The most exciting breakthrough act in current dubstep are back with another slice of crunk-fuelled synthy dub-funk to have you reaching for the lazers in fine style. AfroWhitey have already set the Beatport dubstep top 10 on fire with their first single, Ridin. Now their followup, City Lights, is set to send them into the stratosphere.
Why? Well this Florida duo offer a genuinely fresh sound in an increasingly formulaic arena: this is where raggamuffin skank meets southern hip-hop swagger: pure hands-in-the-air material for the end of the night when the lights come up and they're begging you for just one more.
On the flip, mysterious UK duo Phatman and Robin combine with Sludge head honcho Ed Solo for a driving, peaktime roller which ups the edgy atmosphere and sends down some rudebwoy bass to back up the original's synthy euphoria. These two are another well-established Sludge act moonlighting under a new moniker: Can you tell who it is yet?
Two more fine cuts for the discerning dubstepper from Sludge, both of which will be in your box for some time to come. The likes of Martin Solveig, Skream, Tim Healey, Leeroy Thornhill, JFB and Freq Nasty have been feeling AfroWhitey's previous work: a few seconds into the lead track here is all it should take for you to realise exactly why they're set for big tings in 2012 and beyond.