It never ceases to amaze me that in just over a decade, a sound that grew from garage and grime in South London is being both produced and listened to all over the world. But it also amazes me that one such island, similar but also very different to the UK, is a consistent breeding ground for truly brilliant dubstep artists.
Arkotypes are a production and DJ outfit, following in the well-trodden footsteps of fellow NZ dubstep artists making a name for themselves overseas and across the internet.
Robert and Johannes are originally from Europe (Epsom and Hamburg to be precise), but have been based in the shaky bass haven that is Christchurch, New Zealand for over three years.
They focus on producing sub- and percussion-driven dubstep and have gained support from some of the most well-respected musicians in the genre.
BunZer0, Perverse, Content, Kursk, Syte, Demon and a fair few others have been spinning dubs coming out of the Arkotypes studio – with the young duo picking up a release on Optimus Gryme Recordings (with many more expected in the future). Arkotype’s mixing skills and selection of exclusive music has seen them support the likes of Youngsta, Tunnidge, Distance, Truth, Artificial Intelligence and many more across New Zealand.
I can guarantee that, if the deep and dark dubstep sounds are what you’re into, you’ll be hearing a lot more from Arkotypes in the coming months.
The FKOF review:
“The dark atmospheres of the Arkotypes ‘Going to War’ remurk draws in the darkness like storm clouds; representing the final countdown to utter bassline madness. Peaks from the grimey stabs are of high quality, continuously firing upon the listener like a machine gun.
“Cinematic soundscapes envelop the breathing space, slowly transforming any positive state of mind into a darker, more evil one. Two of New Zealand’s finest bass music producers weave their production around P Money and Blacks’ acapellas – creating a monster that sounds like it’s ascended the depths of hell on a journey to the battlefield.”
Peace, love and respect.