Review: One of Nomine Sound's biggest releases to date; Boylan & Slimzee collide for four absolute heavers right here. "No Cure" is the deadliest jam of the set with its swooping, swathing horror movie bass, "Replicants" takes us deep into the rave machine and sends us home packing with some twisted mentasms and hoovers, "Delta City" plays the consummate graveyard stomper with a little more space and weight while "Reinforced" closes with a homage to one of the most important record labels in the early jungle movement. This is nothing short of essential.
Review: It seems to be the season of Flowdan as he returns to us for yet another hard hitting single release here, this time joining forces with the highly sought after production stylings of Boylan. The pair land on Nomine Sound for an absolute ruckus of an original, with Boylan providing a lethal bed, writhing with reesey bass textures and rocket launcher drum drops, over which Flowdan is given the freedom to run riot, switching his lyricism between extended poetic verses and more hard hitting, shorter style punches. Wicked stuff!
Red Letter (Rene LaVice's Insufficient Funds mix) - (4:36) 174 BPM
Indijah - (4:57) 140 BPM
Digital - "Lo Fi" - (5:00) 140 BPM
Digital - "Dark Matter" - (3:56) 139 BPM
Review: Calling all dubstep, jungle, drum and bass and 140 BPM bass tribes. This release features the mighty drum and bass legend Digital Steve Jungle, Ram Records wonder boy Rene LaVice, Nurve - Macabre Unit (from the legendary Macabre Unit) and Nomine himself spanning a variety of genres; but one thing is guaranteed here: bass! This is very ambitious project but this label's got some serious style and they are ones to watch for the future.
Review: E3 Breaks is an outfit which consists of grime maverick As If Kid and the one and only godfather of grime: DJ Slimzee. The new guise that these two opted to go with seems to have given them the urge to explore the deeper and darker side of the 140 sound. Tracks like "The Curse" are dark, street-level bass explorations that soon incorporate drum and bass riddims for added impact. This is followed by the tripped-out stepper "Backroads" featuring the most razor sharp bassline that we've heard all year. Get your bass bins ready, this one's a right killer!
Review: With such an incredible history of musical creations and teachings, it's no wonder that Nomine's home imprint of Nomine Sound continues to drop nothing but scorchers, with the latest in that lineage being this warbling pair of warheads from Fett. We begin with the potent LFO expressions and eerie atmospheric soundscaping of 'Spirits' which gives us an unusual sense of flavour. From here, we walk into a field of throwback LFO gurgles and plucked instrumentation and a couple of spooky star wars samples to deliver an enigmatic B-side in 'Palpatine'. Fabulous stuff all around!
Review: We find your lack of faith disturbing.... Nomine fires up the dance with two insanely heavy VIPs from the man like Macabre Unit. "Darth Vader" keeps the 70-a-day breathing and ominous tones but jacks up the riff into something much choppier and wilder while "Mash Up Da Place" enjoys a subtler shake up with tripped harmonics laced into twisted bass riff. These are what VIPs were invented for.
Review: Up to this day, Nomine has been heavily associated with the mighty Tempa crew out of London - perhaps the most important home to dubstep music - but this time his brooding head-nodders are here on his own Nomine Sound label. "Nomine's Path" is the perfect opener, a mid-tempo drum roll that dilutes perfectly into the steadier kicks and Eastern vocals of "Peace Please". "Lost Girl" is a dubby wave of Space Echo trickery and aqueous chanting, but "Nomine's Mantra" is the final gate to the portal, a mystical bullet of wizard wailing and sparse drum beating. Tip!
Review: Within the dubstep community, Nomine has become hailed as one of the modern fathers of the genre, through his super clean production and musical innovation. This EP is a four track madness, kicking off with the 808-led sounds of 'The Fear' before rolling into the tripletted percussive energy of 'Listen'. Next up we have super precise rhythmic design of 'Crunch Time', incorporating asian plucked melodies over crunchy drum work before we finally land on the mega-techy synthesis of 'Beginners Mind' to round the EP off in style.
Review: Nomine Sound unleashes yet more forward-thinking dubstep tactics on us, and with a new artists for us to get familiar with, too. Label head Nomine himself steps up alongside newcomer Cocktail Party Effect, and the two offer three devilish cuts each that'll make the bass purists more than happy. Also, we have the legendary MC Bassman with his singular jungle swagger over Nomine's first tune, the break-heavy roller called "Run Darker". This is followed by "No", a heavy digi dub kinda lick with a sci-Fi approach, and the heavier, more anthem "Nomine's Heartbeat". Cocktail Party Effect starts off with the leading "Fist Bump", a tight bundle of intricate percussion and tribalism, then moving to the murkier dubstep waters of "Yea", and ending up on the more jittery beat frenzy that is "Road Trip". Heavy.
Review: Nomine's Nomine Sound deals in the darker, more brooding shade of bass music that we all still really like to call 'dubstep'. The man's been an influential member of London's Tempa unit, so all the credentials are certainly in the right place. This new EP sees his share ideals with Macabre Unit, an absolute don in the game, and the two are perfectly matched. Nomine kicks off with three solo cuts, from the tribalesque grime antics of, ehm, "Grimy Tribe", to the menacing digi-gunshots of "Game Over", and "World Of G" featuring MC Duff, a vocal-ridden grime killer sung in an imperceptible strain of patois - tha BOMB! Macabre Unit first steps up with the explosive, head-banging bursts of "Sound Boy", followed by a cacophonous flurry of grime-inspired synth stabs on "Red Stripe Riddim", and tied off with the electrifying bass waves of "Neurotik".
Review: Flexing across his two more prominent aliases, Raff AKA Demon AKA Macabre Unit AKA Nurve b2b's himself hard in the kisser at the behest of professor Nomine. Three tunes a-side, his 140 dubstep-inspired Macabre Unit guise takes the lead with drama and dark humour; "Darth Vader" is a theatrical skanker, "Mash Up Da Place" is a woozy, toxic jam with a bassline that spirals into paranoia while "Man Up" gets all stiff upper-lip with its rising bass hook that flips between textures with a nervous twitch. Raff's slower, tech-inspired Nurve constructions complete the story with glacial glee... "Silentium" is a sparse, deep space twist on halftime and alien jungle, "Amazon" is a swampy triplet swinging riddim while "Best To Just Ride It" sends us packing off to space on a rocket of off-grid drums and raw man-eating bass. Immense.
Review: Tomislav are a melodically beat driven outfit, playing with a mixture of experimental and Bristol style sound influences. This Berlin based band started off in early 2012 in Croatia and in a short period of time the band played at internationally known festivals like Electronic Beats and Soundwave in their hometown. Their new album entitled Stones plays out with a wonderful narrative that makes for a truly compelling listen from start to finish. The title track's sombre and romantic tone sets the mood perfectly. "Blue Trigger" gets some dusty and hazy trip-hop flavour happening much like the Bristol style of the late nineties and "In The Middle" is another highlight on here: this dusty and jagged slow burner supports some breathtaking female vocals which are just so bittersweet.