Moonshine Recordings – ‘Steppin’ Forward’ LP [VA]

MSLP002 digital cover

As the Moonshine back catalog continues to grow in both size and undeniable quality, the imprint has launched one of the finest campaigns to date with the ‘Steppin’ Forward’ VA LP.  The anticipation of this release has been surging through the underground community, listeners and bloggers alike.  Having been fortunate enough to receive an early copy, I don’t think there has been a day in the past three weeks that I haven’t played at least half of the album.  During my long commutes home from university, sitting in the standard Los Angeles traffic, this album has played an integral role in me not wanting to roundhouse-kick nearly everybody on the highway while simultaneously throwing hand grenades during my acrobatics.  For that, I thank Moonshine and every artist featured deeply.  ‘Steppin’ Forward’ brings a plethora of new – to Moonshine – talent (Compa, OSC, Numa Crew, Adam Prescott, and Dubsworth, among others)  under the label’s umbrella, which is likely an indication of what us listeners can expect to see in the coming year as far as releases.  I’ve mentioned a couple of my favorite tracks below, but make sure you bag this LP, whether you’re a vinyl or digital head, because each track is top-shelf business.

My absolute favorite off this release is Numa Crew’s ‘Knowledge’.  The swinging halfstep percussion provides perfect avenue for the syncopated collection of delayed vocals and horns to drift in and out of the mix.  The LFO pressure on the sub is immense and injects a lasting amount of energy into the listener with its single bar presence.  Compa’s ‘One Lion’ is another one of my favorites.  It’s spacious aesthetic and rolling bongo hits invoke a seamless listening experience, while the vocal processing adds an element of introspect that always gets my mind moving in the right direction.  The last I’ll mention is Hatti Vatti ft. Cian Finn – ‘Education’.  This one will prove to be a prolific anthem simply due to the profound message of Cian Finn’s vocals.  Everybody, including myself, would be wise to remember these words when in times of defeat or struggle.

Make sure to listen below, as Moonshine has put up clips of the entire album to preview.  I’ve also included links to pre-order (vinyl) or keep your eye on for the release date – March 24th.



That’s it for today, I’ll catch you soon, fam’.  One love.

– Kinman


Horace Andy – Cuss Cuss – DJ Madd Remix / TMSV Remix [MS011]


EZ everybody.

With the recent launch of J:Kenzo’s label – Lion Charge – and the announcement from DJ Madd that he will also be launching a label called ‘Roots & Future’ it seems that there is a surge of appreciation and nostalgia being aimed at the massive amount of influence that dub-reggae played in the inception of the ‘foundation sound’ of dubstep.  Not that it had gone away or anything, but with the evolution of the genre the influences became less explicit, and are also being taken from a vastly greater pool of musical styles.

Moonshine Recordings has also taken it upon themselves to pay homage to the dub in dubstep with their most recent catalog addition.  Both DJ Madd (seems to be a pattern here with him lately) and TMSV have taken a legendary reggae song from the 80’s and injected their interpretation with modern-day production quality and weight.  Both of these producers are dons in their own right, and Madd is my most respected producer within the dubstep framework – EVER.  Both interpretations are top-notch with TMSV utilizing a more percussive approach with his bongos weaving in-and-out, and DJ Madd coming correct with a wall of pulsating bottom-end that could be felt from blocks away.  If you were quick enough, you would have been able to grab the single-sided 10″ release of DJ Madd’s version a few weeks back, out to those that did (like me).


The release is set to drop on March 11th and will be available at all good record stores, in both vinyl and digital format.  Don’t sleep!

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This post was taken via a feature I published on my other blog at Sub.Mission Dubstep, I just wanted to get it out there for as much exposure as possible, so I’m re-blogging it here.  It’s a seriously massive release so be sure not to sleep on it!

It drops March 11th.

You can pre-order it through Surus right now and if you purchase the vinyl, you get the digital copies for free!  Killer deal, so support the scene and buy some good music 🙂  Link below…


I’ll catch you guys next time.

– Kinman

Dub Down Babylon!

Wag wan bredren, yes I!  Thursday is here, meaning that the weekend is right around the corner.  We wanted to bring you some tunes that would get you out of that work mode and ease you into the freedom that the weekend brings.  Today’s focus is going to be on Dub Reggae influenced riddim’s, tunes that incorporate elements of rasta in their production.  It is crucial to appreciate the Dub Reggae influences in the music that we listen to.  All bass music has stemmed from a root that leads back to Dub-Reggae one way or another.  From Jamaican soundsystems with selectahs holding it down on 7″ platters, to influences like King Tubby and his innovative role as a mixing engineer/producer, Dubstep would not have evolved without the help of past soldiers pushing the growth of Roots-Reggae.

The first tunes we bring to you are from an artist from Poland that has consistently provided Reggae infused dubs over the years.  He goes by the name Radikal Guru.  Earlier this year, in October, he dropped a record titled the ‘Rootsteppa’.  With the title of the album used perfectly to indicate the vibe that you’re about to enter when listening to this album, he lays down 12 riddim’s full of Reggae drums and high-quality basslines for listeners to enjoy.  Some tunes have vocals while others are straight forward dubs.  A couple tunes to highlight from the album are ‘Wisdom Dub’ and ‘Tundra Dub’.

Wisdom Dub comes in with a sitar-like intro met with BIG kick drums and a beautifully delayed Reggae horn.  When the tune drops, the combination of bassline, weegie board snares, and horns creates 5 minutes of listening pleasure.

Radikal Guru – Wisdom Dub


Tundra Dub starts off real nice with the combination of horns, piano, snar, and delayed vocals to mesmerize you.  The tune rocks steady for its entirety, showing the value in its production.

Radikal Guru – Tundra Dub


The next tune we have for you is one forthcoming on Moonshine Recordings, the primary label for Radikal Guru’s releases.  The tune, titled Cry Murda, by JingBong Ting ft. Ziggi is a massive deep riddim’ laced with sick vocals throughout.  With remixes by Ho T and Roommate, this track will be a massive release when it hits the streets next Monday, January 16 as a digital release.  Classic piano chords and Ziggi chanting rasta flows make this one a great gem for kicking back to or throwing into sets.  Guaranteed to make listeners swagga’.  Check for the bass distortions near the end of the tune and make sure to check the remixes.  Roommate brings his vibes into da’ ting’, while Ho T gives a classic jungle take on it.  Tell a soundbwoy run!

JingBong Ting ft. Ziggi – Cry Murda + Remixes


The last tune is SO FRESH!  We can’t wait to get our hands on it!  Die & Break recently came out with a video for their new single, Peace & Dub, featuring vocals from MC’s Fats and Buggsy.  Forthcoming on Digital Soundboy as part of the Grand Funk Hustle EP, this is one to watch out for.  With the date of release unknown, it may be a bit of time before you find yourself bagging it if you know what I mean.  Real live sounding drum kits, ragga chants, spot on vocals from Fats and epic flows from bugsy, you can expect this one to be tearing up dance floors for some time.  Kick back and enjoy!

Die & Break – Peace & Dub


Hope you guys enjoyed the sounds!  We will be coming at you with much more rasta love in the future as this was just a mere fraction of the large tunes out there that fall into this category.


-BWS (Lowkey)