Review: Version Collective is a relatively new label (established 2015) whose mission is simple: top quality deep dubstep with no compromise. Their brand represents a constant evolving sound, from chilled jazz-influenced vibes to the darker end and aims to deliver pure, raw and creative underground music without rules. They now present producer/DJ from the San Francisco Bay Area Basiclee, whose focus on heavy baselines and swinging percussion are his clear passion. Biblical (blasphemous!) undertones aside, "False Alarm" with its lo-end driven tribalism calls to mind early Shackleton or Appleblim until that rip-snorter of a bassline comes tearing through. Elsewhere "Forced Out Dub" indeed rolls deep for the perfect accompaniment to a stoned ride home on the night bus, as does "Por Vida" which gets its proper wobble on: what a bassline on this one, seriously!
Review: Here we see the latest in a hot streak of releases from the Version Collective imprint and as ever they are pushing the boundaries of 140. They bring in Busted Finger here for four exciting rollers, the first of which is a subtle industrial masterpiece by the name of 'Rush'. Next, a heavyweight steppers collaboration with Otz by the name of 'Indigo', which is driven by swampy lead bass synths and spooky drum routines. Following this 'Moving On' takes us down a silky sub driven avenue laced with volatile drum processing and moody melody, before we finish the EP up with a bang on the title track 'Tease'. This one is a choppy futuristic garage inspired gem, driven by grinding reeses and crunchy percussive patterns.
Review: For us, Version Collective deserve real praise for the 2018 they have had, supplying the realms of 140 with some absolutely storming releases. That trend continues here as Chief Kaya brings together some dubstep heat, kicking off with the amphibious bass tones of 'Underground'. Following this, we look at a steppers special in 'Patois', before revolving into the rapid fire LFO driven energies of 'Emperor Dub'. Next, SBK gets involved over the more melodic and relaxed structures of 'Traditional', followed up by another swampy collaboration with Drew's Theory entitled 'Jetlag'.
Review: Stark, shuddering sounds abound as Denver's Dalek One delivers one of his broadest, biggest EPs to date. As always with Dalek, deep space and shadows shrouding the elements is the key theme running throughout the collection, allowing surprises to creep out when you least expect them... The throaty bass gurgles on "The Fallen", the incredibly restrained drama on the breakdown of "Torture" the dusty twangs on "Dimensions", the list goes on. There are only a handful of artists doing properly innovative deep dubstep right now; Dalek One is definitely one of them.
Review: It's official, there is now no stopping the Version Collective rise as they here bring in the always reliable Dalek One for a scorching selection, showcasing his unique take on 140 music. The title track for this one goes by the name of 'Back To The Technical', and is an amalgamation of numerous different industrial bass sounds, stitched together with glitchy precision. This is followed by the crunchy drum switches and roaring synthesizers of 'Leave Em For The Leeches', before the punchy LFO movements of 'Obey' follow swiftly. We then finish up by looking at 'Collapse', another unique piece of dubstep production, filled with original ideas and forward thinking sound design.
Review: Rotterdam son... Where did you find this? Hebbe emerges from the shadows with his first full EP on Drew Theory's ever-developing Version imprint. Stretching from the harrowed chill of "Jahman" to the grittier, fuzzy bass fug of "New Order", Hebbe's range and sonic knowledge is expressed and exposed clearly. Other highlights include the subverted skank and metallic bass tones of "Fiddle Minger" and the daring rawness of "Badman Riddim" where the bellowing bass and spacious kicks play by rules of their own. An exciting breakthrough release that leaves you wanting more.
Jang & Damnesia Vu - "Childhood Obesity" - (7:39) 140 BPM
Review: The young, energetic, and utterly relentless Version Collective have recruited another new talent from the block, a dubstep ninja by the name of Jang. This is the term we give to producers who like to stray towards the dark side of the genre, preferring to get their point across through an ambient lens rather than a squelching load of sirens. "Fermunda Cheese" is precisely that sort of tune that creeps up behind you and hits you before you know it, which can be said for both "Dollar Scoop Dump" and "Junkie Smith"; this guy's tunes have something strikingly eerie about them, and it's with this shapeshifting tactic that we've come to love them so much. "Malt Liquor Skank" is the pinnacle of bass oddity, a gargling procession of synth squelches and knotted percussion slices, whereas "Childhood Obesity" sees Junga team up with Damnesia Vu for a stepping, bass-heavy head-nodder with a sci-fi edge. TIP!
Review: After that heavy debut a little while back, Jang returns to Version Collective with yet more foundational dubstep vibes that provide us with some comfort that the style is still alive and kicking! "Head Nod Shit", as you'd expect, releases enough bass to get the corner-dwellers out the shadows, while "Mech Mountain" oozes a rather sinister set of sonics out of its groove. "This Red Baron" is a wailing, slow-burning siren that staggers in the airwaves with a rising crescendo, leaving "Tsarscatchuwan" as the final surprise...a totally off-the-wall amalgamation of bass, half-step beats, and harmonic flute infusions. Excellent stuff!
Review: After a debut on Dubtastic back in 2013 - one that we'd enjoyed thoroughly if not for its lo-fi approach to dubstep - things have been quiet from Kodec. But, you know what they say: quality over quantity! This new five-tracker for Version Collective is as banging as his previous release, and drenched in the same sort of rootical vibe that just seems to go so well with the genre as a whole. "Elicit Dub" starts off the dubwise bass movement, a calm, pulsating presence that develops into a fuller bass shot in "Xiao", and then more violently still on "Dub 6". "Gravity Dub" is a sci-fi dub cut with a nostalgic sort of twist, and the tune is remixed and stretched out by Hebbe's version. Bless.
Review: After an impressive start to 2018, Version Collective make a welcome return, this time recruiting the services of Kwizma for a weighty dubstep 4 tracker. Straight from the off on the title track 'Carbon' it's clear where we are headed and that's straight into steppers heaven. Through swampish textures and lightly sprinkled percussive lines we are treated to something monstrous. From here we move into the blazing half time subs of 'Altum' and the more riddim inspired tripleted bass synths of 'Coin Toss', both of which are certain to cause damage in the dance. The EP then rounds off smoothly with the reesey rolls and syncopated drum arrangements of 'Story'. This one is straight out of the deep and dark, mashing up all in it's path!
Review: It's been an impressive year so far for the Version Collective team, who have continuously pushed out some seriously weighty releases since the start of the year with that theme continuing here as Makak & Vibe Emissions arrive on the scene with three absolute heaters. We kick off with the swamp tones of the title track 'Swagger', an evil little roller, swimming in tasty LFO movement and grizzly brass tones. Next, it gets even more dutty as we are introduced to the gnarly plucking synthesizers of 'Get Some Help', before we finish up the project with the potent sub tones and hooting bass synths of 'Flutter', putting the finishing touches on yet another solid drop from the Version team.
Review: Melle's only on his second release to date, and already he's dominating our charts like a absolute pro. This new two-piece, dubstep attack comes courtesy of breakthrough label Version Collective and, if you're into ice-cold rhythms and sci-fi bass rolling, then you're on the right link. "At Night Dub", as the name implies, is a heartical, futuristic roots stepper guided by a subtly wobbling bassline, and a shimmering shred of percussion shots. Instead, "Sewer Dub" goes down a dark path, using intricate sonic twists to take the listener - and dancer - into a much murkier space, a domain that is sure to be given the thumbs-up from all the corner-dwellers in the place
Review: The Version Collective have been on a bit of a killer spree of late, with this latest offering from NOSQ being the latest in a long line of heavy hitting releases. We begin this one with an in-depth look at the eerie atmospheric pressing of 'Realness', which combines fuzzy bass instruments and glitchy vocals with fantastic results. This is then followed up by the more stripped back drum structures of 'Why Not' an alien-like instrumentation of 'Crystalline'. Finally, 'Mind Games' arrives with some incredibly silky sub work to tie this one up in style.
Review: Dubstep as a genre is at the forefront of the underground music scene so far in 2018, and Version Collective are certainly one of the driving forces behind that. For the title track we hear a combination of rolling subs, electronic oscillations and a chilling vocal presence, driving the entire track forward. Following this 'Another Planet' is a more outwardly evil creation, focussing on erratic synth patterns and more rounded bass patterns. That spooky vocal addition returns to 'One Of Us' which works deeply with growling bass synths and eerie back laying atmospherics. The EP is then rounded off smoothly with the more dubwise inspired sounds of Mandalay. Great stuff!
Review: As a release platform, the enigmatic sounds of the Version Collective have been kicking up quite a storm of late, with a string of extremely well received releases hitting shelves over the last few months. Here we see them employ the services of Roklem & Sebalo for their 'Mad' EP. We kick off with the subby shuffles of the title track 'Mad' before hitting the spacey textures and robotic synths of 'Summit'. Next up, two heaters with 'Vault', packed to the brim with subby growls and 'One' being a dubwise roller, built on masterful delay automation and use of reverb. Finally we hear 'Dead End' which is the perfect finale, packed with ghostly arpeggios and violent LFO rolls. It's one to turn the dance to dust.
Review: In all honesty, there really aren't many labels working in and around 140BPM music that have been able to keep pace with the rampancy of Version Collective, who have of late been putting together some incredible projects. That theme continues as Roklem and Sebalo kick off their brand new project with the subtle rolling tones of the title track 'Back To Nature', followed by the spacey atmospherics and smooth LFO structures of 'Divide'. Following this, the sneaky sounding arrangement of 'Promise Unkept' tip-toes into view, before we finish up an impressive selection with 'Higher', a super swampy roller, packed with aquatic energies and percussive themes.
Review: As one of the newer dubstep and 140 based projects, Version Collective continue to keep it fresh and vibrant with this brand new three track special from Montreal's own SBK. As a project, the level of melodic and harmonic finesse is incredible, starting with stunning chord maneuvers and saxophone stabs of 'Sanctify'. Next up we have the smooth, subtly purple layers of the title track 'Happy Accidents' which features fantastic additional credits from Motus. We then round off with the fantastic piano leads and vibrant 808-like sub patterns of 'Lovebug', putting the finishing touches on a super impressive project.
Review: The word 'Sweepa' is fast becoming synonymous with quality dubstep outings and, moreover, the dude is well on his way to leading the second wave of deep, electronic steppers. He's only released one EP to date, but he's clearly the sort of producer who commands respect, and has thus decided to make his follow-up release and full-blown album. Coming through on Version Collective, the Boundaries LP is a full-out journey across the most tenebrous of dubstep landscapes, engulfing the listener in a murky world of subaqueous bass lashings, and rolling, intricate beat bundles. A winner.
Review: What a year it's been for US deep bass imprint Version Collective. Exactly a year ago their inaugural Certified Organic collection lit a raging fire of smouldering singles and, most recently, a remarkable album by Sweepa. Now comes the sequel... Once again it's a far-ranging exploration that takes in some truly unique perspectives with highlights such as the discordant metallic strings of Lilti's remix of "Womple", the delicious didgeridoo-style bass weirdness of Basiclee's "Voyage Dub", the gully croaks and slaps of Drew's Theory's defiant "Nonsense & Knowledge" and the industrial strength drum textures and springy sub of Mr K's "Damage". Another serious statement of intent and showcase of exciting, forward-thinking dub talent, Version Collective are staring down the barrel of another exciting sonically innovative year.
Review: Version Collective have been seriously impressing us at JunoDownload over the course of their last few releases and with such an incredible level of consistency who can say anything else? This time they bring in Vibe Emissions for a well stacked five track selection, kicking off with the weighty dubwise delays of 'Mediweight', along with crispy digital LFO warblings of 'Isolation' and lethal reesey tones of 'Search & Research'. The steppers vibes continue heavily across 'Echo Style', finishing up the whole project with a touch of class with the spacey snare manoeuvres and hard hitting sub structures on 'No Joke'.