Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: Now let's be real here. There aren't many people matching up with Deep Dark & Dangerous when it comes to dubstep release quality. This last 18 months has been a display of extreme dominance, with this latest five track project being yet another example of that. Featuring 10 steaming originals, from the likes of Oxossi, Sepia, Taiko Dalek One and more heavyweight names, they really aren't playing around. Highlights for this one have to include the horn-heavy LFO ramblings of Angelic Roots' 'Thunder Dub', alongside the subtle eastern twinges of 'Cobra Shake' from Khanum and the slapping percussion of REZ's 'Adidas'. Lovely stuff.
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: Whenever we see that Subaltern are gearing up for a new release we find ourselves excited, but when we then learn that Oxossi was the next producer up, we were literally jumping for joy. This latest four track project is a masterpiece, showcasing the experimental side of dubstep in all its shining glory, kicking off with the alien-like compositional structures of the title track 'Sama'. Next, 'Saut Dans Le Vide' arrives with a swinging set of potent sub structures, alongside the glitchy textures of 'Undead'. Finally, 'Rejoice' unleashes a gnarly array of gloomy atmospheric pressure, rounding this one off in style.
Review: For their fifth grime project, the 1Forty team really have gone all out, inviting some of the most popular names in the 140 scene to take part in this monstrous selection of bangers. We begin with Hamdi's 'Raw', a behemoth of a riddim, dripping with vibrant LFO energies and skippy drum structures, closely followed by the lethal steppers link up from 9TRANE and Logan entitled 'Evil Side'. We move back into instrumental madness next as ManGo delivers an old school squarewave explosion entitled 'XO', before YGG leap onto an incredibly energetic piece of production from 'JHuttz' on 'Royals' to round this one off in style.
Review: It's time to dive into some delicious new breakbeat creations as Samurai Breaks land on Hardcore Energy for a very exciting four track selection, showcasing their breaksy brilliance. We kick off with the sounds of 'Putting In Werk', a smart roller, dripping in finesse and original breakbeat energy, followed by the more futuristic tripletted pulses of 'Rush'. Next, we move into the nostalgic realms of 'Bad Boy Beats', a super choppy, party ready rinse out, followed by 'Power Hour' as Private Caller gets involved on the perfect sign out track, laced with high energy drum manoeuvres and booming bass tones.
Review: We are always filled with excitement when we see a new Foundation Audio drop hit the shelves, especially with so much good dubstep around at the moment. They get busy here with a tasty four track offering from Aki, who kicks us off with the spooky bass phases and warbling LFO structures of 'Fruit Punch', before the crunchy drum textures and eerie pads of 'Peripheral' wade into play. Next, 'Sofa Schwenger' applies some incredibly potent triplet action to proceedings with a booming sub-line before we round the EP out with stunning drum breaks and constantly evolving compositional structures of 'Schizoid'. Awesome stuff as per!
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: Next up from the Dread or Dead team we take a peek at a fantastic compilation project as 'Dread Rising' pulls a wicked selection of producers together to showcase their evident skill sets. This project showcases the weird and wonderful, from the unorthodox radio sweeps of Qant's 'Puzzlism' to the awesome melodic expansions of 'Luminescence' from Hundo.Our stand outs for this one however have to be 1137's stunning harmonic exploration within 'Tactical' alongside the super choppy rhythms and warbling synth designs of Mental Medication's 'Toybox'. This is a project that we feel really encapsulates a full spectrum of 140BPM music.
ENiGMA Dubz & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Exosphere" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Leon Switch & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Rokyudan" - (5:41) 140 BPM
Wheelton & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Wormhole" - (4:46) 140 BPM
Truth & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Show Dem" - (3:56) 140 BPM
Brassic & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Footsoldier" - (3:47) 140 BPM
Pushloop & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Age Of Fear" - (3:12) 140 BPM
Khiva & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Flight Club" - (3:42) 140 BPM
Oudjat & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Dulce Amor" - (5:07) 140 BPM
Sectra & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Reciting The Grimoire" - (5:29) 140 BPM
Coltcuts & Abstrakt Sonance & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Morals" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Outsider & JLEON & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "The Devil In Disguise" - (4:46) 140 BPM
Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
Review: It looks like Locus Sound have done it again with this one as they invite the wonderful sounds of OME in for three tracks of colourful dubstep expression. Let us kick off with the beautiful arrangements of 'Canarios', which combines subtle percussive lines with sweeping overhead pad lines and short woodwind bursts to give us a smooth, soothing roller. Next, the title track 'Bermuda' is rolled out which switches up the vibe completely, driving forward with fat LFO warbles and distant shimmering melodies. Finally, 'Rollin' is unveiled, switching the organic percussion for metallic slaps and rounding us up in style'.
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: Zoo Look follow up on their welcome return (the Similar Steps EP on Lost Palms) with this choice drop for Lazare Hoche, the Parisian bastion of all things deep and housey. Zoo Look has lost none of their charm as you can hear on the sultry and seductive "Sight Unseen", while "The Reason" sees them exploring dubby realms to enchanting effect. "Tranmission7" brings an intriguing broken beat flavour to the rhythm section, capturing a mood somewhere between techno, electro and dubstep and dipping it in honey for a sweet finish. Then Malin Genie steps up with a masterful remix of "Sight Unseen" that works some Detroitian flavours into the mix to great effect.
Review: Have Duploc dropped a poor release in the last eighteen months? We honestly can't name one as we dive into their latest offering from Ourman for their thirty-fifth official project. We kick off with the stunning drum designs and Asian inspired melodic structures of 'Sp00ns' which uses shuffling rhythms to bring us something incredibly vibrant. On the flip side, 'Bad Things' rumbles forth with a box of molten flavours with gnarly synth reeses bucking and weaving amidst murky subs and bubbling glitchy plucks above!
Review: Now this is a link up we didn't expect to see, but by god are we happy to see it emerge. ALXZNDR links up with the wonderful Scrub A dub for a super hard hitting six track explosion, kicking off with the sweeping string melodies and choppy drum textures of the title track 'Golden Gate'. Next, 'Lei Shen' deploys an array of eastern woodwind melodies for a haunted vibe, alongside the heavy sub lines and twisted melodic switch ups of 'A100'. These are then followed by the sweeping scale plucks of 'Johari Bazaar' and the epic harmonic layers of 'M C W' before we round off the project with 'Red Raider', a sneaky, grimey roller, putting the finishing touches on an incredible body of work!
Review: So at this point in time, it's hard to imagine Alix Perez making a stale tune, as he lands here on the wonderful 1985 music for another twisted collection of heaters. We kick this one off with a look at the spooky overtones and warbling synthesizer growls of 'Ravana', before the shivering LFO designs and glitchy melodic plucks of 'Lifeline' stutter into play. Next, 'Post-Mortem' arrives with more lethal reese bass action driving the stripped back drumwork forward in a blaze of system energy, before rounding off with the catchy arpeggiator flexes of 'Ends' alongside Headland. What a project this is!
Review: We are always excited to see a new offering from Innamind Recordings, who here invite the futuristic production stylings of DE-TU inside for two tracks of pure steppers power. We begin with a look at the eerie nature of 'Stay Low', which applies a dark and demonic vocal line with spooky atmospheric pad layers and sharp drum switches with fantastic results. On the flip side we also take in 'Come To Play', an incredibly potent original roller, driven by warbling sub textures and a spacey vibe which runs throughout the composition, providing an excellent contrast between the two tracks.
Review: We are always excited to see the Foundation Audio team unveil a new project, with the A&R skills of Chad Dubz remaining at a constant high level. This latest project sees them unveil Mikrodot for an epic dubwise episode, kicking off with the minimalist bass twists and horn lines of 'Big Sound'. Following this, the marching percussion and potent sub-lines of 'Conquering Lion' push themselves forward, before the classic reggae-style chord syncopation and warbling LFO designs of 'Jamaica' emerge, dragging the EP in a different direction altogether. Finally, the haunted overtones and sub rattling basslines and of 'Monolith' rounds off a very impressive collection!
Review: Following on from the latest Archive Edits release in 2019, Slam bounce back with this storming EP. The title track is a pile-driving, pounding affair that is built on visceral kicks and eerie chord loops. As its title suggests, "Primitive Shift" is a primal, tribal groove that rolls and builds against the backdrop of a spiralling acid line. "Container" sees the storied duo draw on early 90s influences to deliver a chilling, hardcore-themed banger, while rounding off the release "Zero Dip" is a powerful looped affair; populated by vocal snippets it comes to a crescendo against a series of intense builds and drops.
Review: We do always end up with a smile on our face when we see a new project from Dubtribu land in store, as we just know we won't be disappointed. This time around they invite the heavy hitting sounds of Takjacob inside for a monstrous three track exploration into 140 music, kicking off with the lethal melodic reese leads of the title track 'Say Nothing', kicking us off with a serious bang. Next, the electricity is turned up as 'Sounds Of Anarchy' is unveiled, packed full of fuzzy synthesizer pulses and plucked arpeggios, before we round up on the pulsating 808 slaps and glittering harmonic layers of 'System'. What a project this is!
Review: Within the dubstep scene, it's quite hard to not view Von D as anything other than a legend, boasting an incredible back catalogue of classics. He here lands on the fantastic Artikal Music imprint for three tracks of pulsating power, kicking off with the distorted kick shells and metallic percussive presses of the title track 'Obstacles'. Following this, we dive into the incredibly gnarly drum switch ups and sizzling sub textures of 'Goat', before finishing up our voyage on 'Whatevs', a twisted combination of distorted 808 slaps and writhing reesey tones. Awesome work!
Review: It's always exciting to see new music land from the Dirty Beats Music team, who here employ the vibrant stylings of B-Say across four tracks of potent steppers heat. We begin our exploration with the grizzly bass designs and constantly evolving landscape of the title track 'The Pact', before then moving into the wonky percussive expressions and unusual synthesis of 'Parlotear'. Next, Mungk joins the party as more percussive leads are deployed within 'Maleficium', which combines multiple rhythmic lines with subtle yet spooky chord expansions and low sub melodies, before Hitman steps up with huge warbling rethink of 'The Pact' to round off proceedings.
Review: It's safe to say that Crucial Recordings have been on a bit of a standout spree over the past few months, so when we saw that they had linked up with living dubstep legend: The Widdler, we could hardly contain our excitement. In traditional swampy style, we kick off this project with the murky LFO expressions and aquatic flute lines of the title track 'Venting', before diving head first into 'Out There', an unpredictable roller packed with gnarly horn drives and suspenseful tones amidst a low hanging forest of unusual percussion. Finally, Smilodon gets involved with the luscious soundscaping and incredible melodic structures of 'Magnetic'. Just wow!
Review: To celebrate an incredible run of releases and festival stage takeovers, CruCast have collated some of their most popular releases over the last few years into one handy compilation, taking the name 'Cru100'. Now over the past few years we have seen CruCast lay down a pretty dominant release schedule, which shows in this tracklisting as we reminisce with classics from the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Distinkt and Tsuki, with more recent bangers such as Bru-C and Simula's 'You & I' making it onto the listing also. If you are looking for certified dancefloor ammo, look no further!
DMVU & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Dem Fi Kno" - (4:13) 140 BPM
Ternion Sound & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Funky Shit" - (4:34) 140 BPM
LOST & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Hexagon" - (5:06) 140 BPM
DayZero & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Submarine" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Computerbeats & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Arc" - (3:39) 140 BPM
SubDocta & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "The Spirit" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Review: Part three is upon us as Deep Dark & Dangerous unveil the final piece of the puzzle in their latest release line with 'Dangerous', showcasing the most rawcus sounds on their roster. The line up for this one is sublime, with heavyweight names such as CITY1, Ternion Sound, Lost, Dank Frank, DayZero and SubDocta all being drafted in to showcase their unique skill sets. The project as a whole bleeds creativity and musical innovation, with particular points of interest coming in DMVU's incredibly swampy 'Dem Fi Kno' original, which unleashes a wash of pungent synthesizer sweeps and impactful percussive inputs, alongside the unpredictable electronic brilliance of 'Arc' from Computerbeats. This compilation series has been truly magnificent to take in and is a real testament to the DD&D commitment to pushing dubstep forward.