Review: With dubstep being back into such a strong and stable position within the full expansive range of underground dance music, labels like Locus Sound, who has kept the consistency levels so high of late, most certainly need to be praised. This latest four tracker from E S P & Meddem is a perfect example of this consistency as we kick off with slightly trippy arrangement of the title track 'Retrospect', kicking us off with a bit of an unorthodox bang. The eerie flavours continue next as the emptive strings and swampy sub warbles of E S P's 'Keep Searching' drift into earshot, followed by Meddem's 'Softwax', a minimal yet powerful original, focussing on abstract percussive pushes and serious subweight. Finally, 'Stars combines more interesting rhythmic switch ups and an acidic synthesizer pulse throughout to put an aquatic feel into this fizzing finale.
Review: The consistency with which the guys over at Locus Sound have been moving in recent times is pretty frightening. This latest four tracker from Crowley is another one to add to that list of top quality drops as we kick off with the catchy, woodwind-like melodic designs and scattered drum rhythms of the title track 'O Six Trib'; which comes complete with a percussive-masterclass of an overhaul from the one and only TMSV. From here, 'Rumble' delivers a serious subby punch of speaker-ready power through his rolling bass manoeuvres and minimalist hi hat shuffles, before sharpened drum stabs and hypnotic harmonic structures of 'Underwater' put the icing on the steppers cake.
Review: The Locus Sound team have picked out another gem from the constantly evolving sphere of the dubstep scene, welcoming in Saraphim for a powerful four track expanse. We kick off with the industrial drum shifts and mutant sub bass structures of the title track 'Pharaoh's Flute', which gives us a gritty introduction the EP as a whole before Skint Disco joins the party for 'Habits', an emotive soundscape layered atop more intricate drum designs. We then see a big rhythmic switcharound as 'Music Box' gives us a super syncopated breakdown topped with toy-like musical plucks, before the swampy bass synths and constantly shifting percussive pushes of 'Arga' round off the EP with an eerie smash.
Review: There have been a lot of label success stories over the course of 2020, despite their being so many obstacles in the way. One of those for us, without a doubt, has to be Locus Sound, who look to start to round off 2020 with this exceptional new full length compilation project. Featuring 15 scorching originals, we see the likes of Ome, Photom, Sedan, Lord Jabu, Ourman, Pharma and many more unleash some serious weight over the course of 65 minutes of steppers goodness. The entire project is dripping in quality, with our highlights being the voluptuous bass gurgles and unpredictable drum shifts of Root from Nizth, alongside Koma's groovy post-garage experiment with 'Step Two You'.
Review: As always when looking at a new one from Locus Sound, we are expecting a combination of innovation and nostalgia, a theme they have running deep through their catalogue. They welcome Roy Bar for a wonderful six track journey, kicking off with the wavy synthesizer intricacies and choppy drumlines of title track 'Icarus', before we dive into the spacey breakbeat action of 'Hemlock Riddim' and slower-paced halftime rhythms of 'Pineapple Kush', featuring a memorable vocal from Axel Holy'. Next, 'IFYB' provides us with some moogy garage flavour, with the pleasing percussive layers and moody vibe of 'Growler' coming closely after. Finally, the techy D&B manoeuvres of 'You Touched My Mind' combine choppy vocal inputs with sharpened drum licks for a very interesting finale indeed.
Review: There are certain labels we look to and know almost instantly are going to supply us with some absolute fire. Based on recent form Locus Sound have been one of these imprints, with Lord Jabu providing the goods for their latest outing. The title track 'El Molino' is a glistening whirlwind of arpeggios and chimes, ticking away in a hypnotic twist atop system rumbling sub-lines. From here we move into the marching synth patterns and lofi shaker runs of 'Swarm', before 'Buccaneer' lands on deck with an unusual lead instrument to add a final dash of variation to this very impressive body of work from all involved!
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water where Cartridge is living right now, but blimey! This new selection from him on the super-consistent Locus Sound imprint is yet another showcase into his dubstep-driven brilliance, kicking off with the sub-shattering low end and unpredictable drum manoeuvres of 'Iron Lung', before 'Two Of Us' combines fluttering melodic inputs with lethal bass growls. Next, 'Tek Time' unleashes a stunning soundscape of glitchy lead synth designs and haunting string jerks, before rounding the EP off in style with the crunchy bass exploits and groovy percussive marches of 'Brute'. Awesome work!
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again with this one as they invite the wonderful sounds of OME in for three tracks of colourful dubstep expression. Let us kick off with the beautiful arrangements of 'Canarios', which combines subtle percussive lines with sweeping overhead pad lines and short woodwind bursts to give us a smooth, soothing roller. Next, the title track 'Bermuda' is rolled out which switches up the vibe completely, driving forward with fat LFO warbles and distant shimmering melodies. Finally, 'Rollin' is unveiled, switching the organic percussion for metallic slaps and rounding us up in style'.
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again as they here present us with a stunning selection from SBK, a producer who is starting to turn heads wherever he goes with his super impactful steppers originals. We can hear a distinct eastern theme running through the heart of this one, kicking off with the eerie string work and distant percussive sprinklings of 'We Are From The Desert', featuring Ourman. Next up, we land amidst the heavy horn stabs and grizzly bass synthesizers of '3 Million Stones', before finding ourselves doused in heat as the warbling bass wriggles of 'Inferno' usher forth. Finally, 'Lead Dem Pace' alongisde Quasar ties the knot on this one, wrapping up another impressive body of work!
Review: When we sat down to listen through this brand new project from the Locus Sound imprint, we were blown away by both its uniqueness and creativity as Sedan works wonders with space and atmospherics. The title track is a perfect example of this as swampy bubbles and crunchy drums allow the subs to breathe relentlessly, before we dive into more murky waters on the twisted Asian melodies of 'Miese'. Next, more hypnotic triplets emerge as 'Anita' rolls out with its subtle sub frames, before we finish up in style with the minimalist reverberations and bass pressures of 'Gabriel'.
Review: As an imprint, the Locus Sound movement certainly put together an impressive release run in 2018, boasting well received EP's from the likes of LFK, Chendah, Ceramics and many many more. They make a strong start to 2019 here however with a cracking selection from Ourman, kicking off with the mystical hypnotic tones of 'Impressions'. Following this we dip into the deep, dark and swampy sub textures of the well titled 'Kreep', which is packed with original dubstep flavour. We finish up with the title track 'Parade', which sends out a pack of gritty LFO's to greet us, rounding up this release in style.