Review: Serial compilationists LW dive deep into the crucial wave of new dubstep happening right now with this walloping 25 track dubstep compendium. Celebrating all shades and styles across the freshly energised genre, highlights include the trappy edge of LexXxare's "Unknown Gun", DJ Cron's EDM-laced big drop slammer "Fly Up", the eerie mysticism and haunted vocal cries of Muhla's "Sultunate" and the poignant vocal weeps and washes of LTSG's truly unique "Bad Habits". And that's just the tip of the 140 iceberg. Weapon up!
Review: Giving the vast and slightly daunting discography the Downwards label has built up since its foundation by Karl 'Regis' O'Connor and Peter 'Female' Sutton in 1993, it makes for little surprise that this 20th anniversary compilation does not opt for the traditional 'greatest hits' route. Of course that wouldn't be the Downwards way either, such is their mischievously contrary nature. Instead this nine-track compilation opts to slip in a few rare curios from the label's early years alongside a selection of tracks from its current roster. O'Connor naturally features heavily; there's an unreleased Substance remix of a track from his debut LP, a track recorded along with Sutton under the rarely used Mark Farmer alias and his more recent Concrete Fence project with Russell Haswell features too, getting a typically loopy Sleeparchive remix. For long term Downwards fanatics it will be the inclusion of tracks from Antonym and Fret (aka ex Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris) that will really excite - with the latter's "Untitled" sounding particularly ahead of it's time. Music from OAKE, Kerridge and newcomers Talker hints at Downwards future.