Ed Solo & Deekline have forged their names both separately and as a duo over a plethora of scenes and styles, but they are most fondly known amongst the Juno family for their Jungle Cakes imprint. The boys have taken their fun loving rule free approach to the Jungle sound and have created a whole movement, introducing a new generation to the original Jungle Sound. The boys have just dropped the latest edition of their now legendary Welcome To The Jungle series. If you are Jungle/Drum & Bass DJ and you aren’t familiar with these by now then you need to step away from the Hysteria tape packs friend! A shed loads of a brand new and updated Jungle slammers from some of the most renowned names in the game throughout the decades. We caught up with Nick Deekline to talk about volume 5 of the series, among many other things including why he thinks the 90’s was the best era for music, a very interesting chat well worth a read. Of course we had to cop you guys an exclusive free track! A secret weapon from Deekline’s recent sets, trust us this one is special.


Welcome To The Jungle Vol 5/The Ultimate Jungle Cakes Drum & Bass Compilation
It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.


Hi Deekline how has your week been so far?

Yeah everything is really good at the moment this week has been fantastic, finally getting back into the studio because I took a few months off, I have just been working on some new material with Aston from The Freestylers and I have been doing some Breakbeat again with Ed Solo.

The Breakbeat scene is really hotting up again isn’t it?

Yeah it is a funny one really, it became quite un-trendy and un-cool for a minute and now the kids are opening up to it at the minute. Lots of up and coming producers are open to doing Breakbeat collaborations again so it is brilliant.

This week sees the release of the 5th volume of the Enter The Jungle Series. Can you tell us a little bit about the album and how it was compiled?

Me and Ed Solo did the first couple of albums together and then our friend Toby from Serial Killaz said he wanted a shot at it so he did the third volume and then we asked Benny Page to do the fourth, then recently myself and Ed decided to do the 5th one ourselves because it had been a little while and we had a few tunes and we thought it would be nice to put them all together on this album, mixing some exclusives and licensing some of our favourite tunes that we have been playing out. The jungle that we have been playing has been really hotting up at all the festivals and gigs on tour so it made sense.

Despite topping our charts on a regular basis, not an awful lot is known about the label. So for those who aren’t fully initiated please tell us about Jungle Cakes and the Jungle Cakes Family.

I started off doing jungle, I used to play on Don FM which is a pirate radio station based in South London before I went on to play Garage. Yeah so around 2008 I made a track with a friend of mine from Vicious Circle called “Sugar Me” and Ed Solo heard it and he said that the track gave him a load of ideas. After that I turned to him and said look you really like Reggae and I really like Jungle and our other label Hot Cakes was doing really well at the time, so we said let’s start Jungle cakes. Initially we were just making edits to play in our own sets but the reaction we were getting was so good that we just kept it moving and started pumping releases out. Over the years we have built a really solid following.

Ed wasn’t really a DJ before we did Jungle Cakes, he didn’t really play many shows, but he is actually an amazing DJ so off the back of Jungle Cakes and his reputation for working with DJ Brockie on Undiluted he has built a really big following – especially in the West Country in England, we have up to 2000 junglists turning up for his sets!

So you mentioned your large following there and as I said you top our charts on a regular basis. You manage to do all that without extensive PR campaigns or social media campaigns how do you achieve this?

It is all organic 100% organic, we just started it as a fun project and I think when you do projects and try and think them through and to strategize too much, you lose that organic feel. We never had any pressure to do this, we did it in our own time and because we want to do it.

Do you feel that kind of relaxed approach comes across to fans and DJ’s and has been an integral part of your success?

Yeah absolutely and I think the same thing can be said about a lot of the best tunes, when people make them and there is no pressure there, they are just writing music for fun. I believe that is why a lot of the best tracks are written by kids – they are doing it because the want to, there is no pressure there for them, be it financial or whatever else and that freedom comes across in the music. I think that when you have been doing the same thing for a long time it is easy to get stuck in a rut and stick to a formula. I am trying to do some different things with Jungle Cakes from now on; I like to experiment a little bit.

It is fair to say that Jungle Cakes is not your run of the mill Dum & Bass label, so what would you say there is about your outlook that separates you from the rest of the scene?

I think the clarity of the tunes. A lot of it is down to Ed’s mix downs, he is so good he can pinpoint frequencies so well and when you hear his tunes they sound so good, if I could make a comparison it sounds like Dr Dre is making a jungle tune. We are also very consistent with the branding and the sounds that come out of our studio.

Going back to the album; with the Enter The Jungle compilations you always include the Dubwise sound FX as bonus content, you are one of the only labels who do this, so what was the thinking behind this and have you found that it has particularly resonated with DJs?

I think it is nice, because we make a lot of our own FX and it is nice when you are playing tunes and they have big dubby basslines it is nice to have sound fx because everyone knows the generic ones and these are just a little bit different. We want to help out DJ’s and some of them are really cool for scratching!

The album has a lot of VIPs and 2017 remixes of classic jungle tracks such as Walk N Skank and The Hitman, what is it about these tracks that you think makes them so timeless?

I just think it was that era of reggae from the nineties was so good; it was the best time for reggae, jungle and hip hop for me. I think it is that element of nostalgia; people can’t get enough of it. It is a time and a place thing, very much like classic hardcore and house it is golden and magical and people cannot recreate that.

You also have a lot of legendary Jungle producers dropping new material on the compilation, names like Marvelous Cain and Firefox, how did you convince them to be part of the album?

We didn’t really need to convince them to be honest, they know what we are doing and what an impact is has. We had Ray Keith play at one of our events not long back and he was like “I play out every week but you have a completely different following and audience”. As for Marvellous Cain he caught on to our stuff, he has been really nice and helpful and has sent a lot of tunes to us, he has been great.

You say Ray mentioned that you had a totally different fan base, what do you think it is that separates them?

I think a lot of our crowd didn’t grow up listening to jungle, perhaps we have made it more accessible for them, they enjoy the music and what we are doing and they come to have fun, it isn’t a moody crowd at all and you can get that in Drum & Bass. We have kept it underground but also fun and accessible.

You are also very kindly giving away a free track as part of the takeover, can you tell us a little about it.

All I can say is I think it is going to kill it, it is a rework of a hip hop tune, something I just wrote for myself to play out.

You have also recorded exclusive mix can you take us through the recording and selection process.

It's just a summary of some of our favourite tracks from the mix with a few other bits added in, we just want to give people a taste and a vibe of the new album and what we do.

What is your ideal DJ set up?

Well I used to love Serato but I have had a lot of issues with it recently so I have just moved over to CDJ’s – I have a good feel with them, I like scratching so I have adapted to them, it would have been turntables but people just don’t have them in clubs nowadays and I sure as hell can’t carry them around with me.

So far we have only had singles, EP’s and compilations from Jungle Cakes, do you have any plans for a full album?

Funny you should say that, we were thinking about it but we found that (and this is perhaps a sign of the times) an album doesn’t seem to get as much love for as long as say a 40 track compilation, so what we decided to do was to put 5 to 10 exclusive tunes on there and mix that in with all of our favourite tunes that we are playing at the moment.. So you could say that this is our album to some extent, it is just a new approach to doing things.

If you could remix one classic track from any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Good question. I would have to say a Bob Marley song! A lot of them adapt well to Jungle. I wouldn’t want to take anything away from his classics but I think with the right tune there are top ten records to be made there!

What can we expect moving forward from the label?

Ray Keith is going to do the next Welcome To The Jungle and I am going to try and work on Congo Natty to get something together for us and I am hopefully going to push Ed into doing a focused album. We are also working with a lot of new artists and we are going to try and push more original music and sign up some vocalists.

Any final thoughts and shout outs?

Like to thank Ben from Hot Cakes, Martin the label manager and Slamboree as well as all of the artists who have been supporting our label and the growth of it over these years.



Reviewed this week
These are the breaks! Super-longstanding D&B bastion Drum&BassArena unleash their first EP in over 10 years with a special dedication to the driving drum fusion that's powered all our favourite jungle jams: The breakbeat. It's an all-star cast too... Bladerunner does his thing with a classic subby wobble and skippy breaks, Shimon gets his bouncy skank on with Darrison on "Believe It" while June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota flip the breaks into a steppier, more fractured dancehall/jungle/madness switch up on "Don Dada". Those in need of a hardcore injection of rave purity should seek and support John B's ruthless "ENERGY" and A.M.C & Turno's glacier-blasting tech-jump melter "Ice Cold". Dedication's what you need.
They might be averaging 2.5 releases per year but man are Blackley's Cre8 killing it. Every single release has been rammer-jammer with talent, ideas, fusions and energy. The "We Cre8" series epitomises this spirit and attitude the best as we're bombarded with heaviness from the off... "Medusa" teases with a starlit arpeggio on the intro before snapping your neck with a waspy bass drop, "War Mongers" is a much fuzzier, no-nonsense skin-scorcher, "Touch Of Generations" fires more lasers than an unruly robot while Jaxx provides balance with the springier funk of "Leaf Of Life". Rounding off with stern spacious bass tones of "Hemp Seed" and the timeless roller "Showdown", this is the best "We Cre8" edition yet.
Welcome to "Rollers Club" where it's happy hour all day and night long. Bou will be your consummate host, and he's rolling deep in decorated company. For the sublime game of contrasts that is the opening tune NAMF helps him balance warm jazzy chords with wriggling grunty jump riff with insane and truly unique effect. Elsewhere fellow gutter-bass showman Telekom joins the party for some grizzly, brain rattling bass on "Violet", Bou goes solo for the brilliantly twitchy, sharp-shooting switch up "Poison" and the man like T>I strolls in casually late for the last, and indeed gulliest track. No antidote required.
The Force ain't mucking about this year. Having slapped us silly on both Heist's Calypso and his longest standing supporters Ruffneck Ting, he now makes his debut on Serial Killaz self-stamped label. As always with Serial Killaz, there's no room for fillers or weak joints so The Force goes in balls deep with four distinct strains; "Pussy Sound" is the deeper roller of the set, "Serious Sound" buzzes with high end rasping bass sound that fluctuates tangibly and jazzy housey chords play havoc on the breakdown while "Your Love" takes a soaring soul vocal and intoxicates it with a treacle thick reese bass to breath-taking effect. Hats go off the most, though, for "Hipster". The sheer rudeness and out-there feels of the tripped-out reverse organ bass. Ridiculous. Drop it and watch your floor go bananas.
Young Worthing warrior Mentah continues to go loco in the Sub-Liminal kitchen cooking up no less than five fiery courses. Five! Each dish is a feast in itself, loaded with gruff groaning basslines, swinging drums and precision dug samples. Those with a penchant for gluten will fatten up nicely on the moaning bass tones of tracks such as "Can't Fool I" and "The Rules", those looking for a little citrus zest will be all over the electrical buzzy tones and block snare bumps of "Clear" while those who go straight for dessert should lap up the sweet treacle bass of "If You Need A Name". More? Look no further than the EP title track "Orders To Move". Grills set to murderation, this is cooked to perfection.
Question: When will Tyke stand for prime minister and how can we vote for him? We'd all be in a lot safer hands if this graf artist-turned-Playaz premiership player ruled the UK. Anyone who can make sounds so grotty, weird and head-bending like the swampy bass gurgles on "They Must Come" and the 1.21 gigawatt electric riff on "Cosmos" has exorcised enough demons to be a level-headed, thoughtful person, right? And who needs Trident when you've got hole-tearing slappers like "Galvanised" or the sense-blurring turbo-thruster "Planet Merk"? Answer: no one.
Sun's out, lenger's out - Young Guns slap down the second part of the "Ikon:Ik" series a tribute release for the late greaat Joe Ikon and it's every bit as ruthless, uncompromised and all-encompassing as the launch release two weeks ago. Ranging from the clipped and sinewy laser bass riff stabs of "Listen" to the more subverted biggie-bass grumblings of "Wake Up Fucked Up" by way of the sprightly skank and toxic slurry bass of "Twist", it's another scorching Ikon beacon for all drum & bass radars.
"Jungle Jungle"; so good he named it twice, right? You all know the drill now: It's lord Bladerunner, it's The Prototypes' unstoppable Get Hype imprint, it's a pristine roller that glides into the mix serenely, building subtly into a breath-taking synth-vocal drop that's emotional enough to turn your dancefloor (and the neighbourhood in a 50 mile radius) into one en-mass goosebump. Classic tucker from the consistently on-point Bladerunner and a sweet little curveball from Get Hype. There are no losers here.
It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.
If you know T>I's productions then you won't need to read this, you'll already be on them. The man has saint-like status among the very top best roller and riff selectors such as Andy C and Serum. It's because of tracks like these. Each cut hits hard, rattles with funk and is clearly made for the mix. Both "Permanent Marker" and "Absence" really fix our focus on his deeper rolling side, "Don't Stop" switches up a well known break with an understated groaning bass whip, "Rolling With The Nines" takes us on mystical trip, Thresh Hold is freaky creeper with ghostly pianos and strange otherworldly basses while "Move On" closes on a superbly restrained soul stepper that opens out into some beautiful synth strokes midway. This couldn't be more on-point if T>I opened up a knife sharpening franchise.
VIP klaxon! Walking Dead revisit the vault and update with fresh version power. First up is a critical damager from Walking Dead's parent label Escalated Sounds. We don't need to tell you how brutal this was throughout the first half of 2016 - now it's back with a modified hook and added hype for the VIP. Simskai's laser bass gangbanger "Game Over", meanwhile, flexes its VIP muscles on the fills with additional twists on the bass hook and full focus on the spine-hunching reverse strings. VIP - very important party-hurters.
VIPs in the hole! Two of Bulletproof's biggest club-shakers undergo fire updates from the men themselves. First up is barking badman Kanine who adds a whole new metallic crunch to his woofer-burning "Bad". Tsuki follows in hot pursuit with his modified "Inspector Gadget" where the lower part of the bass Q&A takes much more of a lead with a brand new twist on the hook. Deadly.
It's vibe o'clock at Vandal HQ this season as they gracefully lay down a brand new Modern Soul collection from their nearest and dearest... And every track is a total gem. Shield provides the ultimate opener with the jaunty horn-hazed "Skippy" before a rainbow of softer, jazzier and deeper tones continue to assault our souls... Bossman Redeyes gets a breezy flip from erstwhile Headz running mate Lenzman on "What She Wants", veteran break sculpter Kabuki lets his hair down on the hip-hop jam "Home Run", Satl cosmicifies his step arrangement on the dreamy "Miss U", Monty brings some warm textured keys, Gerra & Stone add a little murk to GLXY while Arkiak cooks up some kicks that are wider and heavier than your house. And they're just some of the many highlights.
A good luck gift from the heart of Belgium: M-Zine and Scepticz call up old Proximity label mate Bredren for a good old deep rolling techy knees up. Understated, pristine in their composition and loaded with strange and eerie sounds throughout, there's a latent machine funk similar to that of DLR or Xtrah coded throughout. Highlights include the jazzy offbeat, Ulterior Motive-style riff of "Tyro" and the veiny psy tendrils of "Mutable".
Original Trilogist, Shimon is well and truly back with the bangers right about now. Following his appearance on Drum&BassArena's "The Breaks" EP, he turns to the controls at his own AudioPorn imprint with two stone cold action jams. "Physio" is a weave of wobbles coated with Darrison's distinctive harmonies and some seriously slapping snares while "Crystal Clear" plunges us further down underground with pressurised kicks and icy mystic shrouds of eastern atmospheres. Welcome back Shimon... Please don't leave it so long next time!
Dublin mandem Detboi returns to Headz exactly a year since his last release on the label (and last release full stop) with another tempo-flexing ride into the deepest corners of jungle past, present and future. While the last EP settled around the 130 mark, this one sees him taking the plunge into the 170 zone with mind-melting results as both "Secret Venom" and "Claws" lick, switch and shatter as if he'd been making it for 20+ years. Those keen on his more traditional vibes will be all over the equally gnarly, unpredictable, often-unnerving "Skin Deep", "Raw" and "Fragile". Icy, moody and twisted beyond any shapes known to mankind, no one is doing it quite like Detboi right now...
Fresh from his halitosis heroics on D2B last month, man-machine Jedi returns to Audio Overload and fires off another salvo of alien lasers. "Go Beserk" commands in every sense with its bullyboy bouncy riff, "If I Ever" adds a little R&B soul to a classic jump-up style bassline while "Sound Killa" has that Radius-style hornet bass buzzing, zipping and popping with insistency. Finally "UFO" takes us to the stars on a rocket powered exclusively by slimy frog-like bass tones. Ready for takeoff?
Kotch & Bear Twists spark up the Phunk Junkies machine and tag up with Kathika for a sun-dappled damager of the skankiest order. Loaded with powerful, jazz-licked soul vocals, a squelchy bassline and fine horn work, it's a guaranteed festival blow-out session. Remix vibes come courtesy of remix co-boss Ed Solo and Viper-affiliated Bristol bass buster Octo-Pi. The former switches our attention to the gullier elements while maintaining the warmth of the original while the latter goes all-out with jungle-bruised switch up. All three versions hit the spot; don't settle for anything less....
L-Side counters last year's killer transmissions with love vibrations and instant harmony in the universe is imminent. The booming sci-fi steps and ominous bass on "Dark Matter" are reminiscent of Commix while the title track continues to forage in the further pastures of the cosmos with big spacious dynamics and light-footed spring to its step. Deeper again we're seduced by the shiny reverse soul groove and emotive vocals on "Rain" before "Heads Or Tails" chops both our heads and tails clean off with its soaring hurricane groove. Understated yet heavy as hell - L Side and V represent fully on this one.
It's a Birmingham / Bristol Jah-off as long-established Ruffnecker K Jah adds a little twist to young Bristolian newcomer Mixjah. "Soul Survivors" sees the two Jahs go toe-to-toe with a beautifully simplistic bassline groove while on the remix-front "Send Some Riddim" enjoys a beautiful makeover with an elastic bassline stretching around some jazzed-out keys and "Purple Music" goes ultra-violet with its understated minimal bassline roll and cool showers of dusty organ. Comes complete with a killer original from K Jah where the perfect balance of agginess on "Crowds Just Go" guarantees instant mix gratification. Don't mess around.

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