Review: Chad steps aside from his Foundation imprint for a smouldering four piece on USV. As you'd expect from the Bristol young gun, it's a broad sonic smorgasbord than ranges from thick, mechanical grit ("Twisted") to a delightfully spacious, meditative freakery ("Blank") In between these two extremes we're immersed in deep dream depth plunges thanks to the delicate FX and penetrative bass on "Missing" and the crackling, pensive, score-like evocation of "Nothing". Progressive and wholly unique, Chad continues to push forward.
Review: USV Recordings frontman Dead Noise System touches down with four new bangers, each one primed and ready for swift, cerebral domination; the producer's sound recalls the likes of Mala on his Deep Medi Musik label, but there's something even murkier and more swamped-out about his tracks. "Radar" is a grainy, knee-deep swelter with a growing pulse of a bass, "Bulkhead" delivers a fine, stepping assortment of rhythms that give a sort of militaristic stance, and "Amphibian", as the name implies, transforms the bass into a sort of mutant squeal fit for the deepest, darkest corners of the rainforest. There's a remix of "Bulkhead" by Krease, too, and this one literally takes the groove over to the jungle, thanks to some itchy breakbeats amid the beats. Cop it just for the remix.
Review: London-based dubstepper J Rose got her break on Under Surveillance Recordings in March last year, slotting in nicely on a label dedicated to breaking new voices in bass science. We're now treated to a second offering from J Rose, and The Mugshot EP is quite the treat indeed! The well-judged grasp of space and atmosphere Rose demonstrated on her UVS debut is here, dare we say it's even more refined and the sub-bass seems to have accrued a new fathomous quality too. Those dubstep selectors out there that like their cuts to put the frighteners in the dance will get fully behind this new batch from J Rose.
Review: Next up from the USV Recordings camp we have something very special indeed as they welcome the wonderful J Rose inside for a three tracker that sits jam-packed with crunchy bass-driven fibre. We begin our journey with the title track 'Champion Sound; a dystopian moogfest, pulling together metallic 2-stepping drum patterns with vibrant bass pulses for something very different indeed. This is then followed by the more spacious atmospheric designs of 'Night Owl', which in turn gives way to 'London Underground', another rolling masterpiece, fusing eerie pad textures which skipping drums for a perfect round up!
Review: It would appear that USV Recordings has supplied us with an absolute bombshell here as they link up with Kontent & Panix for a three track dub-delight, exploring the more melodic end of the dubstep spectrum. We begin by taking in 'Stranger', a sub-heavy warbler, strung together with minimal percussion and sweeping bass tones, before 'Chalice' lets loose a blistering barrage of LFO action atop high energy drum designs. Finally, 'Radikal' strips it back to the basics, again drawing together a potent collection of bass wobbles, combined with some smooth drum processing to see us out in style.
Review: Next up from the USV Recordings team, we dive into a very tidy pairing of dubstep originals, this time coming to us from the fantastic sounds of Krease. Right from the off with this first one entitled 'Soundboy', we find ourselves wading through dingy dungeon territory. from the creeping percussive stutters to the bitcrushed basslines, this one packs a serious punch. Next, 'Sluggish' brings us up a gear with a much more LFO driven creation, focussing on spacious drum arrangements and a constantly shifting shape and style, this provides the perfect B-side for a wicked release package.
Review: With a cool sense of symmetry, both parties deliver an original before proceeding to remix each other. Originals-wise, Krease's "Passenger" fluctuates with a subtle sense of funk thanks a palpitating sub that scuffs up and down scale beneath big alien bass groans and sledgehammer kicks. DNS's "Oscillator", meanwhile, takes us so deep into the dungeon even candles won't work. Spacious beats and roomy elements weave and wander with raw paranoia; it's headphone heaven. Remix-wise, DNS fills "Passenger" with gritty, guttural bass textures while Krease gives "Oscillator" a whole new sense of energy and direction with added drum swing. Four really interesting cuts at the forefront of dark dub, USV have curated something special here.
Review: Next up from the USV recordings crew, we see them unveil a powerful, yet precise two-track offering from Kronix, who delivers a couple of missiles for the dance to enjoy. We begin by diving into the Asian inspired string plucks and general haunted atmospheric feel of 'Understand', which flips into a swampy roller, fit for any system come the breakdown. On the flip, we dive down a much more minimal road as 'Faded' combines heavily reverberated blips with sweeping synthesizer slices and colouful percussive additions to give us a very varied B-side addition. Lovely work!
Review: Over two years of solid, low-end ploughman banquets, Krease's USV come correct with their debut compilation. Rather than bombard us with past echoes or unnecessary fluff, they've curated eight brand new originals from some of the label's (and the deeper side of the scene's) most respected players. Each contributor thinking, looking and behaving as future as possible, the whole collection is a document on dubstep's perennial creative potential when conjured in the right hands: Gaze Ill's rolling techno chimes on "Vertical", Chad Dubz's broad-drum spaciousness on "Class A", Krease's cosmic star-gazing synths and gutter-licking bassline on "TruStep" are just three examples of Under Surveillance's constant search for newness in the shadows