Following suit from the appreciation Shice noted in receiving amazing music from a local imprint, it was an amazing day when I received the promo’s for the latest EP from the Smog imprint, based out of Los Angeles. These guys have been building a dubstep following in the Southern California area for 6 years now – one of the longest running dubstep collectives in the nation! They’ve seen an evolution from vacant corporate offices and basements of art galleries, to several thousand capacity venues. I have the utmost respect for what the label has built in my hometown. Their 20th release couldn’t have been more well represented, than by Truth. Truth has been on a massive scale global infiltration mission, pushing their sound into every region of the world. Their fully immersed touring habits, unbelievably high output of music, and the sincere way in which they carry themselves and their values, have all culminated into a following that holds in the highest of places among underground music. Seeing what they’ve done within 2012 alone makes me extremely excited for what 2013 will bring – especially since they are now officially California residents!
“Making their debut to the Smog label, TRUTH brings you something deep, dark and dangerous from this New Zealand duo. “Evil In The Woods” conjures up images of witch craft and black magic. This four track EP includes a unique collaboration with DATSIK that crosses his mechanical bass with that classic Truth sound.”
Evil In The Woods ||
This is a track that was perfectly suited for its UKF hosting. In my opinion, it’s the most aggressive track on the EP (yes, even more so than the Datsik collab). The tune gets straight to the point with sweeping atmospheres and chords that stab their way through the background. The square wave bass notes immediately tear through your speaker box as the beat drops into full effect, leaving your mind filled with thoughts of apocalyptic madness (or at least my mind). This is definitely a track that’s meant to destroy dance floors worldwide.
All Over ||
This beat sees Truth hark back on a nostalgic journey through half-step grooves couple with the seemingly signature ability to process samples in a fashion that just cannot be matched. From the elongated fade of a single note to the perfect choice in words to splice, Truth make use of their vocal samples in the most efficient way. The variety of atmospherics, and alternating basslines drenched with delay show their face in every nook and cranny of the track – making it impossible to predict what you’re about to hear next. Get ready for your soul to be swallowed by rupturing low-end frequencies.
No Chance ft. Datsik ||
This one caused some whispers prior to its preview being released! It seems that as soon as some saw the name ‘Datsik’ included in the track name, they began to doubt the Truth. I’m sure there are still some that claim to dislike this beat but, for the most part, I think people have to admit that this tune is an absolute riddim’. I’ve heard a few Truth & Datsik collabs while having the pleasure of seeing Truth play out, and I’ve never once been dissatisfied. In all honesty I think the robotic bass techniques, that Datsik is clearly endowed with, compliment Truths undeniable ability to blow your shirt back with bassweight.
Talking To Myself ||
Grabbing hold of your brain with LFO modulation and swinging high hats you’ll be instantly hooked. With its neck-snapping snare hits and gritty bass horn, that would likely be used to signal roll call for modern day druids, this is an absolute anthem! Sweeping pads build the energy between each segment of the song magnificently. The delayed percussion that hits at the beginning of each bar, the filter mod’ing on what seems to be an arpeggiator, and feedback laced bass strikes all equate to a stomping rhythm that will bring charred witches up from their graves.
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That’s what I got for your bass bins today, folks. Get out there and snag this EP up. It’s a digital only release, so all the vinyl heads like myself, I recommend finding a reasonably priced cutter to get these to you on acetate. It’s worth it, in my opinion. Until next time.
To the gods.
Big EP with some big names!! Getting seismic on this one.