Longstanding west coast jungle informer 6Blocc comes correct with an album of chunky edits. Complementing the lower-tempo "Gritty N Grimey" parallel release with whistle-stop 170 ruffage, each of the 21 cuts take the London template and bake it in classic Cali sunshine. Highlights include the super-freaky Adina Howard reference "Freak In The Jungle", a gun-toting Blackstreet cowboy cut "Diggity" and the Marky-esque soulful roller "Time Flies". Capturing ever deft move of 6Blocc's commitment to the US jungle movement, Cali Jungle is the ultimate document of where both he and his fellow 170BPM countrymen are at right now... And it's a great place to be.
The Los Angeles-based Boogie Down Edits crew are slowly gaining a reputation for the quality of their scalpel works, which tend towards the sympathetic whilst taking account of the needs of contemporary DJs. This fourth expansive volume in the series contains plenty more reasons to be cheerful, from the tight electro-funk shuffle of "Special Love" and P-Funk bounce of "The Cats Away", to the Prelude-ish synths and boogie badness of "Searching" - and razor-sharp B-boy electro of "Talk Boxing". They also find space to squeeze in the rubbery funk bass and drum machine beats of "Bernadette", and the superb disco-funk rub "Disco Dancer". Extra points will be awarded to anyone who recognises the original source material.