Review: While his Six Sunsets partnership with Drumterror has become a staple feature of the UK bass music scene over the last five years, Luke Chipperfield-Outing has not released that many solo singles as Ekula. For that reason, this rare outing on Encrypted Audio is a significant release. Title track 'It Goes' is particularly potent, with Chipperfield-Outing peppering a weighty, post-dubstep rhythm with cut-up male vocal samples, UK garage style synth stabs and pleasingly glassy-eyed musical flourishes. The producer's UKG influences are also evident on 'Club Banger', a fittingly titled number that smothers a hardcore style breakbeat in female vocal samples, pulverising sub-bass and speed garage-inspired organ stabs. This hardcore revival vibe continues on the EP's closing cut: a rave-igniting revision of 'It Goes' from UK bass stalwart Benny Ill.
Review: London's Encrypted Audio are back with a new release by Stockholm's Kloudmen, who started sending music to the label back in 2015 - that chief Content described as 'next level'. Getting rinsed by major scene players such as Caspa and Hatcha played a large part in this EP's early potential. By now ENV 0121 would mark their seventh release for the label, where the duo collaborated with Kevin Clark aka REZ, a producer out of St. Louis, Missouri. Featuring the brooding atmosphere of deep dubstep jams such as 'Problem' and the contorted, off-kilter beat action of 'Paracusia', while on the flip Clark goes solo on the darkly dystopian dub of 'Politics'.
Review: Koma is one-fifth of Chonk Mob as well as being a fine solo artist. He was a late arrival to the Encrytped Audio family but more than made up for it with his standout offerings. This time out he offers a bootleg of Bazzi - 'Mine' which has a pained vocal lead and dragging trap beats all finished with some cloudy synths and crisp hits. It's a deep and tender cut then on the flip he serves up 'Alicias Keys'. This one rides a rising chord vamp and jittery but weighty beat with fizzing static, bright synth stabs and glassy melodies all adding light and future soul.
Review: Following his recent collaboration with Sepia on Wheel & Deal, Chonkmob's Koma gets busy on Encrypted with three dastardly originals. "Moonlight" is murky and all fogged out with devilish tendencies while "Uncle Sullivan" takes a trappist approach with its lavish lead strikes creating drama on every up and down. "Deep In The Crease" (with Dalek One) is all about the hip hop breaks, gritty sleaze, off beat samples and sweary cockney. Need a more trippiness? Jump on Murk's remix.
Review: Last spotted on Encrypted's Codedinsound V/A album in 2017, Denver's Malleus returns with his first full EP for the label. If you've been following his sounds on the likes of Gourmet Beats and Foundation Audio, you'll know exactly what's up here; swampy, otherworldly textures, trippy aesthetics, warped and weirded out sound designs. "Damien" takes the lead with demonic graveyard arpeggios and pressurised kicks while "Dragging The Lake" is swampy, grotty and gloopy in consistency but poignant and barbed in emotional energy. For maximum wonk jump on "Grinn" while militant nightmare heads should jump straight onto the finale "To Kiss The Witch's Flesh". Filth.
Review: Encrypted follow up Mesck's incendiary "ENV020" with two warped and woozy cuts from the enigmatic Manta. "It Lurks" switches the standard MC vocal for a crow screech and spoken word from the devil himself. Gloopy and swampy, this will lock your floor down in slo-mo like gorilla glue. "Zealot" takes us even deeper into the darkness with a wonky off-beat kick palpitations and big graveyard washes lapping over the top. It lurks, it lives, it bangs... The devil's music never sounded so good.