper in 'Pull Up'. Back to Mikrodot next as the metallic bass slides and glistening synth melodies of 'Babylon Get Weak' send us back down memory lane, with Chief Kaya's bubbly, dubwise VIP of 'Scale Of Anubis' providing a perfect end to proceedings.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: If we were to a shortlist of names as to who could be crowned the most exciting dubstep artist of 2019, to not find Zygos on that list would be nothing short of a crime. He arrives here on Foundation Audio to continue his high profile release run with three original heaters, kicking off with the super-stepper vibes and rolling percussion of the title track 'Rotation'. This shimmers along before shining a light onto 'Sick As A Dog', which takes a more hypnotic approach, with floating synth lines and gnarly bass warbles below, before we round everything up on the more industrial bass prods of 'Tumble Dub', a naughty little number destined to blast the roof off any venue!
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: 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: 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: 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: As one of three brand new releases from the expertly trained Foundation Audio camp, we are very excited to see what Zygos can do as he brings forward four pulsating original dubstep designs. We kick off with a look at the title track 'Erf', a highly organic roller, packed with crunchy percussive influences and bumping sub structures beneath. The super trippy bass manoeuvres of 'Nostromo' follow up next, with cloudy harmonic movements above before the dungeon style percussion of 'Agite' rolls into sight. We then finish up with a very clever collaboration with 'Tosti', who gets involved with the twisted rhythmic expressions and swamp like melodic designs of 'Dwaas'.
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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
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: If there is one rising talent on the dubstep scene worth talking about, then it's definitely Zygos. The shady producer has his own way of doing things, and this latest EP for Foundation Audio is the best possible way of kicking off 2017. A direct, cold-hearted bang. "Future" sprays its liquid bass tones over a rolling punch of beats and percussion, while "Dist" offers a deep, pulsating glow of subbass, and "Indistinct" swaggers a little more percussive flair about the mix, totally owning the deep dubstep charts this week. Recommended.
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 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: 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: 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.