Review: Fresh from denting Southpoint's discography earlier this month, Arkwright returns with four new deep bruisers on Wheel & Deal. It's business from the very beginning as "Bludclart" develops with a really natural rolling pace while "Black Mesa" leans things out with vast moments of dubspace, sudden flurries of atmospheres and some crazily stretched bass textures and "Homeward" applies more of a hip-hop/beatsy approach with its vocal cuts and latent funk in the rhythm. Finally "Fat Stacks" kicks its slo-mo heels with a warped sub vibe that really lives up its name. Watch out for those trumpets bruh.
Review: US based deep dubstep purveyor AxH has sure come along way; it's not like you hear of Boston, Massachusetts being a hotbed for innovative future music. This guy have proven there might just be something in the water (or the weed!) out there, given their credentials ie: releasing on London kingpins Tempa and now for N-Type's Wheel & Deal. Starting out with the spooky mood lighting of "Devil Shogun" complete with unsettling kung fu movie dialogue, "Fading Away" then gets stuck into some dystopian low frequency explorations with some help from ARtroniks. "Boneyard Keeper" pursues some more familiar dub flavour translated via dark sci-fi aesthetics. Promising stuff.
Review: Benton steps up with a powerful, pounding release on the mighty Wheel & Deal, which of course, is owned by none other than dubstep don N-Type. Title track "Wormholes" is all thumping drums and echoing bass wobbles with punishing sub bass pressure to add further weight to the madness. Accompanying this is the aptly entitled "Sleepless" which is all insomnia-driven beats, yearning synths, tense hi-hats, eerie SFX and a steady, pummelling wave of bass.
WHEELYDEALY 025 12 Dec 11 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: A classic Wheel & Deal release here; expect the same punishing b-lines, aggressive swagger and low-end pressure as you would any Hatcha or N Type release, times the power of ten. Tongue in cheek aliases of god-knows-who, Brook Benton takes on the challenge with "New Ro Phen" - a decidedly dark little nugget, with whomping bass, scattering percussion and a cruelly disorientating atmosphere, constantly under threat from crushing mid range tremors. The hilariously entitled "Smash That Badger" ups the ante, with terrifying bass grimaces and smacking razor sharp snares hissing around the hefty, thudding chug of the tune.
Review: The fantastically named Crushington (apparently it's his real name!) makes his debut on N-Type's Wheel & Deal and it's not to be missed. Well, you can't miss it to be honest; "Chug" is a heavyweight hybrid of such monstrous proportions it could flatten a whole block of flats. Switching from 4/4 to halfstep with a relentless rusty riff this will cause commotions wherever you play it. Looking for something a little lighter? Then head for "Cheshire Cat"; the epitome of funky dubstep, this sways on a beautifully syncopated swing, leads with a ridiculously cheeky lead line before dropping into a jaunty bass Q&A session and some rather suave keys. Get crushing!
WHEELYDEALY 029 18 Jun 12 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: Wheel & Deal are set to continue their impressive year here as they invite in the punchy production stylings of Dayzero for an official three track project, stuffed to the brim with organic dubstep goodness. The title track 'Dagger 3' is a stripped back glitch driven piece of magnificence, initially led by an offkey synth arpeggiation above scatty rolls and lethal sub shivers. Following this, we have 'The Lord Boy', which boasts it's perfect mix of glitchy lead melodics in a call and respond with tasty LFO movements. We finish up on 'Dinosaur Age', which combines stomping brass leads with subtle 808 stabs for a super shocker showdown, polishing off an exciting bag of originals.
Review: Macabre Unit founder Demon on Wheel & Deal with his first dubstep release since autumn 2013? Yes please! "Chronik" goes for the jugular with fast-paced industrial strength beats and a magic, lava-like flow. "Break Point" flips around a cool vocal sample axis. Twisting and turning with well-oiled prowess, there's a strong sense of dark funk throughout. "Salvation" tips a nod to the murkier, moodier halfstep foundations but does so with some really cruel twists on the fills. "Genocide", meanwhile, is a truly dark 4/4 composition that gives Beezy's conscious, thought-provoking sermon the space it deserves. Finally we hit the Biome collaboration. Last spotted together two years back with the massive "Incubus", they make up for lost time with a supreme halfstepper than munches dungeon motifs before spitting them back out in the most subversive way possible thanks to an almost psy-like synth arpeggio. Stupendously immersive.
Review: Following a great run of house/dubstep bangers that have seen big love from Skream, Benga, Toddla T, Redlight and more, UK producer Dismantle effortlessly kills it with these two new tracks on Wheel & Deal. "Computation" is a pacey, upfront bass classic in the making, with retro synth shots riding a Dutch-style beat, while "Word Dance" carries on in the same vein with some slowly rising, pitch-shifted vocals over a Buraka Som Sistema-style beat. Anyone feeling Crookers latest Dr.Gonzo output will definitely want to get hold of this pronto.
Review: Encapsulated carnage from the Gangoon Dubz head honcho as he steps up to the controls at Wheel & Deal. As the title suggests, "Destroy" is a bonafide head twister that wallops away on a dancehall rhythm, weaving and bobbing with sprightly high-end squeals and sneezes. Further on in the release we find the long-awaited VIP mix of "Computation". With more 8-bit blasts than a ZX Spectrum orgy, this doesn't let up for one second. Best used as a gear-shift in a dubstep set, or played deep in the mix of something more eclectic and tropical, both cuts on offer here kick royal booty. Get destructive!
Review: Recently relocated to Bristol from Hungary, Peter Simon, aka DJ Madd, makes his debut on N-Type's Wheel & Deal imprint. First up, "Battle" pairs a crackly yet menacing vocal sample threatening "I can offer you a battle" with thwacking drum kicks and moody SFX. It stays, lurking around the sample, glowering bassline in tow for the duration - straight up late night/early morning dancefloor business, no question. "Secrets" is a bit more disconcerting; with a sparse intro, it boasts a syncopated rhythm, and a more fidgeting template of snares which is both deeply unnerving and infectious. Promising stuff here from Madd.
WHEELYDEALY 014 28 Mar 11 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: Out on N-Type's Wheel & Deal label, two futuristic takes on dubstep that really push boundaries and go out on a limb with devastating effect. Flux Pavilion's "Meathead" is a dirty mash-up of filtered distortion and space launch sound effects that juggles rhythms between a slow, almost Skwee-like half-step and an uptempo, synth-laden stomp. J Sweet's "Bass Abuse" is another smart and sophisticated dose of razor sharp snares and some classic sinewave synth sounds.
Review: As one of dubstep's most respected and praised labels, it's always exciting to see a brand new Wheel & Deal project land in our new releases section. It appears that N Type's legendary imprint has pulled out the sauce yet again as Khonsu steps up for a mammoth self titled four tracker. We begin with the shuffling bass tones of 'It's The Little Things' before moving into the more dubstyle compositional structure of 'Blue Acid', laced with smooth sub melodies and lively chord progressions. Next up, 'Vault 5', a swampy warbler, packed with dirty energy and potent drum designs, followed by the dark rootsy tones of 'Ruthless Dub' to round off a fantastic project.
Review: A veritable homecoming for Killawatt, whose breakthrough release came out on Wheel & Deal. After a few dark dalliances with Boka, New Moon and Box Clever, he's returned to N-Type's roost with three mean missions that will tickle many a bass monkey's tastebuds. Lead track "71" is as brooding as it gets; we're talking total sonic fog with an invigorating aftertaste of impending dread. "Rolling Dunes" adds a splash of light thanks to almost eastern-informed synth sounds and tricky drum patterns. As for the finale "Topio"? Let's just say if we had our way, he'd change his name to KillaWHAT? Deadly.
Review: Hatcha-endorsed dubstepper Kinzy steps over to N-Type's Wheel & Deal with a quadlet of rich, heavy blends. His creative abilities are abundant from the off as we're subjected to a fine balance of treacle-like bass and cosmic synth elements on the title track. Elsewhere "Ganja" swaggers with raw groove gravity, "Satan's Snare" thrills and kills with a stark, spacious riddim while "Hum" hammers out a tasty techno message with subs set to maximum stun. For added impact check Benny Ill's slower, pensive take on "Hum". Make no mistakes, this is a serious package!
Review: Konvex has been mesmerising us with his voodoo-infused sound on a variety of labels and now arrives with two new bombs on Wheel & Deal. "Antimatter" takes things down a minimal route, with a stark, but cleverly layered, tropical digital drum pattern escalating to delirious heights. Wayfarer takes the tune into meatier, stop-start dubstep territory and "Parallel" awakens Konvex's techno influences for some thumping good er, thump. Solid.
Review: Two legends, one legendary label, what more could you ask for from a dubstep release? We are therefore thrilled to see a top draw link up between veterans: Kromestar and N-Type on the ever ready Wheel & Deal. The pair first join forces on the electrifying bass tones and sharp drum punches of 'Bad Trip', a gnarly roller, destined to duppy the dance. On the flip, we jump into the more experimental, system-infused subs of 'Rolling Skies', that couple Kromestar's classic unpredictable percussive movements with evil soundscaping to round this one off in style.
Review: Now here is a legendary link up if ever we saw one, as Wheel & Deal founder and legendary dubstep figure: N-Type teams up with the untouchable consistency of Kromestar for two tracks of pure heat! First of all, we dive into the stunning melodic presence and general harmony of 'Nu Era Dub', which combines starlit synthesizer patterns with a grizzly underbelly to cook up an absolute heater. On the flip, the horns come into play as we dive into 'Mutants', another futuristic ball of melodic goodness, slapping together soulful saxophone riffs with high energy drum licks and vibrant pad textures for an instant classic. What a pairing!
Review: Simply a blinding tune, Kutz continues the recent proliferation of jungle-inspired beats on "Superman", which has at its core an epic rinse-out of the Amen break on a dubstep vibe. After a long-winding, arpeggio gurgling intro, a huge snare announces the arrival of a manic, post-jungle beat which gets bolstered by a mean rising bassline and some vocal cuts thrown in. It's enormous, and bound to become a DJ favourite, while "Spontaneous" on the flipside is similarly gonzoid, this time on a stripped-down and militant twisted half-step tip with lots of creepy flange effects added to the beautiful synth flow.
WHEELYDEALY 017 22 Aug 11 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: N-Type's been teasing us with these for a long, long time. Finally ready for public consumption, the four-track EP sees Laxx teaming up with both Walsh and Farkas. "Latest Technology" slurs with a trippy, head-bending bass slur while "Draw For The Heat" combines aspect of the ghetto tech movement with more trad UK dubstep vibes. For the final two collabos in this collection, Farkas assists with a much more alien-flavoured sound palette. "Arcade" is all lasers and blast-offs while "Optical Chopper" is all slurry and metallic. Quintessential collaborations: With distinctive tones throughout and heaps of energy, each of these four tunes demand your attention.
Review: As one of the most prominent labels in UK dubstep over the last decade, It's always an exciting moment to see a new Wheel & Deal release emerge onto the shelves. This time we are gifted a fireball three tracker from non other than Lost. The title track is a reese fueled banger complete with siren like synths and monstrous sub tones, This one also features expertly dispersed vocals from top dubstep mic man: Sgt Pokes. Next up we have the wonky electrifying triplets of 'Pluto' and the breaks infused drums and bass patterns of 'Fire In His Eye'. Overall, this release has something for all corners of 140 bass music and is a great start for 2018 for N-Type's Wheel and Deal imprint.
Review: Growling, menacing, downright filthy half step business here from LX One aka Joker D. "You", released on N-Type's Wheel & Deal imprint, is characterised by bone shuddering levels of sub bass and smouldering atmosphercs - and the mid section drop is ridiculous! Next up the ticking, creaking intro of "Give It Up" leads you gently into mayhem marked by pin prick bleeps and more of that sweet sweet bass. Big release.
WHEELYDEALY 013 14 Mar 11 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: A long-standing member of N-Type's Wheel & Deal family, you should know exactly what to expect from an LX One release by now - booming bass drama with the perfect balance of darkness. Naturally these are no exception. "Reflect" is all about one massive, ominous drone that seeps through the groove and drapes itself over every element. "Distorted Politics", meanwhile, puts the emphasis onto the intricate drum work. Surging forth with layers upon layers of tightly-knit percussion, if you're looking for total dancefloor lockdown, this is the track that will take you there.
Review: We were very excited to see Mr. K making a full solo return to the legendary Wheel & Deal imprint for a highly anticipated four tracker. We kick off with the title track 'Baka' which is a groovy dubwise hybrid, bringing smooth oscillations and dubby drums into unison. Following this we have the epic swinging bass synths of 'IP13' and the ludicrously powerful sub shaking sounds of 'Dafuq'. The EP then rounds of perfectly with Mr. K's swampy redesign of AxH's 'Devil Shogun'.
Review: Wheel & Deal for us are without a doubt one of the strongest dubstep imprints to ever grace the UK scene, constantly supporting newcomers and supplying us with some serious vibrancy. They here invite Mr. K back again for another weighty project, as he sends out the VIP mix of 'IP13', an absolute scorcher and the perfect way to refix the potent original. We then dive into remixes as Sukh Knight arrives on the scene with his gnarly refit, followed by Cimm's super skippy, flute heavy rethink, driven by punchy sub pressure and constantly rotating drumwork. Finally, Mr. K also drops us some heat with a bonus track entitled 'Glue', which focuses on swampy LFO rolls to round off the EP in style.
Review: Mr.K is exactly the sort of producer to fit into the Wheel&Deal imprint, a label whose sole purpose is to detonate seriously hazardous levels of low frequencies upon any listener of dancer. These five tracks all offer something different; "Chit Chat" feels like the sort of beats that Mala likes to get his hands on prior to a DMZ rave, and "Dope Fiend" is like its natural successor, a track with higher level of bass emanating from all corners. "O.G" is a slower, bumpier ride with an eerie crescendo of sonics, and "Pho" leaves plenty of smoke in the air with its hazy, imperceptible later of shady harmonies.
Review: Label boss and dubstep don N Type steps up with partner in crime Surge for the next release on his own label, Wheel & Deal. Bass heads, you're in for a treat, as this EP unfolds we are exposed to such glorious, sonorous offerings as opener "September Sun" with a beautiful, impassioned vocal courtesy of Pyxis. Following this up is synth-soaring "Mega-Tron" with its grizzled, wobbly beats and scintillating melodies, as well as "Triangles" which goes darker and deeper, with dubbed out sounds, ominous movie samples and smashing snares. Finishing up with a "Zombie Apocalypse", this piece marks the end of a top-notch release.
Review: Dubstep kingpin N-Type isn't exactly short of credits. Apart from absolutely killing it on each and every tune he releases, the man has been a pillar to the dubstep scene over the last ten years; he was there at the start, and is still proudly twisting those low-ends a decade later, after the move away from the genre's traditional sound and into the realms of what we now call 'bass'. This new EP comes out on Wheel & Deal, another big player in the dubstep scene, and they drop five mega-bad cuts by the man; the vibes are wonky and deranged, particularly on the opener "Ruff Flavours", but also on tracks like "Kore" and "Boom Blast". This is straight-up nastiness, the sort of dubstep they don't make anymore. Go easy.
WHEELYDEALY 052STEMS 28 Oct 16 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: Previously spotted on the likes of LW and Biscuit Factory, Rufus! makes his debut on N-Type's Wheel & Deal. Marking his arrival with the sonic translation of an elephant scrap, mangled trumps and all, "Elephant Kombat" sets the scene perfectly with some superb bass designs. "Friction" shoves us deeper down the rabbit hole with kinetic rhythmic energy and sweet subby switches, "Mak" is a much more pensive dramatic piece that nods its cap gently in the Kromestar-style of theatrics while "Triskelion Trip" closes with a cool glitched off-beat sense of funk. We suspect Rufus will be wheeling and dealing again very soon...
Review: As one of the real success stories off the last few years, Sepia makes a real statement on his latest EP, courtesy of the legendary UK dubstep imprint: Wheel & Deal UK. With four tracks on display, Sepia shows the full range of his expansive production arsenal, beginning with the soft, emotive chord textures of the title track 'Last Chance Saloon'. Next up we have a more dance floor ready design in 'Kira' which works super catchy breathy melodies together with highly syncopated drum maneuvers and lethal lowered sub bass movements. Following this we roll into a lethal collaboration with Koma by the name of 'Embalment', which works hypnotic chime like arpeggiations together with triplet drum creations whilst the final track strips everything back to pure bass and drum orientated bliss. Excellent work from one of our favourite dubstep designers.
Review: N-Type's Wheel & Deal imprint dishes up something a bit different here as SFR steps up with tribal, oriental influenced piece "Vha Venda". The title track kicks off with a tribal patter of drums, eerie crying vocals and a bleepy Redlight-esque rhythm, with bleepy melody dancing over the top. Smashing snares add a sense of aggression as the piece develops into a bass line driven, heads down, hoods up slice of badness. The accompanying "Nci Nci" continues the journey with a funky, upbeat tone full of glitch slurps and bleeps and a fun, catchy beat.