Review: Over the course of this year Argon has become able to number itself as one of the premier labels on the dubstep scene, and Babylon System have been one of the most talked about of their recent signings. "Loaded" is a behemoth rolling bass classic - wait for the air horn for pandemonium to ensue!
Review: A real fusion of many different styles, and perfectly named to boot, Tropic Thunda is a subtle and well-crafted mix of soca and dubstep beats. Sparse but full of energy and vitality, it's a classy release from J Kenzo (a man who's currently getting support from Caspa and N-Type amongst many others). Also out is Counteraction, which has rolling congas and some off-kilter snares, as well as rising synth stabs that set the beat alive. Both tunes are smart, funky and very cool - miss out on this at your peril.
Review: The dubstep virus is spreading like bird flu at the moment, anywhere with a history of soundsystem culture seems to be picking up on the tectonic tremors emanating from South London. This is the case with San Francisco's Matty G, dropping two cuts that could have just as easily come straight outta Croydon rather than sunny California. "For The Smokers" sets out on a staccato grime riddim, firing hi hats and leaden bass weight erring to the street sound of the UK, with obvious dubstep references throughout. Flip over for the real deal pan-global dubstep shock out, reminding me of Kaman Leung's approach to downtempo d'n'b style basslines (best exemplified on the "Special Blends" EP on Modern Love) which is no bad thing at all. A massive winner for all d'n'b to dubstep converts/refugees and fans of Vex'd, Distance or Tech Itch. Argon on some essential elemental business here - takeover!
Review: "50,000 Watts", by Matty G, was the biggest tune at the last DMZ, receiving numerous plays from all the DJ's. With Loefah caning it so hard, any other remixer would be simply unimaginable. "50,000 Watts" builds on the architecture of a straight soundbwoy tune and looks set to become the definitive dubstep anthem of summer 2007. Loefah's remix simply defies belief - in the words of mastering engineers Transition - "hold still this is going to hurt".
Review: Matty G has to be one of the most highly rated breakthrough producers doing the rounds in the dubstep scene right now. Matty does the right thing with "West Coast Rocks". This is a dub masterpiece, out on Argon. Call the dub police!
Review: Skynet is better known for his productions alongside Stakka on Moving Shadow, Renegade Hardware and a plethora of other d&b imprints. Here he moves over to the more relaxed tempos and bass weight pressure of dubstep for the Argon imprint. Following on beautifully from last months Matty G bomb, Skynet puts his wealth of trusted technical knowledge to use on some chest rattling subs on "Isolate", given dynamic by smacking drums in a gangsta lean half step fashion in diametric opposition to his raving drum and bass releases. "Swamp" on the flip rolls in under a bellicose storm of kettle drums and sci-fi FX over a maelstrom of boiling bass to round out another top effort from the Argon peoples.
Review: Kicking off with an oriental wail, simmering atmospherics and floaty pipes, the title track is an evocative exploration from New Zealand dubstep trio Truth and fellow Kiwi compardre Dutty Ranks. The pitter-patter breaks and hissing hi-hats of the intro soon fall into a lovely late night roller, making for some bonafide hazy head-nodding business. "Worlds Apart" sees sexy sax flourishes coupled with soulful, breathy vocals and a delicately structured soundscape. With a bassline so deep and intense it guarantees an adrenalin rush, and a distinctly soulful overtone, this is one to file next to Mala and Deep Medi.