N-Type has been pushing his sound and the sound of 140bpm since the dawn of dubstep- he was there at the beginning, and has paved the way for young, exciting, new producers to gain a foothold in the industry.
He formed 'Wheel & Deal Records' in 2009, and around that time he was playing dubplate upon dubplate during his Rinse F.M. show and starting a label that provided a stage to bring these plates to the surface. Judging on the entire back catalogue of the label's releases, he shows that he isn't afraid of releasing varying styles within the dubstep genre.
With a very concrete ethos for bringing new, young producers through and giving them a chance in the scene, as well as working with some of the most prolific producers and artists in Dubstep (such as Benny Ill, Coki, Benton, Mr K, D Operation Drop, LX One, Truth, etc. the list is endless), its apparent that 'Wheel & Deal Records' have very quickly become one of the leading Dubstep specialists when it comes to releasing 140bpm music. I am very excited to see what else N-type has in store for 2017.
If theres one E.P you should be purchasing this month its definitely 'Instinct' by Arkwright, released on the 17th of march. Its a rampant display of darkness with each track is completely different in style, which I really respect; some artists can produce an E.P. with each track sounding so similar, but not with this release.
I've been listening to Arkwright for a good few years now- he has a very dark touch to his production, yet a lot of his tunes vary in style. Other tracks that showcase his talent include one of my favorite tunes by him- 'Icycole'. Its crazy concoction of dark synths and deep low sub-bass almost has a grime element to it at some points, and maybe that's why I like it so much.
Now this is a proper steppah's tune. The intro is very skanky, with an up-beat drum loop. Then, once it has dropped its bassline, the song rips through you with tremendous force, back and forth with some kind of bubbly bass, there are also some distant vocal samples thrown in here and there. Bludclart is a very dark tune and I am fully rating this sound from 'Arkwright'.
'Black Mesa' is a bit of a change up from the opening tune on the E.P., there is a lot more space within the track which kind of adds to its enormity. The intro is calm with a few high hats sprinkled about and a murky sub bass teasing you into the drop. Then the kicks start up with absolute clarity. It feels like a much slower song, perfect to slow the pace down in a mix, or during a set.
Maybe the most experimental track on the E.P., 'Homeward' has got a lot going on. There are various vocal samples on repeat throughout and the main focus of the track is a very dry tough kick (almost like a low cowbell) that stays with you for the entire song. Only on the breakdowns does it vanish. I really like what Arkwright has done here with this track. Its a lot different to anything on the E.P. but thats a good thing.
Now we come to my favorite track on the E.P. 'Fat Stacks' has got everything I look for within a tune. The intro is calm and melodic with a simple drum beat. Then a male vocal sample starts up talking about soundsystems, then another male voice chimes in but this male sounds very Rastafarian. Then the track drops with such weight and conviction. A low dark sub bass that almost has that classic vinyl sound to it. The bass breaks off and bounces up and down every so often. The tune even includes some gorgeous trumpet sections which I have a real soft spot for in dubstep songs. On the breakdowns Arkwright has included some really spooky guitar instrument being plucked over and over again. Definitely my track of the E.P and I'm gassed to hear it on a real soundsystem.