Allow jungle revival pioneers and Jungle Cakes bosses Ed Solo & Deekline to present the much anticipated follow up to "Welcome To The Jungle". On this second edition of "Welcome To The Jungle", Ed Solo & Deekline delve deeper into their roots, and influences with a heady brew of jungle cuts old and new. From stone cold classics like Ray Keith - Chopper and DJ Hype ft. MC Fats - Peace, Love & Unity, also featured are remixes from Chase & Status, and Sigma. Mixed live by Ed Solo & Deekline over 2 continuous mixes, and crammed with 28 upfront exclusives, VIP mixes, classics, and fresh cuts from Jungle Cakes, Welcome To The Jungle Vol. 2 is all you need.
You'd struggle to find a more passionate champion of the nu-disco and re-edits scene than Yam Who. His edit-focused Midnight Riot label does a great job in spotting and showcasing talent. Somewhat predictably, this eighth installment in the label's self-titled compilation series is another winner. It features some 31 tracks, plus a bonus mix from the Dead Rose Music Company, and bristles with the kind of floor-friendly material that blurs the boundaries between electrofunk, nu-disco, house, funk, soul and, of course, straight-up disco. Given the sheer scale of the collection, picking highlights is tough, but look out for some urgent boogie business from Rayko, a dose of spinetingling, sax-laden sweetness from Goldboy, and a live bass and vintage synthesizer rinse-out from Fran Deeper and James Rod.
Norwich boy Upgrade has been dishing out his own brand of bass-driven pain on the circuit for a little while now and joining the Serial Killaz has pushed his name to the top of the scene's agenda ready for 2015. Pushing forth with severely snapping beats and dirty bass, there's more than a bit of minimal and even techy influence making its way into this guy's production as he continues the never-ending search for that perfect industrial sound. Featuring a VIP of massive hip-hop-styled "Gunshots" as this mega EP's finale, it's nothing if not excellent value for money, running at eight tracks total. When it's all as good as this, you'll still be craving more.
This intense collective of artists and record labels representing all angles of drum & bass is celebrating a massive decade at the forefront of the genre. Ten years is a long time when it comes to music, but over the label's lifespan it has released music from some of the greatest and most criminally overlooked producers around. From dark, underground anthems to hyped-up, high-powers roof-raisers, this exceptional LP contains some of the finest tunes ever to be committed to release by Co-lab. Fromt he likes of Heist, Serum and Majistrate to the mighty precision and restraint of Russia's own Ceph, this is a landmark release you need for your collection. Just don't let it gather dust - air it regularly, as loud as your neighbours can bear.
Using samples from the charts to pep up his weighty basslines, Bladerunner has a way with turning the banal into something that little bit more amazing. Getting as far away from pop as possible though in "The Real Deal", we get experimentation with big, bouncy bass that booms out from under layers of sci-fi and vintage effects. "Soul Sense" rolls along thick and fast and "Poseidon Dub" is as deep and ethereal as you want it to be. Bladerunner is fast becoming a buy-on-sight name around these parts, and when he's producing stuff like this it's not hard to see why.
We've been waiting for this one for a minute: Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound outfit finally unleash this mighty re-fix of Kahn's 2012 Deep Medi outing "Dread". Warm skanks, gravelly toasting and a rolling muscular momentum, it's a whole new tune. "Late Night Blues" gets a similarly massive facelift as the deep space is replaced by crisp live drums and added textures. Quintessential version material.
What Liquid V has done for those in the ranks of the liquid D&B soldiers over the past 10 years is almost too much to note down. Hundreds of releases from undoubtedly some of the finest names in drum & bass have graced their ledger, pushing genre-expanding tunes from across the globe. This compilation bring together some of the very best that he label has to offer, pulling legendary tracks off the shelf to sit side-by-side with the unsung heroes of the genre. Featuring names like Roni Size and Nu Tone, Commix, DBridge, Calibre, Zero Tolerance and Q Project, this isn't just about rolling out, it's about celebrating what D&B can be if you forget about the egos and focus on the dancefloor.
Sam Shepherd has long been a master of the kind of ultra-deep, rolling, soft focus deep house that raises the spirits and soothes the soul. Even so, there's something incredibly special about "Nuits Sonores", the lead track from this must-have EP. Based around a deep, tactile groove and blessed with rising synth solos, dancing acid lines and his usual fireside Rhodes antics, the track rises magnificently for 12 spellbinding minutes. As it progresses, further elements make their way into the mix, until it reaches the kind of organic deep house climax that makes even the grumpiest souls go weak at the knees. Flip for "Nectarines", the kind of loose-limbed fusion of deep house sassiness, Detroit techno electronics and fluid jazz drumming at which Shepherd has always excelled.
Where else to find gorgeous liquid D&B than on Spearhead? Ahead of the game for very nearly 10 years, BCee's own label has been releasing some of the suavest, most pristine drum and bass in the business. Featuring guest spots in the form of remixes from Calibre, Hybrid Minds and a collaboration with Bladerunner, this is no ordinary EP. But what did you expect? "Typical Description" shines out especially brightly, thanks in part to Calibre's input on the remix duties and David Boomah's unmissable vocals.
Tempa turns back time while staring defiantly into the future: Youngsta takes Truth's summer 2013 thunder-jam "Devil's Hands" and turbo-charges it with such a steppy dynamic you can see the speed lines firing from your speaker. Next up, take J Kenzo's 2012 minimal blunderbuss and introduce an added synth texture and a slinkier groove to the bass. Both fine examples of how to smash a remix while paying respect to the strong originals.
Pack your baggiest pants: Laptop Funkers blast off with a six-track party selection so infectious you break a sweat within the first 16. Super-charged with samples - familiar and obscure - the big beat feelgood factor is set to stun so hard the dial's broken off. The entire collection requires attention but key highlights include the S.O.U.L-full swings and strums of "Ready To Rumble" and the thundering bass-runs and jazz-spangled horns of "The World Today". Fancy a rumble?
Sabrosa Soul is the brand new beat-child of Tom Drummond and Charlie Bucket. Oozing timeless funk from every element, each of these four tracks will thaw out the iciest of floors. Highlights include Cuban heel-clicking Latin jiver "Sabrosa Salsa" and the hypnotic slinked-out groove and slo-mo 4/4 of "Tromba". The type of music that will have you instantly reaching for a mojito - even at 10 in the morning - we're expecting plenty more exciting material from Sabrosa Soul.
Brand new nu-disco brand from Brazil, Mareh have already established themselves as sonic connoisseurs with their annual festivals, long before this debut release. NYC don Duncan takes the lead with a stately Italo-referencing groover that builds and builds with analogue insistency, twisting, turning and evolving throughout. Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco follow on a much funkier flex. A nagging synth hook, loopy guitars and a pertinent sense of disco insistency are all tied together with a bold swing and plenty of party panache. Mareh mercy!
The great art of waiting, as perfected by British people and Taiko fans - it's been over a year since his last extended player. But boy the wait's been worth it. Just within the first two tracks he shows bare breadth and versatility; there's a psychedelic Boards Of Canada feeling to the title track while "Bloomerang" takes us back to the bassline, all jittery and tearing. Dig a little deeper for some funky drummer damage where "XIII"'s spangly guitars and sopping wah wahs amp up the insanity and "Nooka" showcases Taiko's penchant for percussion with a loopy, tech-like groove that rumbles with reverb so hard you'll check you wig hasn't been blown off. Perfect.
If you thought you knew what to expect by now from the Need For Mirrors fellas, just wait until you hear this. Reformatting their sound into dangerously sleek, streamlined compositions, this release takes influences from classic club styles and the darker end of the D&B spectrum. "Sacred Heart" itself is a breathtaking little number, managing to warp a standard roller into something special with vocals that could have been sliced off the top of a '90s garage cut and crispy production cinching in the bass and kicks. It's tight. "Beams" takes a lighter approach, drifting elegantly by with a tasty rattle on the hi-hat for good measure. "Pow Wow" switches up the techy vibes and "Disdain" gets dark and moody for a dance floor-driven stomp. Finally the beautifully old school "Red Shift" pushes a neat, spaced-out sound. A late entry but surely one of the EPs of the year.
Thirty three seminal Robert Hood productions all in the one download: The M-Plant Mother lode has landed. Even if you're well up to date on the Detroit legend's storied career there's no stopping the joy at what material has been included here - including - the best minimal techno production of all time: Monobox's "Realm". For something funkier there's the "The Pace", "The Greatest Dancer", the all praising "We Magnify His Name" and "Monkey". But wait: there's more! "Alpha" and "The Family" from his Omega Man LP makes the cut as do the epic James Brown and Aretha Franklin samples from newer school Floorplan material "Baby Baby" and "Never Grow Old". There's also the legendary stuff like "Who Taught You Math" and "Minus" to "Protein Valve" and much, much more. Dig in.
A decade of Viper and things are sounding better than ever. Kicking off with Futurebound and Gridlok, this mammoth compilation runs through some of the finest slices of D&B ever created for the legendary label, including tunes from the likes of The Prototypes, InsideInfo & Prolix, Matrix & Futurebound, Nero and Delta Heavy. With an all-star cast like this and some of the finest sounding heaviness on their doorstep, no wonder Viper have got this locked down. Make sure you get a piece of the action.
Alpha by name, alpha by nature, Proxima has set a brand new benchmark in modern dubstep albums. Rich in dynamics, fresh ideas, weight, depth and character, a muscular narrative is peppered with twists and turns - P Money's rapid-flow breakneck grime on "Pressurized", the juxtaposition of classical strings and angular leads on "Prologue", the cosmic psy-like acidity of "In Vacuo", the graveyard echoes and bumps of "Hokusai", the Machine head chugs of "Smog", the firing D&B collaboration with his cousin Icicle - as Proxima presents his broadest production palette with boldness, dexterity and toxic levels of badness. This is what a really well-crafted debut album sounds like.
No 27 in the Wolf Music discography sees the Lupine London label look to the Lowlands (try saying that five times in a row) and introduce their network to the talents of Dutch duo Homework. As Homework, Amsterdam-based Tom Waist and Zip Stolk have racked up a clutch of releases for Shir Khan's Exploited label over the past four years and their brand of classicist Chicago house is most definitely high grade Wolf material. It's hard to describe the three Homework cuts here as anything other than luscious with "Time & Time" a definite highlight thanks to the vocal sample flip. Includes a rather dusty remix from Wolf Music regular Greymatter.
This third anniversary package from the good people at Vehicle is a bumper packed compilation with a whopping 24 tracks! All are retweaked big pop hits, highlights of which being reworkings of boozy party anthems such as Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Duran Duran's "Notorious", Tom Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and (a particularly good electro-house reworking of) ELO's "Last Train To London".