Review: Genuflection: to stoop down on at least one knee as a mark of the deepest respect. Interesting title, one can only assume this is B1t's personal bow to the great gods of the sub frequency. And he's done a good job; the depth of space at play here is mesmerising, often relating closer to classical dub techniques than dubstep. Melodic, emotional and weaved tightly with atmospheric textures; cuts like the embittered "Omega" and the bowel-shuddering D&B creeper "Finite" resonate with such mournful bottom end presence, you don't know whether to stop in your tracks and pray or dance your botty off. Throw in beautiful ambient melodies like "Watermelon Achroite" and you've got a really interesting album that works in myriad contexts.
Review: Gradient Audio return to their release schedule with a pair of serious heaters as they bring in the services of B1t Crunch3r and Section 8 for some demonic dubstep delight. We kick off on Section 8's 'Woke', a devilish composition, jam packed with heavyweight sub pressure and a tonne of growling reeses, making for a pleasing composition indeed. On the flip B1T Crunch3r comes through for a more specially textured design in 'Tiamat', driven by pulsating percussive patterns and roaring bass synth design. Dubstep is alive and well and if anything, in a more creative place than ever before!
Review: Alias's Cyntel gets ridiculously deep and spacious on this Gradient debut. Stretching the concept of time and sonic space like few of his contemporaries would dare: moments such as a tripped out, super-sludge clicks and groans of "Song Of The Sandman" are truly unique and take modern day bass into the darkest, most abstract realms. For vibes a little more dancefloor-minded head for the soft swing and soothing jazz-pads of "Hypothermia" or the warped techno stabs and pitch bent washes off "Motiv8". Forward-thinking from start to finish, Cyntel has delivered something very special here.
Review: Representing the creativity that's been rife in dubstep since the commercial bubble burst, Elefant Doc has cooked up a beautiful sound that tethers aspects of jazz and soul with stunning bass creativity. "Walkin'" confidently pumps with a cool organ riff and majestic melodic flurries, "Tonality" gets smokier with an infectious off-beat darkness and jazz-primed piano shots, "Street Sheet" is the most arresting of the set thanks to its vast space and emotional chord structure while "Fool Me" is the jazziest of the bunch thanks to its minor chords and infrequent trumpet blasts. Each one sits right at the forefront of a genre that's enjoying its first proper rebirth. Essential listening.
Review: Gradient light up the caves with a remix edition of Forslab's 2015 rusty anchor workout. ARtroniks takes the staccato stabs of the original and flips them with incessant techno energy in pacey unique way. OldGold takes us back to the roots a little more as he pays respect to the lean depth of the original but with additional space between the elements and just a fraction more gloom in the message. "Tempest" meanwhile gets the treatment from B1t Crunch3r and Dar Kist. The former injects more moment with more of a sharper, rolling drum dynamic and eerier pads, the latter provides the best mix of the EP with a whole new dimension to the track with an angry wasp nest bass riff and soul-stopped synth edits.