Review: Uprise Audio are a label we can always rely on to bring us some serious dubstep flavour, a task in which they have held their own for the entire year. This latest two track pairing from 11th Hour is a perfect example of the sound the label are proud to represent, with 'Hyperspace' kicking us off with some stunning sub work and drum design as the A-side. On the flip to this we are given 'Bravo Zulu', a more marching style of composition, built to cause somewhat of a ruckus in the dance with it's hard hitting sub line and sharp snare delays. Lovely stuff!
Review: A:Grade continues to live up to his name with this stunning five-piece suite. It launches with a cowboy-laced stepper session that's laced with a whole range of strange staccato hooks and counter hooks, "Rusty Swing" also lives up to its name as A:Grade takes a squeaky tone and creatively wraps up a whole jam around it, "Claggy" takes us to the far east via the karzy while "Blockchain" gives the bitcoin bros a run for their money with its bullishness and relentlessness. For his finale salute A:Grade gives us "Psionic", a springy stepper coated with trippy sci-fi textures and enough techno tendencies to power a small village. Handle with caution.
Review: Uprise have played a key role in Asylum's dubstep adventures since his earliest 140 outings. Now a scene mainstay who appears to spend as much of his time in LA as he does in London, the man who was once part of D&B troupe Vicious Circle returns to Seven's imprint with two more delicious percussion-heavy sub-surgers. "Always Love" is sprung with an immense low-end groove that seems so slinky it's tangibly elastic. Complete with bold drum textures and a subtly executed vocal, it's an instant floor-melter. "Bad Habit" is a touch darker with a gritty scratchy bassline that skitters unpredictably over the rock-solid sub. Feeling love for Asylum? Always.
Review: Whenever we see the Uprise Audio name flickering into action within the store, we know we are guaranteed a treat or two. We aren't disappointed as they welcome in Asylum for two original heaters, kicking off with the fluttering arpeggios and grizzly bass tones of the title track 'Green Rolex'. On the flipside, the party steps up a gear as we are introduced to an array of vibrant bass synthesizer curls and haunted atmospheric design on 'Micro Dose', providing an excellent contrast to the A-side and rounding up an excellent double drop.
Review: Longstanding Uprise Audio family member DUBTEK lays down two treats that are deeper than watching b2b philosophy Ted Talks down a well. "Accident" is a deliciously sludgy piece of work as the beats stumble through treacle-thick subs and strange alien scrapes. "The Truth" takes us much deeper into the dance as a tubular bass tone warps and flexes fluidly, wrapping itself round anvil-level swaggering kicks. Can you handle it?
Review: The debut long-one from London low end veteran Seven, this piece of work has been on the cards for a long time, and what a piece of work it is. From the paranoid arpeggios of the opener "Hypnotik" we know we're in for a treat. Each cut adding demonstrative drama from the last, we're teased by the industrial strength bass purrs of "Orbital", we're driven beyond levels of gut-churning hype on "Movie Scene" and taken directly into the heart of the dance on the big drum evangelism of "Future Flamenco" and the slo-mo jungle adventure "From The Sky". Elsewhere vocalists Jodie and Alys Be add a softer, human touch on smouldering cuts such as "Came To Play", "Lay Me Down" and "Resistance". And that's barely the half of it. Truly, Seven showcases exactly how creative and engaging a modern dubstep album can be when cooked by the right sub chef.
Review: And so it goes - Seven drops an LP on us like a ton of bricks and, unlike what he has put out up to this point, he seems to delve much deeper into the rest of what the enlarged 'bass' game has to offer. 11:11 is a vast, bottomless pit of gems, ranging from the more poppy side of two-step, all the way to the sort of gear that makes your head bounce up and down...not to mention that inevitable lock-jaw! However, it's important to note that this LP is not one for cheap thrills, and that Seven has done his very best to craft as much warmth and colour out of what are usually deemed to be cold and industrial sounds of dread. Through vast landscapes of low frequencies, typically UK vocal samples, and grainy beats, this dude has his shit on control!
Review: Just in case you want to sample Seven's debut album before you make the big investment, Uprise Audio delivers two of the many exciting compositions the London producer has conjured during his creative process. "Retro Wave" is an undulating, rolling affair that oozes low-end treacle thanks to a bubbling LFO that won't sit still. "Orbital" is just pure drum thunder. From faraway rumbles the tension grows gradually and pensively by way of slo-mo arpeggios and layers of space. Both are incredible, and so is the entire album.
Review: It's been a while since Uprise chief Seven delivered some of his own special brews, having chiselled his platform's focus almost exclusively on the new talent such as Juss B, LSN and Indiji. While he appeared on the forward-thinking "7 Days" EP, this is his first full EP in a while. And it's working in all directions: "Shaker" is all about the loose funk, steel shaking sub drama and gangster clicks / claps. Further in we hit "Elevate", an Raygun-fronted piece where Seven lays down a crisp alien groove with more than enough space for Joe to deliver a savage sermon.
Review: Well, it appears that Uprise Audio have gone and done it again with the second part of Seven's extraordinary 'Rebellium' project. From the off we are blessed with explosive steppers flavour as the sharp, horn-like synthesizers and lethal bass oscillations of 'Happy Feet' kick us off. Next up Spec joins the party as the pair collaborate on the glitchy roller 'Scatter' before Seven moves back into some intense solo production work on the haunted sounds of 'Reactor'. Finally the EP is rounded up by 'Swamp Trap', an unpredictable spacy half time pressure bomb, packed with neurotic bass textures and smooth drum designs.
Review: After putting out release for Macabre Unit, Imperial Audio and Phantom Hertz Recordings, Feonix debuts in full on Uprise Audio with a debut, self-titled album. Littered with collaborations, the album is a dark affair with light added by the voices of Simetra and Kaya, while Na Kika's contribution to "Central" keeps the mood hallowed. For a chunk of empty space punctuated by bass stabs, tribal drums and haunting chimes check out "Source", while "All I Ask" has the clunk of Scuba's "Latch" paired with detuned vocals that bring to mind FKA Twigs. And for no nonsense dubby dubstep it's all about "West".
Review: Hotly tipped emerging talent from London, Indiji lets rip with his Uprise debut. "Darknet" comes with a bassline heartbeat that palpitates so hard and erratically it's borderline coronary. Squiggling and wriggling over the industrial strength swing, it instantly captures you right in depths of your belly. Further on we hit "Shake The Foundations", a track that truly lives up to its name. Demonstrative spatial science is applied as a rich warm bassline plays one-note chicken with the titanium riddim. Debuts really don't come more authoritative than this; we're anticipating big things for Indiji in the near future.
Review: As a label, Uprise Audio have a certified name amongst the dubstep greats, having continuously supplied the scene with heavyweight underground flavour. As Indiji steps forward for this powerhouse three tracker that trend follows suit. We kick off with the earthy sub rolls and unpredictable percussive patterns of 'Original Pressing' which is an instant favourite. On the flip side we are treated to another serving of dubstyle goodness by way of 'Dubwise 07'. This one is one for the steppers, as delicious bass drones roll out alongside a shower of reverberated snares and percussion.
Review: We are very excited to see what the team at Uprise Audio have had bubbling away in the locker as we check out this brand new two track bombshell from them, bringing forward the sounds of Indiji. This is system music at its best as we kick off via the sumptuous sub-bass pressure and eerie percussive reverberations of the title track 'Into The Spring Tank'. On the flip, we dive down an even more creative route as the subtle LFO manoeuvres and colourful drum expanses of 'Mashup' provides great depth from start to finish.
Review: Uprise Audio sure know how to find a banger, as they here enlist the Mancunian bassweight of JFO for two tracks of 140BPM delight. We kick off firstly with the stuttered rhythms and choppy synth/drum combos of PDX, a truly original piece, swaying back and forth between different themes, taking the listener on one hell of a journey from start to finish. On the flip, we find a more classic JFO structure as he unleashes more gnarly bass design and precise drum processing on 'Juggernaut' to gift us a potent two track delight.
Review: This one's been on the slow roast. Juss B's spacious, spellbinding sound has always hinted at an album excursion and, from the moment the title track's cosmic synths take you to the stars you know he hasn't disappointed. Highlights at every corner: the physical, sub-aquatic trap elements of "Dime", the devil vocals and ghetto diesel of "Hater Blockers", the seasick riff trippiness of "Grand Hustle", the glock-knocking barbed wave weaver "Starry Eyes"... The list goes on. Juss B is in his sonic element right here.
Review: Uprise Audio have kept moderately quiet this year, but we know as well as anyone that this means they have been collecting some serious ammo for the dance, including this magnificent new original from Juss B entitled 'Bussin'. This one is set to smash the dance to smithereens as we are greeted by an array or super grizzly bass growls and metallic drum explosions. On the flip side to this one, we are also gifted an exclusive remix of 'Blow My Smoke' as Bukez Finezt arrives on the scene, packing his recreation with colourful pad-like tones and super plucky drum sounds.
Review: For us, Uprise Audio had a stand out year across 2018, delivering a selection of extremely well received releases, never faltering or dipping in quality from the word go. They are back here with a brand new bag of tricks from Kyrist, who unveils four tracks of pure heat. We begin with the swampish textures and hypnotic synth patterns of 'Do You Have The Chime?'. This leads into the breakbeat textures of 'Solace', before winding down into the more mellowed out themes of 'Gatekeeper'. Finally, we finish up this monumental body of work with a dive into the smooth percussive rolls and spacious textures of 'Cry'. Very good stuff indeed!
Review: Uprise supergroup LSN step forth with their debut album; a stylised rummage through the genre vaults to paint a picture of the most exciting edges of bass music and how everything tessellates. Just within the opening four tracks we're treated to Massive Attack style barbed dub soul ("Oblivion"), rolling breakbeats ("Shelter"), subverted jungle ("SMBU") and deep, pneumatic dubstep ("Vibration") Deeper again we hit restrained space-aged poetry ("Earthtone") sci-fi Autonomic soul ("Demons") and deep, Samurai-style D&B ("Stillness") And that's just a potted selection of this highly accomplished, consistently detailed and arranged album. Whatever shade of bass you're rooted with, LSN will join the dots for you.
Review: Usually known for their deep dark dubstep, LSN switch up the tempos and sharpen their gun fingers for a dagger doublet of pure 170 danger. "Double Edge" is a straight-up homage to Dillinja with its brutal wall-of-sound bombardment of and riff simplicity, "Walkyman" follows with an Upbeats style distortion and funk to the beats, peppered neatly with Royalston-style vocal splices and dices. Nothing short of crucial.
Review: Make no mistakes: six-man bass supergroup LSN have full control of the game right now. Stretching their spooked-out signature to brand new realms with real soul and weight with this new edition to their "Control" series, it's another widescreen odyssey. The Lamb/Portishead-style "Killing Me" shudders with emotion, "Doom Dream" makes us swing with a little baroque badness and a lot of moody trip-hop sludge, "Bust Dat" takes the concept of slo-mo cinema to whole new theatrical levels while "Hard To Find" closes on an oceanic 23rd century soul flex. LSN have always been on-point but this really is next level ish. Phat controllers.
Review: Following up LSN's debut album on Uprise Audio, the record label founded by Seven puts forward the Picassos of its collective for the next release catalogued as UA024. The six-person superheroes team delivers three rather abstract yet wonderful portraits, expressing their creative thoughts without restriction. Inspired by the work of colleague artisans at Uprise Audio, LSN plays around with diverse colours and tempos for this exhibition. The first part of the "Control EP" is the latest addition to Uprise Audio's gallery. The final result will be available for sale in all official musea around December 2017.
Review: As a label, Uprise Audio are known for their marquee dubstep releases, always pushing the boundaries and yet always remaining as solid as can be. This latest helping comes from Markee Ledge, who brings four hard hitting steppers originals to the table here. The title track 'Space' kicks us off in good stead, as catchy percussive melodies lead the way about subtle sub jerks and tasty drum movements, before Seven gets involved with the party on the super moogy 'Thunder'. Following this, we dive into the deep and dark with 'Revolutionary', a skippy roller, packed with weighty bass energies from start to finish. We then finish up with the trap-style drum compositions of 'Kozan Ji', which provides some asian inspired twists to a wicked body of work.
Review: Following an impeccable launch with a series of unavoidable singles, Seven's Uprise imprint consolidates its reputation and hugely broadens its scope with this far-reaching compilation. Tickling every possible corner of bass music's expansive underbelly, across the album we're treated to an array of vibes that stretch from slo-mo percussive cosmic bass (Wayfarer's "Reflections") to fractured, juddering beat experimentalism (Taiko's "Spray Can") Every track is a highlight but be sure to check out Truth's immensely demonic take on "Walter White" and the techno-minded riff aggression on Klax's "Link To The Past". Welcome to the future.