Post Tagged with: "Dubstep"

Ikonika :: Aerotropolis (Hyperdub)

Whilst she’s undoubtedly progressed you can still hear that in her production—a slight sense of raw talent let loose on the machines—not unlike the early Detroit techno brigade. In an interview with UK based site The Quietus, Sara Abdel-Hamid (Ikonika) explains that on handing her finished album to Hyperdub boss Kode 9 he requested she get […]

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Luthor :: Minor EP (Crackling Claps)

A welcomed snippet of expansive bass lines that break apart, slip away and all come back together into a cohesive unit of dub strained inflections, slippery rhythmic stabs and tangential grooves. Hailing from Midlands, UK, Luthor originally began DJ’ing drum’n bass and eventually emigrated to more downtempo streams. Not content with spinning other peoples music, Luthor […]

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Delete :: Neva EP (Mindtrick)

Mysterious Russian producer Delete operates in one of the many branches of the step scene with a particular brand of past garage. It’s strange how musical genres ebb and flow. Many of the originators of the whole dubstep scene have now turned to house, techno and disco as their sound of choice. Very odd—to spawn an incredibly inventive […]

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Rontronik & NKH :: Quatro EP (Self-Released)

A resplendent summer retreat of impacting low-end crunch, dub, industrial, bass and electronics smashed into a brief sojourn for brain and body. Ron Croudy and Nate Harrison (aka Rontronik and NKH, respectively) have been in full creative mode for well over a decade and continue to evolve new ideas to this day. Töshöklabs, Smartbomb Creative […]

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Spazzkid :: Desire (Keats//Collective / Purr Tapes / Abandon Building)

Plenty of contemplative moments peppered around a soundscape constructed with interesting sounds gathered from various unknown sources. This full length album from Spazzkid is a collection of gentle meandering electropop tracks with a pastoral feel. It has been out for a little while now, since May of this year (2013) in fact, so I’m a […]

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Syndrôm :: Earthbound EP (Errance)

Flickering back and forth between fragmented funk’n bass to more stripped-down(tempo) dubstep spheres, Earthbound elicits a high-energy stream suited for dance floors where semi-chaotic rhythms and structured low-end wobbles vibrate the wooden slats. France-based Syndrôm (b. 1978) has been in full creative mode since infancy when he dabbled with hip-hop at the age of 10 and […]

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Stroon :: Triple Farewell (Exitab)

Bouncing around this Manichean soundworld are Stroon’s diminutive melodies, played on vibraphone and tinkly-tronics. Stroon’s Triple Farewell is a peculiar juxtaposition of waves of soft, dimpled synthesizer sheets pelted with tin-can beats, some of them with sharp edges. The six-track EP is ably summed up in the title of the opening track, as the music […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Nedry

A trio by way of London, Osaka and Guildford, Nedry stands apart from the constantly growing flow of recycling and unoriginal bands. Its cunning blend of electronica, dubstep, post-rock and trip hop, is seductive and fresh, and not aimed for mainstream airplay. I caught up with two Nedry members to talk about inspiration, live shows […]

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Troubled Minds Cabin Crew :: Songs For The Animals (Bedroom Research)

A trip down memory lane, Digi G’Alessio’s (aka Troubled Minds Cabin Crew) new release, Songs For The Animals, revisits the sounds of early electronic music—the days of gigantic synthesizers and tape machines. It’s strange to return to what must have been such exciting times with the knowledge of how electronic music has in fact evolved. […]

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E_LPHABET :: Dooms Day (33)

Dooms Day doesn’t just create a picture of what the end of our known world might sound like, it accurately portrays a fine-tuned low-rumbling fissure of sonic booms that is simply hard to ignore. Back in July—2012 we wrote about E_LPHABET’s Middle Line, also released via the Greece-based 33 Recordings. What was then a full-throttle […]

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DRMCNT :: Jin & Tronix (Mighty Robot)

It’s interesting to hear an artist like DRMCNT, one who bleeds various genre types together into a caustic concoction. Mighty Robot Recordings has been one of the stalwarts of Glasgow electronics. The west of Scotland label has been quiet for the last few years, going into silent running since 2010. But now the robots return […]

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V/A :: Bass Anthropology (IDMf Beat Tapes)

Bass Anthropology presents a surplus of forward-thinking bass music that continues to propel itself into spiraling worlds of fluid abstraction. IDMf Beat Tapes sheds a half-dozen bass entities without spilling over into saturated or pretentious mainstream terrain. Keeping themselves firmly planted just beneath the soil, Bass Anthropology forages into tunnels of low-end that is centralized around […]

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Mindbuffer :: PanFM: Chapter 4 (Enig’matik)

Mindbuffer continues to prove that sound design can go on various tangents and still remain quite engaged. Mindbuffer does for Enig’matik what Autechre does for Warp—baffle the brain with sub-atomic bass crunching via epic stretches of fractured ambient versus digital distortion. For the fourth chapter in the PanFM series, chopped and decomposed electronics is still at the […]

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Materia :: Atlas (Slime)

A genuine work of substance from a club producer who has expanded his remit and taken on something wholly more ambitious than a two track house, garage, dubstep, insert preferred genre release. Atlas is a deep and ethereal album with a huge cinematic sonic geography. Ice covered shimmering alien worlds stretch before you from the […]

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Atiq & EnK :: Fear Of The Unknown (Tympanik Audio / Mindtrick)

A swirling mix of electronic, classical, trip-hop, dubstep and breakbeat influences permeate Fear of the Unknown, creating a wonderfully cerebral and intriguing experience. Listening to Atiq & EnK’s excellent debut album, Fear of the Unknown, it’s surprising to learn that Pim Arnoldus came from a predominantly metal music background, Guido started off in the promotion […]

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ATIQ & ENK :: Fear Of The Unknown (Video preview)

Watch a genuinely eerie new video of the stunning “Sim One” by Atiq & EnK from their forthcoming Fear Of The Unknown album. Guido Van Den Brink, owner of Mindtrick Records, and Pim Arnoldus began collaborating in the Netherlands in 2007 and under the name Atiq & EnK have arrived at a deeply atmospheric, complex […]

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Deadbeat :: Eight (BLKRTZ)

Eight is another engrossing extension of dub territory, as each of Monteith’s solo albums opens up a new world. Eighth world, next the ninth. Montrealer Scott Monteith (for some time now via Berlin) continues to transmit some of the strongest, most flexible messages in dub techno. From rather deracinated beatmaking at the very beginning of […]

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Jared Wilson :: A Little Moonlight Dancing (Skudge Presents)

A Little Moonlight Dancing sees the US agent of acid continue his 303 mission. Some new elements, such as the larynx, are coming into his sound but the formula of Chicago inspired house and Detroit dabbed techno is still the focus. [Juno] Popularity can be a mixed blessing in any walk of life. In electronic […]

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Burial :: Truant (Hyperdub)

Burial’s sound is changing, as is his approach to releasing new material, and as long as he continues in this vein of excellent EP releases we can not only be assured that the future will be every bit as surprising and moving as in the past, but that we also won’t have as long to […]

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Dysphemic & Miss Eliza :: Synthetic Symphony EP (Self-Released)

Synthetic Symphony is definitely something to behold in terms of enigmatic strings meets grinding beats. It’s got a hardened core throughout that grinds deep and occasionally explodes, but it’s the striking blend that displays flashes of Vivaldi, that enable’s its solo instrument co-star to become empowered to flaunt its romantic magic. Dysphemic & Miss Eliza are […]

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Delete :: Predatory Things of A Minute (Mindtrick)

Predatory Things of A Minute is a solid release with plentiful humming bass, stepping beats and dead of night South London spookiness merrily plundered from the chilled garage / dubstep sound archives. [Release page] I read with interest a recent Twitter debate on the proximity in sound the new Skrillex release has to Burial. You […]

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Rec_Overflow :: Unemployed (Crazy Language)

Unemployed is a pleasantly euphoric album of tranquilized electronic music saturated with crisp percussive bubbles, stretched vocal strands and subdued digital-to-analog mutations. Seemingly experimental but vibrantly coherent. [Release page] Madrid-based Rec_Overflow (also known as Luis Fernando Parra) has been producing various electronic experiments for about a decade and has amassed a solid library of forward-moving […]

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c.db.sn :: .​.​.At The End Of It All Remixed (Tympanik Audio)

Tympanik Audio administers a primed collection that defies specific explanation. It’s basically a matter of letting the gravity of this release take over as various musical cohorts fine-tune the trajectory of each original chemical element. They’ve succeeded at altering the sequence while keeping the high-temperature solar flares to a minimum. [Release page] The cover art […]

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Hibernation :: Second Nature (Interchill)

Carefully using all kinds of colorful ingredients from the far-flung regions of the musical spectrum, Seb Taylor expertly weaves glitchy IDM-ish downtempo electronica with hazy jazz flavors and various mystical, sensual eastern scents to create his very own mind-expanding eclectic rich fabric. Loungy and trippy, alluring and quirky; Second Nature provides a cosmically kaleidoscopic listening […]

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Mala :: In Cuba (Brownswood)

The Jamaican-British Mala (born Mark Lawrence) was one of the South Londoners who put the actual dub in dubstep, and he handles this material beautifully, making piano chords roll and snowballing up trumpet blasts, twisting dials just enough in the studio to make the echo of an acoustic instrument latch seamlessly onto a synthesized note. […]

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Machine Gun Militia :: Rebel Assault EP (Oeuvre)

Breathing new life into the all too often self parodied genre of dubstep, Rebel Assault demands your attention with superbly crafted beats and dance rhythms that draw on the most basic human impulses from several millennia of human existence. Rebel Assault is the second release from Machine Gun Militia on Nottingham based label Oeuvre. This […]

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Gyu :: Supreme Being EP (Drawn)

A wonderful embodiment of mood in a quality EP, Supreme Being pushes forth with an earlier 2000’s two-step/garage style forged with deep and bass heavy UK dubstep. Stylistically driven with Doppler dubbed-out melodies, syncopated grooves and infused with melodic accentuation. [Release page] A wonderful embodiment of mood in a quality EP, Supreme Being pushes forth […]

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Quench :: Hallstreak Foles EP (Funckarma.com)

As Hallstreak Foles gathers Quench fans for a taste of atmospheric sonic undulations, it also further reflects on the ever-changing landscape that Funckarma have inhabited for years. [Release page] Quench returns with a four-track teaser which hopefully signifies more sound crunching from Don and Roel Funcken. With a tag of “three new tracks, one oldie,” […]

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Nedry :: In A Dim Light (Monotreme)

Beautifully weaving together elements of electronica, dubstep, post-rock and trip hop, this UK based trio created a fresh and electrifying hybrid of electronic music that is presented on In A Dim Light in full relentless power. [Release page] Beautifully weaving together elements of electronica, dubstep, post-rock and trip hop, this UK based trio created a […]

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