Taking a break from the recording of their respective new albums, Niveau Zero and Matta, two acts at the core of Ad Noiseam's dubstep side, pair up again for two highly infectious and massive tunes. Not just the sum of Matta's pounding sharpness and Niveau Zero's club-smartness, but an actual sublimation of each of these musician's talent: both tracks on this new EP marry the weight and drive you could expect but do so with a great care for details and finesse. Molotov cocktails and riot gears have never sounded so fitting.Get this on 12" / as digital files
First, Wormskull is an all star band formed by Bong-Ra, Deformer, Balazs Pandi and Eni-Less. But it's also a full frontal sonic assault that taps from years of experience in the metal and electronic scenes to come up with a high-energy, moshpit-packing devil of an album. Don't believe what you were told: it's not a team of Soviet scientists who recorded the sounds of hell, but a quartet of angry, experienced musicians who love their metal dark, their beats punishing, and their atmospheres abysmal. Heavy riffs, complex drumming, electronic arrangements that have their roots in Bong-Ra's breakcore: Wormskull is nothing for the weak of heart. (get this on LP + CD / on CD / as digital files)
Stepping out of Australia's outback with a vengeance, Black Lung adds a bloody new chapter to his towering discography. A composer whose talent is rivalled only by his uncommon production techniques, David Thrussell applies a whole new recipe to his beats, noises and glitches on “The Soul Consumer” (and the accompanying "The First Tender Cut" 12"). Darkly playful, twistedly uplifting, noisily organic, this album is a ride as wild as the sessions that saw its inception. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
"Sura" is the long-awaited release of Hecq's most energized tracks, which he has been performing live in the recent times. This multi-talented stakhanovite of audio production turns dubstep into a exhilarating new beast, in which the gargantuan basses come armed with sharp metal beats. The result is a record of epic proportions, comes as the redeeming encounter of the dancefloor and pristine audio production. Get this on 12" / as mp3
Offering a sequel to what is already seen as a masterpiece wasn't an easy task for DJ Hidden. And still, "The Words Below" manages to take this producer sharp, beautiful and percussive sound a step higher than 2007's "The Later After". Intense, crisp and varied, this new album doesn't only confirm that DJ Hidden is at the very top of the pyramid of drum'n'bass producer, but forces us to ask ourselves how we could have thought otherwise. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Re-mastered, re-cut and given a whole record on their own, the four tracks written by Enduser and Line 47 back in 2003 get a second life on Ad Noiseam. Ranging from the most aggressive and noisy breakcore to melodic, syncopated material, the material on this record shows both producers at the top of their form and still is, 5 years after their original release on Sonicterror, a pearl of the breakcore scene. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
"A matter of consciousness": Lapsed's third album sees his pair up with turntablist and producer nonnon and a crew of renowned MC to deliver a wild ride of glitchy electronic hip-hop with an edge. Ranging from heavy head bangers to lyrical narratives, "The Death Of Convenience" impresses by its variety, detail and its maturity. A very rich, well thought and thought-provoking album bearing fruits of many influences and sleepless nights of careful composition. (Get this on CD / as mp3).
"Ultrafood" is the new audio creation of the two forward-thinking audio chefs that are Mad EP and Ra, presenting here a brand new and fresh way to mix the hip hop recipe with cautiously baked breaks, spicy samples and tasty textures. A catchy, heart-warming meal awaits you here, served together with the astonishing visual cutlery or Ra's painting. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
Enduser's new album takes you for a ride somewhere between fury and harmony: "Pushing Back" is a perfect balance between Lynn Standafer's hard drum'n'bass and an intense, careful work with melodies and vocals. Featuring Nongenetic (of SShadow Huntaz), Kazumi, and none other than Jared Louche of Chemlab, and remixes by DJ Hidden and Bong-Ra, "Pushing Back" is a new album Enduser can be very proud of. (Get this on CD / as mp3).
On the tail of Enduser’s successful releases on Ad Noiseam, and introducing Submerged to the label, "Appropriate and deface" is a meeting of these two icons of the hard drum’n’bass scene, bringing a new face to a massive sound, new clothes to an energetic genre. Enduser is on everybody’s lips for his efficient combination of d’n’b and breaks and Submerged is known for unleashing monstrous basses through his Ohm Resistance label, the two had never worked together; it had to be corrected, here comes their encounter. Hide the subwoofers. (Get this as mp3)
Mad E.P. is here to stay. This has been said before and will be said again. Combining the rich, diverse and musically very mature work on "Eating movies" with numerous concerts and the impressive feedback given to the previous "When I'm 6" (qualified as "one of the essential alternative hip hop records of 2004"), "Eating movies" is here to marvel at, to enjoy, to head nod and dance to, to scare and impress. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Striving (and succeeding) and mix both beautiful soundscapes and challenging your ears, Lapsed writes poetic tracks but never falls into kitsch, moves forward and yet is far more than joyless experimentation. Fresh and soulful, two words that well describe this "Twilight". (Get this on CD / as mp3)
The driving force behind most of today's electronic music from Ukraine, Andrey Kiritchenko has been both a radio and video in Kharkov, and is at the origins of the Nexsound label, a hive of Ukrainian acts whose talent is slowly being recognized worldwide. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Ad Noiseam goes vinyl with this split that bridges the Atlantic ocean and brings together two of the best acts one can think of, when it comes to production quality and originality in atmospheric music.
"Amidst a spacious fabric" is the third full length album by Wilt, the dark ambient american project that surprised the whole genre with his debut "The Black Box Aesthetics" in 2000. James Keeler, the man behind Wilt, creates encompassing atmospheres made of deep drones, slow soundscapes and a lot of variations, using original sound sources that bring something interesting to a style where blend electronics are too often prominant.(Get this as mp3)
A hidden treasure no more: Monolog propels himself to the forefront of cutting edge drum'n'bass and electronica with this amazingly intense album. A lesson in music production and an impressive display of controlled madness, “2 Dots Left” is a tour de force made of deep basses, very percussive beats and high tempos. Monolog manages to makes his what most people could only experiment with and comes up with something which, while overwhelming at first, proves to be extremely absorbing and rewarding. Get this on CD / as digital files.
On his 2011 demo, here completed, remastered and re-designed, Oyaarss already expressed all that made of his "Bads" album such a widely praised work: the intense analog noise, the bass-heavy droning, and most of all the implacable, misanthropic atmospheres. "Smaida Greizi Nakamiba": "The Future Smiles Wryly", but also very loud, as Oyaarss's music (here supported by three other Latvian musicians) sings the tune of decay and rust. Exigent, massive and calling the deepest pits of its listener's ears and soul, this album underlines Oyaarss's talent, while displaying another side of his vast repertoire.Get this on LP+CD / on CD / as digital files.
Gathering the tracks from the "Fraktals" and "Simetría" EPs as well as two exclusive new tracks and a remix of a Niveau Zero original, "Adhesion" is the crowning release of Balkansky and Loop Stepwalker's collaboration. A tour de force in precision, strength and toughness, this full length album unfolds its massive low end, efficient beats and larger-than-life basslines with insolent talent, catchiness and bold weight. A new essential albums demonstrating the strength of well written, imaginative and original hard dubstep. (get this on CD / as digital files)