Bless up Marcus Intalex! Whilst he's engaged on delivering techno tools of the highest order as Trevino, the Manchester man is not letting his Soul:R empire slack one bit. Here the prospering Fourfit series returns and it sees a full release from the excellent LSB, who delivered a soulful highlight of the last edition. Much the same can be said of the four tracks here, with LSB really showcasing the breadth of his production palette. Lead cut "Snap Funk" rolls with an alluring darkness, whilst "Mist Of You" possesses some quite beautiful piano tones. Deep junglist vibes run through the pensive roller "Walking Blues" whilst "Omega" stands tall with brushed steppah vibes and industrial strength basslines.
Calibre on Exit... Need we say more? Four tracks deep, each one as subtle and classy as you'd expect. "Strumpet" balances swooning somnambulant strings, distant harmonies and a bumping bass that guffs with the perfect amount of gruff. "Stranger" is a sharper, steppier blend with metallic twists to the undulating subs, "The Sweet" is all about the rhythm thanks to insistent percussive jungle shakers and a drum dynamic that switches from lean to mean at the drop of a snare. Finally we hit "Concrete". The hardest track of the pack; here we find Calibre in a more unrelenting mood as an array of bass tones ebb and flow over a thicker, more robust rhythm. Calibre is indeed a sonic strumpet of highest order.
DJ Zinc's Bingo Bass chalks up its third Structures releases and it comes from the main man himself; Benjamin Pettit's long awaited return is taking shape. Prior to these Structures releases, Zinc's last flurry of music came out in 2010, and the UK producer's sonic palate is seemingly evolving with this current stream of funky, UK bass and big room house sounds, just check out opening track "Right Here". Bouncy, knees up drum and bass is the order for the DnB mix of "Back Up" while dark UK funky rears its head in "Back N Forth". Stepping drum and bass makes its way into the EP with "Boppa" alongside the electro of "273" and breakbeats of "Fraction".
Jacksy-juddering jams from a man who knows his way around both a studio. The title track bumps and grinds in the lewd, sweaty way you would imagine. It's joined by five more equally bouncy, summer-primed workouts. Highlights include the "Basement Track"-esque Lafayette Afro Rock Band sampling "Steppy Stones", the twisted ragga vocals and sharp steppy triplets on "Tour" and lean, minimal make-up and the tripped out bass tones of "Bionic". Stabby.
A Brazilian/British tag team tear-up of peaktime proportions, the pairing of Critycal Dub and Heist is a straight up classic jump up jungle homage. With Yush's sing-along toasting, it boasts and flexes every hallmark a cut needs to be filed under 'timeless D&B banger'. Dig deeper for the chewier "90% Rusk". All gristle and no thistle, the chubby subs ooze toxicity while rampant shakers and percussion do all the big man talk. Classic Heist.
The second single to land ahead of Spectrasoul's highly-anticipated sophomore set The Mistress, "Shelter" emanates the duo's most sensitive, touching sides. Leaning heavily on a woozy half beat, full focus on placed on Lily's yearning, heart-torn vocals. D&B doesn't get any more emotional than this. Remix-wise Two Inch Punch lays down a darker, barbed beats twist with a treacle-thick slo-mo stomp while Spectrasoul themselves jump on the VIP with a 170 refix that's tailored for prime time floor flattening. The full package.
Dubbed 'Toronto's jungle ambassador', Marcus Visionary is a busy man (he's either been on tour or in the studio for at least a year now). Here he utilises his own Inner City Dance label to have a number of goes at reworking "Badness" by dancehall legend Cutty Ranks and UK reggae hero Curtis Lynch. The tune sees Ranks doubt the posturing of youth gang culture and is twisted into a furious steel drums and bass skank in the Tear Out mix, a low 'n slow half-step "Bashy" joint and MV's previously released original remix of the track.
Following DSCI4's release of the Spy Technologies compilation (and subsequent 7" release) Berlin-based drum and bass duo Survey debut on DJ Trace's long running label. Hardy Schulz & Stephan Albrecht deliver a solid four-track EP of their own productions and "Move In Time" is stripped-back and skeletally tough, while "Warp Resistant" sees pounding drums break and cut through swells of darkly bass. "As You Want" lifts in velocity and by extension power, and this track is all about the percussion, leaving a gnarly "Both Sides" to complete an EP that takes no prisoners.
Little is known about Jeff right at this moment - besides the fact that he's had previous on Diskool, he understands the spacious dynamics of liquid D&B and his beats are as timeless as his classic name. Four rollers deep, each one sparkling with soul, elemental highlights include the yearning vocal urgency of "Closer", the Bungle-style heavy-percussion/cosmic combo on "Recife", the jazzy, guitar-twanging bent of "Renasceca" and the soaking wet nagging LFOs on "Time".
Velvet vibes from the Valve wizard Dillinja. It's 1995, jungle has mutated hugely in its infancy, drum and bass is the next chapter and Dilli wrote a sprawling footnote on how the jazzier end of the spectrum could work for years to come. Futureproofing himself to infinity, each cut still sounds light years away from anyone else in terms of range, dynamics and sample-use. "The Angels Fell" is all about the dizzy horns, "Ja Know Ya Big" is all about the widescreen drum abuse while "Brutal Bass" is all about the choir chorus and clarinet solo. Just kidding... The clue's in the title. Subs don't come any heavier.
Last spotted on LA's finest D&B imprint Soul Deep over two years ago, Brazilian Subsid returns with two deliciously bright and breezy rollers. "Beloved" is peppered with spacious pianos, reverse effects and stretched horns while "Remember When" allows Subsid to take us on a jazzier jag with organs so vibey they could make Roy Ayers blush. Another fine Sao Paulo exponent delivering a the perfect summer rubs, the Brazilian spirit in unabashed.
The Metalheadz time machine is set for 1994 and it ain't budging. As well as remastered releases of Doc Scott's "Far Away" and Dillinja's "Angels Fell", they've also unearthed and polished this supreme slice of synth funk from Reece - one of the men responsible for really encouraging and inspiring a lighter side to the jungle during the mid 90s. A sprawling, jazz-minded melody, stark beats and a groove that refuses to quit, it's a foundation record that - in retrospect - hinted at the game-changing "Pulp Fiction" that consequently followed. Speaking of game-changers, they've also included an early remix from the one and only Dillinja. Retaining the funk and mystery, his presence is best felt in the expertly edited drums. Ahead of its time.
Fresh from 1994, Metalheadz have delivered a serious slice of history right here. Conjured three years into Doc Scott's long-standing (and impeccable) service to jungle, "Far Away" showed the man's deepest, most soulful side as the slower rolling breakbeats acted as a consummate king size bed for the synth's thick tog duvet which creases and folds with a snug cloudy, woozy feel. Maybe it's the remaster, maybe it's the nostalgia; but, if anything, this sounds even better at 21 years old than it did when it first landed.
A third of Ruffhouse, and a highly regarded solo operator in his own rights, Pessimist may have a gloomy look on the world, but his studio focus is far from foggy. "The Woods" is a rolling techno romp through the halfstep axis. Misty, moody but clear in its destination, you'll miss the trees by a whisker and come out the other end unscathed. "Leadfoot", meanwhile, is much more of a militant march into the unknown as sheet metal sound design wraps itself around full-steam drums. Unique.
Fresh from their hugely popular Banks bootleg, Estonian trio deliver their debut Liquicity EP. Rainbow flavoured vibes a-go-go (think early Stan SB), "Made Me Feel" is the ultimate 80s gym workout with added 21st century exercises while "One Day" toots a more emotional trumpet. An ideal soundtrack to the climax of an emotional teen-movie, it's the perfect track for those heartfelt, hug-it-out moments all good dancefloor demand at one stage of the night.