OVD004 - Teffa - Illegal EP
Onward and upwards - the Belgian Dubstep imprint Overdue maintains its superheated release schedule with full force. With a meticulously curated artist roster and continued support by the likes of Mixmag and other vital institutions, this release yet again perfectly aligns with their vision of subculture sound system music. Spearheaded by a positively prolific artist, their fourth record features Teffa on the controls. Following up on some massive 12" releases on crucial labels such as White Peach Records and Foundation Audio, the up and coming artist furthers his status as a versatile and highly capable producer with three tracks of unadulterated sound system pressure - including a weighty collaboration with Chad Dubz.
Arming the record, 'Shell It' heads straight into the matter at hand, precision-engineered weaponry clocking in at 140 BPM. Drums like mountains, effortlessly heaving immense amounts of low-end, smoothly embedded on silky pad swells. Fusing old-school elements with the present like few others, the lively arrangement does the rest to keep the crowd aflame without end. Music with an attitude - rewinds assured.
Fasten your seatbelts as the record kicks into overdrive once again with 'Sludge' as faint police sirens and reverberate into oblivion only for it to implode into an instant Dubstep classic. Driven by its ridiculously effective and minimal instrumentation, the underground unravels itself in sonic form. Spacious pressure wave emissions, especially primed for the dance.
Stepping up to the title track, 'Illegal' tops off the 12" most beautifully - packed with Grime and Breaks influences and mesmeric melodies. As unshackled 808's pound away alongside a murderous set of percussions, the electronic soundscape treads through hypnotic harmonies and dance-inducing groove - Teffa signature style at it's finest
OVD003 - Hebbe - Numina EP
Unveiling the subsequent ace for their third vinyl release, rising Dubstep imprint Overdue is heading into the new year with full momentum. Following up on substantial musical artillery by scene heavyweights Zygos and Dalek One, they welcome the acclaimed bad-man Hebbe to the roster. The Dutch producer released on labels such as Artikal Music, Crucial Records, and White Peach Records last year - now heading into the new year with another monumental 3 track EP.
As the needle engages in the records’ grooves, we find ourselves entranced by the smoke-engulfed set of sonic artillery shells laid out. Bleak and yet lively - Hebbe conveys sinister soundscapes on deceptively minimal arrangements, a tribute to the original Dub spirit of organic arrangements and commandeering of space.
Collaborating with Nosa, ‘M1’ lures us into the depths of subterranean sound caves, a violin’s aquatic echo reverberating into darkness. Lights on as the track reveals its crescendo pressure emissions, taking your mind on a full-spectrum journey. Taken back by its haunting desolation, the second wave transforms into an even greater no-holds-barred shutdown.
As lavishly distorted melodies veer into nothingness, ‘Fingerprint’ kicks us off into a drum-driven low-frequency abyss. Surging through the desolate ambience, foley effects weave themselves into the intricate soundscape. Infused with meticulous breaks and fills, the compelling progression keeps heads bouncing throughout.
As heated as they come, ‘Numina’ heads for the big guns. Air pressure changes coalescing into the eerie sense of impending lunacy. Irresolute mallet plucks teaming up with an iconic onslaught of a myriad of old-school ‘wobs’ in full glory. Steering through the highly dynamic arrangement, this belter playfully tears the dance floor apart in fine style.
OVD002 - Dalek One - Witchcraft EP
Already having garnered support from the likes of Mixmag and other vital tastemakers around the globe, Overdue's continued onslaught is led on by none other than the highly talented, US-based artist Dalek One. Keeping the torch brightly lit, the eerie soundscapes and forward-minded arrangements, spellbound within the ‘Witchcraft EP’ serve as a perfect follow-up and yet another example of superb quality.
Going straight for the flip-side, ‘Witchcraft’ lunges straight into a tribal encantation of overdriven tape - rhythms like water luring you towards mammoth bass surges - ecstatically driven forward by bold drums and unparalleled groove. Swaths of low frequencies hitting your every fibre alongside enthralling percussive movements - danger of high impact on sound systems guaranteed. Lowering the needle on the other side, ‘Breakthrough’ does literally that. As it sets off with a rainy storm - industrious drone and thunder - metallic clangs propelling us onward into what turns out to be an absolute destroyer, full-on armageddon kind of banger. Heavily overdriven bass surges kick some sense into you as the off-kilter drums and experimental switch-ups keep you yearning for more. Minimal sound system music executed at it’s finest. Finishing off this highly combustible collection of music, ‘Terror Strike’ leaves no prisoners as its tribal atmosphere baits unsuspecting listeners into a low frequency rapture, showcasing Dalek One’s intricate sound design once again.
OVD001 - Zygos - Venery EP
Fellow countryman Zygos has lit the fuse for his sonically abysmal ‘Venery EP’. A highly prolific talent, who’s productions undoubtedly had a considerable impact on the scene within the last year, including various massive vinyl outings on labels such as Unity Through Sound, Rarefied or Subaltern Records & support from vital figures like Sleeper or N-Type.
OVD001’ serves profound bassweight on a 12” platter, setting the tone for future releases. Garbled voice echo reverberations intermingle with sneaky percussion grooves in ‘Resilience’ - eerie down to the core. As sub frequencies come into play the psychedelic atmosphere continues to twist itself further only to re-structure itself into a straight banger, giving way to thick mid-bass pulses and a dense Dubstep onslaught. ‘Tension’ heads off into coherent territory, leading the way into a beautifully broken groove held together by heavy snares, fluid drum fills and organic foley. The devious second drop reels us back in, elegantly surmising the up-tempo feel of this wonky beat. Flipping the record for its conclusion, listeners are being met with the supreme title track ‘Venery’, hypnotically pacing onward in a four-to-the-floor steppers style. Spearheaded by the percussive lead, we’re left dazed and skanking. A full-force Dubstep rave - reminiscent of underground techno, executed masterfully.