Thursday, July 28, 2011
Things are heating up for bass music releases in the last leg of this summer. The largest and perhaps most well executed of these is Wheel & Deal Dubstep Vol. 1, offering 25 "dubplates" from a selection of well-known producers as well as some more recent additions to N-Type's stable of bass peddlers. The tracks that really stand out here are those that appear to advance the language and form of the genre at hand without losing it's original emphasis on sparsely populated, bass-filled and reverberant mindscapes. With its skanking chords, dark samples and grimey, wavering bass, Coki's "Madman" is a hands down favorite - though it will no doubt annoy the tits off of many a fan of dubstep's more melodic treatments. Up and coming producer Benton delivers a supremely enjoyable gangster wobble on "Videodrome" and N-Type and the Others combine cinematic samples and evolving bass mutations on a break-filled "Shadow". Kutz's collab with DJG on "Hella Tight" makes for a compelling match to the Coki track and should not be passed up by anyone looking to pick and choose from the digital release. Also worthy of mention, are some very lush, deep numbers woven together by Lemon D and Seven.
While there are a couple of misfires here and there - in my opinion it could have shed a good five tracks - this compilation is well worth a long listen simply for it's unequivocal representation of Dubstep's energy and complexity. Apart from the digital download, it's been packaged into two 12" releases and double CD (shipping today you lucky dogs!). Both the CD and digital album purchase offer a seamless mix done by the head butcher himself. Here's to another year of wheeling and dealing!