Review: As far as dubstep names on the come up go, there aren't many making as much impressive material as Abstrakt Sonance. After the fantastic response to their first release on dubstep legend Hatcha's imprint 'Hatched', it was only a matter of time before the found themselves ready with a follow up. This EP spans the wide breadth of what dubstep represents sonically, with the more classic, darker arrangements of 'Grave Diggers' and 'War Music' playing pivotal roles. However we also witness more exploratory sound design on the moogy roles of 'Strangers' and the intense triple reeses on '666'. We can't after all of this then forget the electronic masterpiece that is 'Delusional' which features additional production credits from Moxix and Leo Zen.
Review: Just listen to that melody made of raw human cries on "The Beginning". If that hasn't got your spine-henched and your skin fizzing then you may need to consult a GP - the Canadian artist is on turbo innovation here. Other highlights include the classically arranged system shaker with bossman Hatcha on "Drop Switched", the faster ghetto electro of "Big Gunz", the loose-limbed machine mischief of "Going In" and the carnal tribal momentum of "Hidden". Primal yet way ahead in the future, this is one of the strongest Hatched EPs so far (which is saying something)
Review: As always with Hatched, we were excited to see this link up announced as Bisweed lands for his latest project, this time concentrating his uniquely swampy steppers sound into three hard hitting original creations. First up, the rapidfire LFO bass structures and extremely rhythmic percussive structures of 'Ambush' kick off the party. After this we observe the stunning sub rolls and incredibly crunchy drumwork of 'Haptics' before the moogy synth textures and choppy shaker slaps of 'Rolling Stones' put the finishing touches on the project, and what a selection it is!
Review: There is no getting away from the fact that Coki is a living legend within the dubstep scene. Therefore, when we see him return for another release, this time linking up with the super consistent Hatched imprint, we couldn't help but jump for joy. We kick this one off with the widened LFO flutters of 'Close Up', which in typical Coki fashion provides us with an earth shatteringly unpredictable bass textures, followed by the more dubwise inspired vibes of 'Imperial'. This is then followed in style by the creeping melodies and scattered snare patterns of 'Rahtid', with 'Sea Moss' then providing us with some real nostalgic dubstep flavour.
Breathing (feat Jack Shaw & Trixx) - (4:40) 140 BPM
Messenger - (4:08) 140 BPM
Cool N Deadly - (4:38) 140 BPM
Breathing (feat Trixx) - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: Dubstep pioneer Coki, one proud half of the Digital Mystikz duo alongside Mala, doesn't out a whole load of music these days, so to see him land on Hatcha's Hatched label with four new cuts is kind of a big deal. This is even more special thanks to the fact that he finally seems to be making music that he enjoys outside of the wobble-bass continuum; Hatched 12 is essentially a collection of cutting-edge dub tracks with a subtle electronic, London sensibility. Take "Breathing", for example, a solid dub stepper that would make the likes of Jah Shaka proud like the lion of Judah. Even "Messenger" is utterly heartical in its approach, and the only time we're faced with a hint of DMZ days is through the louder, brasher bass tones of "Cool N Deadly". FIRE!
Review: Time for our annual Coki dispatch! Last spotted on Hatched's twelfth instalment in 2016, the DMZ don returns with more low end gems. Each cut shuddering with raw rootsical nature, it's a mystic trip from start to finish. "Azazel" glows with an island sunset theme, "Dub Worker" ripples with soft skanks and bounces with bulbous bouncy bass, "Rebellion" is a future sing-along slab of powerful consciousness while "No Lay Lay" finishes us off with a venomous wobble and grime style stabs in a way only he knows how. No laying around on this one.
Review: Undeniably one of the hottest forthcomers in the world of deep, dark dubstep is Dalek One. It should genuinely be a criminal act to play this man's music off of anything that isn't a fully-fledged sound-system but we've had to make do. Loping force is the name of the game at 140, and 'Say What' accomplishes this with flair and deserved arrogance, it's bouncing bass stabs edging out over a dystopic backdrop. 'Strike Back' is just pure heaviness, snarling basses and snappy snares turn this into a true dancefloor piece of work. 'Strollin' has a slightly more experimental feel, like an urban cousin of 20/20 that sprays graffiti on trains and sells drugs. Another top-notch EP from Dalek One.
Review: It's time for some serious stepper vibes as Dayzero steps up upon the Hatched imprint for a weighty five track selection. We kick off with the super swingy subs of 'Frog Squash' before rolling further into the swamp with 'Gun Pop' which machine guns it's way through pulsating 808 bass tones and shuffling drum arrangements polished off with some well sliced vocal additions. Next up, the tripletted power of 'Ishval', which rolls out some unpredictable percussive lines before we hit 'Pluto', a dubwise spacey womper. We then finish up in style with 'Symbolic Meaning', a super swung journey into the unknown, packed with crunchy bass sounds and dubwise fx design.
Review: Hatcha's new label ventures forth with their second outing. As to be expected from one of the scene's forefathers, it's another adventure in the furthest, deepest realms of dubstep, taking in the views from techno, ambient and house along the way. DCult's "Shifting Sands" runs amok with deep percussive texture and rich, warm pads. "Fly" is more space-age thanks to its uplifting arpeggios, dubby atmospheres and loopy upward cycles. Finally Isolate & Zekk Tekk's "Hohle Fels" massages our innermost souls with a web of Asian pipes and horns. Hatch your own plan today and grab this...
Review: Legendary dubstep innovator DJ Hatcha bangs out some new gear with this EP from the rising Dubfreq. The young bass soldier settles into these surroundings mightily well, and we're glad to hear some proper, old-school dubstep like the sort mama used to make. "Cepheus" is a fuzzy, subtly noxious little half-step banger that does, indeed, wobble but never goes to far into total oblivion - check those chords! "Last Night" is more sombre, a chilly dubstep lurker that recalls the early days of Skream and the rest of the Tempa crew. Speaking of Tempa, Hatcha himself teams up with Dubreq on "Merky", a bold, gunshot riddim with a bubbling bass, and the duo go into interstellar mode with the broken, disjointed beats and snares of the swampy "Untitled" tune. Badness.
Eddy Seven & Polly Yates - "La Petite Mort" - (4:35) 112 BPM
The All Seeing Eye - (3:41) 140 BPM
Eddy Seven & JMan - "Deep In The Jungle" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Technology - (3:39) 140 BPM
Look To The Future - (5:42) 140 BPM
Junction - (5:03) 140 BPM
Negative To Positive - (5:02) 140 BPM
Roman Road - (4:10) 140 BPM
Trash Trap - (4:36) 140 BPM
Alladin - (4:36) 140 BPM
Delhi Trotter - (5:32) 140 BPM
Sahara - (4:08) 140 BPM
Violet - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: As far as dubstep labels go, there aren't many with the same infectious mindset as Hatched, who continue to pump incredibly high-quality music out there with impeccable speed. Their latest offering comes to us from Eddy Seven, who smashes together a stunning 13 track selection, showcasing just how varied and forward-thinking the dubstep sound can be in 2020. From the electronic blips of 'Technology' and swirling middle-eastern melodies of 'Delhi Trotter' to the minimal sub textures and percussive sub rumbles of 'Junction', this project covers the full spectrum with serious finesse. Our favourites have to include Look To The Future for its sinister tones, the big room bass slams of 'Ready For The Winter', alongside the sweeping vocal melodies and emotive harmonies of 'Violet'. Amazing work!
Review: Ain't no messing around here; Enigma Dubz makes his debut on Hatcha's Hatched with some of his most frazzled and forthright jams. "Haters" don the hater-blockers with classic sheet metal bass rippage and orchestral tension, "In Heaven With You" will tug on your heart strings with its dank, laser-melting bass twists while "The Swarm" lulls you into a false sense of tropical security before a Predator bassline leaps out from the swamp and kills you in your tracks. Finally "Torn" takes a yearning, soulful vocal and wraps it around broken glass bass shards in a dangerously seductive way. Immense.
Review: Originator mandem Hatcha returns to the studio for his first release in almost a year... Both personally and for his label Hatched. The wait, of course, has been worth it; Abstrakt Sonance's "Going In" has yet to come off dub and already Hatcha adds his own deep space VIP twist, "Bawl Out" is all about the gully funk while "I & I" strips back to bare roots. "Blessed" rolls out with a goosebumping intro and jaunty bass/rim-shot riff before we climax with another Abstrakt Sonance cameo as "Breaking & Entering" takes us deep into the sub funk tropics with really twisted FX and process. Hefty.
Review: Now we often discuss consistency here at Juno Download, but we don't believe it to be any level of exaggeration to say that we can't remember ever hearing a poor drop from Hatched. For this latest three track experiment we see label founder: Hatcha return, alongside the assistance of Surge, kicking off the track listing with the ticking percussion and swampy synthesizer growls of 'The Trial'. Next, 'Latter' provides us with a juicy injection of dubwise energy and uplifting horn stabs, before 'Between Dreams' strips it back to drums and percussion for a potent finale. Excellent work as per!
Review: Hatcha's "Hatched" series continues with four more on-point dispatches from tomorrow's dancefloors. Max Mudie takes the lead with tracks. Co-founder of Lovesick Records, "Brystone Road" sees the Brighton-based bass bandit getting all industrial with sheet metal sonic techniques and soundsets while "Dusk" is like a joy ride around the solar system on a stolen turbo-charged rocket. Mutated Mindz sooth proceedings with their ominous "Blitz": deep and dramatic, there's a dreamy essence without getting too lost in itself and losing any dancefloor impact. Hectic's "On Fire" brings us to scary climax as a stuttering beats swagger with menace and a dubbed out vocal sample provides ghostly undertones over the top. Three new names, four amazing slabs of next level dubstep, Hatcha's nailed it once again...
Review: With recent appearances on Encrypted Audio bolstering the support they have been receiving from the likes of N-Type, Swedish duo Kloudmen get snapped up by Hatcha's label to deliver five perfectly executed slices of lean and mean dubstep pressure. "Shifter" matches icy textures with snarling bass and razor sharp mid range grind, while "Atmosphere" heads into gnarlier territory with its blissful keys and swerving low end. "Misery" takes a more focused route into propulsive drum programming, "Nosey" amps up the techno influences and "Ozone" cools the EP off with some limber, jazz inflected beats that show just how much diversity this pair have to offer.
Review: For this one we step deeper into the realms of sublow dubstep as Lory Kong branches out to the Hatched imprint for a two-tracks shack out, showcasing his heavyweight stylings perfectly. We start off with the sumptuous sub bass processing and minimalistic drum placements of '100 Grit', a masterpiece in underground dubstep production. On the flip we are treated to the amphibious roller that is 'Supression', which is driven by its swampy bass tones and bird-like stabs, bringing a really unique type of energy to the mix.
Review: Brighton's Max Mudie is a name we have seen floating around the dubstep world for quite some time now and we are pleased to see him finally picking up the recognition he deserves as he touches down on the ever dependable Hatched imprint. We kick off with 'Akarn', a gloomy roller filled with dubwise drum processing and spooky overtones. This is followed by the stunning percussive breathiness of 'Hoods Croft' before the aquatic bubbles of 'Wray' sink us in a sea of sub pressure. Finishing up the originals we have the stunning vocal layering and crunchy rhythms of 'YMR', before Max jumps on remix duty himself with vibrant junglist twist on AXH's 'Tunnel Through'.
Review: Hatched are back and better than ever as Oddkut and Distant Roots join forces for an absolutely storming set of dubstep originals. We kick off with the vibrant yet dangerous creations of Distant Roots as the electrifying synthesizer slaps of 'Fi Dead' kicks us off with a bang, followed quickly by the much more sub-driven percussive brilliance of 'Aliens Dub'. Finally, the pair combine in infinite majesty as the super unusual, warbling tones of 'Culchah' combines wonky drums and swampy subs to finish this one up with a memorable impact.
Review: One label we have become seriously impressed with over the last six months or so is Hatched, a primarily dubstep outfit that is slowly but surely expanding its boundaries. This latest album project comes to us from Oktored, who delivers on every level. The album consists of eight original belters, ranging from the breaks infused structures of 'Squish' through to the more lo-fi inspired atmospherics and UKG drumwork of 'Mucho'. For us there are a couple of major highlights, one of which is the stunning colour and vibey instrumentation of 'Blonde Wig', along with the choppy percussive swings of 'Pull Pin'.
Review: As a label project within the dubstep scene, Hatched are starting to gain quite the reputation for bringing back some of the older yet highly missed faces within the dubstep circuit. Release number twenty-seven for them see's the return of Reso, who kicks off his comeback with metallic stabs and ramping bass sounds of 'Low Control'. Following this we look at the smooth sub rollings of 'Totem' and the super scattered drum crunches and bass licks of 'Ghost Castle'. This is a real dubstep masterclass from start to finish as we end on a high note with 'Gravel', a super creative expanse of dusty LFO pressure and writhing rhythms. Awesome stuff.
Review: Currently denting the game with appearances on some of the most crucial labels in dubstep, northern murker Rufus! leaps from Wheel & Deal (and prior to that Biscuit Factory and Macarbe Unit Digital) to Hatched with four sterling stampers. Sonic highlights include the post apocalyptic theatre and sci fi crunch of "Uruk Hai" the hornets' nest bass buzzes of "Fresh Orange", the trippy humanised elements of "Inner Sanctum" and the raw rusty skank rasp of "What Ya Sayin". Dangerously dark.
Review: As one of the most consistent projects working in and around the thriving dubstep scene, we are always very excited to see what the latest Hatched release has in store, as we here see them introduce the underground sounds of RUFUS! to the table. We kick off with the super spacey arrangements and haunted vocal presence of 'How I', followed by the super swinging drum movements of 'Iboga', and the super gnarly bass twists of 'KTH'. This is then followed up by the regal horn structures and swerving sub dips of 'The Mighty', before RUFUS! gets into his remix back as he reworks Dubfreq's 'Back' into another more tearout masterpiece, led by crunchy bass designs and smooth harmonies throughout.
Review: Courtesy of Dubstep legend Hatcha, Shotem has arrived over on Hatched with a delicious eight-tracker packed with murky vibes and loping menace. Each of these tunes uses space impeccably and what isn't there is as important as what is and 'Black Cat Riddem' is an example. 'Scarlett' feat Stronglife lands on the heavier end of this release, smacked up drums underpinning a SHADES-esque wall of gravelly bass that injects a seriously cool vibrant, hardware-constructed sense of naughtiness. 'Precious Memory Dub', on the other hand, is more experimental and reminds you of Ivy Lab's work over on 20/20 with its leftfield stabs and minimal ambience. If you like Dubstep, you'll like this.
Review: We are thrilled to see the return of legendary dubstep figure 'Stenchman' here for a three track selection, courtesy of Hatched. This release is everything we would want it to be and more as 'All I Can Be' kicks us off with a potent LFO lead line, coupled with typically punchy drum work. Next we dive into the more subtle, reese-like bass tones and stompy rhythms of 'Angel Of Death', before we finally round up the project with a look at 'Meta Lion'. This one is another growling gem, bringing together arpeggiated string like synths and gnarly bass instruments to create something truly wonderful.
Review: What a moment we have here as dubstep legend and all around musical Badman: Stenchman returns alongside the Suspicious Stench alias on the revered Hatched imprint. We begin with the thickening subs and weighty bass LFOs of 'The Agenda' before hitting the frankly phenomenal electrifying sound design within 'Overgrooming'. We finish up the EP with the dungeon sounds of 'The Styler', a lethal selection of bass triplets and colourful drum design, perfect for the dance!