label: Dubsquare Records
catalogue number: DSQ-006
title: Tacky’s Revolt EP
side A: Tacky’s Revolt (4:31), Red String Conspiracy (3:43)
side B: Ginger Sample (5:57), Say It (3:52)
mastering: Transition London
release date: 10 Dec 2012
format: 12″ vinyl at 33rpm (limited to 150 copies, no digital formats)
More black plastic is coming from Graz this month as Offseason are kicking off their 7″ vinyl series. The first release features two ultra-dark killers by Re-lay. 002 brings two versions of ’5am’ by IZC, the original and a beatless ‘devil mix’. Both releases are stricktly limited to 111 records. Offseason 001 and 002 are vailable at Hardwax Distribution and at your favorite recordshop.
» With their recent 12 on Lo dubs being remixed by LV and XI the Austrian duo are back on local label Dubsquare pushing the deeper edge of dubstep.’Extremey Cheap and Effective’ with its unrelenting rhythm synocpated with distant bleeps and stabs is a heads down bubbler, minimal and progressive in the same breath. Techno maestro Franz Pomassl makes a rare appearance on remix duties adding tension and drama brimming with analog warmth and searching bass. With a 2 step swing to get your head rolling ‘Done Already’is techno infused future garage on tip of its own while 2nd B side ‘Interference’ takes you back down deeper on a sea of bass. « (Underground Dweller, Bristol)
» Far out EP on the edge of avant dubstep, industrial techno & sparse UK garage – TIP! « (Hardwax, Berlin)
El Rakkas debuted last year with a 12″ on Lo Dubs, with remixes by LV and XI released only a few weeks ago. Their new EP on Dubsquare Records combines dark, bass-heavy techno-sounds with a Horsepower-ish 2-step swing. The remix by Pomassl (Laton/Raster-Noton) turns the original into a highly experimental but nevertheless danceable warehouse experience.
With her second release on the label, Ca.tter continues to develop her very own version of Detroit-influenced bass-music. Double Helix (LHF), who has just been signed to Blackdown’s Keysound-label, contributs a remix of 4th Motion, setting Ca.tter’s Neo-Detroit in the context of mid-90s-Jungle.
Dubsquare deliver their latest effort from IZC with four tracks of tricky dub electronics and dubstep. Our pick has to be the cheeky digi-dub melodies and screwed rhtyhm of ‘Automatic’ but elsewhere you’ll find finely diced dubstep with heavy traces of IDM. (Boomkat, Manchester)
Fine diverse tripping dubstep/UK garage EP (Hardwax, Berlin)
On his second EP “Arctic Dawn”, IZC is creating a bleak, dystopian vision of the hardcore continuum. Twisted 2-step rhythms are romping with choked, sleazy synth-pads, while a haunting atmosphere hovers above all. The flip introduces rusted-out Casio horns locked up in a moist echo chamber, before two staggering beats evoke almost exhilarating feelings. Four bass-heavy tracks at the very edge of Dubstep, mastered at South London’s Transition Studios.
Title: Arctic Dawn EP
Side A: Arctic Dawn / Off-axis
Side B: Automatic / Delta
Label: Dubsquare Records
Format: 12â€ vinyl only (no digital formats)
Genre: Dubstep / 2-Step
Dubsquare Records 002 (UK 12″)
Ca.tter – No Head
Fine IDM electronica inspired dubstep EP
Ca.tter – No Head EP (Dubsquare Records 002)
Das österreichische Dubstep-Label (wenn das dem Label gerecht wird) kommt auf dem zweiten Release mit 4 Slammertracks von Catarina Pratter, die sehr lockere assoziative Grooves mit einem massiven Fundament einsetzt und mit queren Melodieparts anreichert, die einen irgendswie in einer Stimmung gefangen halten, die zwischen upliftendem Moshen und gut gelauntem Sehnen immer wieder herausragend ist. Brilliante Platte, auch die zweite. Ein Label, von dem man noch viel hören wird. BLEED (De:bug 128 Dezember 2008)
Great phreaky second Dubsquare Release. Doped TIP from Honda and Beyond! (Space Hall, Berlin)
Dubsquare’s second release features four subbass-driven Dubstep/Elektro-hybrids by Ca.tter. Fuelled by experimental verve, her tunes playfully embrace the filthy, wonky and grimey side of Dubstep, without ever loosing sight of the dancefloor – some ultra-dark machine-tales told in an 8-bit-language.
With a background in experimental/electronics and techno, she first attracted attention as one third of 550 Rondy and their 2001 release on Vienna’s legendary Cheap Records, with two subsequent EPs on temp~records. In 2004 – two years after she had attended the Red Bull Music Academy in São Paulo – Catarina Pratter’s solo-debut on Berlin-based label SueMi and contributions to Gudrun Gut’s Monika Enterprise and Electric Indigo’s Female Pressure Compilations followed.
Infected by Dubstep, around 2006 Catarina Pratter’s tracks became darker with a slight industrial edge. While her roots are undeniably still present, trickier rhythms and arrangements put the funk back in a futuristic mixture of Detroit electro and dubstep. A skanking hi-hat reminiscent of her past now rather blends in than to dominate her refreshing and fascinating tracks full of synthetic surprises and the occasional unforeseeable twist.