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The 5 best tunes that landed in our inbox recently

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Dubstep ruined my life

We gets heaps of tunes sent to us. Sometimes they are emailed to us while other times they end up in our Twitter DMs or else our Facebook inbox. Whatever, they are normally spammy as hell and automated or else copy/pasted. We ignore the bulk of them, but if there’s new music to be listened to, we’ll always give it a bash, even if it’s only for a few seconds. The majority of the tunes we get sent are pretty bad. But every now and then we’ll stumble across something vaguely interesting. There are lots of up-and-coming dubstep producers who should probably wait a little longer before unleashing their sounds on the world. Tracks in this post, though, we reckon are worth a shout out, even if most of them came to us as junk mail.

Adventure Club – Wonder (DixonBeats & BH Remix)

This is a really strong tune from earlier in the year that’s also a free download. The piano-driven, dreamy intro introduces a soft male vocal with lyrics that would equally suit a hands-in-the-air trance tune. The drop is melodic and gripping, making good use of the vocal and keeping the emo vibes flowing. It’s one for the end-of-the-night crew with a synth hook that jumps out and smacks you in the face. You’ve heard tracks like this before, but that’s not to take away from what is ultimately a really polished offering.

J-Flames – Sonic Boom

No idea who this guy is, but he lives in southeast London, as do we, so we hit play and were pleasantly surprised with this melodic piece of bass music. The claps are a bit jarring, but we like the electro synth work and the drums. The Street Fighter sample doesn’t really serve much purpose, but if you strip away the odd bits, there’s a solid track underneath here.

Viper – Simon

Viper sends us tunes quite a lot and he’s actually one of the few people who doesn’t sound like a spambot in his messages. This is one of his recent tracks, a take on Castlevania with some really grimey, gurgling bass, like an electronic house of horrors or something. It’s Texas Chainsaw meets Mass Effect.

Flexta – Sick Trap Beat

This isn’t really a full tune, but it is indeed a pretty sick beat after the slightly annoying intro. It’s all about that bass. This is the kinda beat we’d put on loop and have a sxratch session to.

2MT – Shinigami (Grime Dub)

Straight-up, unabashed grime. Deep, dark and dirty. These guys are a duo based out of south London. Respect.

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Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album

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Dub FX

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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Mantis

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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