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A fresh take on dubstep: Crywolf’s Angels EP is worth checking out

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Justin Phillips aka Crywolf is taking his music in a new direction. You may remember his well received Ghosts EP from a year or so back. It was a huge, epic, expansive collection of dubstep tunes with massive melodies and gargantuan drops juxtaposed against dreamy vocals and electro riffs from one track to the next. The Moon is Falling Down was the clear standout for us on that one, but the whole EP had something for everyone. The title track sounded more like something from an 80s movie soundtrack. It was an interesting, curious mishmash of tunes.

Now, there’s been a shift. The Angels EP opens with a soft folk tune, held together by a sweet vocal from Emalyn. It has something of Ms Mr about it. It’s not an obvious tune to open a dubstep EP. What follows are four vocal-driven pieces of music (he does his own vocals, we might add) that almost hint at a coming of age. They’re complete pieces of music, rather that tunes aimed at the dancefloor or a certain niche market. There are still drops and melodies, but there’s a different atmosphere to them than with the Ghosts EP. It’s not a complete 180 — more like a progression, an evolution. And there’s a cohesion to the whole EP that was lacking with Ghosts.

Of the new direction, Crywolf told Earmilk: “I’d say I made 15-18 tracks before zeroing in on six that became Angels. Angels was much more refined, and much more of the sound I was going for. Angels was made as one unit. Ghost was just five singles I had around.”

It definitely shows. Angels verges into territories beyond dubstep or EDM in general, and we think that’s great. Crywolf offers a fresh take on dubstep, one that is driven by faultless production, crisp beats and thoughtful vocals. There’s a certain power to the music that captivates the listener. We definitely look forward to hearing more tunes like this in the future.

Anyway, enough talking. Time to listen for yourselves. Stream below or buy the EP here.

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Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album

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Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.

Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!

To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!

The album is brought to you by CONVOY UNLIMTED and Membran.

ROAD TO BABYON

WHERE I BELONG

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Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP

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It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.

The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?

Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!

How big a milestone is this new EP for you?

We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!

You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?

Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.

What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?

Shut up.


Buy the EP on iTunes now!

Go check out Mantis alongside P0gman and Diskord on April 16 at Fire in London on April 16. French readers can get their fill of bassy goodness on Aptil 15 at at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.

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Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith

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Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.

Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!

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