Review: Time to get deep, dark and dubbed out with this self-titled release from 762 on Section 8. First up is "Quadrant", with its exotic, cinematic intro, it has echoing vocal snippets, quirky, fidgety beats and an unsettled atmosphere, with rumbling subs below. "Empty" is a more straight forward venture with guitar chords, strumming beats, a cooing vocal and pummelling drums. "GBO" then continues the musical story with snapping, clapping beats, winding b-line and a Commercial Suicide-esque tone to it. Concluding cut "Paradox" gets even more tech-y and finishes up the package in style.
Review: Coresplittaz present a couple of killer cuts with a heavy, industrial feel that will have fans of the darker and harder side of D&B pricking up their ears. First up is title track "The Forgotten Hope" which begins with drifting SFX, light cymbals and spidery, acerbic beats; progressing into a heavy piece with bleepy, raw sounds in abundance and a steady, pulsing bassline throughout. The accompanying "Gravity" starts with a spaced out, sci-fi inspired intro and develops into another gnarly roller with crunchy drums and plenty of irksome menace. Excellent stuff here.
Review: Sometimes, the sheer power and heaviness of a tune takes you by surprise. This is certainly the case with Flat T's "Machines". Kicking off as a murky, half-time groover - all moody chords and distant vocal samples - it surprisingly bursts into life 45 seconds in and charges off on an industrial dubstep tip. Think bowel-destroying bass and eyewatering riffs. Virtual flipside "Gut Wrench" goes for a more traditional D&B approach, layering distorted riffs, basslines and angular stabs over a rolling dancefloor break. While it lacks the surprise factor of its predecessor, it's no less powerful.
Review: A deeply disturbing contribution from Denver-based production duo Goreteks provides some insight into the dark underbelly of American drum and bass. Not content with frat party soundsystems and bass-driven beer pong, DJs Baloo and Strode bashed their heads together to create "Bad Poetry", an old-school roundhouse smash to the face with added horror movie atmospherics. "Blesser Au L'Esprit" tricks out tense, minimal atmospherics with some seriously impressive severe breaks again with that same old-school spirit. Keep your eyes on these two, with a kick starter like this they are surely destined for big things.
Review: Building from an ominous start into a mechanical stepper, "Charger Cube" has an alluring presence right from the start. Crackled vocal snatches and Apocalypse Now-esque film samples battle with smacking, ritualistic tribal breaks and industrial screeches, underpinned with an eerie oriental wail. Over on the flipside, the terror continues in "Goose Neck Stew" where hoover sweeps, sword clashing SFX and echoes go full flow Calyx & Teebee-style for the duration. One for the heads.