dubstep

Artist:Indigo / XXXY
Title:Levitate
Label:Opan Earz
Indigo steps up for the second release on OpenEarz Recordings with a diverse three track EP, featuring the talents of fellow Mancunian XXXY collaborating on 'Hold On'. 'Levitate' supplies heavyweight dancefloor energy, a warbling half step banger with crisp percussion and infectious head nod qualities. MC Chunky on the mic laces the break and the result is essential dubstep pressure for any selector. On the flipside Indigo presents the laid back moods of 'Premonition', again showing his diversity. Dreamy, dubbed out pads and warm, deep bass combine with stripped back percussion to produce a chilled out roller. Finally, XXXY brings a deeper, 2 step feel to 'Hold On', affirming he shares Indigo's northern soul in the studio. Equal parts dub techno and old school garage vibes, this track is the EP's real prize money, a weighty collaboration of two distinguished producers.
Artist:Dub Crooks
Title:Fight / Siners / Hatchet
Label:Dub Philosophy
Artist:The Bassist & Droid Sector / Matta & Dubtek
Title:Jah Is Coming / Witchcraft
Label:Terminal Dusk
Artist:Kromestar / F-One
Title:Matrix / Bodywrap
Label:Dubting
Artist:Foreign Beggars
Title:No Holes Barred
Label:Never Say Die
After the massive 'Ruffneck '09' Never Say Die brings you the second instalment on the label courtesy of one of the hottest acts in the world right now, The Foreign Beggars. As both a tribute to the greatness of this album, and a warm-up for the Beggatron collaboration / remix album, we are proud to bring you two of our favourite cuts remixed by the Never Say Die Camp.
Artist:Twist Vs Torqux
Title:Razor / Unstoppable
Label:Sour Grapes
Cousins Twist & Torqux show their skills on their Sour Grapes debut. They already have a few releases under their belts most notably Torqux's "Relentless" on Wicky Lindows (WL01) with 16Bit's remix of the same tune. Razor is a full on banger with some techy elements that's ideal for a high point in a set whilst Unstoppable is a bit more unusual, a constantly evolving mashup of organic and digital sounds with a real squelchy electro feel.
Artist:Cardopusher
Title:Gibold with Scandalous Unltd Remix
Label:True Tiger
'Gibold' is True Tiger's 20th release and features Venezualen producer Cardopusher and True Tiger's Scandalous Unltd. who have recently been producing for Wiley. Gibold is the latest dubstep banger from hotly tipped Cardopusher. Cardopusher featured on True Tiger's Around The World series as well as having releases on Hyperdub and other big dubstep labels. This is his first single release on True Tiger and has been getting massive plays over the past three months from the Dubstep and dance scenes biggest DJ's. The release also includes Scandalous Unltd. uptempo dubstep remix on the flip which has also gained a lot of rotation in the past two months.
Artist:Partysquad
Title:Hollertronix 10
Label:Mad Decent
While Partysquad may not be a household name in the rest of the world, these guys are positively massive in their home country of the Netherlands. Combining big electronic sounds with hip hop lyrics and beatmaker sensibilities, they've had at least five tracks reach the top 20, won multiple awards, and wreck parties all over the continent. For this release, they're getting back to their underground party break roots four serious bangers.'Pull Up' and'Murderer' draw heavily on Jamaican influence, in a similar style to Major Lazer.'Murderer' freaks out the Barrington Levy track of the same name, and'Pull Up' features an infectious chant that drives the crowds nuts.'Crazy Funky Style' and'Rage' put the Partysquad touch on the enormous Dutch club sound that's been running clubs all over Europe for the last couple years. In the best Hollertronix tradition, this release is pure quality for the club DJ and those that love them. Limited vinyl run in pic sleeve with free mp3 downloads, sure to sell out as fast as all previous EPs in the series have done.
Artist:Kalbata
Title:Oh Gosh
Label:Botanika
Kalbata, real name Ariel Tagar, is a bass music pioneer based in Tel Aviv. Regardless of genre, his distinct musical approach comes through in everything he does - a deep affection for the lowest of frequencies and a collection of vintage effects and instruments which guarantee his razor-sharp beats will always have a warm, analog feel, floating in a pool of endless ripples and echoes. With a series of high profile remixes for Spank Rock, Ben Mono, Sunship, Roll Deep & Fat Freddy's Drop & a recent feature on Slices magazine, Kalbata's dark-star is definitely on the rise.

Oh Gosh, the latest release from Kalbata, comes hot on the heels of his recent dubstep banger, the Ninja We Ninja white label, championed by heavyweight DJs such as Toddla T, TRG, RSD & N-Type (who included it in his Rinse:09 mix-CD), and his two 12s on Soul Jazz.

Bass lovers better pay attention, as the 4th release on Tel-Aviv's young Botanika label is one hell of a double smasher. On the A-side, Oh Gosh is an instant classic, dripping late night soul sentiments into the 2-step-garage/dubstep continuum, backed by a mean bassline rumbling beneath it. The short vocal samples come courtesy of Tel-Aviv's pop-tastic songstress Onili. Karl Butter on the B-side is a dubstep/breaks affair, fusing 8-bit analog bleeps with bouncy beats and killer breakdowns into total dancefloor mayhem, which cannot be fully appreciated until heard on a large soundsystem.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Ill Technique / Synthetic / 2034 / Abandoned
Label:Terminal Dusk
Terminal Dusk presents Obsidian. The 5th instalment in our "colour" series.

A1 6blocc vs Fiend - Ill Technique : Dream team collab features huge bass & serious jungle pressure.

A2 Physical - Synthetic : Deep roller with techy synths, piano leads and an ingenious wobble.

B1 Fault - 2034 : Unstandard wobbler with catchy synths, subtle amen breaks & rastafarian samples.

B2 Droid Sector - Abandoned : Roller with thunderous breaks & prominent epic bass, DJ friendly cut.
Artist:16Bit
Title:Swine Flu / What Time Is It?
Label:Audio Phreaks
The mighty 16Bit make their Audio Phreaks debut with the much anticipated track "Swine Flu", this has been getting battered by N-Type, Skream, Benga and all of the big players in the dubstep game!
Artist:Man Like Me
Title:London Town (Remixes)
Label:Wicky Lindows
Man Like Me combine indie, rave, grime, ska and hip hop with matter-of-fact lyrics to create an unquestionably youthful British sound. Fronted by mild-mannered 23-year-old Camden pin-up Johnny Langer, Man Like Me have developed into one of the most original and exciting sounds to arise from a new breed of young home grown bands. They follow a lineage of artists such as Ian Dury, The Specials, Hot Chip and The Streets in making the everyday sound extraordinary.

'London Town', MLM's sharp summer track, is an experimental yet infectious blend of new urban pop.

After the release of 'London Town' in April, Man Like Me set out on a festival tour covering stages at Big Chill, Glastonbury. Lovebox and Bestival. Over the summer 'London Town' was also licensed to the Hot Chip 'Bugged Out' compilation.

After getting support from Rob Da Bank, Kissy Sell Out, Annie Mac, Ras Kwarme, and more, we thought it about time to release the work done around the track that by a handful of the most exciting young producers breaking out of the UK club scene.

The summer smash 'London Town', was lucky to be given the support by some very interesting remixes. Doorly, RackNRuin, Foamo and upcoming George Lenton all of which have played a part in getting the catchy hook into the clubs.

Doorly, has laid the foundations this year to solidify himself as one of the UKs primo DJ/Producers. Already having done official remixes for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx, Calvin Harris, Kanye West and our very own MLM, this man is going from strength to strength.
Artist:Stripper Feat. DJ Omega
Title:Stripper Theme
Label:Giant Pussy Records
Having remixed Little Boots, Paul McCartney and the Orb in 2009, the mystery producers, Stripper, proud owners of Brighton's phattest dance studio (probably), delivered a bomb of a remix or the Felguk vs Tim Healey tune, Rio, for us last month.

This month Giant Pussy present a Stripper original, featuring Detroit's finest Omega. The super-tight 808 groove sets up the tune, Omega's sleazy flow paints the picture, winding the crowd up to the max, before the sexy beast of a bass-line catapults the dance-floor into a writhing orgy of energy. And then it does it again... and again.

This track has been absolutely huge for both of Giant Pussy's directors: Tim Healey and DJ Deekline, since they laid their hands on it, as a result, they kept it close to their chest, until now.

Akira Kiteshi's dub-step profile is right up there, as he consistently delivers the freshest sounds on the scene, and this remix is no exception. Akira wraps the original in the squelchiest bass that we've ever heard, setting a new standard in the genre for 2010. Be warned : this is massive.
Artist:Gabriele Carasco / V.I.V.E.K.
Title:Adamant / V.I.V.E.K Remix
Label:Blurred Vision
Blurred Vision returns with a deep techy roller from Italian producer Gabriele Carasco, a rolling bassline to get you gurning on that dance floor with quirky stabs of acid. On the Flip V.I.V.E.K from On The Edge recordings turns in a bumper dubstep version, a must for all!
Artist:Beep
Title:Morning / Darkness
Label:Bassim
Artist:Ikonika
Title:Sahara Michael / Fish
Label:Hyperdub
Artist:Scanone
Title:Sub Prime / Minotaur
Label:Yellow Machines
Artist:Jazzsteppa
Title:Alpha
Label:Police In Helicopter
Artist:Liquid Wicked / Twisted
Title:The Governor / The Superpowers
Label:Scrub A Dub
Vocaliser Joseph Cotton is at his ruffest here alongside Paris crew Liquid Wicked (aka Von D & DUB-4) on the nice-'em-up buttons for 'The Governor'. This track causes serious dub-heavy damage on the dancefloor, and comes backed up with a flip featuring a dutty stripped down riddim by Twisted, with an infectious mutating groove. Once again, the Scrub crew have served up double fat plates of system-testing stepping dubness, and it's already cooked up hot and ready to leave the kitchen this week.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Hyperdub 5.3 EP
Label:Hyperdub
October 2009 heralds the release of '5', a double CD marking Hyperdub's five years of life as a record label. Honouring past, present and future in equal measure, '5' is comprised of one disc of prior highlights, and one of freshly-composed material contributed by Hyperdub artists and close friends. A series of five 12-inch EPs featuring a selection of the new tunes will be issued, one per week, leading up to the release of '5'. The initial pressing quantity of these EPs will be dictated by preorder demand, and none will be repressed, nor will they be made available digitally, before the complete CD collection is on sale. 'Hyperdub 5.3 EP' contains two previously unreleased tracks : Quarta330 - 'Bleeps From Outer Space' and LV - 'Turn Away'.
Artist:Riz MC / Plan B / Sway / Blue Bear
Title:Shifty (Remixes)
Label:True Tiger
Three of the UKs most uncompromising and talented lyricists come together on Shifty, the forthcoming single taken from the movie of the same name.

True Tiger, who have worked their production magic for stars including Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Kano and Mutya Buena deliver emotive synth stabs reminiscent of Mike Skinner's 'Blinded By The Lights' which act as a Trojan horse for gritty lyrics about a man returning to the manor, only to find skeletons in the closet.

Mobo Award winning Sway, 679's Plan B and Riz MC AKA Riz Ahmed (the man behind controversial song, '9/11 Blues' and also the star of Shifty) combine character led and autobiographical tales, highlighting the bleak truth that exists without notice or understanding of middle England.

The song revolves around the central character of the film, which follows a day in the life of Shifty (Riz Ahmed), a friendly crack dealer from Essex who finds himself in over his head. The film is released on April 24th.

Riz MC is no stranger to the camera lens, you may recognise him from Charlie Brooker's Big Brother zombie romp, Dead Set and he is currently on set of Chris Morris' new flick, 'Rage' where his co stars are Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law and Steve Buschemi.

Back in the world of music Riz recently featured on MTV's About To Blow and has been hailed by magazines including Mixmag and iD as well as artists and DJs including Jo Whiley and Nitin Sawhney as an artist to look out for.

View the trailer for Shifty at www.shiftyfilm.com

The vinyl 12" includes the original as well as two Dubstep remixes by Sukh Knight & Scandalous Unltd. Both remixes have gained heavy support in the last three months and both remixers have been announced to support Enter Shikari on their UK through October.
Artist:Barenoize
Title:Chucky / Hangover
Label:Unknown
The Barenoize crew return after successfully mashing out Les Dennis! This one samples the uber scary Chucky film to devastating effect!
Artist:Rob Sparx Vs. Maveric
Title:Windscreen Sniper / Replicant
Label:Z Audio
This time on the infamous in-house Z Audio label the mighty Rob Sparx teams up with Maveric to deliver a tasty duo of dancefloor bombs!
Artist:Unknown
Title:Dancing In The Dark (Dubstep Refix)
Label:Unknown
The massive Dancing In The Dark track gets a huge rework, this one absolutely devastating floors wherever it gets played, and it's been getting support from Crookers to Kromestar!
Artist:Hektagon
Title:The One / Inside The Tube / Tokyo
Label:Freakz Of Nature
The mighty Hektagon graces our sheet once again, these three tracks are taklen from his forthcoming album "London". Hektagons style spans the genres and could be classed as breaky dubstep, whatever the pigeon hole he resides in this is one killer 12".
Artist:Cessa
Title:Liquidate
Label:Missing Link
Having already had the debut airplay of their first ever release on Mary Anne Hobbs' infamous 'Experimental' show on Radio 1, the future of this secretive London based duo seems secure. Bringing together the sounds of Dubstep, techno and world music Cessa move through an array of bass heavy styles, creating hypnotic excursions in a thud rumbling fashion.
Artist:Mungo's Hi Fi / Itchy Robot
Title:Fire Pon A Dubplate / Playback
Label:Scrub A Dub
The latest Scrub A Dub outing finds Mungo's Hi Fi stepping up with a heavy shuffler that sounds like a roots soundsystem flatbed truck in a head on collision with a tanker carrying pure liquid dubstep. 'Fire Pon A Dubplate' ignites the dance like a ruff-an-tuff steppers anthem fed through a buzzing sub-bass fuel injector, contaminated by trace particals of lysergic acid. On the flip, Itchy Robot from the Afterdark posse delivers the supremely catchy 'Playback', displaying a perfect balance of bounce and squelch hitched to a rocking and rolling digitised drum pattern.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Hyperdub 5.4 EP
Label:Hyperdub
October 2009 heralds the release of '5', a double CD marking Hyperdub's five years of life as a record label. Honouring past, present and future in equal measure, '5' is comprised of one disc of prior highlights, and one of freshly-composed material contributed by Hyperdub artists and close friends. A series of five 12-inch EPs featuring a selection of the new tunes will be issued, one per week, leading up to the release of '5'. The initial pressing quantity of these EPs will be dictated by preorder demand, and none will be repressed, nor will they be made available digitally, before the complete CD collection is on sale. 'Hyperdub 5.4 EP' contains two previously unreleased tracks : Martyn - 'Mega Drive Generation' and LD - 'Shake It'
Artist:Stagga
Title:Face Gets Splat EP
Label:Rag & Bone
Unaccustomed as they are to wrung-out remix 12"s, with Stagga's 'Sick As Sin' smacking speakers everywhere this summer, Rag & Bone present the Ultra VIP rework that smacks even more. Carefully staying true to the original and not interfering with its initial blast, this version tweaks just enough to recapture and reload that moment when the tune first dropped and demanded endless rewinds. On the flipside are two utterly brand new bangers that each provide prime time ammunition in their own right. 'Face Gets Splat' is a grime driven number which embodies trademark Stagga production with the lyrical talents of Y Dot Tzer J Bone getting into a metaphorical battle with other MCs, while 'Tha Criss Gurge Supply' pitches down a little with a haunting swagger all of it's own, coming on like more of a deep rolla for the fully dubstep intoxicated.
Artist:D-Ranged
Title:Check Please / Her
Label:Artz Of War
Artz Of War 2nd release comes from D-Ranged, some seriously heavy slabs of Dubstep here, BRAP BRAP!
Artist:Riskotheque & Atman, Feat MC ID
Title:Hex / Heaven & Hell
Label:Audio Phreaks
Here the mighty Riskotheque teams up with Atman and MC ID, both sides are tear-out monsters with Riskotheques trademark growling synths making a welcome appearance, with some lovely artwork on the sleeve aswell this release is bound to be in DJs bags for some time to come!
Artist:Rob Sparx
Title:Bloodbath
Label:Z Audio
One of the biggest tracks from robs debut album "Trooper" is here as a single, this track really does hit all the right buttons, with a stonker of a remix from none other than the mighty Bar 9 this one is gonna be big!
Artist:John Maveric
Title:Number 1 Station / Badman Slick
Label:Sour Grapes
The 2nd release on Rob Sparx's new label Sour Grapes is newcomer John Maveric's first solo 12 which with a bit of Rob's engineering and Shane the Cutter's mastering sounds absolutely crisp! Number 1 Station is a peak set time full on heavy banger with a relentless killer "machine gun" bassline that keeps changing in sound and key to keep your attention backed up by some very smooth sounds on an old skool/ragga tip. Badman Slick is in a similar style but swaps the bass for a stomping grinding throb and adds more vocal and leads elements, the bassline also frequently switches between midrange and sub allowing the other elements of the tune to come through.
Artist:Riskotiq
Title:Voodoo People
Label:Unknown
Recognise this??? Sic remix.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Hyperdub 5.1 EP
Label:Hyperdub
October 2009 heralds the release of '5', a double CD marking Hyperdub's five years of life as a record label. Honouring past, present and future in equal measure, '5' is comprised of one disc of prior highlights, and one of freshly-composed material contributed by Hyperdub artists and close friends. A series of five 12-inch EPs featuring a selection of the new tunes will be issued, one per week, leading up to the release of '5'. The initial pressing quantity of these EPs will be dictated by preorder demand, and none will be repressed, nor will they be made available digitally, before the complete CD collection is on sale. 'Hyperdub 5.1 EP' contains three previously unreleased tracks : Kode9 & The Spaceape ft. ChaCha - 'Time Patrol', Black Chow - 'Purple Smoke', and Flying Lotus - 'Disco Balls'.
Artist:Various Artists
Title:Squidge EP
Label:Kaboogie
Repping the Dublin bass-centric sound, our toppermost friends at the City Discs store launch the !Kaboogie label with four tracks of bottom-heavy dancefloor wreckers from Ireland's most cracked low-end producers. First up, Prince Kong is a man on a mission to blow up the dance. A tough ragga riddim underlies his track 'Rise Up', with MC Jah Balance calling for all to do like the title says as the breaks kick in the door. Guaranteed to get the place heaving, wherever the place is. Next come Lakker, who have been described as "one of the best electronic acts in Ireland" by the Journal of Music in Ireland, and after a run through 'Unexpected Error', it's clear how they earned this accolade, thanks to paranoia-inducing swathes of darkstyle bass combined with fast-paced beats for a pure nightmare scenario. Flipside, 16 Hertz makes his vinyl debut with the massive '16 Tons', a beast of a track that combines half-step percussion with a huge brass riff. Belfast's Thatboytim closes the EP with 'Past The End', a bass-heavy booty electro-jak tune, featuring a haunting vocal line, and undeniably the most intriguing of the four pieces on show here. This crunching 12" will hit the spot for fans of The Bug, Cardopusher, Rusko, Gunjack, and Kid 606... 300 copies only... insert you own tired Guiness and shamrock puns here.
Artist:El Rakkas
Title:Seas Of Disease
Label:LoDubs
Austria's El Rakkas are the latest outernational production team (or person... we just don't know) to be drawn down from bass music's globe-spanning jet streamby the ever-searching LoDubs, and once again followers of the 'ardkore continuumhave much reason to be grateful for their efforts in exposing another hot pocket of heavy creation. As could reasonably be expected, based on the dub-reflective electronic sounds of other neighbouring regions, the El Rakkas style is laden with a mystery and depth which seems to channel a kind of collectively-embedded Northern European dub impulse, with a thickness to their output that is simply overwhelming. Displaying sonic kinship with the same open Berliner techno influence which pervades the likes of Spatial, Appleblim, T++, or Ike Release, 'Seas Of Disease' leaves first impressions that demurely cloak it's true potential. First aired last year as a digital-only release on the Graz-based netlabel Luv, the clicking garage rhythms, complex syncopated half-half-step beat and decaying stabs initially suggest an atmospheric trip into low-lit mental corners, but once properly amplified, the lurking seismic bass undercurrents rise to fill every crevice with a geseous low end, bubbling like sub-strata steam escaping through hot spring mud. Allied to those cyclic mid-range patterns, and with a forward dynamic built as much on subtracting layers as adding them, the sheer voluminous quality of 'Seas Of Disease' has a magnetic effect that will always draw bodies to the heart of the dance like a super-dense dark star. On the flip, 'I & I' aligns with the Rhythm & Sound / Burial Mix school of JA subsonics, gently unfolding over six minutes of deep rooted bass, sweet drifting vocal clouds, and a kick & snare combo vast enough with full power behind it to stun birds in flight. It may be a woefully abused word in music writing, but in the case of El Rakkas, "awesome" is not out of place.
Artist:Goku
Title:Finishing Touch EP
Label:Shire Sound
A few weeks ago we posted on dubstep forum calling for new labels to make contact, and of the many promising producers and imprints who responded, York-based Shire Sound is the first of that crop to take the step into distribrution with Cargo, and we're very happy to welcome them on board. Shire Sound aim to bring in flavours from all sides of the dubstep sound, but with an emphasis on more thoughtful and mellower twists taking precedence over cone-melting subsonics or willful audio abuse. Currently working some of the best unsigned producers in the north, Shire Sound is certainly a label to watch out for in future. Their first release is a three track EP from up and coming artist Goku. Lead cut 'Finishing Touch' is a jungle influenced roller with elements of an 8-bit style, tooled for the club with a tight looping structure driven by functional sub-bass pulses, and an unpretentious deployment of tension & release drops coupled with an instinctive rising and falling energy. Flipsides 'Let Me Go' and 'Wall To Wall' display a more liquid sound, using full vocals to compliment a pair of tracks that will just as likely feature heavily on headphones as they will move the crowd in languid waves. 'Wall To Wall' is where this unhurried atmospheric style really bears fruit, as a tough slowed-down 2-step production creates a sense of space not often heard in the context of new dubstep. Goku's sound is not outright experimental, but at the same time he's not afraid to try out unexpected sound combinations and comes out the other side with due props as a promising artist. The 'Finishing Touch' EP won't be to every selector's taste, but it covers familiar ground with aplomb and a certain unpolished panache that will make it a favourite with many. 300 copies only.
Artist:Reso
Title:Heavy Arms EP
Label:Civil
Grotty, liquid, dark, brutal and lush are all words used to describe the music of 25 year-old Alex Melia aka Reso. Such contrasting adjectives may be hard to reconcile, but after a listen to this EP, you'll begin to understand. A drummer at heart, these natural patterns of 'skin hitting' are ingrained within his brain and shine through on his digital programming and productions. After the underground dubstep smash 'If Ya Can't Beat Em', Reso returns with another equally huge tear-out face-melting12' for Civil, cementing his stature in more than one genre in the process. 'Beasts In The Basement', boasting huge driving monster bass and bonkers heavyweight machine sounds, is a jawbreaker of a track that keeps its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Meanwhile, AA side 'Busted Crunk' is as crazy as it gets; reminiscent of early Planet Mu releases but as much de nos jours as Rustie's 'Zig Zag', it's a technoid android constructed from old school jungle, wonky bass, rave building key changes, Reso's unique hard electro-step touch... and a big big drop. Reso's aural identity is a densely layered, high octane tapestry, rich with musical texture and colour, which really sets him apart from the minimal sparsity of many of his fellow producers. Mary Anne Hobbs has been a fervent supporter of the young producer, along with Rusko, Starkey, Burial, Freq Nasty and so many more. Reso is certainly one of the most technically gifted producers to have sprouted from the dubstep scene and is fast gaining recognition from the wider techno, glitch and breaks community for his own twisted take on the dubstep /130bpm-140bpm sound. Like the soundtrack to a robot genocide, the 'Heavy Arms' EP is set to be one of the biggest dubstep releases of the year so order up big.
Artist:O-Dessa
Title:Deeper / Million Dollarz
Label:LoDubs
One of the great aspects of the endlessly varying bass music soundwave is the way it seems able, even compelled, to fuse antecedant styles and genres to itself. In the most innovative hands, influences from last month are absorbed and reworked as smoothly as those from last century, and creativity sparks brightest when the marriage of form and function takes place beyond recognised boundaries... and it's from that unrestricted zone that UK producer O-Dessa emerges. Opening with an initial resemblance in sound to the same plaintive blue air of Burial, as these tracks resonate deeper in the mind, it becomes clear that this sonic affinity is merely a veil beneath which a new heart beats. The rhythms lurking below the bassline in 'Deeper' are like some undiscovered amalgam of old skool hardcore and something you might hear on the latest dirty south mixtape, which somehow manage to defy sense and co-exist in a driving and breathtaking way. Mournful mariachi horns and a plunging dub bassline intermingle in a desolate approximation of Sergio Leone's western soundtracks, while reedy flutes and distant female voices build a swirling vapour through which skittering woodblocks and metallic ticks raise an anxious sense of motion. Anchored by a vast, cone-melting sub-bass undertow, 'Deeper' s treasures are buried well below the surface. The juxtapositional subtle-tear-out nature of O-Dessa's production is even more apparent in 'Million Dollarz', which reveals itself in stages to be a gradual descent into layers of tweaked amen breaks, but with a grandeur unlike anything previously heard, even though that drum pattern has already been chopped countless ways over the years. It's not until midway through its five-and-a-half minutes that the famous phased snares rise from the dense banks of atmospherics, but when they do, a moment of blurred euphoria hits and the tune bursts into colourful life. This 12" is the first broadcast of many more to come from O-Dessa, as - like many have in their own way before and still more strive to do so now - he embarks on his individual journey in the continual reinvention of bass music. Instant thrill junkies won't find their fix in these grooves, but followers of the path less travelled will recognise many signs pointing the way to a rich future.
Artist:Brackles
Title:Get A Job / Lizzards
Label:Apple Pips Recordings
Brand new release on Appleblim's label from upcoming star Brackles, one half of funk-step outfit Brackles & Shortstuff. Combining influences spanning techno and garage, this nailss the Apple Pips sound and they're pushing things in an interesting direction, both with their music and their stunning artwork.
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