Review: Publically spirited soundboy Civiliansound lets rip with a full-spectrum five-piece on Sublimated: "Blue Notes" is all about the lonely pianos floating like flotsam on oceanic sub waves while "Warrior" develops the rootsy colours of the US producer's canvas with a rolling groove that's primed with a beautiful fretless bass lick. Deeper into the journey we hit "Bring It Down", a spacious syncopated-rhythm jam where the drums and pads tell two different tales that intertwine as the groove develops and "Soothsayer" which is straight-up digidub delight thanks to its steppy drums and tightly plucked skanks. Finally we hit "Dusk Till Dawn" a drum homage that positions our full emphasis on the percussive spectrum before thundercloud pads roll in and bring heavy sonic weather to the rhythmic landscape. Nothing to be blue about here.
Review: This one's a strictly Romanian affair; both DarkMatteR and Blank have gained individual traction on labels such as Digital Weapons and it seems this hook-up with Sublimated Sounds is going to take them both to a new level. DarkMatteR initiates proceedings with "Mirage", a harrowing slice of prayer-call sub-smoke. Blank follows it with a darker, twisted, heavily textured roller "Dark Place". It's the title track - when the pair combine forces - that really stands out, though. With techy acid bubbles, mutated bass and a great sense of pensive drama, it's a great exercise in time, space and restraint. Stunning.
Review: Originally released early 2014 as part of his "Off The Richter" EP, US dubmaster Malleus unleashes the parts to his robust, steel-drum-slamming original and lets his friends get busy. Djoser strips the whole vibe right back, allowing the spoken word sample drench the subs and sinewy drums. Introspekt, meanwhile, adds a fuzzier feeling to the vibe as muddy subs warp and wrap themselves around the isolated snare shots. Tynjin takes the final remix biscuit and opts for a rebuild around the original's bassline while adding an array of starry-eyed synths for a much dreamier vibe that akin to GANZ's current material.
Thanom X Aimerie - "Fasten Your Seatbelt" - (4:08) 140 BPM
Repulsion - "Safe Lock" - (4:35) 140 BPM
Ophi - "Reaver" - (3:55) 140 BPM
Review: The fantastic Sublimated Sounds are back with a top draw compilation, featuring 10 tracks from some of the most exciting new names across the dubstep expanse. The blend of styles is worked to perfection, from the riddim inspired synthy madness of 'Reaver' from Ophi, the neurotic growls of Thanom & Aimerie's 'Fasten Your Seatbelt' or the more subtle subs of 'Stealth' from Basiclee. Our highlights have to include the haunted rolling weight of 'Fuck Your Eyebrows' from Thromb and of course the distorted brilliance of Tetrah's 'Soul at Hazard'. A great collection ideal for any dubstep fanatic.
Review: It's been well over two years since US imprint Sublimated Sounds last explored the outer reaches of the known universe. It's been well over six months since they put out any music full stop. This epic 21-track collection more than makes up for lost time, though. Running the gamut from deep dungeon dubstep (Karnage's "Yaza") to rolling, percussive, UKG-minded jams (Ghostmode's "Midknight") by way of straight-up filth steppers (Ohyra's "Vile Rebirth", Reamz' "Old School Days"), this documents where both the label and where bass music at large are at, where they've been and, most importantly, where everything is headed. Ready for take off?