Review: The fourth but not quite final instalment of the DUPLOC SELECTS compilation series is a heavy hitting double 12" featuring two tunes from each of the previous four releases. Feonix & A:Grade's "Prumeer" is an early highlight with its spacious swagger and whip-snapping synth sounds depicting a desolate urban landscape, while for a totally different vibe the lush harp ripples of Ourman's "Harpy" is a great escape. With the complete 10-track Chapter III and Chapter IV compilations landing in October and November respectively, think of the final two sides of this release as a fine taster of what to expect.
Review: Barely a month has passed since German bass artist Soukah gave the world the powerful 'Deadly Snakebite' but now he returns with his debut on Gnischrew's burgeoning Sub Audio. Two originals, two versions; 'Life Without Meaning' is a sobering, contemplative piece led by a decaying arpeggio and distant, glitchy rhythmic textures while 'You Can Run Much Faster' hits with a lighter note; skippier breaks and a misty but ultimately hopeful piano roll. Meanwhile on the remixes, Kodama adds another four minutes to 'Life Without Meaning', flipping it into an unhurried 10 minute narrative while Ourman dices up the piano and twists the focus on 'You Can Run Much Faster' where things aren't quite as misty but the hope has turned into a much strong emotion. Get up and running 1today.
Review: Foundation Audio continues to fly the flag for the deepest end of the dubstep spectrum with more bowel evacuating sounds, this time from Teffa. He draws on a rich history of sound system culture to really test your bass bins and lay down some killer low end wobbles. "Advance" (feat Moss) is an eerie opener with devastating bass and only the most subtle of synth details to keep you locked in place. "Bubbles" is another standout with its playful bassline sure to get big reactions, then "Ostrov" is a slow motion stepper with computer game melodies and real futurism.
Review: LoDubs has been turning out delicious dub for nearly 15 years now, often as a bit of a lone ranger out on the west coast of America. One of its key prophets has been Vancouver's Daega Sound who has mapped the bass sound from dubstep into whatever it is called these days with real craft. Here he serves up two more compelling originals in "Gatekeeper" and "Second Strike". The former is filled with tension as the bass and hits lurch from one foot to the other and the latter is all manic loops and crashing hits. Kromestar closes out with a deadly remix that is more menacing than Mike Tyson in his prime.
Review: Having slayed us with a whole slew of dispatches in the last year or so on the likes of Unchained and Vandal, not to mention his own fine line of self releases, HOST now comes correct on Sherelle's firebrand Hooversound label. Dedicated to the rave, it's another deadly body blow... 'Survive' sums up the angst of the time with its warped 808 cascades, '3D Passive' takes foundation elements like the pitched up vocal, skippy breaks and scuffy, gruff production to 2020's dark standards and Om Unit seals the deal with an exemplary remix. Hoover this one up quick sharp.
Review: Jack Sparrow's Navy Cut returns with more smoking sounds as Manchester murker Maes makes his debut on the vinyl-only label. Following his cuts on the likes of Soil & Sound and Dub Communication, it's another adventure into the minimal unknown. 'Tallawah / Stand Up Strong' is total soundsystem dream. Just a big old flabby frequency doing a belly dance around soft-focus kicks, this truly comes to life when played on a big rig (when we can finally play on them again) Elsewhere the brilliantly-titled 'Flippy Neck' takes us back to the wobbly late 2000s before 'Gods Gold' closes the show with more of a digi dub energy; skippy kicks, reverbed melodica blasts and bassline strong enough to make you quit the ciggies in a jiffy.
Review: Twisted times call for twisted music: Croydon OG Coki sends the summer off with a two-track headbutt of timeless proportions. "Dub Grinder" is a blast back to 2007 with its brazen horns and flabbery swagger. A track that's been lurking in Coki's sets for some time now and saw a very limited TP release last year, it's now yours to grind on vinyl for a limited time. Needed some extra spice? Flip for "Winter Is Coming" where Coki sharpens up his signature angularities and reminds us who founded the wobble in the first place. Wrap up warm.
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