What a year it has been for dubstep. It was very exciting seeing Tempa’s A&R Youngsta establish his own label Sentry Records this year on which he is signing some fascinating music. Two thousand seventeen has also been the year in which Truth released their album “Wilderness of Mirrors” on Disciple while they’ve been consistently supporting a bunch of remarkable talented up-and-comers on their label Deep Dark & Dangerous. Sleeper’s Crucial recordings amazed us every time with a strong combination of stunning artwork and forward-thinking beats. Innamind Recordings did set the standard as usual, as we were even treated with EVA808’s “Prrr”. The Bandulu family caused some serious damage, while label owner VIVEK put forward a bunch of sick records on his renowned System Music. Dubstep veteran Seven released his third full-fledged album on his label Uprise Audio and let’s not forget Artikal Music UK’s amazing compilation, carefully put together by J:Kenzo.

And don’t even get us started on the exceptional high number of quality 001’s popping off (think Navy Cut, Rarefied, Innerverse,..) while so many other dubstep imprints have been on top of their game as well. An endless list including imprints from Encrypted Audio to White Peach Records, from Infernal Sounds to Chestplate. Mala’s DEEP MEDi was a bit under-represented quantity-wise this year but the quality was there nonetheless as they will undoubtedly smash it next year with their highly-anticipated MEDi100. And FKOFv001 featuring Taiko and District might be the most underrated record of the year. We didn’t even mention half of the relevant dubstep labels but our point is obvious: 2017 has been one for the books.

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