Review: New World Audio have come at you with a single that includes a remix of both sides, turning this into a sick little EP which crosses a number of genre boundaries. 'Taser' is a dark, dubstep cut that features a rattling percussive line, slick background detailing and a suitably warm yet moody sub-bass line. DJ Squarewave is on remix duties and doesn't do a complete overhaul, yet injects a new sense of rowdiness with some additional kicks and a few new synth lines. 'Midnight Club' is heavier, for sure, grating basses sweep away the subtelty of the last for new pastures, Arkwright's remix then taking it in the opposite direction, back to the lands of space and contemplation. A very cool EP - don't miss out dubstep fans.
Review: Hands up, psalms down, Belgian bass monkey Digid turns to the good book for lesson in authentic, classical tear-up dubstep. The result is a thick, creamy bass-led half-stepper that's led with an effective Spyda-esque vocal sample. Looking for something a little harsher and confrontational? Head for Sukh Knight's more angular, aggressive rendition. Elsewhere Digid provides colour and warmth with "Freedom Horns". A digidub groove peppered with sun-kissed skanks and far-gazing mysticisms, it complements the darkness of the lead track with context and clarity.
Review: Not to be confused with the nu-disco act of the same name, Kool FM's Squarewave has been making big noises on the London scene since his early D&B days as well as with his more recent group Nasha Experience. Lately though he's been concentrating on dropping some fierce beats via his own New World Audio label and this here is his latest bomb. "Time Kills" sees him hook up with MCs Celph Titled and Faez One for a menacing hip-hopper - all stark trappy verses that marries meaty bottom end with flighty top end melodies.
Review: New World Audio have been on a fantastic run of late, showcasing some of the most forward-thinking dubstep available on the market. This latest release sees them link together the sounds of Ghostek, Head Space and Kercha over three tracks of lethal 140 music, kicking off with Ghostek's eastern inspired masterpiece in 'Confrontation'. This is followed rapidly by Head Space who combines enlarged LFO subs and expansive percussive movement with awesome results on 'North West'. Finally, we finish up with Solder, a super smooth, chord led creation from Kercha, who provides the perfect finishing touches to the project.
Review: It's time to dive into yet more exciting new dubstep here as the ever-present sounds of New World Audio return to the fold alongside Nausika, who gives us two absolute treats. We really go back to the roots with this one as we firstly check out 'Pula At Dawn', a shimmering, chord driven journey through subs and melody, with cymbals sounding similar to crashing waves, reminiscent of the beach at Outlook. The pace then quickens on the flipside as we are given '1201', a chunky, sub heavy roller, driven by it's monstrous drum processing and crunchy sub textures, perfect for sending the dance into an absolute frenzy whenever you need it.
Review: This release is one we have been excited about since it first appeared in the forthcoming section as Nuphlo & Leebrah team up on the legendary dubstep imprint: New World Audio. To kick off 'Black Arts' packs a demonic twist, as grinding bass tones and horn instrumentation interweave with evil intention. On the flip, Nuphlo rolls solo on the eastern inspired melodies of 'Zim Zimma' which brings together gritty sub tones and unpredictable drum movements.
Review: Ruben Dag Nielsen's heavy stepping debut on the New World Audio imprint finally arrives in the digital realm after a limited vinyl release and plenty of support on the Rinse FM network! Lead track "The Commander"scrapes up against your senses, dipped in vintage junglist vibes, whilst the all too apt "Bonecrusher" drops its heavyweight sub bass dread with DMZ style aplomb. RDG implements an industrial style on "2100" with overt cinematic touches lending the requisite atmospherics before a juddering and screw face inducing sinewy bass line flex takes control. The best is perhaps saved till last with the neck snapping badness of "Phoenix" - do check!
Review: Longstanding New World Audio merker Shandy cracks open three tins of fizzy fire on us with the fittingly titled "Vintage Grime" collection. "Horizon" sets the scene with string-sprung drama. Unashamedly steppy, it's an instant flashback to 2001. "Coincide" joins the dots with dubstep with its hazy tones and low-slow groove. Finally "Projection" is an all-out space hopper with a broadsword bassline, neck-snapping beats and delicate pianos. True to the craft.
Review: Ah yes, there ain't nothing like a good Shandy at the end of a week to reign in the weekend vibes! This particular grime producer is among the few of his peers who is actually still constructing some proper rhythms, the sort that Plastician would have rinsed the f*** out back in the early 00s. This is the fourth instalment of Vintage Grime, and it all kicks off with the bouncy bass stabs of the killer "Beat Box", which falls absolutely flawlessly into the bubbling bass waves of "Deep South". "Knowledge" tips it all off with one final swing of the juice, a quick-firing, missile-like grime bullet that's tailor made for some serious head-nodding. Fire!!
Review: As a label, New World Audio have been smashing it recently, bringing their own crispy take on 140 music to the table at every opportunity. This latest exploration from Shandy is a perfect example of their exceptional threshold for release quality as he unveils the fifth edition of 'Vintage Grime', kicking off with the marching subs and spacey pads of 'Distant Land' alongside the string lead melodies and choppy bass tones of 'Don't Chat It'. Next, 'Brave' arrives with an array of cheeky brass inversions and regal string lines, before the horns are set to run wild on the jumpy rhythms of 'Wonderman'. Lovely stuff!
Review: The relationship between dub reggae and it's extended grandchild dubstep has always been an exciting one and we love nothing more than hearing a soulful vocal over a more dubstep inspired original instrumental. Here we see the combination of Shandy, Tenor Youthman and Tailored Sound provide us with just that as 'Rise & Shine' combines blissful sub patterns, spacey horn textures and catchy vocal lines to give us a certified smash. This project also comes complete with an additional 'Sax Version', just for good measure.
Review: Anyone can knock up a screaming wobbler, but to give it funk and enduring appeal is another thing all together. Suffice to say Nasha Experience member Squarewave has nailed that tricky task on "Home Alone". The seesaw bass cuts through with menace yet seeps like a filthy liquid. "Rising Sun" lollops with much more of a traditional digidub flavour. "Restricted Area" returns to the darker side of the dance. More confrontational than "Home Alone" but not without its cheeky sonic spirit, it's aggy without being unnecessarily icy. "The Heist" brings us to a dramatic, cinematic climax with a great orchestral sample and awesome pranged out sighs and shuffles.
Review: For this third release - their first of 2012 - bass music upstarts New World Audio gather together a selection of tunes from a quartet of little-known producers. Sukh Knight's Bhangra-inspired "Shutdown" is probably the highlight. It offers an exotic stroll through dubstep's more melodic pastures, with sampled Indian vocals and Bollywood melodies offering a decent contrast to the sub-heavy bassline. Shandy's aggressive and intense "Jogi" isn't far behind, though, thanks to some punishing rhythms, spangled rave synths and dubwise effects. For those seeking pure dancefloor thrills, look no further than the eyes-closed dubstep-skank of Trex's murky "Mad Mother Dub".
Review: Two releases in as many months, the Grandmaster ain't messing around in 2016: "Interstellar" takes the deep, swinging halftime swagger and sends it into the furthest echelons of the cosmos thanks to its alien bass lasers and general sense of weightless restraint. "Hustlerz", meanwhile, takes us right back to the mid 2000s with its funky, early Rusko swagger. All bouncy and full of character, with its Next Day Air sample it hits harder than ten bricks.
Review: There's a serious 2010/Hench vibe to Sukh's latest doublet. Two sermons in the dark art of badism, both "Ported" and "Talisman" dig deep into the original dub psyche that caused dancefloor riots over half a decade ago. The former is a Jakes-style snapper, all metallic, angular and unrelenting. The latter is more of a jump-up style with kung-fu samples so well executed they could give DJ Hazard nightmares and a siren-surged bassline that's so ugly it makes your mum look tasty. For reals.
Review: The New World Audio regulars team up for a collaborative effort and produce a startling 2-tracker that's bound to turn more than a few heads. Sukh Knight goes for a deep and meditative ninja slasher on "Pai Mei Technique", aligning shredded, minimal bass tones with stuttering, flexible percussion stabs, whereas Shandy and RDG's "Fate" takes the samurai slashing to the next level thanks to their inimitable, stop-start motion approach - sublime and heavily recommended.