Review: Well, what a selection we have here as Strictly 140 drop one hell of a compilation project, featuring an array of dubstep heaters under the title of 'The Overseas'. Featuring nine absolute scorchers, this project sees the team showcase some of the hottest names in the 140 scene right now, including WZ, Dalek One, RDG, Gaze Ill, Pharama, Roklem, Sebalo and more. For us there are a couple of very clear standouts from this project, with Subtle Mind's stunning 'Subtle Mind' composition being one of them, alongside the twisted eastern string tones and pulsating subs of 'Nani' from Ourman!
Review: It's been seven years since Wehbba's last album, Square Two, and in the intervening period, he has forged a strong link with Drumcode through a series of killer dance floor EPs. Straight Lines builds on that work: collaborating with other respected artists like David Caretta and Thomas Gandey, it sees him consolidate his reputation as an underground producer of the highest calibre. The eerie ambience of "Prelude: Goya" shows that Wehbba is a diverse producer, the rolling tech-house of "Dove Rush" prove that he's not afraid to experiment, while dance floor bombs like "Hyper Real Decadence", "Deluge" and "Basic Pleasure" all show that when it comes to visceral big-room techno, he has few peers.
Review: UK duo In:Most deliver their debut album on Soulvent and it's a serious statement of intent. Opening and closing gently with piano strokes and charmed, emotional flurries of "Stay" and "Harbour"), the whole LP covers the full spectrum of drum & bass from classic vocal liquid ("Glimmer"), deep jazzy space-bound grooves ("Silver Lining") and grumpier, star-gazing dark funk ("Do You", "The Watchman") and cuts like "VR" that flip between three or four styles all in one, this is a highly accomplished debut album from a duo who are at the forefront of the new D&B generation. Ready for take-off?
Review: Now with dubstep compilations, it's often the case that we will see projects stacked up with a couple of bangers and a bag of average creations, however this latest fifteen track body from the For The Heads gang consists of nothing but pure steppers flavour. The line up alone is immense, pulling together some of the biggest new school names in dubstep as a whole, including: WZ, Kali, Ome, Mistah, SBK, Mungk and more. If we had to pick a pair of favorites, it would have to include the delicious delays and marshy bass textures of 'Deep Meditation' from Teffa, alongside the glittering LFO's and scattered drum beats of 'Curren't from Sedan. Awesome stuff!
Review: Like many of the artists that grew up and were nurtured by the Smallville label, Christopher Rau's music owes a debt to deep US house and techno. On The Keys, his first release on the label for a number of years, those influences loom large, but are intertwined with other sources. "Who Am I" sees Lone-style psychedelia fused with lithe break beats, while on the title track, Rau strips back his approach for a lean dance floor track. However, he returns to deeper territory with the woozy synths and pulsating bass of "Slu Terms", while "Beamer" ends the release with a swinging, summery groove and dreamy chimes.