Black Label is not your typical dance music provider. In fact, it’s far from it. Never Say Die Record’s newest subdivision has one mission and one mission only: total and utter bass annihilation. The infant label’s first official release comes to us in the form of Black Label XL – an 11-track, star-studded compilation that highlights previously unheard material from a ridiculously wide range of dubstep’s most influential names. With NSD frontman SKisM topping the list of noteworthy producers, everybody from legends like BAR9 to novices like Spag Heddy stops by to make some noise.
When navigating through an album of this magnitude, there are no shortcuts. Every single song must be fully processed. Front to back, back to front, over, and over, and over again. After thorough investigations are conduced, then, and only then can you truly break down each of these sub-smashing bangers. BAR9 reminds us where riddim began with “Dave,” London Nebel goes hard as fuck on not just one, but two tracks (collabs with Disonata and Cosa & Kay), and SKisM generously shares the spotlight with LAXX on the hard-hitting “Hostile.” Oh, and we haven’t even reached the meat of the album yet. As we sink our teeth in a little deeper, tunes like “Black Scorpion,” “Danger Zone (VIP),” and “All Your Swag’s Borrowed” take complete control of the airwaves. It’s no secret that Trampa, Megalodon, TrollPhace, and Sub Antix are experts at creating destructive dubstep – and apparently they’ve done it once again.
Putting the final touches on this elaborate collection of music, the final four cuts consist of two sensational solo works and two killer collaborations. P0gman displays his dubstep prowess on “Get Hot” and BadKlaat cracks some skulls with “Head Crush.” In regards to those aforementioned collabs, Dubalodz & Walter Wilde distribute some extra wonky vibes with “Wackadoodle,” while F3tch & Spag Heddy use “Spooks” to do the unthinkable. Seriously, the latter is basically indescribable.
You can purchase this landmark release here, or just use SoundCloud to keep it locked on repeat. The choice is yours.