27 Oct 17
You Knw Wsp - (5:41) 125 BPM
Brainstorm - (5:41) 130 BPM
Shocker - (5:19) 140 BPM
Pressure Force (feat Sqz Me) - (5:44) 140 BPM
Ground Zero - (4:38) 125 BPM
Clap Back (feat Kodin) - (5:17) 93 BPM
Mind On A Prize - (6:12) 140 BPM
Untitled (feat Nurve) - (4:12) 140 BPM
Acid Dust - (4:03) 127 BPM
Rudeboy Sound (feat Flipz) - (4:48) 130 BPM
Brainstorm (Caski remix) - (5:30) 130 BPM
Review: Well established Croatian dubsmith presents his most diverse and boundary-pushing body of work to date: Brainstorm. A genre-defying project that applies his grimy, unforgiving tightly textured funk in a number of tempos and contexts, this is an album that seamlessly takes us from the light, loose-limbed 125 styles of "Ground Zero" to the brutal steppy D&B funk of "Clap Back" in the flick of a switch. Other brain-bending moments include the steady dub kicks and pranged out tones of "Acid Dust", the dusty jazz key strikes on "You Knw Wsp" and the pulverising halftime punch of "Shocker". The only shocker here would be to sleep on this... Easily one of Macabre Unit Digital's boldest and most boundary-less releases to date.
25 Aug 17
Review: MUD always come up with the dirtiest of goods and this album sampler is no different. 'Clapback' is a filthy little number, grimey to its core, with dirty twisted stabs which are sure to give you septicemia and with its high energy and diverse collection of sounds, we're sure it'll have the dance going off. 'Shocker' is the more somber track of the pair, with slow reverberating steps and itchy white noise and an all-consuming sub. Together they prove the forthcoming album will be varied and interesting, one to watch.
17 Jul 15
6 Block - (5:39) 94 BPM
Scelestic - (5:06) 140 BPM
Tanc - (4:00) 129 BPM
6 Block (Demon 6FBS remix) - (5:07) 140 BPM
Review: Destination Croatia for the next M.U.D adventure as label newcomers 207 and Kodin lay down three examples of industrial strength futuristic gritty grooves. "6 Block" is a physical roller, all elbow jabs and shoulder rolls by way of well-oiled drums. "Scelestic" takes us down a deeper, more reflective path but still rolls with precision tuned rhythm dynamics and ghostly bass tones hanging ominously like low hanging clouds. "Tanc" is the silkiest of the set thanks to well-spaced detuned synth stabs and another lesson in liquid-like kick/snare patterns. Looking for a bit of rough on the side? Look no further than label boss Demon's remix of "6 Block". Rocking.
19 Feb 15
Cypher - (5:08) 140 BPM
Rumble - (5:41) 140 BPM
Sentinel - (5:29) 140 BPM
Stone Throw - (4:34) 140 BPM
Man Made - (5:29) 140 BPM
Played by: Deafblind, DJ Walsh (Biscuit Factory Records), Juno Recommends Dubstep, Seven, Mentha, Feonix, DJS: MOST CHARTED - DUBSTEP/UK FUNK, Alert, GAZE ILL, Otz, LSN (UK), DyAD
Review: If you're into grumbling grooves, bass as thick as half-set concrete and drums that sound like no other dubstep producer's, then Biome's "Cypher" EP is so up your street it's built a granny annex upside your bedroom. The title-track is Biome at his grumpiest; all slug bass and anvil halfsteps. "Rumble" flips the switch with a genuinely unique beat that nods towards hip-hop or quarter-speed jungle much more than it does dubstep. "Sentinel" goes back to the deep dungeon lab with a swaggering half-step and a bassline seemingly made of a swarm of wheezing wasps, while "Stone Throw" maintains that deep, minimal technoid flavour but with more emphasis on some interestingly pitched drums. "Man Made" closes the show with yet more unique rhythmic arrangements and an eerie prayer call that's so cold it could summon the spirit of Cthulhu himself.
27 May 13
Music Mi Luv - (5:10) 140 BPM
Badman Culture (part 2) - (5:25) 93 BPM
Demon & Catacombs - "Cursed" - (5:20) 140 BPM
Demon & Catacombs - "Searcher" - (5:42) 140 BPM
Played by: DyAD
22 Oct 12
11 May 15
Narkotiks - (5:03) 140 BPM
Neurotoxic - (5:06) 93 BPM
Sex Tape (feat Beezy) - (4:29) 140 BPM
Electronic Warfare - (5:34) 140 BPM
Hysteria - (5:04) 140 BPM
17 Jun 16
Review: Macabre man Demon up to his old tricks again: "Light" is a foundry-smashing design, all concrete slaps and smashes. Soul is found deep in the barbed vocals of Monika who creates a sheen that's not far off Portishead circa Third. Immense. Hot on its heels is a sight-blurring, blood-pumping, fist-bumping VIP of last year's breaker "Narkotics". Now with added busted beat jungle designs, it's even more complex and sense-popping as it was before. Stick this to the man and tell him the drug war is over.
02 Oct 15
Cyclic - (5:56) 140 BPM
Fear Is A Choice - (4:48) 140 BPM
Incept - (5:56) 140 BPM
Resist - (5:56) 93 BPM
Review: Rising up through the ranks of the digital dubstep world, Dyad are a Reading-based duo with a score of high-end productions behind them and now they've made their way on to Macabre Unit's own label with a gnarly four-track EP of enhanced floor wreckers for those who like their beats sci-fi. From the low-riding punch of the title track through to the high-flying tech-step tones of "Fear is A Choice", the production levels never dip for a moment while balancing a necessary menace with some pleasant melodic ingenuity. Check "Incept" for a more raucous grind-out, while "Resist" brings some choppy sounds to the table but really all four tracks come from the same mentality of dynamic, face-contorting dubstep for the modern age.
20 Oct 14
The Cube - (5:05) 140 BPM
Rotation Hevvy - (4:36) 93 BPM
Peashooter - (5:56) 93 BPM
Inhale (feat Na Kika) - (5:08) 140 BPM
Mandatory - (6:27) 80 BPM
Review: It's been a minute since North Walian low end warrior Feonix last stepped up to M.U.D. - six months to be precise. Naturally he's made up for lost time with this rule-shredding quintuplet of jams. There's a heavy emphasis on tempo flexing and rifle-like riddims, too, as both the subverted jungle smasher "Heavy Rotation" and the skippy, steppy "Peashooter" both roll and flare with D&B verve. Dungeon-dwelling dubstep purists should jump on the gruff, guttural "Inhale" and the grunty, hooky lead track. For added variety, scope and depth Feonix has also thrown in the 80BPM "Mandatory". Slo-mo breakbeats coded with ominous, paranoid baritone frequencies, it brings the EP to the unique close it deserves. Impeccable stuff; only squares wouldn't like "The Cube".
23 Mar 18
Spliced - (4:18) 144 BPM
Part Deux - (5:10) 140 BPM
Yeh Mi Say - (4:38) 140 BPM
Speek - (5:14) 159 BPM
Anything - (4:52) 80 BPM
Eon Eyes (feat Kaya - 160 BPM VIP) - (5:04) 80 BPM
Review: Macabre Unit as a label have seriously cemented their position as one of the most innovative imprints currently working in and around the 140 bracket. For this one they employ the services of Feonix for selection of bass-heavy goodies. The title track "Spliced" kicks the EP off as it means to go on with grinding reese synths taking the leading role. From here the 160 BPM of "Eon Eyes" featuring Kaya sends us down a speedier avenue before the sharp percussion lead vibes of "Part Deux" and "Yeh Mi Say". We then round off with the accelerated half-time structure of "Speek" and the stripped back neuro inspired arrangements of "Anything". This EP shows real versatility and depth, both for Feonix as a producer and Macabre Unit as a movement.
24 Mar 14
Eon Eyes - (5:05) 140 BPM
Eon Eyes (Demon remix) - (5:15) 140 BPM
Eon Eyes (Slaven remix) - (5:46) 140 BPM
Eon Eyes (Deafblind remix) - (6:08) 140 BPM
Played by: Displace
24 Sep 12
15 Apr 16
Image - (4:17) 140 BPM
Myriad - (4:11) 85 BPM
Tearing Me Down - (5:09) 93 BPM
All Alone - (4:00) 85 BPM
Review: Sam Zeiph Wheeler dons his black Ohmtrix shroud for his boldest, most diverse collection to date. Two dub, two D&B, all unique: "Image" is the swaggering dubstep we've come to expect from the young Londoner but the drums roll with much more of a loose 'real drum' feel which creates a new sense of funk the man has only hinted at before. "Myriad" ups the pace with dreamy vocal snaps and teases of really well chiselled synth hooks and molten bassline before we drop into the D&B territory: "All Alone" pumps with a classic early Brookes Brothers style synth hook and guitar twangs while "Tearing Me Down" plays the consummate role of gully roller with DLR style gurgles and bass sneers.
28 Apr 17
Bugs - (4:40) 140 BPM
You Should Know - (3:43) 87 BPM
One Mind - (4:24) 93 BPM
Mythical Beings - (4:55) 87 BPM
Fire - (3:56) 140 BPM
Review: Ohmtrix returns to the Unit with five more diverse and stark creations. "Bugs" skitters and writhes amid tripped-out dubspace and tricked out textures before we plunge into oceanic future drum & bass soul on "You Should Know", get dizzy in the ricochet percussive currents of "One Mind" and get hype on the straight up tech funk of "Mythical Beings". "Fire" is the ultimate tonic with its Scientist-style spaciousness and sub bass playfulness. Whatever side of the 80/140/160 axis you're happiest in, there are some real gems here.
16 Feb 18
Drifter - (4:39) 140 BPM
Kilimanjaro - (4:41) 140 BPM
Monarch - (4:41) 140 BPM
Remember - (4:22) 140 BPM
Review: We?re always happy to hear more deliciously devised dubstep from the Macabre Unit collective and this one is definitely no exception. Straight from the off on Drifter we hear warm rolling subs lashing into whirling atmospherics and sharp drum processing. Next up we have Killamanjaro which is comprised of eastern melodies, choppy break patterns, rolling percussive stabs and of course gritty bass synths. From here we move onto Monarch which is a real steppers journey, bringing out lush jazzy synth textures and sound design over rogue bass oscillations below. Finally we finish up with a blast from the past in Remember. This one is comes complete with classic hardcore synth chords across the introduction, later descending into an electronic cluster bomb of unique sound design.
07 Oct 16
Tibetan Plateau - (5:42) 140 BPM
Behistun Inscription - (5:42) 140 BPM
Telekenisis - (5:39) 140 BPM
Fated/Where Is My Mind - (6:03) 140 BPM
Review: Macabre Unit Digital feels like the right place for Rufus! to thrive among his dubstep peers, and conquer this week's bass charts. He's been successful in both domains. The lead track "Tibetan Plateau" is as aggressive in tone and bass as it is effective on the dance floor - this one is certainly due for more than a few rewinds - and "Bahistun Inscription" follows suit with a sleeker, more penetrative groove that brings out a tribal sort of swagger. "Telekenisis", once again, breaks out the mutant bass to cause serious levels of damage on the club speakers, and "Fated (Where Is My Mind)" is the last stab in the gut, a brief farewell that'll leave you clucking for the next hit of Rufus!
29 Jul 16
Bogus System - (4:25) 140 BPM
Dajjal - (4:36) 93 BPM
High Roller - (4:08) 65 BPM
U Don't Know - (3:46) 140 BPM
Sidereal - (3:18) 93 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Bass
Review: Apparent Russian garage and techno producer (fresh) Ghostek hooks up with Slava Marchenko, aka Sqz me on Macabre Unit Digital following releases by Ohmtrix and Demon. The collaboration presents five tracks of heavy, digital laden snarling bass cuts that snarl, growl and tear at the speakers. But before we dive into that, it's the stripped back and minimal darkness of "High Roller" that's indeed a jungle infused highlight. "Sidereal" lines up some trademark post-dubstep drums similar to the sounds of early Tessela records on Punch Drunk, while "Dajjal" and "Bogus System" slash and slam their way through hell's gate experiencing a riot.
24 Feb 17
Listen - (4:08) 140 BPM
Se7en - (4:13) 140 BPM
Hit Back Hard - (4:17) 140 BPM
One Of Us - (4:13) 140 BPM
Review: Sub bastions Macabre Unit Digital continue to forage at the fringes for fresh talent and once again they've cropped a serious harvest: welcome Norwegian newcomer Sub Drifter. Previously spotted on Instigate, his M.U.D debut develops his technique to whole new levels: "Listen" hits with subtlety as an industrial strength roll morphs and mutates with stealth while "Se7en" exploits a radar blip with pressurised momentum. Looking for something bitter and twisted? Jump on the fittingly titled "Hit Back Hard" where a sizzling, electric current bassline frazzles and burns through everything in its path. Finally we hit the striking drama of "One Of Us" where a deep space unhurried intro flings us into the swampiest, gloopiest drop this side of the sewage plant. Listen up.
02 Dec 16
Hydro - (4:41) 93 BPM
Gambit - (5:08) 140 BPM
Terraform - (5:05) 140 BPM
Soothsayer - (6:03) 140 BPM
Review: Oh my, the ghostly Macabre Unit have recruited Tony Rocky Horror to deliver some eerie, left-of-field, dubstep excursions of the most foreboding calibre. The lead tune "Hydro" really is one hell of a smokin' joint, built with a hazy collection of sounds, and composed of grungy, twisted beats that lift off into outer space, and with absolutely no care for good manners or traditional arrangements. But, that's not all, because you got "Gambit", "Terraform", and "Soothsayer" to add yet more sci-fi dub to the framework. This should help you make your set stand out from the crowd, so go forth and bang this gear out. Big, bad, and recommended.
03 Jun 13
Vuelvo - (6:30) 140 BPM
I Awoke - (7:15) 164 BPM
Versa & Rowl - "Broken" - (7:28) 60 BPM
Versa & Rowl - "Tesla" (Demon remix) - (8:18) 109 BPM
Played by: Occult
13 Feb 12