Dubstep never 'went away', it never 'died', it has always been there bubbling under the surface, seeping out through the cracks. These monthly 140BPM Bass-weight articles will be focusing on all aspects of deep dubstep, old and new, bringing you various flavors from across the globe.
1. Congi - Torn - Starting this month's Dubstep article with a very deep tune from the partnership that is, Congi. Torn along with 5 other tunes were released as the Contours E.P. on Fentplates as FPL013 around February time. It starts off in a very dark way, with deep bass and some female vocal samples within the intro. What I love a lot about certain Congi tunes is that they take you on a kind of musical journey within their music. At times throughout the song, there are brushes of piano notes that really add to the track in such a meaningful way. I rate this track and the whole E.P. highly. Look out for more from the duo here, and don't forget to stay up to date with what Fentplates are doing here.
2. Juss B - Blow My Smoke - This track has been smashing up dances around the world for nearly a year, and it is being released on his forthcoming album for the Uprise Audio family on 5th May. I first heard it at 'Compa's & Friends' Boiler Room during Compa's set. I had no idea who it was by but instantly wanted to find out. It's a very atmospheric tune that encompasses all types of sounds and influences. There is a male vocal sample that slips in and out of the track speaking the words "Blow my smoke through the galaxy". The intro is light and includes the male vocal sample. Once it drops you're kind of blown away, it's gigantic, with a rich, deep sub that smashes out over a crisp, minimal drum beat. I'm really excited to hear more from Juss B in 2017. I've roped him to do a 'Strictly 140' guest mix to run alongside his album launch in a few weeks, the album is packed full of heat so look out for that release
3. Trashbat - Hail - This track was released on Version Collective, 27th April. Trashbat has created a masterpiece with this one. This is my favourite track from the 4 songs he's releasing on his forthcoming E.P. The intro is chilling and involves some elements of grime such as the brass horns and the pluck of the strings. Then as it builds up, a vocal is shouted just before the drop "Hail Satan". At that moment the deepest of subs squeezes out a simple yet effective drum beat over the top. The gentle chimes playing over the top of the sub balances the entire track out perfectly. I really love the deepness within this track and I'm looking forward to what Trashbat has to bring to the table during the rest of 2017. Make sure you check his soundcloud here to keep up to date with what he's doing.
4. Dubdiggerz - East on Horizon - Even though I have featured this dynamic duo before within my articles, when I hear quality in production, I feel obligated to talk about it. East on Horizon is an enormous tune. Built for real soundsystems, it's an eclectic mix of reggae sounds, sub, and deep dubstep. The intro starts off in a very substantial way with an atmospheric drum loop building up to what can only describe as a haunting drop- it incorporates a deep, grizzly brass instrument that lurks in the shadows, scaring you every time it's heard. All I can say is that the track is forthcoming on a very well respected record label in the coming months, I'm not sure if i can divulge which label quite yet. Dan and Mark have really outdone themselves on this track and I cannot wait for the release. Make sure you also check out there own record label 'DeepEnd', that deals with, as you can guess, the deeper sound of 140bpm.
5. Rygby - Delusional - Heard this tune on N-types recent Rinse F.M. show w/ Beezy and it has stayed with me ever since. It's packed full of flavor from start to finish with an intro unlike anything I've heard before, a mashup of orchestral instruments and crisp chimes. As the tune got reloaded on N-types show Beezy said "This is some Stan Lee superhero business", and that's exactly what it is. It is epic music, and the drop is something out of a time machine. As the intro dies down and the tune drops, it kind of takes you into a world of powerful kicks, deep drums and beautiful high end chime instruments that grab you and thrust you back and fourth. For me, this songs ticks all the right boxes and I'm very excited to hear more from Rygby in 2017. Check out more of his music on his soundcloud here.
6. Pugilist - Mantis - This riddim is absolute class from start to finish. A kind of jazz infused dubstep sound, combining both sub-bass and piano notes perfectly. The intro encompasses varied sounds that almost take you away from dubstep and into a jazzy dream like state, surrounded by piano notes, guitar strings and brushes of light high hats. Then once it all dies down and the tune drops, a low sub bursts through with some dry drums over the top and a sprinkle of a brassy saxophone in the background. On the breakdowns, the piano strikes back up transforming you back into that jazzy dreamlike state. This tune is perfect on so many levels and I applaud Pugilist for creating such a classic. It's out now on FKOFD031 and you can purchase it here.
7. LX-One & Cimm - Head Get Spun - If there's a perfect combination for a collaboration within dubstep it is this combo right here. The tune combines both LX-One's dark, sub heavy style with the way Cimm uses space perfectly in his tracks, and it also shows the crispness that Cimm uses within his own productions as well. The result? A track that is quite spectacular. 'Head Get Spun' is a gritty, powerful tune that will melt down any dance that its dropped in, incorporating tough sounding kicks with a haunting drop that feels like its been plucked straight out of a horror movie. The release is forthcoming on Stripes Records and should be out very soon, you can keep up to date with what Cimm is doing musically here, and what LX-One is doing here. I really hope the two producers collaborate again as this tune is an absolute madness.
8. Von D - Melki Tsedeq - This track was released on Moonshine Recordings on the 7th April on both digital and vinyl formats, with 'Trip to atlantis' on the flip. It's a deep, soulful steppa's tune. Packed with reggae/dub influences and sounds. The intro includes an atmospheric trumpet with some vocals over the top. Then it drops with absolute authority, a rhythmic drum beat which plays alongside a weighty sub. It includes various flicks of brass instruments here and there that really tie the whole track together. I really enjoy the whole feel of this tune, it is the perfect kind of song to slow things down during a set. Make sure you check out what else Moonshine Recordings are doing and don't forget to check out Von D on soundcloud here.
9. Nomine - Stomp - I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Nomine around Christmas time about his new grime E.P with Macabre Unit. He is, without doubt, one of the most technically skilled producers I've ever had the chance of listening/speaking to. His productions have always mesmerized me, from the freshness & cleanliness of his mixdowns, to the weight he manages to produce within his tracks. One of his older tunes, Blind Man, has to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard. He is currently releasing 60-second videos every day sharing his experience and knowledge about production, and if you are a producer at any level, I really advise you to watch them all as they include such helpful information.
'Stomp' is a very dark riddim. It has been named perfectly because the only thing I feel like doing when listening to it is to stomp about. Its a deep, sub driven banger ideal for a proper sound system. It isbeing released on both digital and vinyl formats on Youngsta's own Sentry records around May time. Make sure you go out and cop it when it is released. Keep up to date with what Nomine is doing here and don't forget to give Sentry Records a follow on facebook here.
Six Sunsets - Commute - Six Sunsets are a duo that hold a residency on Sub FM. They've had countless digital and vinyl releases since they started in October 2014. They make an array of different music and aren't tied down by just one genre which I fully respect. "Commute" is a very evil tune, starting off with a few chimes and selected high hats with the bang of a drum and some aggy vocal sample. Then it all calms down and drops. The drum beat thuds right through you, partner that with the sub bass and you've got a very deep sounding riddim. I think I enjoy this track a lot because it even incorporates elements of grime within it, like the dark synth that rumbles over the top of the sub. I'm looking forward to hearing what the pair have got in store for 2017, don't forget to check them out on soundcloud here.
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