The recent death of dubstep may have been exaggerated a bit, but the recent renaissance of the genre seems to be flying under the radar. There’s no better example of this than the birth of the Never Say Die: Black Label, the dubstep-driven branch of SKisM’s London-based label Never Say Die. There have been great bass-heavy releases in the last 18 months from the likes of Skrillex, The Glitch Mob, Excision, Dirtyphonics and more. But, NSD: Black Label is showing that, after jumping onto the scene in early-2015, they aren’t just trying to release some tunes. They’re striving to dominate dubstep.
The label began by releasing a compilation album featuring several artists on Never Say Die’s impressive roster, which includes the likes of Megalodon, Eptic, LAXX, and more. Curated by SKisM himself, the Black Label XL release got NSD: Black Label off to a great start, and they haven’t looked back.
The honor of releasing the debut solo work via NSD: Black Label went to British-bass artist Trampa, who is making good on the opportunity. His Consciousness EP, released on February 23rd, topped the Beatport Dubstep chart within a few days, and was only recently knocked down to the second spot by Jack Ü’s debut album. Now, the torch will be passed to Bar9.
Bar9 is made up of British duo Martin and Ollie, who have been with the Never Say Die team since 2013. They released two EPs via the label that same year, and are readying a third, the Blender EP. The Blender EP will be released on March 23rd and is the third major release by the label in as many months. We won’t be complaining if this trend continues, especially with the quantity of quality artists connected to the Never Say Die brand.
Let us know what you think of NSD: Black Label’s start to 2015 and what you’re expecting from Bar9’s upcoming EP! Comment below, on Facebook, reply on Twitter, or start a conversation over in our brand new forums!
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