Review: Two big collaborations featuring Croydon's latest rising dubstep star, Walsh. On "Military" he teams up with one of the godfathers of the scene, Benga, whose releases on Big Apple are legendary. This has been one of the biggest tunes of the last few months, and on first listen it's easy to see why! Kromestar is another relative newcomer who made big waves with his debut release "Kalawanji". This one mixes digidub and 4/4 in a killer groove.
Review: Basic Rhythm man Anthoney J Hart has previously released a handful of fine albums and singles as East Man, most notably a couple of killer LPs on Planet Mu. In recent times he's decided to go it alone, pressing up 12" singles on the Hi Tek Sounds label he launched last year. This time round he's in full-on collaboration mode, with Hyperdub and Tectonic regular Walton joining him to lay down a pair of military strength club cuts. A-side "Horse Mouth" is a throbbing chunk of bass science, with the pair wrapping mind-altering analogue bass, creepy chords and occasional dub-wise vocal samples around a hard-wired staccato rhythm. This twisted take on dubstep is explored further on flipside "Gunshot", whose scattergun machine drums come bathed in oven-warm chords.
Review: This brand new label, Mode, is straight out of Bristol. "Skankstep" comes with some proper wobble business. One for the party heads we suspect. The flip is more darker, with some real deep sub that will make your ears tingle and your chest pound.
Review: The dubstep virus spreads some more, as Yorkshire based Senseless enlist well respected basement diva Warrior Queen to ride on top of two wicked Sarantis riddims. Weapons grade dancehall. No surprise then that Sarantis has apparently supplied half of the beats for the forthcoming Warrior Queen album. "Buffalo Gal Dub" rides a steady skank with a ruling bass assault while "Brother Kitano" arrives to seal the deal beyond any shred of debate - pure dirt on wax.
Review: Neither Scratcha DVA, nor any of these legendary tracks and artists on this release need any introduction. It's taken about eleven years but the two highlights of "DREAMEATER 007" - A side "Kill All A' Dem" and "Taliban"- finally see the light of day. On the B side, we have the man remixing Mega's "Dangerous Liasons" in wonky street level fashion before he turns his deft hand to take on scene hero Wiley's "Apocalypto", churning out an intense tribal thriller to round things off on this long overdue release.
Review: Toddla T's debut for Ninja Tune sees the light of day on vinyl with "Sky Surfin (Dope Man)" a melting pot of bassline, rave pianos, Baltimore house, call-and-response harmonies and Wayne Marshall's distinctive vocals. Benga hones his party step sound on the flip, dropping a thumping half step beat on industrial strength basslines.
Review: A super limited warehouse find for all the grime fiends, 200 copies only of this unreleased classic from Trim of Roll Deep featuring a classic Wiley beat and the gravel tongued skills of Riko, and the Durtee Stank crew Newham Generals. Large!
Review: "Empiyah", from Wadadda, is the most upfront dubstep tune to date from Berlin's MG77 imprint. On the flip is "Founder". This employs a bassline that's wobbly and fluid. Meanwhile "Phob" seems to siphon out some dub elements for a more broken steppers feel - this is the right kind of darkside tune for the summer.