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Welcome Reality is Nero’s debut album released earlier this month. Nero is a two man dubstep group born out of London in 2004, making great first impressions in the dnb/dubstep music community with the release of “This Way” and “Bad Trip” in 2008. The album is being released under MTA Records, helmed by another London act Chase & Status who typically create upbeat drum and bass.

The album emphasizes characteristics that a lot of dubstep contains: lots of rolling bass, soaring highs, and a general filthiness that punctuate what a lot of the genre is about. However, this album contains a few traits that isn’t necessarily common with a release of this publicity: it’s slightly more care free than a lot of other dubstep out there – almost as if the album is content to not take itself too seriously. Additionally, vocals are present throughout the record which is not something that I find too common in releases of this caliber.

The album is pretty solid though. Sexy, almost angelic-like female vocals by Alana Watson accompany a great deal of tracks on the record, perhaps most accentuated in “Crush on You” and “Promises”.

“Reaching Out” samples vocals from from the 1984 track “Out of Touch” from Hall & Oates, and “Angst” acts as a remix by Justice’s “Stress” off of their 2007 album Cross. I might be so bold as to say that a tinge of an ’80s influence is present in the record especially evident in some of the melodies and synth leads that it contains.

Highlights of the record include “My Eyes” – a track with a pulsing rhythm, hypnotic vocals once again provided by Alana, and an absolute killer bass line. Additionally, the aforementioned “Crush on You”, “Must be the Feeling”, and “Promises”, along with “Guilt” serves to provide soaring vocals, glorious beat-work and singing that match harmoniously with the momentum that the track carries with it.

The very next track doesn’t wait for an introduction, almost acting as a sort of an epilogue for “Guilt” with enjoyable synths and thick slabs of bass. “Innocence” is also a hallmark track.

Really, the album does something different that a lot of dubstep does not in that vocals are present in the majority of the album. I find that a lot of dubstep is completely void of vocals unless it is from a sample.

In this case, I find that the pace of Nero’s music here compliments and warrants its introduction. I was mildly concerned at first when I had first learned that vocals would be present, but they have been tastefully done here and it’s not something that detracts from the record as a whole.

It’s fairly fast paced (without being a nuisance) and easy going and it makes for a great album to pop into your car’s CD player as you’re out for a drive. They do look like some nerds out in the wild though (tee hee).

Fun, care-free dubstep done well. Recommended.

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The Lines in Wax EP is the brand new release from dubstep extraordinaire Flux Pavilion. The man has been producing sick beats for a little while now, whose similarities can be compared to the likes of Datsik, Reso, and Joker.

He has also had involvement in the Nuke ‘Em EP with Datsik, Redline, and Tom Encore and was responsible for the incredibly sexy remix of DJ Fresh‘s Gold Dust (listen here). He’s only been in the scene for a little over a year now, so I’m excited to see what the future holds for his upcoming releases.

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Hi guys. Since January, I have consistently received a healthy amount of email regarding the status of Clothes HQ and whether or not I’ll be coming back to post once more (which is totally awesome). I’ve also been asked often whether or not I can “review” new material from budding artists and labels.

Well, it should be apparent by my Last.fm listening activity that I am alive and well. And although pageviews have gradually decreased since our hiatus at the end of January this year, I find that I am still getting a decent amount of them which seems to indicate that the Internet just isn’t finished with this little page on the corner of the web.

Something to note is that my music tastes have shifted a bit into more of a house direction. This may or may not affect how much I potentially post from that genre. I still listen to a lot of idm, dnb, trance, dubstep, and what not though. And if I do start up again (based on feedback that I will get via email/comments), I’m going to need help on this post.

Sooo. What do you think? I appreciate any and all input. Email me or post a comment below (not sure why people would rather email me over posting below btw :p).

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This is Downlink’s latest release in the form of an EP entitled Ignition. Downlink is a Canadian dubstep producer who has recently come under a lot of peoples’ radar with Against the Machines EP with Datsik (another dubstep producer) earlier in 2009.

Six tracks densely packed with thick slabs of bass.

Rottun Recordings has some of the thickest dubstep around, including a new release by Excision and Liquid Stranger called Get to the Point / One that you should check out if you like this.

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Twilight is the newly released single from dubstep artist DJ Distance. Distance has been making the music since the genre’s beginning. Twilight is a great example fantastic sounding dubstep. Hard hitting and packed to the brim with bass, this is my favorite flavor of the music.

It comes with a remix by “V” from Pinch, which is an airy rework of the original. It captures a lighter side of the music. Lots of bass, not as hard hitting or “stabbing” as its original counterpart.

If you like this, definitely look into Akira Kiteshi, Subscape (nice and uplifting tune right here), and especially Reso (pick up Heavy Arms EP as well as Tags & Throw Ups Vol 5), who makes incredibly filthy dubstep. Also look into Datsik and Broken Note.

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I know a blog post like this is out of the ordinary, but I’m looking for information regarding this mindblowingly cohesive and ballsy track:

Hecq’s music is something I have an undying love for. I don’t know who Exillion is, but the dude is definitely on my radar with this track. The only notable thing I found was a thread link to dubstepforum.com which was dated much earlier this year.

Initially, I thought Exhillion was Excision (Rottun Recordings), who produced this phenomenal dubstep mix entitled Shambalah (which you can download from this link), played live at Shambhala Music Festival in Canada on a 100,000 watt system. Mind blown.

Surely there has to be more than one song. Something like this isn’t to be missed. If you have any info, post a comment or shoot me an email.

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The self-titled album from DnB producer Sub Focus is an nothing short of action-packed thrill ride. The beats, and subs sound stunning; smooth and well produced. This DnB manages to find a perfect balance between “not too light,” and “not too heavy” in that it has a great sense of space, but one that is not completely overblown and consuming. The track “Move Higher” deviates away from the traditional DnB sound, moving towards a more Deadmau5 house sound with fat, modulating basses, and a grooving rhythm part.

“Let The Story Begin” opens the album with a trippy mix of squealing synths and beats that get the album started in a no-nonsense way; getting right to the meat of it. Carefully chosen samples and mixing really make this track (and all of the tracks on the album) shine while incorporating a low, nasty sound of sawtooth wave synths.

This album is definitely one of the better sounding, and more creative DnB albums I’ve experienced. It seems to venture off farther from the typical sound of DnB today and throw in a few curveballs.

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From Black Acre Records comes dubstep artist Akira Kiteshi’s fantastic debut Pinball EP released earlier this year, containing two bass-laden tracks, “Pinball,” and “No Glitch part 1 & 2.”

It is clear that a lot of inspiration for the track “Pinball” was derived from the Windows game of the same name that first appeared in 1996. Clear cut production and just downright awesome use of vocal samples.

His latest release comes in the form of “Boom N Pow,” which includes two more heavy handed tracks with a remix by Raffertie.

Turn up the bass.

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The much anticipated, full-length album from hard dubstep producers Broken Note explodes onto the scene with relentless percussive assaults. With booming bass kicks to sinister snares, this album feels like it could bring down a 5-foot thick lead wall. Nasty, grinding synths emit distorted shockwaves that could nearly tear right through you. The synths complement the rhythms perfectly in a wobbly, but not too cliche dubstep way. The audio has such a feeling of weight that it feels as though thousand-ton boulders are falling upon you, or that each bass kick is a swift and hard blow to the chest.

Obviously, the tracks are nothing short of an adrenaline rush. Breaking down into a DnB rush, “Meltdown” simply takes down everything in its aural path; nothing will stand in the way of this monster. Pounding, fast-paced, and out of control, everything about “Meltdown” and the rest of the release will leave you speechless, but bloodthirsty for more.

This is, without a doubt, beyond a quality release. Shredding the rules of conventional dubstep and drum & bass, and dancing on the remains, this album goes where few dare to tread.

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Even though Burial’s Untrue has received an enormous amount of attention since its release in ’07, I still felt it appropriate to do a write-up on this fantastic album.

Untrue, released on Hyperdub – is a uniquely fascinating piece of work. Broodingly moody, it sets itself apart from the label’s other releases with its mysterious midnight atmosphere married a massive sense of introspective isolationism. It is deceptively surreal right upon the first listen; a dark and cloudy forecast until the album ends.

The album employs more vocal use than Burial’s self-titled, this time around fusing hyperprocessed rave-like vocals with a 2-step/dubstep-ish (on its lightest side) backbone counterpart. If you like this, consider looking into the man’s first album, which often gets overlooked when it comes to Burial’s music as a whole. It’s slightly less polished than this record (he’s learned a lot musically since then), but still maintains melancholy atmospherics with the trademark Burial sound, especially evident in songs like “Night Bus” and “Forgive.”

A mysteriously complex and valuable album, it crackles on and off in an introspective midnight haze, content to let the listener drift away into an emotionally compromised state of mind. Highly recommended (if you haven’t already heard it).

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