Monday, 27 September 2010
Subway records round off a succesful year with two G-funked pitch-rolling steppers from Giant and Enei. Giant's 'Badness' serves up some rude pitching dubstep on the A-side, but with a restraint not normally associated with the style meaning he ends up leaning more like Joker than Caspa, with the reeling synthlines given some proper funky licks and snappy beat production. Enei's 'Crispy Rolls' on the flip is again cut for the dubstep rave crew, but shoots his production with a slug of slippy Dam funk styles to give it a far cooler and refined edge over much of the dubstep crowd operating on this tip. Check!
Smart and heavy dubstep tackle from Noah D presenting a double pack of the harder stuff on Subway Recs. With a split career as a Drum & Bass producer besides his dubstep output, Noah's style can be viewed as a blend of the two, taking the powerful dynamics of his raging D'n'B and pumping them into his slower dubstep beats. On tracks like 'Seeerioussss' he can apply a subtle touch with the snake charming melody, but on the the flipside with 'Twister' he's in pure bruk mode with heavily contorted rhythms. On the second disc he pushes off with hardass drums on a VIP version of his and No… Read more
Nether region hardcore dubstep from Noah D and No Thing for the fine Subway imprint. The big rave wrecker holds down the A-side with 'Unknown Suspect', a grizzled bastard-step cut with guttural bass drops and serated synth lines in that tempo tugged D'n'b style the duo have nailed so well here, while the other side gives Noah space to play around with his rhthmys on 'rise', giving a a false 4/4 start before cutting into a taut halfstep torque that twists in on itself with lots of potential. Our favourite track has to be 'Hotta' tacked on the end, shaking up some Skull Disco style polyrhthms and jerked bass tht warrants a deeper listen. Ace.
Our favourite Romanian breakstep producers TRG build on the pressure from their recent run of good form with an essential double pack for Subway recordings. 'Missed calls' rolls into sight with the ace title track, riding a shapely breakstep riddim cushioned by lush housing synths pads the bar is set high from the off. They follows this up with the cod ethno fumblings of 'Drum tribe' which would be an utterly sick cut if it weren't for the pan pipes. 'Ghetto romance' makes up for this faux pas with a killer steppers reduction with a crunching beat reminding us of that ace Omen 12" from a few … Read more
Russia's underdogs Enei & Ka deliver the next installment in Subway's schedule, a spiritual dancefloor slammer that combines slightly cheesy atmospheric sounds with standard rolling drums and bass stabs. The flip from Ka features two tracks of more drum & bass influenced sounds, nicely done...
Sick business from Drum & Bass producer Mayhem here, the opening "Split Second" sounding like the bastard child of Photek and Kode 9 - it really is that good. Tweaked percussive edits tumble around a loose breaks-template, some simple strings drifting in and out of the mix with little fuss and with maximum impact. Utterly forward thinking tackle - and an absolute KILLER! 10-Ton on the flip is a much more standard halfstepper and not quite as damaging, but its decent enough tackle. That A-side though!
The TRG massive return with this debut offering for Holland's Subway imprint, and the twelve kicks off with "Horny", a Photek-sampling peak time rave-up tailor made for followers of the Storming Productions / Search & Destroy massive. "Your Friends Like Techno" on the flip nods towards the crossover contingent, with a searing half-stepper that adopts a 4/4 signature and trajectory after a midway drop. Another club killer - and a solid debut from this promising new label...
Two sweetly deep yet driving dubstep standards from Von D, appearing on Chef's Subbalicious label. 'Sunlight' finds a tidy groove of feminine pressure, Phephe's vocals and the florid lead complimented with smooth rolling subs and swinging drum patterns. 'Chacha's Leggings' doesn't really cut loose but goes one tuffer than the flip with staggered kicks and smoked out skankers vibes.
Split from California's EVS and TMSV of Utrecht, The Netherlands. EVS rolls off a taut future garage mover, countering fluffy IDM melodies with warped dark garage bass. On the flip TMSV wears his Mala influences proudly with a depth charged 4/4 sub-stepper shaped in the image of the DMZ legend with production values to match.
Crisp and atmospheric deeper dubstep tracks from Canada's Mutt. 'Tekdub' shows his class with bold percussion and thik subs worked on Deep Medi tip, while 'Sherm' shakes the flipside with a sexier 2-stepped workout with tidy piano keys. Pressed up on fluoro pink vinyl for the lovers.
Dub-techno sharpened steppers from Hungary's DJ Madd. making his Tube 10 debut on 10" blue vinyl, Madd sets out the shiny tech-rolling rhythms of 'Why' on the A-side for all fans of Seven recordings, while 'Soundsystem' feat. Matt U on the flip makes clinically executed connection between Berlin dub styles and orthodox UK dubstep with a big riddim designed for big rigs. For fans of Indigo, Narcossist or Helixir.
The Greek producer known as Ekelon may be best known for his contribution to Mary Anne-Hobbs' 'Evangeline' comp last year, and returns here with two tracks of darker breaks influenced dubstep. 'Evidence' uses menacing vocal samples over melodramatic synths and a turbulent steppers rhythm to cinematic effect, but we much prefer the metallic sound sphere of 'Freeze Land' on the flip. This cut tucks into a tight ball of post-garage momentum with cold blue metal synthlines and dub-techno atmospherics for all fans of F or Headhunter.
Tube10 follow their run of impeccable form with an installment from DJG following in the wake of killers from Spherix, Jus Wan and TRG. 'Bunker' is one for the dimmed lights and smoky rooms with a pressurised late night groove built from well cushioned subbass driven kicks and tense atmospherics, while 'Apophenia' on the flips picks up the pace for the floor with a driving raver informed by the technoid rollers of Peverelist and early D'n'B from the likes of Omni Trio with referential rave diva vocals and lush darkside vibes. Fans of Peverelist, Appleblim or Burial need to check this!
Following in the slipstream of his well recieved 12" for Applepips last week, Jus Wan contributes two experimentally riddmic cuts to the well curated Tube10 imprint outta Holland. Tube10 has a knack of picking up on less rave friendly, but ultimately more esoteric efforts from the likes of TRG and Spherix, with Jus Wan's 'The Crossing' fitting the vibe perfectly. Steering away from the slightly breaks infected cuts for Applepips, Wan works on a pattern with an altogether more crafty flow debted to post 2-step and R'n'B, and introduces a beautifully shimmering guitar line with perf… Read more
Tube10 follow on from their absolute blinder from TRG last month with some killer cuts from yoot stepper Spherix. 'Look Back' is the best cut here, working on that Shackleton styled 4/4 steppers style with rich layers of Indian tabla percussion and driving bass for a prime dancefloor cut, while 'Drone' cuts in with a polished Scuba style halfstpper, all pristine and angular rhythms with some minimalistic synthline atmospherics. Comes on smoky clear vinyl and cut loud and heavy for system testing.
Another week, another sick release from TRG! Our favourite Romanian dubstep producer (admittedly there's not much of a contest for the title) attempts to define that feeling you all know very well with 'Post rave blues', taking blatant cues from Burial with a moody swirl of found sound and dislocated rave signals creating lsuh atmospheres over a truly killer and original beat which borrows percussive timbres from Shackleton and fixes them into a swung and fractured 2-step pattern requiring some slinky moves on the floor. 'Less music' follows a similar route on the flip, this… Read more
Bit of a wet dream for the minimal techy D&B types; Noisia, Joe Seven, Alix Perez, and Stray various configurations for the second release on Invisible Recordings. Noisia flash some impresive mnmlst muscle with Joe Seven on the ninja-slick 'Ease Forward', backed with one of Alix Perez's most efficient moments to date 'The Observer' (killer track!). On the 2nd disc Noisia & Alix Perez face off on 'Underprint', and Stray gives up the techy glitchin' 'Saturday' for the futurists. Housed in heavyweght embossed sleeve.
Vladilslav Delay ropes in a stellar cast of contemporary electronic maestros to rework tracks from his album as Sistol. Furthest removed from the original material is Oneohtrix Point Never's Rainbro remix of 'Funseeker', effectively turning in a glorious addendum to 'Returnal' with soaring, spindly melodies embedded in a synthesized cloud of powdered glass atmospheres, chokingly gorgeous and affective as usual. Meanwhile, Falty DL continues an infallible run of form with his '90s Bleep Mix: When Purple Was Green version of… Read more
Crisp and deadly dancefloor experiments from A Made Up Sound (aka 2562/ BlackOut), dropping on his self-titled imprint. With 'Demons' Dave Huismans stealthily incorporates an agile electro influence to his sound, pivoting his technoid syncopations around raw, snappy snares and ringing cowbells with unruly chords flying around the atmosphere in swarm formations. It's a little harder to pin down 'Extra Time', and that's always the sign of something worth your attention. Here he works out an agitated riddim built with shivering hi-hats and blocks of crooked, crushed percussion offering infini… Read more
Awesome debut split single from Drag-star oOoOO and the enigmatic White Ring. oOoOO's 'Seaww' is warbling '80s R'n'B screwed out of context and spun into 2010 with gender bent vocals reminding of Fever Ray and slow hulking beats somewhere between Ultravox and Salem-style slowfast 808s. White Ring has a more modern ghettogothic lean, dazed with megapop trance riffs and holding itself together with emaciated 808s. Frankly, both tracks are killer. TIP!
Advanced monkey-tek electro riddims from Modeselektor, Bok Bok and Ramadanamanadan on upfront, hand-stamped white label, limited to 100 copies! These three tracks initiate the colossal 'Modeselektion' series in firing style, from the critically-crafty concatenations of Ram's 'Pitter' to the bling-futurism of Bok Bok's ultra-urbane 'Say Stupid Things, and obviously the stadium rave of MDSLKTR's own 'VW Jetta'.