London-based dubstep label Wheel & Deal Records was founded in 2009 by Mark Newton aka N-Type. The label was originally set up as a platform to showcase some of the dubplates that N-Type regularly drew for in his Rinse FM and club sets worldwide. Since its inception, Wheel & Deal has set its cross hairs on a mixed bag of dubstep styles from energy-inducing dancehall to darker, sub-driven basslines. Wheel & Deal has so far released weighty weapons from the likes of: LX One, Seven, J:Kenzo, Kromestar, Benton, Ipman, Lost, The Others, Surge, Ben Verse, DJ Madd and more.
Review: As always with N-Type's fantastic Wheel & Deal imprint, we have once again witnessed him pull something magic out of the bag as City1 delivers four system-ready stompers. The warped electronic pulses and unusual melodic flavours of 'Darah' kick us off with something a little unusual, followed by 'Ying _ Yang', an eastern inspired bag of plucked melodies and chiming percussive power. Next, 'Rambut' gives us a trippy journey through spacey pad warbles and stomping low-ended subs, before rounding off with the alarm-like zones and aquatic drum manoeuvres of 'Zoma', putting the final dashes of finesse of a spectacular dubstep project.
Review: A legend returns to the fray with this one, as Wheel & Deal pull out another banging drop, this time welcoming DMZ co-founder and all around dubstep demon: Coki. It's been a little minute since his last release, but this two-part display shows that he's still able to throw down with the best of them, with 'Ground Pounder' being a crunchy combination of lethal synthetic warbles and face-melting drum slaps. On the flip side to that, 'The Creed' delivers a much more eerie display, adding an emotive choir layer into the arrangement style for an extra sense of demonic harmony. Both tracks are instant system slappers and it's always good to see releases from the legend that is Coki.
WHEELYDEALY 068 07 May 21 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: As always with Wheel & Deal, the team are delivering the goods in style as head honcho and mastermind N-Type links up with the powerful production abilities of Sleeper for a sizzling 3-track delight. We begin with 'Dozer', a system-ready stomper jam packed with powerful subweight and dizzy drum designs, followed by the lethal synthy slices and sharpened snare slaps of 'Arcane'. From here, 'Drift' then delivers a slightly more stripped back arrangement, focussing more so on potent sub-lines and glittering background arpeggios, before the raucous soundscaping and gnarly bass drifts of 'Carbon' give the EP when hell of an explosive outro!
Review: Out of all the dubstep imprints to emerge out of the original dubstep wave of artist-lead projects, we honestly feel that N-Type's Wheel & Deal label has remained possibly the most consistent of them all. They continue their fantastic run here with S0LID's brand new four track selection, kicking off with the slithering synthesizer slaps of the title track 'Get Mad'. Next up, we dive into a dungeon-lead design among the raucous bass instrumentation of 'Pull Up', followed by 'Lucid Dance', a gnarly creation, driven by potent subs and explosive reverberations. Finally, 'Vision' links together lucid bass bubbles and flickering laser slaps for a wavy finale.
Review: There's no doubting that N-Type's Wheel & Deal imprint is one of the most important labels across the various realms of the dubstep sound, with this wonky new two-tracker from Oddkut & Ninety proving precisely why. We begin with 'Gundalo', one of the gnarliest rollers we've heard in a hot minute, combining light, high ended percussive designs with chunky drum work below. Next, 'Earthquake' takes us down a much moodier avenue, this time stitching together an array of dubwise percussive delays with a downright dingey bassline below adding a whole different dimension to the release as a whole. Awesome work!
Review: Wheel & Deal UK are one of the most foundational labels still active within the dubstep community, with N-Type's watchful eye still reigning strong over the scene. Dalek One is their guest this time around, with the gnarly bass squelches and sharpened snare slices of 'Movement & Flow' kicking us off with some serious impact. Next, the warbling LFO textures and crunchy percussion of 'Operator Error' switches the flavour up somewhat, before the monumental sub-punches and lethal kick slaps of 'Gates Of Hell' again up the levels. Finally, the outrageous synthetic bass designs and shifting, glitchy drum arrays of 'Machines' round things off in style. Awesome work as per from one of the hottest names out there right now!
Review: Whenever we see the Wheel & Deal logo appear in the store we do tend to jump for joy here at Juno Download, with N-Type's now veteran imprint very rarely managing to disappoint. This latest three track display from Oddkut is a perfect example of just how good their discography is, with 'Wonderland' proving to be a very worthy title track, jam packed with hypnotic melodic twists and stuttered key leads. Following this we take it old school as the rowdy LFO textures and heavily syncopated drum rhythms of 'The T-H' gives us a punch of old school energy, before the unpredictable synth flutters and shaker-heavy grooves of 'Nem Fudendo' rounds us off with some serious finesse.
Review: We're not quite sure how they keep managing to unearth these instant gems, but it seems as though Wheel & Deal have done it yet again, as we take a look at this brand new sizzling three tracker from MRSHL, doused in original steppers heat. We begin with the eerie chord work and slithering synthesizer ascensions of 'On One', which work away amidst harpsichord-like string plucks. From here we take in the bumping basslines and floating pad textures of 'When The Light Fades', which leads us nicely into 'Letting Go', an emotive expanse of distant vocal lines and sweeping synthesizer melody. It's the perfect round off to a top quality body of work.
Review: Since their inception in the first hayday of dubstep, it's always been an exciting event to see a new drop from the Wheel & Deal gang, with their latest gift coming to us courtesy of the wonderful Surge. We kick off this monstrous five track collection with the incredibly gnarly bass textures and catchy melodic inversions of the title track 'Ebb & Flow', before moving into both the spooky spacial textures of 'Barren' and reesy expansions of 'Shellshock'. We then drift into the nostalgic arrangements of 'Original', reminding us of early Matt-U works, packed with melodic beauty and explosive sub structures. Finally, the highly emotional string patterns and punchy drum processing of 'Holocron' see this one out in style'.
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: 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.
The Farewell Address (LX ONE remix) - (3:44) 140 BPM
Review: We are gifted a seriously cool present on this one as the ever dependable Wheel & Deal Records return with another pair of absolute corkers. Right from the off we could tell we were in for a treat on this one as Unicorn FUKR & Use Of Force team up to great effect. This original ticks all the boxes as 'The Farewell Address' reigns down a storm of lethal 808 punches and eerie backing synths from
start to finish, leaving destruction in its wake. We are also given another gem in the remix department as LX One arrives on the scene to mix it up with a more metal inspired recreation, stuffed full of dungeon fueled energy and yet more spooky atmospheric pressure.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Long standing Deep Medi player Silkie steps over to Wheel & Deal with three out-of-the-box bass cuts. "Bird In The Sky" is all about the bashy, UK funky style drums and a loopy element that digs deep with hypnosis. "M3000" takes the brutal factor up another notch; all pneumatic kicks and clattering snares, it's a class lesson in minimal mischief. After two rocket-fuelled stompers, Silkie treats us right with "Limits". A modern day sexy jam, all slinky and piano-tickled, it's the perfect way to end the EP, and your next set. Full circle business.
Review: With the previous collaborative benchmark set high from the massive "September Sun" and their remix of Plastician's "Hard Graft", N-Type and Surge compound their premium partnership once again with this massive five-tracker. Every track is total galvanised darkness; from the paranoid pads and disgustingly thick bass/kick drive on "Katnip" to the almost Detroitian arpeggios, mangled grimy rhyme and spiked out acid line of "Clobber" via the dramatic rips and sneers of the EP title track, it's clear Surge and N-Type complement each other incredibly well.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Fresh from vibing with the likes of Beezy and Hatcha, Surge slides back with a slick solo quartet that runs the gamut from raw club stompers to radio-ready crooners. "Voices" falls in the latter category, a dreamy weeper ghosted by the delicate vocals of Pyxis, it's not far off a Kosheen joint, just a tad on the darker side. Looking for a proper club thumper? Check the dirty beats and bass drama on "Ctrl Alt Delete" and the fittingly titled "Painsday". "Toys" finishes the set with string plucked menace and an industrial strength funk to the half-step stomp. Brutal.
WHEELYDEALY 036 04 Feb 13 Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
Review: Expect vociferous bass-in-your-face, dark, wobbly dubstep to be emitted from the Tunneling Wurm EP by Widowmaker on N-Type's Wheel & Deal imprint. The title track is a menacing little number, with a creepy intro, in which the sounds seem to reverberate as if they are rolling around in a long, dark tunnel. Smacking snares pierce the soundscape and slowly the tune grows into existence with warm instrumental sweeps and a sense of the unknown. "Forgotten Ruin" is a dark, throbbing dubstep riddim with punishing subs and a plodding swagger driving things forward before "Exile" marks the end of the EP with a dramatic close.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.