Review: There's a gorgeous sense of funk prevailing throughout Blackleg's "Reality". This is down, largely, to the undulating waves of obese sub bass that lick and lollop dynamically while stark synth strikes conjure a cosmic lead melody. Elsewhere we get hammered by pneumatic drill kicks on "Space Jockeys" and get all scratchy and paranoid on the syncopated bass burps of "Blackline." Remix-wise Kial takes "Reality" into a much more techy domain while Promise One gives "Space Jockeys" a twisted dark garage facelift with thick, treacl-like shuffling beats.
Review: Dubstep's Texan trailblazer steps over from Soulstep to Sub Pressure for another series of exciting bass experiments. "Shattered Vision" glitches and gurgles with a staccato sheen. At once directionless and fully focussed, it's a real head-turner. "Before The Crash" is a more meditative mix of treacle-like beats, thick muggy bass and gradually developing melodic motifs. "Mixed Signals" ups the hench levels with dramatic drums, waves of unforgiving bass and ghostly pads while "The Inflection Point" leans heavily on off-beat percussion, stripping back the dynamics with hypnotic heaviness.
Review: Californian sound scientist Kial continues his experiments in the fields of ambience and dub with this mesmerisingly deep package. The title track rumbles and wafts with such far-away focus, it sounds like an old Orb B-side beefed with contemporary production values. "Konstruct 9" is much more dancefloor-focussed with its swampy halfstep and metallic layers of razor-sharp bass. "Laido" follows with a stumbling, trippy kickdrum and startling flashes of light that flicker of the menacing groove.
Review: If the darker, murkier end of dubstep floats your musical boat, this second collection of "grimoire" from the Sub Pressure label will be right up your alley. This digital version showcases 10 tracks from the label's recent archives, presenting cuts from up and coming producers such as TZR, Promise One (whose echo-laden, bittersweet roller "Trabzon" is a highlight), Chango, Haack and Genr8. There's also a couple of notable collaborations, with UFO & Kial joining forces for the dancefloor-baiting "Murkdopolis" and Kelly Dean and Phrenik offering up the head-warping vocal cut "The Burning". Intense and paranoid stuff, but that's how you like it, right?
Review: Up until now, Wheelton has been a peripheral yet enticing artist doing his thing one his one and twos. This is the producer's fourth EP to date and, if you're of the sort of disposition to enjoy a bit of power drumming, grime-slewing, and bass exploring, then thin man should have no problem in sorting you and you weekend nights out. "CPH4" is a bouncy, beat-driven ride that reminds us of Shackleton on speed, "VNS" winds the drums and bass waves down to a more head-nodding level. Remixes are plentiful and satisfying: AXH and Section 8 twist CPH4 into more danceable frameworks, while Arta's remix of "VNS" is a delightfully dubwise affair backed by a heavy, marching bassline.