US-label Innamind Recordings was set up in 2011 by Jeremy Pattinson aka Kursk to predominantly showcase the deep, dark, minimal and sub-heavy side of 140 bpm music. Now releasing on both digital and vinyl formats, the dubstep label has seen forward-thinking releases from: Gantz, Ago, DE-TÜ, Karma, Boofy, Eva808, Headland, Quest, TMSV, Thelem and more. Kursk unleashes bass-weight with sister label Blacklist too.
Review: Over the past few years, EVA808 has become seen as one of the true leading lights within 140BPM based music, constantly pushing the boundaries of sound with stunning arrangements, jam packed with incredible levels of creativity. This is why when we saw this full length project, entitled 'Sultry Venom' land in the store, we couldn't have been more excited. In short, it's a masterpiece, a phenomenal display of electronic understanding and barrier-shattering innovation of sound, from the unpredictable percussive displays of 'Snakes', and lethal synthesis of 'I Saw The Devil', to the smooth guitar sampling of 'Skull In The Mud' and more experimental rhythms of 'Whoop Whoop'. She covers it all in style and we couldn't recommend this one higher, with our personal favourites including the wave-like sweeping synthesizer action of 'Purple Soul', alongside the haunted soundscaping and exceptional drum processing of 'Broken Neon'. Wow, just wow!
Review: As always with the Innamind team, we are in for somewhat of a treat here as Las unveils a weighty six track experiment, kicking off with the siren-like synth leads and scattered percussive grooves of 'Flo'. From here, the pleasing, spacey chord progressions and pulsating sub structures of 'Trippin' arrive in a flash before the aquatic bass tones and glittering chiming flutters of 'Float' bring us something completely different. Following this, 'Swamp Dub' stays very true to its name with some squelchy bass work before the dubwise drum designs of 'Tarot' and slow marching bass notation of 'Morning Glow Dub' put the final touches on a pretty exceptional package.
Review: We are always excited to see a new offering from Innamind Recordings, who here invite the futuristic production stylings of DE-TU inside for two tracks of pure steppers power. We begin with a look at the eerie nature of 'Stay Low', which applies a dark and demonic vocal line with spooky atmospheric pad layers and sharp drum switches with fantastic results. On the flip side we also take in 'Come To Play', an incredibly potent original roller, driven by warbling sub textures and a spacey vibe which runs throughout the composition, providing an excellent contrast between the two tracks.
Review: The team at Innamind have been on point with their release selection throughout the entirety of a very packed out 2019, with this latest collection from Bengal Sound very much following that pattern of excellence. We kick off with the super spooky sampled harmonics and smooth, airy drum processing of the title track 'Young Skeleton', an instant classic in our eyes. On the flip side we dive down a more mystic road as the charming chimes and eerie atmospherics of 'Coroners' provide some top notch variety.
Review: Innamind return here with another bundle of absolute haters, courtesy of the ever dependable Headland. He lands here with three super original creations, the first of which goes by the name of 'The Judge', a super catchy roller, led by some really original melodic call and response between bubbling synths and guitar lines. Next up, we land within the fantastic percussive displays of 'Camino', a track laced with potent sub energies and electrifying drum work, before we finish up on more dungeon demonics with 'Strays'. Innamind are on a serious roll at the moment and this release further cements their place in the dubstep scene.
Review: With Innamind Recordings being such a forward thinking label project, we were absolutely thrilled to see this one land in our store as Ago steps out for a full length LP project, showcasing his versatility within the expansive realms of 140. What a project it is as well, from the smooth celestial synthesis of 'Above' and 'Deer' to the more dubwise influenced rolling percussion of 'So I Smoke' and 'Dragon Love'. Our highlights for this project however have to be the unpredictable yet incredibly smooth sounds of 'Blur', along with the sumptuous dubby switch ups and tumultuous sub pressures of 'Deer Dub'.
Review: In our very humble opinion, we believe that the Innamind Recordings crew have had a fantastic 2018, with a string of super popular releases to show for it. This trend continues here as they bring in the vibrant sounds of Karma who touches down with two subtle stormers. We kick off with a dive into the moody rhythms and percussive stacks of 'Choose Life' which is reminiscent of early DMZ heaters. On the flip side, the more dubwise inspired chord and drum designs of 'Bluefoot' provides for excellent listening, causing a very enjoyable contrast between the two featured originals.
Review: The Innamind Sound has been on a serious rampage of late, putting out some of the most sought after releases within the dubstep sphere. TMSV supplies the goods this time as we kick off with the title track 'No Sleep', which is an unpredictable roller, laced with unusual rhythmic structure and crisp production. Next up we slip into the lethal bass leads and haunting atmospheric extensions of 'Temple' before finishing up tidily on the punchy horn stabs and distorted 808 hits of 'Maniac Mansion'. A seriously impressive three tracker for sure!
Review: Since smashing her way onto the 140 scene a couple of years back, Eva808 has been kicking up a storm with her unique production style, and this EP courtesy of Innamind Recordings is the perfect example of why. We kick off with 'Pink Uzi Gang', one of 140's most prized gems of recent times, laced with bubbling subs and aquatic percussion. Next up, 'Shakti'. This one takes eastern samples and sends them to a whole new dimension, with some incredibly clean snare processing in partnership with rolling hats luscious sub bass textures. And incredible release from an incredible producer!
Review: Epoch returns! And he's packing some of his rarest steez since "Soundboy Abduction". All air raid sirens, trippy widescreen basses and a scientific spoken word all comprise to form a brutal wall of sound slo-mo drama on "V1" while "Roacher" bubbles with a technoid sense of playfulness and unpredictability. Finally "Rib Cage" takes the surreal sensations to even higher levels with a melting intro, nagging hi-end percussion and the strangest harmonic strings ever to grace an Innamind release. Truly singular.
Review: As one of Bristol's finest, Boofy has been pushing the barriers of dubstep and grime fusion for many years now and it's rare he doesn't come up with the goods. This time we see him team up with the American imprint 'Innamind Recordings' for a fantastic 10" single, also available for digital download. The A side is named 'Dead Stylus' which focuses on percussive triplets and rolling subs, creating a fantastic natural groove when coupled with Boofy's signature dungeon style synth design. On flip we hear 'Ledge', which is reminiscent of early ClueKid releases, with a croaky bass synth lead running riot amongst unpredictable drum switches and dubbed out snare patterns.
Review: Don Mclean could learn a trick or two from New Zealand's Headland; you could drive a Chevy (or any other brand of motor vehicle) up this "Levy" all day long and it'll never go dry. A true marching tune that gradually rises in intensity without ever losing its stately pace, it's the type of tune that was tailored for nights like System or DJs like Amit. Elsewhere we get seasick with the trippy glitches on "Seen" before going all-out darkside with the haunted humanisations on the foreboding "Cold Warning". Seriously heavy duty stuff as always from Headland. Man's having his pie and eating it right now.
Review: Dark, militant dubstep coming sraight out of Renaissance city Florence , and we would say that Ago seems to be at the top of the Dubstep food chain. The producer returns to InnaMind Recordings with a swarm of fully-fledged dread-out fire; the bass weight is very much in place alongside the rest of their heartical bliss. "Why Won't You", the lead tune, literally steps its way through the rhythm with big power drums and echoing FX tricks, while "Flashin'" alludes to the breaks format thanks to some devious percussion work, and "Zero Shift" takes care of the sub bass fix with those huge, meandering slabs of low hertz for those looking for their bass massage. Come and get it!
Review: We're lucky we grasp a release a year from Karma's gnarly paws. But when we do, we always pay attention. Here are three reminders why. "Terrorist" wades into the fray with pneumatic beats that are reminiscent of Mezzanine-era Massive Attack. Foggy, misty and laced with a crucial Reggae vocal sample, it has a tsunami-like effect through a big system as waves of dubspace wash over the crowd. "Cha" continues the pneumatic rhythm feels. But this time with a persistent techno-like 4x4 that's wrapped in tight layers of warped subs. "Vacant Mind" neatly counters the energy of "Cha" with a pensive slo-mo march into the foggy void. All elements and textures woozily working together to create somnambulant momentum, it's Karma at his most meditative. Already sold out on limited vinyl, this is a seriously key release.
Review: Finnish dub soldier LAS returns to Innamind with two skin-singeing smoke-stackers. All foggy and dense, both "Gunfam" and "This Morning" hit with real weight and mysticism. The former comes with more of dancefloor edge due to its slight skip in the kicks and a gangster hook. The latter, as the name suggests, is total sunrise material thanks to its evocative chords, trembling synths and sense of restraint. This one's a percy.
Review: Longstanding Innamind representative Mikael sparks up our inner freaks once more with two system-primed sub smashers. "Wildfire" see-saws on a pivot-like atonal riff over a lolloping sub/kick flow and big splash rimshots while "Lintumies" is a spacier jam where Clanger-like aesthetics play games with your head and the bass keeps kicking you out of orbit.
Review: Los Angeles based deep dubstep imprint is back with local producer Ago, who offers us some more contemplative bass therapy from the darkside. First track "So Mi Seh" features delay drenched ragga samples over a deeply serious bassline and paranoid reefer atmospherics. Second track "That's What I Was Talking About In '96" gets a bit more fierce with its nostalgic, sampled dialogue soon giving way to a tough yet retrained beat assault and intense sub bass pulsations.
Review: Throughout his musical career, the unpredictable Karma has spread his tracks across different genres, and from drum and bass to house and dubstep, he's been capable of reinventing himself on a regular basis. For this latest Innamind Recordings episode, the producer is in half-step mode, channeling his fury behind the mixing board into the deep and subby bounces of "Heal", before moving onto darker and more pulsating territories on the excellent "Rumble Fish" - surely this week's no.1 dubstep cut. "Flee In The Fog" features Dubtro, and the dup conjure a foreboding picture with their mild pads, watery beats and lo-fi sonics. Excellent stuff.
Review: Fresh from developing their Blacklist project, Innamind return their focus to the mother label with a collabo joint of heavyweight proportions. From the sleazy live bass lollops and dancefloor creeper sensations of "Outlaw", you know you're in for a treat. Other highlights include "Farout", where strange mid-range bass tones skip playfully around a heavily textured vocal sample, and "Drumspeak", where immense layers of percussion and rhythms are stitched with serious attention to detail. Powerful.
Review: Artists known by just one name have to be really good to get away with it and with the kind of production skills on display here, Mikael might just get his name in lights. Despite being Finnish, these three tracks evoke images of somewhere decidedly more exotic and haunted - "Smiling Face" might well be describing the look on an ancient death mask found in a dark, echoey tomb, "Wada" is the sound of wading through jungle thicket at night, with mocking percussive noises all around and "Sandwell" wraps things up with some Eastern mysticism thrown into the mix.
Review: Proof - as if we need it - that bass music has a long, long way to go before it runs out of ideas, as here Las has created five reasons why contemporary dub still inspires, motivates and captures the imagination. The strange, trippy riff on the title track summarises this consummately, as does the rich mischievous dub bubbles of "Pirates". Further on we hit the more dancefloor aimed "Lesson" as the rich tribal rhythm paves the way for some ace vocal sample abuse and a bassline that lollops so hard it might damage your needle. "Temper" plays the perfect role of grand finale: powered by a paranoid palpitating sub bass and doubled up kicks, we're suddenly stopped in our tracks by a stunning classical piano refrain. Game changers, the lot of them.
Review: Deep Medi's Turkish mastermind makes a comeback on the Innamind imprint with a pounding, raucous bundle of hefty kick-snares. It's the kind of tune that gets people into an utter state in the dancehall, and one which you'd imagine Mala dishing out. His remix of Lurka's "Refresher" is equally as piercing and doubly nasty. Highly recommended!
Review: Now a firm feature on some of the most respected dubstep imprints going, Gantz has bubbled up to be a serious future bass prospect. Here we find him at his most minimal and masterful; "Stayer" teases with the concept of space as a sparse breakdown builds to a subtle but crafty drop that's littered with tripped out reverb and alluring hand drum tickles. "Lyrical Trick", meanwhile, is a thundering percussion workout with acid squiggles, bass depth charges and a droning pad that warps in the backdrop, adding a wealth of texture and urgency.
Review: Quantum Soul, aka producer Guy Chambers, describes his productions as "mystical soundscapes". There's certainly something a bit mystical about "Strong Root", which features the distinctive vocals of veteran trip-hop chanteuse Louise Rhodes of Lamb fame. Her breathy vocals fit perfectly over Chambers' snappy dubstep beats, deep atmopsherics and intricate musical flourishes. Flipside "Rolling Thunder" takes a different tack, going all dubwise and steppy - all delay-laden organ stabs, low-end wobble and titanium-clad beats, still managing to sound deep depite its undeniable ferocity.