Various - "Definition:50th" (continuous DJ mix by Audiohazard) - (1:31:38) 142 BPM
NSB Radio faves Definition celebrate the big five-oh with this bass behemoth, and the world is at once a better place. Oozing filth from familiar faces and a few freshies, this entire collection is seeped in breakbeat beauty. With future-gazing heroics and heritage nods alike, each one of these cuts is a dancefloor blunderbuss. From Eddie Voyager's rusted amen assault "My Way" to Manu Twister's psychedelic shock-out "8-Bits", this bangs and twangs with all the best attributes that shaped breakbeat in the first place while looking firmly forward. Here's to another 50 releases.
Labels, artists and websites all tend to adopt a retrospective tone as the end of a year gets ever closer, so it's naturally quite timely for V Recordings head honcho Bryan Gee to crank out a third volume of his excellent Retrospect series. With it comes a wealth of old jungle riddims, influential classics and long forgotten favourites from the likes of DJ Die, Roni Size, Ray Keith, Krust, Lemon D and more. Gee opens in style with the Brizzle roller "Fashion" by the legendary Roni Size and maintains the pressure throughout, dropping gems such as DJ Die's "Something Special", Krust's iconic stepper "Check Dis Out" and the jazzy, liquid loveliness of Lemon D's "Get On Down" with its shimmying, sunshine filled vibes. For a trip down memory lane, this one's essential.