Icicle: NT (Sentry Records)

camberwell-carrot“…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.

Icicle rolls the joint up nice and phat on ’NT’. Tasty, almost Gabber hard 909 hats stutter in at 2:45 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…

 

Boylan: Hatched 26 / Trends & Boylan: Bedlam (Mean Streets)

Hatched 26

Finally out.

‘Twisted Brass’ was one of the stand tunes that gripped me by the throat and nutted me off the last ever Boxed show on Rinse back in Oct 2017. An absolute snarler and exactly how Grime should deliver: short blows to the abdomen and straight to the MFing point.

This one off the album he did with Trends towards the end of last year (which I somehow missed?) is even more unrelenting in its brutish orc stomp. He’s kind of playing with a formula now, and fine-tuning, honing the template, but damn, who cares? The man’s perfected the sound system grunt to a T.

Encrypted Audio – Running Tings

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.