Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fytch- In These Shadows EP



French dubstep producer Fytch teams up with Kushberry to capture the hearts and attention of dubstep fans with another release on Jesus Died 4 Dubstep Records (JD4D). I personally prefer instrumental tracks but the vocals of Carmen Forbes is such a beautiful contrast to the aggressive nature of dubstep, but yet a soft compliment to the melodies in the track In These Shadows. The two continue the patterns of beautiful melodies overlaying aggressive womps in Bright Lights, where no vocals are needed to express contrast. They continue to create a massive neurofunk/DNB tune with Post Mordem and close their 4 track EP with a darker, more house-like tune with no specific genre classification, Sinister Hearts...and sinister is just the right word. Support dubstep and grab this EP on Bandcamp.



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Hybris - Emergence (album)



Hybris is blowing my mind with this album. He is no stranger to the underground world of drum & bass with his now second release on super group Noisia's record label, Invisible Recordings, with the first one being his Garbage Truck EP. The American born producer had this to say about this game-changing 15 track LP:

"I wanted to make this album a cohesive listening experience from start to finish, while still tending towards the dancefloor. It took up a good majority of the past three years of my life, and overall it was a pleasure to work on."

His hard work is clearly evident while listening to Emergence from beginning to end; he has certainly emerged as a powerful DNB producer and wrote a wonderful story for your ears. Support Hybris by purchasing Emergence on Beatport and iTunes.



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Ninja Kore - Beautiful Disaster



Meet Ninja Kore, a 5 man bass band from Portugal who just released their first full length album featuring 12 monstrous tracks. Their unique sound is no secret- pulling together genres such as punk, metal, breaks, electro, trap, and of course dubstep and drum and bass into a beautifully produced work of art. Much like other more familiar bass bands such as Modestep and Destroid, Ninja Kore performs with live instruments and a vocalist. With only 6.6k followers on Soundcloud, the only difference between them and other bass bands is that they don't the attention they so rightfully deserve! Listen to Beautiful Disaster and support Ninja Kore, buy the album on Beatport and iTunes.



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dr.Ozi - Mental Giant



Its no secret, Canadian dubstep duo Dr.Ozi have surely put out a monstrous track, much like the artwork with their newest release Mental Giant. This is their first release on Dustla Records who has also signed other upcoming dubstep artists such as Spag Heddy, ak9, EH!DE, and Karetus. With a strong intro that sets the heavy tone for the rest of the track, Mental Giant showcases an innovative take on the stereotypical "brostep" that Dr.Ozi is promoting to new levels. This is definitely a banger that will hit dancefloors and festivals all over the country- if it hasn't already. Check out the rest of their soundcloud and support them by getting Mental Giant on Beaport today!



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Subzee D - Clowns/Say What EP



Birmingham producer Subzee D is no stranger in the underground dubstep scene. With releases on U.K. Dubstep record label H.E.N.C.H.- who also features Eddie K, Vodex, Jakes, Beezy and many others- as well as London's Dub Police (with artists such as: Caspa, Emalkay, Rusko, and -my personal favorite- Trolley Snatcha), Subzee D has made himself comfortable with the famous U.K. grime we are so familiar with hearing from these labels.

With that said, his newest two track EP (Clowns/Say What), released on Dutch dubstep label Oi! Recordings, is no disappointment to this expectation. Subzee D delivers the filth in Clowns with a dark atmosphere set by the samples from the 1990 movie of Stephen King's IT and the ever famous joker performance by Heath Ledger in the 2008 box-office hit The Dark Knight. Say What is not as dark as Clowns but is still just as nutty. The only thing I dislike about this track is the random 'HAY! HAY! HAY!' chants- I'm just not a fan of the 'HAY!' and 'WUT!' chants. Other than that, these tracks are golden! Support Subzee D and grab this EP on Beatport, iTunes, or Juno!



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cyberoptics & Numbernin6 - Rootwork (SINGLE)



I have been looking forward to this collab for quite some time now. Cyberoptics, a 24 year old producer from Memphis, TN, is no stranger to the deep and dark world of dubstep. With recent singles like Strange Man White Van and The Secret Garden, and the genius of their last collab together- The World Is Your's- the expectations of a quality, dangerous track was real. Add in the never disappointing production of Richmond veteran dubstep producer Numbernin6 and you have a recipe for an aggressively beautiful track. Which is the perfect way to describe Rootwork. The atmosphere is thick, the melodies are soft, and although others are critical of the complexity- it has the perfect yin and yang that these two have mastered so well in both individual and collaborative production. Such a tune! Big ups to Excision at Rottun Recordings for signing it! Grab it on Beatport, iTunes, and Juno today!



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Twine - Killing Machine EP



2014 has proven to be Florida-based producer Twine's breakout year. Starting off, he signed his freshman EP The Absolute to Datsik's Firepower Records, followed by a 4 track EP for reaching 5,000 followers on soundcloud a month ago (which at the moment has reached 9.4k), a single on Excision's Rottun Recordings (Mania) as well as a couple remixes for Firepower superstars Barely Alive (see Rifle Blow Kiss and Welcome To The Real World). And that's just the tip.

Seasoned dubstep stars such as Datsik, Getter, Excision, and more recently Zeds Dead have been rinsing his tunes this festival season on their travels across the country. Twine even joined Getter and AFK to open up a few select dates on their Gnartillary Tour. He's surely caught the attention of the dubstep community and has finally teamed up with 12th Planet at Smog Records to present to you Killing Machine.

Killing Machine - With an introduction that grabs your attention by the sounds of an intense hunt with screeches and growls, the track quickly builds into a brutal drop followed by the dirtiest kicks and synths that leave you stank-faced until half way through. He slows it down a bit but only to introduce the nuttiest drop of the track that clearly sets the tone for the rest of the [dubstep] tracks in the EP.


Trillaz - This may be Zeds Dead's favorite track of the EP, but I have an unfair bias toward trap music- even if it is considered to be hybrid. Needless to say, this is my least favorite track. I love some heavy basslines but not when accompanied by the infamous 'WUT? WUT? WUT? WUT?' chant. I hate to be critical of someone's work, so I will just leave it with "it's not my thing"; but, it doesn't sound like a nightmare Flosstradamus track and sticks to the general tone that Killer Machine had set before it.


Throwback Thursday - Fast paced melodic intro that drops into a screeching throwback with some Circus Talent as well as a slight Figure (or maybe the right word I am looking for here is Halloween) influence with a new, Twine twist. I can't help but look at the title and pick familiar sounds out- but, that's a good thing! This is a completely original track with some all-star influence. I dig it.


Testify - At last, my favorite track of the EP. The intro sets the spooky tone with scattered hard synths that build into the filthiest, most unique drop of the entire EP accompanied by the angriest growls. I cannot get enough of this tune, its definitely the wonkiest on this release and I love wonky. Big ups on this one man!


Trypto - Yet another trap tune. The intro, build up, and drop isn't bad and again, I'm a sucker for heavy basslines, but I'm such a white girl and don't know how to dance to this. Turn down.


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