Review: We always get a bit of a rush when the Locus Sound selections come to town, with this vibrant new three tracker from Chief Kaya being the latest in a long run of hard hitting original releases. We open up with the title track 'Bastet', a fiery infusion of palpable bassy goodness, combined with sizzling bass sputters and hard hitting drum sweeps, kicking us off with a serious amount of oomph. From here, Rakjay jumps on board for a typically tidy piece of story telling with his vocal appearance on 'Human Nature', a vibey pulse through asian woodwind and bulbous bass punches, before 'Noumena' sends us back to the early days of Coki with a warbling throwdown of synthetic sizzles. Fantastic work.
Review: Whenever the Locus Sound swarm comes to town, we know we are in for a certain amount of carnage, with this latest collection of heaters from Causa & Pharma being yet another sack of dynamite to add to the explosive stash that is their catalogue. We begin with Causa's 'Kreamy', an eerie punt through industrial reverbs and creeping metallic melodies, culminating in a jaw-rattling bass drop, with Pharma's remix focussing more so on swiping percussion and dizzying delay units to match. We then move into part two of the project with 'Shift' from Pharma, an atmospheric drift through scraping pad textures and clunky drum stumbles, leading towards a cataclysmic low end when the breakdown comes around. Causa's remix reworks that sublime into a lethal LFO squelch, giving us the final dash of steppers finesse in this powerful four track collection.
Review: Oh Lord, yes! It's such a shame that the world at large mostly associates the term 'dubstep' with shockingly bad EDM and gobby Yanks with ludicrous haircuts, because as you and I both know, the genre at its best takes dub, two-step and a little bleep-style subsonic trickery, and somehow crafts them into a THC-powered vessel that'll carry you all the way from the very depths of the ocean floor to the furthest reaches out of outer space. Thankfully, Locus Sound are here to remind the world of that with a 12-track, 12-artist comp that's a red-eyed headnodder's delight from start to finish. Superb stuff.
Review: It would appear that the Locus Sound have once again filled their quota of delivering masterful drops with every single release as they welcome Pharma inside for a wavy new single by the name 'Whispers'. Focussing firstly on the original creation, we find ourselves washed in heavily syncopated rhythmic designs and a constantly shifting harmonic backdrop, floating between blippy chords and heavily reverbated keys throughout, all tied together with a lethal bassline below. This one does also come complete with a very tidy remix as well, with Schim unleashing a wondrous display of 2-step drums and percussive inputs, which take the track to an entirely different level of glitchy goodness.
Review: The Locus Sound team have once again struck gold with this set as Ma Barka arrives in style with his latest box of bassy goodness, delivering three LFO-driven originals, destined to delight dances nationwide. We open up with the gut-punching kick drums and gnarly LFO stutters of 'Sizzle', which through a combination of wooden-sounding snare slaps and smooth transitional phases give us a masterful display. From here 'Killsound' then deploys a behemoth of bass-driven madness, focussing on minimal clicky percussion and industrial sounding backdrops, before the the skippy rhythms and more metallic bass punches of 'Ha Um' round us off with a slap!
Review: Without putting too fine a point on it, the growth we have witnessed from Hamdi over the last three years has been nothing short of incredible, trying his hand at so many different sounds and styles and being incredibly successful in each and every one. This time around he is back on his original 140 flex, joining forces with the Locus Sound set up for three glistening originals. We begin with the delicate, emotional displays of 'Hand', which utilises a beautiful lead vocal and softened piano chords for an ice cold experience, before sending us back into the stratosphere with the grizzly synthetic twists and high energy LFO drives of 'Squirrel'. Finally, a garage-like approach on 'Who Can Drum', which sees Hamdi's unique approach to rhythm in its full glory, delivering a minimal yet impactful epic.
Review: Locus Sound appear to have kick started 2022 with a pinch of serious energy as they welcome Substrada inside here for a fabulous display of dubstep design, kicking off with haunted percussive clicks and fluttering atmospheric layouts of 'Brocky', a seriously sublow title track. This is followed immediately by Schim's breaks infused rethink, perfect for a mid-rave switch up, leading into the super crunchy drum stutters and shifting synthesizer scrapes of 'Demonic Tutor', once again switching up the flavour. Finally, 'Morphic Pool' unloads a final box of grizzly goodness, combining shimmering synth sweeps with stuttered drum punches, rounding off the EP with a real sense of style.
Review: 2021 has been a fantastic year for the Locus Sound catalogue, continuously adding spicy new features and artists to the table over the course of the year. Next up from them, the third edition of their 'Various Locus Sound Compilation,' series, this time welcoming 13 new creations to ruffle any system. The tracklisting once again showcases some of the most exciting Locus regulars, including the likes of Substrada, Mistah, OSCO, E S P, Nomia Grawinkel and more. The whole project oozes dubstep-inspired originality, with the Locus sound itself being such a dungeon-driven pot of colour. There are some immediate standouts we of course have to mention, with Chad Dubz arriving on remix duty for LOTU's 'Childsplay' being one of them. Alongside this, the hypnotic chimes and haunted atmospheric design of 'Passerby Unknown' from Proove has to be mentioned, with the Spanish inspired guitar melodies and grizzly reeses of Saraphim & Senncoria's 'Midnight' being another corker we had to mention. Excellent work!
Review: The last few months have seen a rich run of form from the Locus Sound crew, who continue to impress with innovative and forward thinking dubstep originals. This latest three track display from Cel falls right into that box as we open up with 'Choke', a dungeon-ready stomper, mashing together bulbous drum pulses with alarm-like synth pulses and a grizzly sense of atmosphere for an explosive introduction. Next, the sliding LFO drives and choppy drum snipes of 'Blue Ivy' give us a bit more of a stripped back sounding creation, before 'D.T.T.T' takes us on a journey through studied distortion and colourful moogy design for an unusual yet memorable outro.
Review: There really does seem to be no stopping the Locus Sound rampage, as they continue to push forward with exciting new dubstep releases left, right and centre. This latest helping from Mistah sees them deliver another bag of weaponry, kicking off with 'Forge', a fireball title track, focussing on clunky rhythmic pulses and hard-hitting electronic bass design, before the more shiver-driven LFOs of 'Because' explore a more tripletred style of rhythmic arrangement and hypnotic compositional value. From here, 'Forward' then unleashes one final sub-busting blow as iron-fisted kicks lead the way amid devilish melody and arpeggiating bass tones, rounding off the EP in good fashion.
Review: There is no denying that Locus Sound are one of the most consistent projects out there right now, with this gnarly three track showcase from WZ being another string to their now extremely expansive bow. The title track 'Juicy Dub' is a dreamboat of a sub-rattler, combining spacy pads with a powerful sub-lead to get the late night ravers rocking through the early hours. Next, 'Ruff' continues along much of the same path, focussing heavily on a rib cage-rattling low end, this time adorned with a much more explosive array of drum skips and percussive clatters. Finally, 'Floating On Acid' strips everything down to the bone, focussing on glitchy melodic themes and tripletted rhythms for a wonky wonder strike of an original.
Review: As always with the incredibly consistent Locus Sound crew, we are once again given the pleasure of enjoying another sumptuous three track experience, this time being unleashed by the one and only Yoofee, we kick start this one with the glittering percussive inflections and grizzly sub-lines of 'Pendulum', which sets the tone perfectly with some blistering bass action, before 'Zuma' gives the bass-bins a real workout with a systematic warbler, pushed forward by metallic drums and stripped back atmospherics. Finally, 'Medusa' puts the cherry on the cake with a sizzling display of percussive perfection and low-end processing, rounding off this project with a heated finale.
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.