Review: One of Germany's most respected dubstep producers, Bukez celebrates 10 years of honing his skills - often with humour and always with heaviness - with his debut album. Known for spanning the range from the deepest, shadowiest of cuts and the silliest of balls-out drops, Bukez lays it on the line right here in style. We slouch to the skank-packed summer jam "Shaka Taak", we gyrate uncontrollably to the timpani teases of "Eerie Voices" we enjoy sweet dub dreams in a ghost town on "Illuminated Droplets" and we're hurling our shoes out of the window by the time "Neonzombieattack" cuts through the rig. A lot of time has been spent on this body of work and you can really tell.
Review: Also known as Germany's Next Top Wobble, Bukez Finezt has taken things next level with "Under Control". Hyped across the board (from deep heads to tear-out boys) as one of the key releases of 2014 so far, this sub-saturated swagger-jam has an ability to sing to all corners of the ever-fractured dubstep floor. Want to go deeper again? Head for "You Don't Belong Here". Wonkier than a wooden legged pirate with gout, it's peppered with spooked SFX and a bass tone so ominous it could raise the Devil himself, Bukez clearly has a dark, dark mind! Finally we hit "Pace Yourself". A percussive hype track with a very cheeky horn sample, all manner of madness has been coded into the vast space between the elements. Minimalist chaos anyone?
Review: Benny Page turns up on Dutch label Subway with two incendiary cuts. "Original Killa" finally sees the vinyl release fans have been craving, a long lost classic hammered by Youngsta and N Type back in the day. It still stands up now, dripping with low end menace and dubby atmospherics! Flipside track "Take You Back" features a pitched down vocal line intoning "I'll take you back to the deep dark jungle", which holds its line as smacking drum hits and arppegiated rave synths tumble on top. Tip!