Review: As a DJ, promoter and producer, Version boss Orson has been championing dubstep in Germany longer than almost anyone else (fact: he made his production debut way back in 2010!). These days he's an established figure internationally, releasing music that's every bit as good as that made by the sound's British pioneers. "Life Gamble", which opens his latest EP, is something of a peach. Built around a headline grabbing, digi-dub style bassline, the track is deep, dreamy and melodious, with ambient sound washes offering a neat contrast to his ricocheting dubstep beats and blazed audio textures. Flipside "12:09", meanwhile, is a far more straightforward proposition, with the German bass-head serving up an intoxicating dancefloor stepper rich in stabbing bass and echoing electronics.
Review: We all know that the cry of the mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it... But when its cries are being conducted by Italian bass fusioneer Piezo, we are safe from harm. In fact we're safer; Piezo's jams have been building up serious tension since his Artikal releases a few years back, and these are his most inventive yet. "The Mandrake" carries ghosts of his signature percussion but kick with a much heavier techno sensibility. "Tinned" then takes those mandrake cries, packages them in cans and rolls them from the nearest high hill. Watch them bounce, clatter and cause total chaos.