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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serious hard-stepping sounds from the Advisory Manchester connection on this set of jungle-inspired large ones. Take it back to the old school with "Schoolboy", an instant classic with the pedigree to carry it far or revisit your youth with "Dubwave Anthem", a tune that epitomises summertime all-nighters and renegade ways. "Some Choon Fi De Gyal Em" gets things rolling and final tune "Pass the Tu Shen Peng" rocks some laid-back vintage reggae vibes. Get skanking.
It would be fair to say that Clarity, AKA Cornish producer Owen Brown, is something of a prodigy. He was just 17 when his debut EP dropped on Horizons Music in 2012, and he's since gone on to deliver impressive, often experimental material for Med School, Exit and Samurai. Here he delivers his debut album, a set that takes the accepted structures of drum and bass and mangles them into unusual, atmospheric new shapes (often by pitching them down). Of course, there are other dominant influences - most notably dubstep, ambient, tribal techno and IDM - and these combine to give Infinite an unusual, murky and off-kilter feel. It's a remarkable debut, all told, and one that cements Brown's reputation as one of leftfield D&B's most unique talents.
Digital returns to Horizons for the second time in 2014 with a fresh EP of deep, dark explorations. "Deathwish" kicks things off with deep, dubby sounds pared back to a half-time tempo halfstep, while "My World" changes track, taking things in a sweeping, almost uplifting direction, very liquid but still with that Digital edge. "Damage" sees Outrage joining Digital in the studio for some dangerous break chopping and old school synth work, providing the EP's most dancefloor-driven track. "Joker" sees Spirit bust in for the collaboration, blending acid synths, frantic syncopations and dubby echoes over a solid backbone of bass. Last but not least, "Cold Case" takes things dark and minimal, with recorded samples, unorthodox percussion and an edgy atmosphere that leaves an uneasy feeling in the air long after it's over. Solid, experimental D&B from one of the best.
You read it correctly, the Jungle Cakes series has reached Volume 32, and to celebrate, Defkline has produced for us two mighty fine slices of jungle riddims and spiced up classic vocals. In "Tempo" a kaleidoscope of tropical sounds wash over a big bouncing bassline, while a drop reveals the ragga heart of the tune before building to dizzying breakneck speed again. On the flip, "Magnificent" harks back to the ruffneck '80s, where shufflin' rhythms were the way to move. Add some ballsy breaks and there's a brand new way to scuff up them Dr Martens. Everybody skank!
Philth is an artist on the cusp of greatness. If you've ever been to see him in the flesh or heard his countless heavyweight releases on labels with passionate fans and hardworking ethics like Flexout Audio, Diffrent and Peer Pressure, you'll already be well-versed in his natural ear for meaty basslines and mouthwatering melodies. Pairing with the thoroughly beautiful Collette Warren for this double-header was a masterstroke, giving him scope to manipulate those bassy depths into far-reaching cinematic soundscapes into the plush backdrop Collette's voice deserves. Massive.
And now for something beautiful and warming, Lurch comes direct from London to bring a spot of sunshine to your weather-beaten December blues. "Catch You" heads up the release, setting up the tone for things to come with delicate piano twinklings, Oake Adams' sultry croon and easy rolling bass and percussion. The EP continues on a smoothly swaying tip through funk-filled "Get Swung" and "Lights In The Sky", adding MC Bluejay's vivid lyricism to laid back jazzy sounds. "Real Talk" Rounds us off with a nod to the old school, adding colourful brass and a driving beat set to get heads nodding. Another stunner from Soul Deep.
Liz E is no stranger to the harder side of D&B having begun her days in the proving grounds of Helter Skelter and Slamming Vinyl and joining SGN:LTD for this double she's decided to leave her mellow side at home. "I Need You" is a blistering rampage through darker sounds and rapidfire breaks, guaranteed to have crowds working up a sweat. "On My Mind" rolls hard but has a softer, more soulful heart, channelling Brazilian vibes and soaring strings alongside tightly-wound percussion and a big, beautiful bassline. Liz E has style and it's great to see her repping her unique influences with the Shogun crew.
Earlier this year while in Sacramento, 6Blocc set up a meeting with Junior Demus to discuss dubplates. What became of that day was three tracks for Digital 6, one of which has been spun on its head by no less than seven very different producers. Enter "Jungle Stabbin'", first taken on by the legendary Marcus Visionary who puts a dancehall spin to the tropical sounds, before 6Blocc take on his own work for a switched-down, hip-swaying, dubbed-out take. Rootikal strips it back to original reggae stylings in his offerings, with a particularly nice brass hook added to the final track.
Cementing its position as one of D&B's most essential labels with this round-up of the year's biggest tracks, Shogun Audio has outdone itself. From Rockwell's bafflingly precise electronic meanderings to Icicle's considered approach to minimal bass and drums, Technimatic and Spectrasoul's beautiful synergy of sound and feeling and newcomer Joe Ford's unique slant on experimental soundscaping, this is an unashamedly outgoing collection. Shogun has been running the gauntlet for some time now, focusing all the experimental energies harboured by its own terrifyingly impressive host of signed artists. As always, it's been worth the hard word. An essential release for an exceptional year. Long live Shogun!
Leeds-based duo Nausika are quickly rising in the ranks pushing their own blend of dark, stripped back drum & bass. with the pedigree of D&B that comes from the depths of the north of England, these chaps have a lot to live up to - thankfully for them (and us) this double header is inky black and full of goodness. Packed with creative ways to tie up dark D&B (and you thought there was only one way to stay militant) there's some severe, cutthroat talent for stripping back and keeping things clean and perfectly formed on show here that most can only vaguely muster. At only 21 and 19 years old, that's quite something. As their press notes put it: "Their future's bright, but their sound's quite the contrary."
Phil Tangent's heart-racing, sky-high sound is the stuff that D&B dreams are made of. Rolling out deep with a lightness in his production that beautifully counteracts deep, sometimes droning bass, tracks like "Rinjani" and "Bedouin" manage to be uplifting and beautiful as well as severely dance floor-friendly. Using flowing musical samples to colour his jagged electronic soundscapes, this EP shows just how much of a talented producer he truly is. Not many people can hit tone as well as tune right on the money, but he manages to over and over.
This V recording re-release is more than a little bit special. "Funktion" has been a sonic benchmark for D&B producers since the days of pirate radio and cassettes; totally encapsulating the sound of a specific moment in time and yet somehow managing to still sound fresh and s exciting as it ever was, Ed Rush & Optical's classic roller is a must-own for any self-respecting producer, bedroom DJ or casual drum and bass fan. Created at a time when their Virus sound was still being honed, as they went on to transform D&B, they proved conclusively to be two of the most important people in the genre. This release isn't optional - it's essential.