Tuesday, 10 December
*Ships Friday* One of DMZ's most sought-after numbers finally lands on wax, backed with a Coki monster. Up top, '2 Much Chat' skanks loose with an inimitable sub-bass heave offset by quicksilver keys and wicked hi-end dub noise, the 2nd half descending into a smoked-out swirl of vocal and double-timed drums in demand since at least 2010. Whilst attributed to Digital Mystikz, the B-side is distinctly Coki-esque, largely due to the borerline cartoonish nuttiness of that pitching synthline and his jaw-smacking drums.
Thursday, 05 December
Kowton breaks down grime, house and techno down to the barest essentials on the 2nd shot from his Pale Fire label. On 'H-Street' he ruffs up the classic Eski template with his signature white-noise snares synched to gut-punch subs and sirens to make a seething, lip-bitingly tight racket. With 'Helsinki Sunrise' he drops the tempo to a bashy house swagger laced with machine gun snares and the nastiest, knotted subs. TIP!
Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
Thursday, 28 November
Clipping the heels of their killah 'Genesis EP', Mumdance & Logos rinse off 2013 with two searing 'ardcore mutations for Tectonic. Recalibrating the genes of '93-style jungle with bootybass claps, pneumatic bass and razing mentasms, the darkcore dread of 'Legion' is tilted at the most delirious hours of the dance, whilst 'Proto' comes with a kaotic chemistry of Belgian techno hoovers, Detroit-style pads and timeless darkside swerve. Watch yer eyebrows!
Thursday, 21 November
**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
Dubkasm version Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound doublepack with four heavyweight, rolling cuts. Bristol's Digistep and DJ Stryda aka Dubkasm reroute the originals thru a matrix of spring reverb, tape-delays and bespoke FX modules diffused via their legendary soundcraft mixing console, blurring the distinction between modern production and timeless dubwise technique. For the dub heads, it's practically worth it for the murderous re-vamp of 'Medusa', now weaponised with terrifying sirens and thunderous B-line as 'Dub Mirror', or equally their massive overhaul of 'Orion', reworked as the… Read more
V.I.V.E.K stokes the original dark spirit of Dubstep with four mighty halfstep productions for System Music, including V.I.P.s of his biggest tunes. First plate steps up with two new pieces - the atmospheric epic 'Mantra' and the stush, technoid badderman rufige of 'Show Me' with its soaring synth arpeggios - whilst the 2nd plate plummets way deeper with V.I.P.'s of his Deep Medi weapon, 'Soundman' and the body scanning subbass masterpiece, 'Asteroids', which sounds ass-quakingly heavy on a subpac, we tell thee.
Thursday, 14 November
Chi legend DJ Slugo reps the original Juke sound for Thug Records. Four cuts for the lewd and discerning DJs ranging from the technoid pump of ;Work That Hoe' to the call-and-response verses of Edgar "Big Gemini" Porter and K Scrilla on 'Watch Me Juke' and a pair of proper slammers on the flip, 'All Purpose Pussy' and the freaky 'Booty Clap'.
Guido's sophomore follow-up to his acclaimed Punch Drunk LP is an assuredly mature and measured affair refining his feel for fluoro funk. Eleven tracks juice the tastiest traces of sino-grime, purple funk, jazz-trance (yesss), R&B and off-world folk with an inquisitive, considered approach that's deeply involving for the listener. Highlights have to be the cheeky juxtaposition of oriental hooks, scat and spurting grime on 'Heartful Dodger', the spaced-out keys and twinkle-toed bounce of 'Jupiter' or the militant pomp of 'NRG' for starters…
Bristol bassbin souljahs yung and old meet inna future dub clash. Sherwood & Pinch's follow-up to 'Bring Me Weed' heads to battle in three versions, a gritty steppers original weighed with dread subbass descent; a noisy Dubplate Pressure mix screwed with mad FX; a wilder extended mix.
Minimalist garage-techno and D&B styles from Sounds of The Cosmos. Sapience swings with criss, punchy 2-step drums, airy dub chords and swooping subs reminding of vintage Mindsets from Indigo and xxxy on the front; Forgold steps into atmospheric halfstep D&B zones with 'Nocturnal'.
Techiest Dubstep from one of the scene's brightest yung producer's. Along with cats like Killawatt and Compa, Thelem is re-engineering the genetic codes of Dubstep, splicing with elements of hi-tech D&B, grime and computerised sound design to future-shocking effect. The A-side 'Grainform' comes off like a mechanised grime riddim rent with cinematic 3D FX for the techiest heads, whilst "petriform' rushes up with virulent arpeggios and the kind of diffuse, splintered rhythms closer to Autechre than most dubstep tunes.
Massive true-skool dubstep weapons from Anti-Social Ents' Quest. 'Visitors' weighs in up top with hydraulic 4/4 sub punch and bristling counter rhythms designed to hypnotise and pummel the dance into submission; down under, 'Dubfoot' is a little more subtle, doing the one foot skank on the kind of invisible subs that mek your eyes quiver while intricate polyrhythms and escalating synthline ratchet the slow-cooked intensity to a sublime climax.
**Transparent ice blue wax** Veil/Unveil Issue Two finds the Auxilliary gang at their neo-D&B best. Sam KDC drops the soppier elements for a proper, grinding halfstep riddim trip called 'Ascetic' and ASC dances with the icy sequencer melody and dry, IDM grooves of 'Symmetry'. Synth Sense come the THX 1138 sound design style studio pressure on 'Trapped Within The Circuit' and Method One's 'Under The Same Stars' is a sweeter, downbeat and atmospheric kiss-off.
Thursday, 07 November
The DMZ master in action... 'Voodoo Dolls' is built for the party with galloping, Soca-like drums bouncing off ravenous mid-range signatures and peaking synthlines; 'Prototype' does that dank dungeon sound in style with stereo-swarming mid rang madness and a leering gargoyle swagger.
Thursday, 24 October
Dread dubstep weapons from Ipaman and Killawatt. Ipman goes in hard and heavy with wobble bass and clusterbomb percussive attacks on the original 'Aight'; Killawatt gives a dangerous remix working with dense and tricky nexx level syncopation.
Butterz first lady revamps two of her biggest. A-side firss a VIP of 'Home' with extended intro and sharpened drops; flipside Royal T& P Jam assist on a rugged breakbeat overhaul of 'Hold On'.
Diskotopia boss Brian "BD1982" Durr returns to the label with a brace of lo-slung, colourful grime/electronica mutations. Up top, his 'Cassava' comes with a refractive blend of Kwaito and tropical bleep Techno and 'Writuals' wriggles between gritty, compressed 8-bar grime and sub-swung house with its own sun-dazed, cyber surreal logic. 'Casings' itself harks back to A Guy Called Gerald's lush jungle cyberdelia minus the breakbeats, and vinyl exclusive 'Clear Walls' sparks a glinting, fractured mesh of futurist dancehall and eski electro with unique syncopation.
"One of the rudest soundboys of the lot goes by the name of OH91, and he brings that unabashed, soundsystem duppying, backhand-you-in-the-face toughness on his tracks. Coyote Records are hyped to welcome him to the crew as he drops heat for COY005 with the peak-time gullyness of ‘Stealth’, backed with remix fire from none other than Slew Dem don and legendary selector, Spooky. Built around brash synthlines, huge piston-pressurised drums and subs that hit hard and low, ‘Stealth’ is grime built for the rave, bristling with moodiness and uncompromising bass impact. Spooky’s version agitates the rhythms wit… Read more
Thursday, 17 October
"Two fiendishly addictive garage cuts from Wolverhampton’s TRC. One of the key players in the late-2000s bassline scene and more recently a prolific grime producer, TRC’s Crazylegs debut sees him on dazzling form: crisp 2-step drums, trademark floor-shocker basslines and melodies so catchy you won’t get them out of your head for weeks. On the remix front, a real special pairing: the legendary El-B moulds Come Bring It into a vintage garage banger, while Beneath follows up recent Tectonic & Keysound releases with a hypnotic, sub-fuelled rework of You & Me."
Thursday, 10 October
Samename, Murlo, Sir Pixalot and Trends jump on Spooky's 'Coolie Joyride' for a wicked remix session. Until earlier this year 'Coolie Joyride' was thought to be a holy grail that might never see light of day. Thankfully Oil Gang ransacked Spooky's hard drive and found the blighter, and then farmed it out for this utter madness. Up top man-of-the-moment Samename chops it up with signature riddmic turbulence fpacked with whistles and savage carnival vibes, whereas Murlo does his Sinuous Eski thing. Down town, Sir Pixalot follows up his killer 'Mortal Kombat' issue with an 'ardcore 8-bar overhaul and Trends bruks out the gregorian choirs for a tense dancefloor epic.
Wheez-ie fires off the 808 pneumatics and staccato samples of 'Five Fingered Salute' and the Randomner-styled techno churn of 'You Lose' up top. Moldy raves out with a tantric 'ardcore mover, 'All I Want', and the strangely solemn junglist piece, 'Through The Raina'.
Thursday, 19 September
Roska straddles pop and club sounds with a party funky flex on the follow-up to his Rinse album. Vanya belts out a proper diva vocal on the nimble, cut-up drums and brassy electro stabs of 'Desire', and MC C4 gives a cool blend of soul and bubblin' garage verses on the tidy swing and tucked vibes of 'It's All Changed'. Elsewhere it's a club-wise sound for the DJs and the rave, going in 'ard and wild with the fibrillating subs and Dutch synth stabs of 'Shocking', and the blazin' neon jacker, 'Penetration Test'.
Truth drop it low with Canada's Stylust Beats. Their 'Chicks & Drugs' is one for the bassbin ballers, the zoot-wielding aspirant, running lean Trap samples against sweeping subbass and spindly, iced-out melody and hi-hat trills. Flipside, Truth carry the same Carpenter-esque melody over deadly subbass dynamics and taut rolling congas for a proper Yunx-style halfstep.
Thursday, 15 August
Technoid 4/4 rolige and halfstep from NZ duo, Perverse. Up top, 'Bolontiku' plays out widescreen atmospheric intro giving way to surging 4/4 subs and woody drums feeling as though they're playing forward and reverse at the same time. Down under, 'Symmetry' rides a solid halfstep lurch leavened with Lynchian synth pads.
Thursday, 08 August
Killer technoid dubstep pressure from one of the sound's freshest and most promising producers. A-side, 'Persistent Dread' rolls with hungry momentum, punctuating pneumatic subbass with pile-driving snares and snarling synth flux readied for the DJs. B-side, 'Signal Motion' melds Demdike Stare-like atmospheres and darkside drops with taut, whirring drums in a hectic but tightly disciplined halfstep roll. Strongly recommended to fans of Killawatt, Kryptic Minds, T++.
Deep Medi's smoovest operator lubes your lugs with six "lost" dubstep boogies rescued from tape (his hard drive). On disc 1 you're treated to the tucked-in and soulful organ and acid bass budge of 'Preacher's Pain' backed with the raving bomb, 'Time Delay' and the kinky triplets of 'Jazz Dub'. Disc 2 goes in unruly with the rugged halfstep swerve of 'Anymuzik' and a wild slice of LFO calligraphy entitled 'Boogs Noogs' beside the trusty jazz-funk keys and shoulder rolling flow of 'Daylight Savings'.
Thursday, 01 August
dBridge and Youngsta remix 'Eyes Wide Open' from J:Kenzo's debut album. Exit boss dBridge does his steppers thing on the front with clipped, kinetic drums supporting the sweeping '90s vocal and widescreen pads. Flipside, Youngsta takes Jubei on his first 138 trek with great results, squeezing his typical D&B palette into pressurised subs and flickering, electroid percussive jolts whilst only employing the vocal at the most poignant moments.
Tempa pair two of dubstep's most promising producers on a dreadnaught double header. With the Garth Merenghi-referencing 'Darkplace' they lock down to techiest drums and swooping subs inna taut, minimalist framework nodding to the classic '05/'06 template. Underneath, their 'Sur Place' barrels forward on a stop/starting techno steppers' mission cut with duppied darkisde voices and echo-chamber FX.
Thursday, 18 July
Hot stepper, Gantz shares one of Black Boxx's Future Stealth Technologies dubplates with a wicked Thelem remix. The Turkish producer may be thousands of miles from Croydon but he's got that halfstep swagger down to deadly effect with the offset drums and abyssal subbass swipe of 'U Won't Mind'. Thelem matches him for dreadnaught torque on the flipside, re-synching divebombing subs and fractured drums in holo'd-out style.