Dubstep Allstars Vol. 11
Eleventh volume in Tempa's prestigious Dubstep Allstars series -- the original dubstep compilation series. The only dubstep compilation to contain real dubstep tracks by the best current artists, and road-tested by real dubstep DJs -- contains no dubstep remixes of pop songs. Mixed by one of the most prolific producers in the scene, J:Kenzo, who is a regular host on Rinse FM and who has toured in recent months in Japan, North America, and Europe. Packed with exclusive tracks from labels like Metalheadz, Exit Records, and Shogun Audio. Four exclusive tracks come from J:Kenzo's forthcoming Bloodlines EP on Tempa. Over the last few years, a series of acclaimed releases through Tempa, including his 2012 self-titled debut album, have established J:Kenzo at the forefront of a growing wave of new dubstep producers. His Dubstep Allstars Vol. 11 offers a fresh perspective on the genre -- a vision of dubstep still defiantly focused on physical impact and sonic experimentation. The mix opens with a call-to-arms, as the technoid percussion of Kryptic Minds & Killawatt's "Cunning Juncture" explodes into AMIT's aptly-titled "Don't Forget Your Roots." Its dub-infused sound pays homage to the genre's earliest incarnations while also hinting toward new innovations to come. The diversity of Kenzo's selections shows off the variation present within this growing scene -- all manner of influences are present, from techno and ambient music to drum and bass, two-step and grime. Indeed, many of these new producers cut their teeth in other genres before finding that dubstep offered an ideal shared space within which to experiment. The mix contains four brand-new, as-yet-unreleased tracks by Kenzo, each of which takes a drastically different approach -- from the beautiful, Blade Runner-esque synths of "Enter Valarak" to the ultra-percussive whirlwind of "Ricochet." These four tracks will be released on the Bloodlines EP, available on 2x12". "With this type of music you have to forget about big synth lines or obvious uplifting styles, you have to just go in there and just absorb it," enthuses Kenzo. "All the tunes are tried and tested, they work on a sound system, some of the bass lines will take your head off. For this mix I wanted to encompass the emotion of the tracks and their heaviness as well." Other artists include: Rani, Kaiju, Flowdan, SP:MC, Jubei & Consequence, Ulterior Motive, Skeptical, Ipman, Thelem, Asylum, TMSV, Sleeper, Icicle, LX ONE, and DJ Madd.