Review: An essential new Tectonic drops here, the fourth in their 10" plate series, and with barely weeks until their crucial Tectonic plates 2xCD lands, pressures are mounting. Hijak shows that the label's roots are like family, for Hijak is in fact none other than Skream's elder brother of Inta Natty fame - an original junglist crew which also featured Bailey and Grooverider! Mister Fleming is evidently comfy with the break, lovely round drums spooked by the necessarily nightmarish strings, with awesome bass dragged through the dirt. Huge tune. Flip for Armour, an adoptive guise for Roly from Vex'd showing if it were possible, that Bristolians are becoming even darker in their predilections. Increasingly drawn to the chaotic drone spaces and dark corners, "Iron man" hoves into view gradually, like the enormous ocean liner siren which will initially shred your head in a dance situation. The drums and feedback will stove your head in like Wolf Eyes in dub uptown - probably the first doomstep record.
Review: Faith SFX, the UK's current champion beat boxer touches down with his first single, a beat entirely produced by mouth!! Features the massive vocal and instrumental!! The vocal mix features some of the biggest MCs in the grime game right now, including Jammer & Ears, Flirta D, Marcie Phonix and Hyper Fen and more!! Make sure you grab this one.
Review: Debut release from Greg Ault and Joel Cresser-Brown aka Halcyonic & G Roots (Transient Audio/Suspect Packages) on London dub champions Lion Charge, featuring the MC talents of Tenor Steppa. Bass driven dub reggae with deep roots on A side cut "Holy Dub". The flip welcomes Belgian Digid back to the label, with his heavyweight Steppa's remix featuring the same Jah vibes as heard on countless releases for the likes of Moonshine, Dubbing Sun and Archetype in recent times. Proper sound system music.
Review: Fledgling Polish imprint New Moon give compatriot Hatti Vatti the clear blue vinyl treatment, revisiting the producer's 2011 debut in fine style and enlisting the contrasting talents of Phaeleh and Indigo to remix "You". Featuring the vocals of Cian Finn, this was Hatti Vatti's breakthrough track and both producers retain core elements of the original whilst flushing their productions with signature studio touches. Afterglow regular Phaeleh calls shotgun with a stripped back revision of the original, all intricate clicking rhythms and misty swathes of swampy bass that lends the track a whole new moodiness. Equally different in tone is the treatment from Mindset Recordings boss Indigo, adopting a rhythmic poise around the 170bpm that certainly recalls the autonomic endeavours of D Bridge and company - unrivalled deepness on this one!
Review: Dubstep so deep, it's taken almost two years to finally surface! Both "What You Got" and "Default" first played cameo roles amongst selected player's sets way back in 2010. Now available on heavyweight vinyl, and loaded with the space and enchantingly sparse sonics we've come to expect from one of Tempa's original badmen, this is likely to fly out. Lead track "What You Got" strides forth with chilling, well-spaced stabs that are countered with warm resonating bass. "Default" is a little more subdued; textured with alien pads and atmospheric patterns, intrigue can be found in the tight, pensive groove.
Review: Don't call it a comeback, he never went away. Well, actually he did; Tony Williams hasn't released any dubstep since 2011, but his deep seeded spirit and dynamic rolling grooves could still be heard in his Addison Groove output. Now, to mark the launch of the brand new Trusik imprint, he's donned his old robes again to remind us who is boss. "Parallels" is a real tribal stomper with twisted scatter-gun kicks and deep bass plunges. "Stand Alone" contains a generous pinch of future thanks to Cosmic Bridge style amen flurries and strange sound designs that have before been heard outside of a space ship. Actually, do call it a comeback. A really exciting one.
Review: Following last year's sudden reappearance on Trusik, Tony Williams (most commonly known these days as Addison Groove) has clearly rekindled his love for 140 music in a major way. Not only with brand new originals, but the re-launch of his hugely respected Transistor imprint. It's a fittingly delicious release to relaunch with, too... "Atijo" is a rolling techno-influenced jam with gritty analogue edges to the relentless bass while "Ina" follows the similar energy but with very subtle African folk samples and lilting piano vapour trails. Welcome back Headhunter!
Review: Dutch dubsmith Hebbe continues to stride through the year of his life with another exceptional expedition; hot on the heels of his DUPLOC vinyl launch comes this far reaching four piece on the perennial White Peach imprint; "3 Tabs" is a dramatic piece of eastern theatre with big licks and surprises while "Appropriation" continues an eastern theme but on much more pensive, graveyard swagger. Flip for the beautifully wonked out trembles and dirge drones of "IPA" before "Post Modern Dub" closes with a mournful mildly wobbled salute. Far out finesse.
Review: Georgia producer Helix's "Stacks Riddim" has been burning a hole in people's expectations ever since a certain online streaming phenomenon posted the track last October. Helix has since dropped a rather worthy addition to the Night Slugs White Label series and those who indulged in the looping Berlin techno meets 8bar grime of "Drum Track" will be all over the lead production on this killer All Caps twelve. Described quite artfully as "Spastik" for the bass music cognoscenti, "Stacks Riddim" fizzes with unstoppable attitude and makes this an essential release alone. But wait, the B Side track "Honig" is just as good, launching into a grumbling slipstream of militant techno that threatens to become engulfed by the relentless waves of incandescence.