• Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn

    Reviewed by Boomkat (Boomkat)

    Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn

    Properly available at last – this quite terrifying twelve sees the return of one of the most talked about dubstep projects of the last 18 months following on from huge acclaim afforded their debut twelves for the Subtext imprint and their universally lauded ‘Degenerate’ album (happily available again this week on cd after a few months out of print) – not to mention their involvement with Breezeblock’s now legendary ‘Dubstep Wars’ and the
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  • Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn

    Reviewed by sheikh ahmed (Failme.net)

    Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn

    Vex'd initially made a mark with their rhythm-stuttering classic 'Lion'. Since then, the album 'Degenerate' passed me by without incident. But this brings a sharper, more-defined lens to their canvas. The title track takes a while to get going, but once it does, it delivers. The doom-filled orchestral intro to Kubrick's Shining dissipates and makes way for gravity-weighted beats and a snarling, all-consuming bassline.

  • µ-Ziq - Ease Up

    Reviewed by The Wire (The Wire)

    µ-Ziq - Ease Up

    Long ago, leftfield junglists like Mike Paradinas and Luke Vibert were tagged as weirdy-beardy experimentalists for the woolly excesses of their edit-happy tracks, in contrast to the precision engineering of more straightforward (and, presumably, clean-shaven) breakbeat scientissts. But just as Vibert went back to his praise-Winstons roots with the dubby, almost purist Amen Andrews project, on "Ease Up" Paradinas leaves the beard-step to Woody Allen,
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  • µ-Ziq - Ease Up

    Reviewed by sheikh ahmed (Failme.net)

    µ-Ziq - Ease Up

    OK, despite the coverage I gave Mike 'µ-Ziq' Paradinas in my Absorb incarnation, i thought he was losing the plot a bit with his last 'Bilious Paths' long player. His smart and inventive approach to melody and rhythm lost under a sea of DSP overkill with knobs that probably went all the way to 11.

    'Ease Up' gives us a chance to revisit the folder labelled 'old school'. Initially sounding like 1990 in stasis, even this caves in to his jackhammer
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