Founding fathers of jump-up skank-wise drum & bass, Vital Elements and Tera return with the official mix album we've been waiting for since their Top Cat throw down five years ago. Blazing through 50 tracks, the mix is devilishly close to their legendary clubs sets. But that's just the start as many tracks and their own special remixes are being made available for the first time; the premium positivity of 2Nice's "Uprising" the gruelling drum switches of Krome & Time's "The Licence", Ras Demo's spitfire mic-wrenching on "Fire" and the straight-up nasty of SK's "Kill Tune Time" are the tip of the highlight iceberg. Complete with a selection of DJ FX tools, Jungle Cakes and Serial Killaz have created a next level junglist package right here.
For most producers, one compendium of original material in a year would be enough. Not for Newham General Footsie, though. Oh no. Just three months after Volume 1 blew us away, here comes an equally massive follow up. Entrenched in gritty, uncompromising highlights, this grime instrumental package is scorched with quality; from Dizzee's tripped out rub of "Sci-Fi" to the long awaited Newham Generals instrumental version of "Violence" via the soundsystem-primed trad dub vibes of "No Matter" and the dreamy hypnosis of "Congo", this does more business than Lord Sugar himself. Essential.