Release Date: 4th February 2022
WRDubs return afresh in 2022 with a transatlantic twofer.
Up on side A is Brighton (UK) based bassbin botherer MISFIT known to many in his hometown for his tireless efforts supporting underground music on local radio and in local club The Volks. 'Katana' impressed us with a mystical melody that floats like fragrant smoke over a steely chassis of weighty growling bass and militant half-step drums. Strict and sharp but still sounding soulful. This one skanks AND slaps.
Flip to the AA where we are proud to reveal the addition of LA-based low-key legend OXOSSI to our humble catalogue. Following a thought-provoking voice discussing creative struggles and strategies, 'Frantic''s punchy restless riddim will have soundboys & gals bouncing through the ceiling. With an urgent energy, super-sharp production, lush layers and foreground frequencies few can touch, you'll be left gasping for air.
Thanks to the producers and supporters.
a1. Misfit - Katana
b1. Oxossi - Frantic
Release Date: 27th September 2019
WRDubs return with a unique coupling of musical missiles from 2 of our favourite UK producers and badmen.
Up on the A is Chad Dubz who may be known to you as founder and owner of the wicked Bristol based label Foundation Audio plus tunes dropped on labels including CNCPT Collective / Infernal Sounds / Boka Records / Unity Through Sound / Banana Stand Sound and more....
'FKD' was created with WRDubs in mind and is a heavy slab of wonked whomp and scattershot skank. The twists and turns in this tune are likely to cause delirium and possibly even some argy bargy in the dance. Watch out!
Pon the AA we are proud to be working with Manchester based JFO. As well as running his ultra-limited dubplate label Hooded-Up his previous releases have appeared on Cella, Dream Eater, MUD and more. He's also shared eps with the likes of Glume and Phossa and received support from J Kenzo / Neffa-T & Slimzee. His prior output has ranged from Grime to Dubstep.
Here on 'Destroyer Of Worlds' much like the opening intro dialogue, Jack has created a weapon of seismic destruction. A deadly drone-steppa that will drop like a bomb in darker sets.
a1. Chad Dubz - FKD
b1. JFO - Destroyer Of Worlds
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Well Rounded kick off 2019 with the return of 2 artists who previously released on the label.
FOAMPLATE featured on our first ever release with 'Fuzz'. SIBLA joined the party with 'Trial' on WRDubs 03.
Both of these new contributions show further evolutions of particular aspects of their unique styles.
On the A side FOAMPLATE drops a supa-tuff shuffler entitled 'Lost'. This is a shadowy alien musical landscape built upon monolithic, monotonal subbass with subtle innovations. A weird wirey melody appears then weaves between the sharp skankin' snares and dark filtered cymbal textures. These fuse and ride out in the direction of the mid-journey breakdown. From the 2nd drop, splashes of distortion start to subvert the bottom end adding nuff grub to this dub.
On the AA side SIBLA advances his production portfolio with deft sample-sculpting. The near chopped and screwed beat places this track equidistant between hip-hop and dubstep. This brash approach to rhythm is joined by various sonic features including swells of magic harps, mourning melodica and aromatic strings.
Be advised - these all explode into vivid-psychedelic colours in the early stages of the 2nd drop!!
a1. Foamplate - Lost
b1. Sibla - Consonance
Release Date: 16th February 2018
a. NUMBer - Æther (Headland Remix)
b. Headland - Local (Tetrad Remix666)
Released 25th August 2017
The WRDubs split series is back serving up both sickness and slickness on our 4th plate to date. Pon A side duties T.A.R drops a beautiful mindfuck of a track. The crafting of the bottom end of this tune is pushing next levelz while the mids and tops are full of unsettling rattles and insane voices. Really NOT like anything else atm this tune will stop em in their tracks. Progression. Flip to the AA and VGB drops some sub-soul for us. Robust bottom end and drums supporting a melody that addresses our need to escape the sometimes narrow musical boundaries of dubstep. Expression.
a1. T.A.R - Loonies
b1. VGB - Rough Surface
Released 16th December 2016
Brighton’s 140 vinyl specialists Well Rounded Dubs return again with 2 fresh wax debuts guaranteed to detonate your dance.
A: First up NUMBer delivers ‘æther’ which has been causing a stir off dubplate for a few months now. From the ting-a-ling intro we drop straight into a cheeky walking sub-bassline that’ll bring joy to the faces of even the most hardened skankin’ soldiers. This gets a proper energy lift from added tribal hand percussion sitting perfectly in the mix. The 2nd drop reveals extra descending bass plus some extra space and nails it. Check the clip for proof.
AA: Pon the flip SIBLA steps up with ‘Trial’. Freshly moulded hi-hats lead us through the mysterious intro until (after a brief appearance in a rowdy courtroom) we embark on a dark cavernous ride constructed from prison door heavy drums and sick growling bass. As the bottom end switches to warm subs the top end trippy touches and treatments reveal an unearthly edge to this sneaky winner.
Mixed down hot for maximum satisfaction.
Watch out for future drops from these talented producers!!!
a. NUMBer - æther
b. Sibla - Trial
Repress due 2nd March 2018
Well Rounded drop their 2nd 140 release and look set to build on the fantastic response to the sold out first split 12” featuring Foamplate (with ‘Fuzz’ his debut vinyl appearance) and Corticyte.
As before we have picked two tracks taking different approaches to dubstep – but each high quality examples of their styles.
A: This time round we have the vinyl debut from freshly discovered NZ based producer HEADLAND. Headland’s sound is experimental and innovative yet tuff and driving at the same time. ‘Local’ is an in your face introduction to this man’s sound – swerving psychotic sub-bass is layered up with a gnarly synth creating an unpredictable bottom end whilst hi-hats scythe, dismembered voices manifest and disappear as ricocheting drum patterns are interrupted by monolithic synth stabs. The breakdown totally deconstructs the track’s attack before the 2nd drop pulls all the chaos into an impressively focused charge to the finish. Utterly unique and certainly different. Carnage!
AA: Pon the flip SEPIA slays us with the soulful depth of ‘Amber’. Instantly memorable, haunting but uplifting vocals lead us into a track that drops with seriously weighty sub offset by drums and percussion that avoid the predictable by layering up levels of swung rhythms. This track has been receiving an incredible response off dubplate – a favourite with the people and the best kind of earworm. It’ll get inside you…..
a. Headland - Local
b. Sepia - Amber
Repress Due 2nd March 2018
After a hefty hiatus (or premature retirement?) Donga's Well Rounded stable of labels return with another imprint!
WRDUBS is concerned with music in the 140bpm / dubstep arena.
We always had a love and respect for deep, dark and rootsy stuff but it is only in 2015 that we feel we are receiving the kind of tracks required to get us contributing to the scene.
Pon the A-side FOAMPLATE debuts on wax with an early production and long-term fave with the WR fam. ‘Fuzz’ slides, shifts and morphs it’s bass freakquencies into high resonant squeaks. Sirens wail and moan in the hazey middle-distance as the rhythms reinvent demselves combining paranoid atmosphere with pinpoint percussion moves. Proper other-worldly half-step from this exciting new producer from our hometown of Brighton. Look out for his forthcoming hook ups with Sleeper’s Crucial Recordings and new uber-dank imprint Gully Records.
CORTICYTE also does things his own special way. In 'Negative Space' he builds a beat from hard shards of tuff near-industrial drums like a funky machine in a futuristic factory. The pressure builds until the bass drops with a rugged repetition and the hard half-step rhythm pulls the listener along in it’s misshapen wake. Finally he throws down a fade-out, sluggish djs beware!!
Corticyte also has more heavy material about to surface on Gully Records.
a. Foamplate - Fuzz
b. Corticyte - Negative Space