Thursday, 06 March
White label repress of this mighty weapon from Bristol's Kahn & Neek aka Gorgon Sound, replete with a wicked Dubkasm version. 'Find Jah Way' is a souljah-strength Digi-Dub with a 2012 twist - hard-edged 808 snares, nuff noise and pnematic subs to pummel your ribcage. It might be a cliche, but the only way to do this record justice involves a massive soundsystem and a zoot. Ditto for Dubkasm's rootical steppers dub version. The first edition sold out in a minute, and we expect this to do the same!
*180g wax* Forward dubstep murders from two of the sound's brightest yung hopes on the steadfast System label. Their 'Firepusher' cooperative unleashes waves of layered LFO subbass modulations against tightest double-timed drums, melodica and duppy synth slashes. Flipside, Finland's LAS goes dolo on the tucked, skulky skank of 'Malfunktions' and outstanding Turkish stepper Emir Ongun aka Gantz twysts out the uniquely syncopated percussions, slyding subbass and swiped tape samples of 'Second Nature', no doubt one of his best solo pieces to date.
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin's Author project arrives at a 2nd album of plush, blue dubstep variants following their 2011 debut on Tectonic. For this outing they're joined by a slew of guests, including Quark, June Miller, Jehst & Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique and Dan Man. Eight tracks spell out the more cinematic, home-listening side of dubstep with a mix of midnight atmospheres, moody vocal contributions and crisp, well-layered production.
Ardcore, rootical dubstep from Utrecht, Holland's TMSV. 'Haze VIP' rides a tumultuous skank accented with splashing cymbal, tribal percussion and billowing subs, and 'Gunman' comes stronger with darting, snake-like syncopation and dread subs on a vintage DMZ tip beside the airborne triplets and X-Files vibes of 'The Cosmonaut'.
Tuesday, 04 March
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
Thursday, 27 February
Rave-haunted rollers from Grime architect Terror Danjah and prolific producer Four Tet. On 'Killer' the unlikely pair settle on a bashy bruk house sound rife with soundsystem samples and Video-Crash-style stabs and oscillating between Four Tet's woozy Arp, and Danjah's slicker electroid waves resulting in a slinky but gritty kinda bassbin pressure. Flipsude, 'Nasty' plays up to a defter sorta feminine pressure with tucked, kinky drums nimbly synched to gully bass and flitting female vocal counterpoint. Kinda sounds like a dazed Champion workout.
Oil Gang entice Slew Dem's OG producer JT The Goon out of semi-retirement for a killer 4-track EP. You won't find JT The Goon credited anywhere on discogs but rest assured he's been core to one of East London's sickest crews since the beginning. His return to the fray may be a slightly more mature effort, but it's lost none of that vintage fire. Opener 'Twin Warriors' is a remix of Jammer's sinogrim classic 'Chinaman' full of slyding Oriental signatures kitted to a minimal riddim; 'Ice Cube' is another exercise is optimised reduction, all slashing bass synth, whirling accordion and carto… Read more
**Gatefold triple vinyl** Blue, downbeat, conscious Hip Hop/Dub hybrids from Amos & Truenoys for Mala's Deep Medi. 'A Taste Of Struggle' is their debut album following a teaser 12" with Skream and Commodo remixes. It's a low-lit, late night confessional hingeing on Truenoys slow, caramelised vocals delivered with impassioned urgency to a backdrop of shifty, molasses bass movements, dusty drums and trip hop atmospheres.
Thursday, 13 February
Deep-diving dungeon dubstep from American stepper Axh for London's Tempa. Demdike Stare or Raime fans should check the churning riddim of 'Destroy'.
Thursday, 06 February
**White vinyl** The 2nd volley from Glacial Sound is a criss, colourful trio of Eski instrumentals by certified badderman, Murlo, backed with wicked remixes from Swing Ting and Slackk. It contains one of Murlo's most rinsed recent anthems in the sino-uous R&G bounce and pizzicato strings of 'Robes', plus the crystalline hooks and swagger of 'Last Dance' and the heavy infectious 'Velvet Wall', all perfect examples of the way modern Grime has both reduced and built upon the original styles of Wiley and Prince Rapid et al with considerable flair and restraint. Remixing, Manchester's Swing Ting - Mu… Read more
Killer opening statement from hugely promising Grime imprint, Glacial Sound, courtesy of hotly-tipped American producer, Rabit. The follow-up to his debut for #FEELINGS and a hypercoloured Diskotopia 12" showacses a more concentrated take on the Eski sound, reducing its signature bleeps and electroid jolts to pointillist zaps and oozing bass. 'Double Dragon' is an ideal case in point, sounding like some sino Eski riddim that's just melted all over the grid, whilst 'Black Dragons' gees up with nastier gunshots and curdled, airborne synthlines, and the brilliant 'Wolf Spider' operates on a queas… Read more
Last heard by us on the nutty 'Quadrant EP', Splurt follows production duties for Merky Ace with this heavy trio of instrumentals. Suitably road-rugged and gut-punching production values make for a convincing solo debut proper, from the 808 bass, shredded samples and knuckled crack of 'J3' to the stone cold dancefloor murder, 'Lamped' and a synth'd-out, heat seeking 'Ethnic' madness.
Thursday, 30 January
2nd album of ambient garage sweeteners from Hatti Vatti, including collaboration with Synkro and vocals by Sara Brylewska, Cian Finn, and Katarzyna Bartczak. Perfectly arranged for nocturnal listening, 'Worship Nothing' plays through as two neatly segued sides not really designed for the DJs but rich in soulful vocals, warm melodies and beats on the cusp of IDM/2-step/footwork with a glimmer of Autonomic finesse.
Thursday, 23 January
Grimy, technoid feminine pressure from the renamed Twwth (fka Teeth) on his and Desto's excellent Signal Life label. As with their previous editions from Visionist, Kowton, LAS and themselves, the 'Thousand Million EP' finds a sweet spot between sleek European techno, gruff UK grime and the rudeness of US club music. Whilst built around similar elements of gut-punch bass, rippling 808s and iced-out stabs, the vocal samples make a clear dichotomy: topside 'Naomi XX' sweetens gully swagger with a darkly sensual breakdown and female R&B stab intoning "it's automatic", whilst 'Boy You Down With… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
Wild bashment fire from DJ Die's Gutterfunk label. A-side rides ruffshod with crazed electronics and double-dipped drums to mek 'em wine, enhanced by MC Swappi's energetic urgency. B-side 'Vodou Riddim' booms with badass 808s, brassy stabs and tumbling tribal percussion.
Tuesday, 03 December
'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. The trio give their own 'Timeaway' a lilting, glassy overhaul for the 'floor, sweetly synching a swinging house groove with chiming harmonics to sound even more like Pantha Du Prince, whilst their 'Hold Me Down' is budged towards a sort of pastoral techno sound. The 'Cult x Zomby remix Kollaps' is the highlight, taking the original to celestial, slinky garage heights.
Thursday, 21 November
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'.
**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, 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.