Eleven slabs of pure, authentic roots, Rebel MC's foundational agenda-setters (penned under various names such as Blackstar, Rebel MC and Congo Natty) have been tethered and tied up to form this on-point history lesson in breakbeat and jungle culture. From the 'heads down' drum magic of the previously rare dubplate version of "Alaska Ride" to the instantly distinctive hook of The Revolutionaries-sampling "Kunta Kinte" via the Buju Banton-fronted siren session "Stamina", this album is a reminder of just how much Michael West contributed to jungle's development. Forefather fire!
Dirty Dubster head to the Czech Republic's darkest, dirtiest dancehalls as they invite Supa John to the fold for his debut release. "Love Dem Bad" is brutal and bashy. Gravelly vocals a go-go; it's an instant grinder. "This Is Sensi Jam" is much more chilled as we relax into a soft sexy skank. "Gimmie Di Weed" takes a well-known Nextmen lick and flips it into a herb homage while "High Rope" completes the set with a shimmering skank and full focus on heartfelt R&B-esque vocals from Janelle Monae. An impressively accomplished debut.
Titan Sound - AKA producers Pappa Demus and Selecta Demo - specialise in the kind of booming, bass-heavy reggae, ragga and dancehall mash-ups that meld together familiar riddims and accapellas in devastating new ways. The killer cut on this three-tracker for Dirty Dubster Digital is undoubtedly "Adidas Episode", which places the vocal from De La Soul's "My Adidas" atop a righteous dancehall rhythm. It shouldn't work, but it really does. "Tear The Roof Off" takes a more baggy ska-influenced approach, again blending a familiar hip-hop acapella with jaunty grooves. Finally, "Warning" offers a straight-up hip-hop reggae approach for those feeling the head nodding, singalong vibes.
Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
Dirty Dubster's popular Ragga Party Jams series continues, with another quartet of dubwise mash-ups and reggae/hip-hop futures. Larry SKG kicks things off with "Hypocrites", an expertly crafted fusion of a classic soulful reggae riddim and well-chosen hip-hop samples. DJ Maars' "Just Like Music" blends a familiar rap vocal and sunshine reggae jam with vocal cuts from a classic Marvin Gaye slow jam, while DJ Rebel's "Here Comes The Mashupper" layers a skanking riddim with all manner of familiar vocal samples. Best of all, though, is "I Shot Big L", in which Bob Marley takes a trip into scratchy reggae hip-hop territory. It shouldn't work, but it's sympathetically produced and sounds like a sunshine anthem in the making.
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - original) - (2:53) 88 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Bim One Production remix) - (3:02) 93 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Dirty Dubsters remix) - (3:48) 95 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Jinx In dub remix) - (3:40) 88 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Tradesman remix) - (3:09) 95 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Subtifuge Jungle remix) - (5:13) 87 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - riddim version) - (2:52) 88 BPM
Spoil yourself with six alternative versions of Danny T's summer vibin' Dreader Than Dread. Bim One strips the mid range and focuses on the lyrical, low end and percussive content of the track while the Dirty Dubsters live up to their name by mugging up the mix for something far more filtered. The real deep electronic vibes come from Jinx's dub, before bringing the track to life with a funky bassline - and the tablas come out in Tradesman's remix! For all the junglists there's Subtifuges rework and don't forget the riddim version for that instrumental alternative.
Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.