Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Punch Drunk's latest comes from the hands of Brizzle stalwart Rob Smith, shaking the ground with two bassbin-ready rollers. 'Good Energy' contains a radioactive glaring lead synth over grumbling bass, economically constructed and mixed down for big soundsystem play. 'Green Hill' on the flip is another RSD special, this time built with rolling breaks, dub weighted bass and a layer of technosoul-styled synth pads that make this 12" worth checking. Big record for fans of the classic Bristol sound!
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Destructive Recordings make big moves with a new 12" from Funk Ethics. 'Blues Is Now' occupies the A-side with smart fusion of percussive broken beat and slippery dubstep bass, while 'Dub Fluid' gives out a quickstepping dub formulation and finally 'Trans Europa Step' imagines Ennio Morricone meeting Florian Schneider round at Peverelist's place. Honestly. Smart 12".
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Fright Records indulges it's Italo fetish after the awesome Gatekeeper record with two well-studied tracks from Antoni Maiovvi. Our protagonist has been crafting proper Italo-electro killers for a few years now, dropping a pair of great albums for Seed in the process. 'Zulawski' is obviously informed by a love of Carpenter, Moroder and co, building cinematic tension with starbursting synth and muscular bassline arpeggiations to enhance your dancefloor stance. 'Flesh For Frank Booth' is a little more slow and sinister with dungeon drums and glassy-scratching synth strings before 'Ghostray' ope… Read more
Friday, 19 March 2010
One of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2010, Beach House's Teen Dream follows up the massively lauded Devotion, the album that saw this Baltimore duo reach creative maturity back in 2008. Since then the formula hasn't been tampered with too much, and instead Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand continue to pursue the spartan, hazy tenderness of their prior successes, but with a more developed ear for songwriting and a heightened melodic purpose. Former 7" single, 'Used To Be' is included here, and represents a punchier, somehow more full-blooded incarnation of the band's sound. Similarly… Read more
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Shortstuff is usually spotted alongside cohort Brackles, but he's going it alone for this deadly little release on Ramp with two left-of-centre post-garage movers. First up is 'Rustling', mixing a hard clipped garage riddim with scrunched 8-bit piping locked into strange African influenced melodies. 'Stuff' on the flip steps it up another gear with demented editing skills applied to a feverish 2009 style riddim built from churning low end and tuff syncopated patterns with the sort of finish you'd hear on an Untold production. Heavyweight wares, keep an eye on this man, massive twelve.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Former Breakstep hero Baobinga makes his first forays into the mutant Funky bracket with 'Ride It' backed by a stupendously screwed Untold remix. Baobinga's original 'Ride It' is currently getting props from various Funky/Dubstep camps but we're struggling to get into it so far, but Untold's remix is a masterclass in forward thinking production, tumbling each bar into the next with a restless attitude and the kind of advanced skills that can achieve this well balanced blend of funky/febrile. Untold is a badderman!
Tuesday, 09 March 2010
D1 makes a very welcome return with an outstanding new twelve for Dub Police. Shockingly, one of dubstep's most underrated producers has been off the radar since '08's seminal 'V3' album, but it's obviously been time well spent as the thunderous shock of 'Jus Business' makes clear. We roll in off the back of a tense, dialogue packed intro and into a maelstrom of cross-bred dubstep-hardcore styles, cherry picking the finest elements of 20 years of rave, from euphoric piano chords to face-melting mentasms and junglistic percussion twisted with a dubstep torque. This is what Rufige Kru should sound lik… Read more
Tuesday, 02 March 2010
Tectonic's 'Earwax testing ground rolls out the nuclear-sexy dubstep of Ginz and Kool Money Kwame's 'Wet Wipe Riddim' and 'Oreo' double header. Both cuts are a testament to the welath of talent in Bristol, with 'Wet Wipe Riddim' almost toppling Joker for sheer radioactive exuberance and outright filthy effect. That mutant soul sample and breezeblock beats should certify this cut on the floor for a while to come. Flip over and we get the ragged funk grind of 'Oreo', setting a staggered halfstep rhythm with Afro-lilting melodies and rudely off-kilter chords to make us wile out big time. In com… Read more
Friday, 12 February 2010
Ahead of his forthcoming Warp split with Eskmo, San Fran's Eprom sets up an electric hyphy banger featuring MC Profisee and backed with a remix from Lucky Me's The Blessings. Both 'Zoning' and 'What It Seems' roll out synth laden hiphop riddims for Profisee's oddly accented flow, while The Blessings reduce the electronic element for a screwed and bass-centric slow-bumpers version. All instrumentals included on the flipside. For fans of earlier Hud Mo, Rustie and Harmonic 313.
Tuesday, 02 February 2010
The latest missive from the Bristol skool of Bass comes from Gatekeeper, providing the electro-shocked 'Blip' backed with his version of Appleblim's 'Vansan'. 'Blip' skulks on the fringes of dubstep where breaks, hard electro and darker substances are traded for the usual cliches, resulting in a mutant warehouse stepper ripe for the heavy steppers. Following T++'s lead, he's the next to remix 'Blim's proudest moment on 'Vansan', using the trickling motif over bulbous kicks and wrought iron stabs to hit hard and heavy over a big rig. Nastiness!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
*Special edition of 100 white vinyl copies in individually numbered sleeves each with a unique insert - do not miss!* This amazing album seems to form itself out of the barest ingredients, creating entrancing tonal pieces that sometimes barely seem to shift and yet imperceptibly draw you into a world of stasis, calm and slow movements. Inspired by Morton Feldman's "cycles and patterns, and the ocean", 'Repeat' is the latest work from Australian sound artist Matt Rösner, whose prior works have cropped up on such labels as Room40 and Apestaartje. 'Repeat' is probably a… Read more
Friday, 08 January 2010
Geiom and Shortstuff make their Planet Mu debut with two hyper-syncopated Funky mutations in the increasingly defined Notts style. Next to Brackles, Martin Kemp and Spam Chop, there's an itchy post-garage influenced and synth-heavy sound emerging from this quarter, aligning themselves alongside London's dominant sound by tempo and flex, but entirely on their own level of electronica styled synthlines. 'No Hand Signals' is the bouncier of the two, crossing lanes between UKF and frictional garage kink with cheeky computer game samples and restless melodies. 'Wardenclyffe' on the flip s… Read more
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
You may remember us getting a little hot under the collar about this fella's first 10" towards the end of last year so you know we've all been waiting for this one with baited breath. Driving deeper into the world of post-garage and dub techno, this plate even manages to outstrip its predeccessor for sheer bass weight with a couple of cuts that make your head feel like it's in a pressure chamber when listened to on headphones, seriously. Sticking with the bleached aesthetic of the first 10", track '90113' uses a well considered palette of sonic weaponry, namely cavernous dub chords, tuff garage d… Read more
Thursday, 03 December 2009
US Dubstep head Jus Wan serves up the latest Naked Lunch 12" backed with a Scuba remix. His Apple Pips and Tube 10 releases were interesting when they worked on an uptempo movement and here on the slower half-tempo 'Submersive' his production sounds more heavy and claustrophobic. 'QB-41' kicks up a couple of gears with crisp breakbeats and full sunken bass unlike either of his previous records. Scuba's version of 'Submersive' on the flip is a multifaceted construction, conducting a first movement at halfstep tempo with enough bass to fill both sides, before steppin' up with a rolling 4/4 mor… Read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Still belting out albums at a rate to make men half their age envious, those avant-garde behemoths Faust return with a batch of material recorded in 2006 for the Nurse With Wound collaboration Disconnected. The disc gets underway with the strobing drone and sinewy bass repetitions of 'Kundalini Tremolos', followed up by the dark organ sustains and ponderous prog manoeuvres of 'Accroche A Tes Livres'. So far it's a moody, rather minimalist incarnation of Faust's wild, exploratory mindset, but you'll find the band's fearsome, untamable percussive outbursts littered throughout the album, … Read more
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Monkeysteak's long threatened Steakhouse Records finally precipitates it's debut load with two tracks of hybrid dub-techno/2-step from Portuguese producers. Mr Gasparov hails from Lisbon and apparently uses a synth made from an old McDonalds till point, togther with graphics tablets and Midi-Controllers to manufacture a jumpy blend of hard-hitting subs and technoid 2-step on '1975', think El-B meets Aphex Twin under a tropical sky. On the flip Octapush fuse UK Garage with skittering electronica and chanted tribal vocals on 'Ai Nadia', and itchin' 2-step with female vocals on 'Laika Likes It'. One for the rave, Dave, and fans of Untold, Atki2 or Bass Clef. Sick twelve!
Monday, 10 August 2009
The latest results from Zed Bias' Biasonics studio in darkest Salford combines elements of Apple or Hardhouse Banton style LDN Funky with the darker ghosts of his garage past for two useful and interesting mutations. Check!
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Bristol can't help itself right now, pouring out a steady stream of neon-glowing and crunk-juiced dubstep from Gemmy, Joker, Guido, Jakes and the rest in unstoppable fashion. Gemmy follows up his 'Bk 2 The Future' plate for Peverelist's Punch Drunk label with 'Supligen'/'BT Tower Mast' for planet Mu, squeezing his synths until they bleed skwee style. 'Supligen' features a haunting organ refrain/synthline squeeze sounding like the Specials jamming with Dr Dre, while 'BT Tower Mast' is a tense half stepper with subliminal subbass and a squiggly mid range bite. Heavily funked and severly crunked gear that's already got support from Plastician, Joker, Rusko and RSD.
Thursday, 09 July 2009
Low flying anthem business from Darkus Beat Company for Funky records, backed with a completely sick Roska remix and a Bassline refix from DS1. The original version of 'Promises' is a cool housey roller with an ear-snagging autotuned vocal, all well and good, but wait till you get to the Roska remix on the flip, rearranging the drums into a properly swung riddim infected with bongo fever and perfectly offset bass bumps making this a must have for any followers of the sound. D'S1's Bassline refix is the deal clincher, constructing an irresistably direct and fiercly … Read more
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Seriously unexpected manouvers from kamal Joory for this ace new twelve on Berkane Sol, the title track adapting a delicious 2-step, Housey vibe that somehow reminds us of Todd Edwards with its refined, heady stylings and shuffling temperament. There's a nice bit of vocal editing going on there too, with an auto-tuned vocal decimated and re-assembled with some considerable panache, before a string breakdown takes things towards the darker recesses of the dancefloor - wicked tune. "Aa eeyl Booty" on the flipside gives it some precious UK Funky vibes complete with some well crafted synth noises and… Read more
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
D'n'B producer-turned-dubstep-prophet Rob Sparx sends an quality curveball your way with his latest for DubTing records. The crushing bassweight of 'Fixed Up' is a great start, with ultra clean and heavy subs reminiscent of the Cyrus album deployed in devastating waves, cleansing the palette for the intriguing 'Black Sheep' with a hugely filtered mid-tempo garage number wearing its Burial influences proudly on its sleeve but not suffering from it. The snares on 'Liquid Soul' on the flip are enough to snap off your nostril hairs and should perform a mean feat when pushed through a big rig, while 'M… Read more
Friday, 03 April 2009
It's like Christmas come early (or very late) for the bulging dubstep masses with the hugely anticipated arrival of Magnetic Man's first 12"! For those who haven't visited dubstepforum or just have better things to do with their time, Magnetic Man is the LaptopPowerSuperTroupe consisting of dubstep originators Benga, Skream and Artwork who collectively hold the first three Big Apple catalogue numbers and whose dubstep credentials cannot be f*cked with. So it's quite a surprise to hear them leave behind all the swing, funk and wildout bass-fun of their previous releases in favour of a col… Read more
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Back in stock! Another pounding hybrid set of low-end killers here from Hot-Flush, kicking off with the tumbling rhythms and wobbling sublow of 'Deep Under' - its a track that teeters on the brink of breaks science throughout, keeping itself wrapped up in a relentless bass envelope despite the distractions brought on by constantly evolving skitters - mighty stuff. The Rhodes-inflected breaks and bass clash of 'Sparkle' offers time for reflection on the flip, borrowing a melodic underlay from some abandoned, dusty jazz-club somewhere strange, tugging you back underground with its careful arrangement if frequencies at the lowest end of the spectrum. Righteous...