“…utilising up to twelve skins” (Withnail & I, 1987)
I really have to plumb the Dubstep depths these days to find anything worth taking home…overfished to the point of being another endangered species – and the stocks that remain seem to get genetically weaker and weaker (lack of diversity or shrinking breeding grounds? we’ll leave that to the researchers).
I’d say I currently operate a 98% harvest return rate. Over the side. Back ya go.
Occasionally Mr. Focused Plod aka Youngsta‘s label trots out a tune or two, proving the old adage that even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day (see above heh).
Icicle rolls the joint up nice and phat on “NT”. Tasty, almost Gabber hard 909 hats stutter in at 2:45 (that’s the best bit really) and the plod starts to hint at something more pounding. Wish I hadn’t looked at the swellhead’s website though;
“Jeroen Snik – aka Icicle – is recognised as one of the most technically advanced and highly-respected producers in electronic music.”
A certain Brainbombs song comes instantly to mind…
Experimental (via Dubstep origins) 140bpm excursions with some industrial noise flavours, supported by the likes of Goth Trad, Joe Nice & The Bug.
‘Falling Through Inner Earth’ is the stand out sound system banger here, everything zeroed in to the one point of focus; a dentist’s drill incessantly and sadistically probing the same cavity as you float on a bed of opioid sub bass. Raw nerves are jagged as it starts to squeal against bone. We’ve all been there…
New Zealander Ebb drops some hybrid bass/dubstep sparseness on one of Outrage’s (Nomine Sound) sub-labels, Fox & Hound Recordings. At a slower 130bpm these tunes sound more aligned with a Bristol/Tectonic vibe. ‘Sun Drips’ barely has a beat at all – just a staggered, filthy, bit reduced, rave stab and a dirty bowling bass making for an interesting skeletal proposition.
Tsuyoshi Hamada aka Dayzero also collaborates with Karnage on their muckier Vomitspit imprint. There’re some nasty orc sludge grunters off their last album worth checking.
My go-to Dubstep label for at least the past year or so. Mainly specialising in a normally monthly and regular turnover of digital releases over the past four years and an (understandably) slower vinyl schedule, label bosses Content (UK) & Deafblind (USA) seem to have a keen A&R ear for sourcing some of the freshest, foward thinking producers around at the moment. From all over the globe too. I nearly always buy a tune or two off each release and can’t fault the quality control. They started using the term ‘Loose’ last year to describe a certain style gradually coming to the fore, or more probably one they’re trying to form (as opposed to ‘Deep’ or the now considered, old school ‘Dungeon’) – I guess they mean the more broken, staggered, wonky beat grooves, polyrhythmic wubs and bass wobbles. It’s a micro tweak really, but at least it’s incremental progress. Rather predictably, my favourites always seem to be the more brutish Grime tinged blurters! Darkraqqen (DE) & Ramsez’s (USA) ‘FLM’ is top notch filth, as is Karnage’s (JPN) ‘Death Proof’ which is about as subtle as a sledgehammer smashing up the dancefloor. Just the way we like it.
1. Abstrakt Sonance: Hatched 13 (Hatched)
2. Opus & Loudcutta: : ENC031 (Encrypted Audio)
3. Dalek One: ENC027 (Encrypted Audio)
4. Diggerz: Esoteric EP (Untied)
5. DubDiggerz: 40hz Burn (DeepEnd!)