MindStep have been a formidable force in deep dubstep for some time. Consistent with their drops and keeping to a dub-heavy blueprint they have established themselves as one of the key labels in the scene.
The Compilation 2012 marches their heavyweight roster out in force. Overseas names like the mighty Tallan stack up alongside homegrown talents such as fellow Mancunian Djinn & Londoner Karma. Deep rumbling subs, tribal percussion, spacial atmospheres and distorted dub sounds keep the vibe keen and meditative.
For newcomers to MindStep this is a great introduction to a fantastic and highly relevant imprint. Fans will also enjoy the summing up of the best releases from the past year. All contemplative bass heads, cast your pounds and pennies in this direction.
artwork from “Hello, I’m Robot!” by Stanislav Zigunenko (Russian Kids’ Book, 1989)
Flying solo once again with the new format it’s myself Killian selecting from a mixed bag this week. Deep vibes throughout and even taking a small HipHop excursion with Snakehips, Gummy Soul & Fresh as I’ve recently discovered Bandcamp is an absolute goldmine for concept albums from indie producers.
There some deep dub in there, most notably a free track from Djinn, thats a wicked remix of a Numan track so check for that. Some roots vibes in there too from Egoless and Matta checks in with a remix of French producers Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant. Dark and moody vibes from Kode 9 vs Badwai and to fend of the dark theres glorious tracks from our best kept secret, Londy as well as rising talen Es.Tereo. New D&B vibes from Breaks Symmetry label make this show as varied as it’s ever been. Get keen and listen in.
Things She Say – Londy
Den Of Drumz – Kode 9 vs Badwai
Secrets (Djinn RMX) – Numan
Before Dub – Egoless
Big What (Matta RMX) – Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant
Red Sound – Yosi Horikawa & Dorian Concept
Talinn – Kusto
Who We Are – Break
Third Act – Prolix
Pardon Me – Snakehips
Heart – Fresh
4 Better Or 4 Worse – Gummy Soul
Purple Sky – Es.Tereo
Yeah we’re not there this year either which sucks but in the meantime, stream / download Manchesters own Djinn selecting exclusively for DRS Virus radio. Captures the vibe perfectly of what you can expect from her sets over there this year. Thats right, sets, plural. Lucky sods. Some of Djinns own productions in here alongside some dubs and forthcoming releases and the vibe is deep throughout. Get involved.
eleven8 – Alone
Indigo – Primal
Nanobyte – Ironore
Kryptic Minds – Rule of Language
Razor Rekta – Airborne
Zomby – Liquid Dancehall
Djinn – Something You Know
Thelem – Elemental Fears
Djinn – Deadbeat [tease]
Myrkur – Dancing In The Dark
Quantum Soul – Evocation
The Dub Mechz- Talking To The Gods
Vex’d – Fire
Toasty – The Knowledge