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16 May 08
22 Feb 12
Played by: Bmd, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Nick Hollywood, Minimatic, Voodoocuts, Gray, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Miles Reverse
Review: Polish mash-up merchant DJ Twister can always be relied upon to deliver the kind of tight bootleg blends that send dancefloors into a flurry of flailing arms and instinctive, animal-like yelps and cheers. This latest release is no different, containing a slew of bangers. As the title suggests, there's a chunky, robust swing to each of the cuts. "Handclap Swing" offers a floor-bating 21st century re-boot of funk staple "The Handclap Song", while opener "Hip-Hop Swing" laces a familiar party rap vocal over a bumpin' rhythm that weighs in somewhere between breaks and D&B. "Swing Or Not", meanwhile, turns The Fugees "Ready Or Not" into a skittish junglist rinse-out.
06 Dec 10
Played by: Shantisan, Fort Knox Five, U9lift, Mooqee, Mage, DJ Kayowa, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Audited Beats, Quincy Jointz, Telephunken, Hidden Riddim
Review: A couple of cute jungle cuts from The Wildlife Collective (alias of Ed Solo and Deekline) on suitably delectable imprint, Jungle Cakes. A warm, woozy vocal led narrative in lead track "I Need A Dollar" tells a tale like a modern day reggae top line. Beautiful booming bass adds solid foundations from below whilst tooting trumpets and pattering breaks shimmy along nicely above. On the flip, "Bad Bwoy" is another tribute to Jamaican sound culture, referencing Remarc's early 90s jungle interpretation "Bad Bwoys" along the way. There's a hint of Serum & Bladerunner in there, with classic sounds pared with modern production techniques and polished drums. Absolutely brilliant.
19 Jul 10
04 Oct 10
15 Feb 11
Played by: Epeak, DJ Wood (Ghettofunk/Bombastic Jam), Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Telephunken, Dirty Dubsters, The Dancefloor Outlaws, Radical Mixtape
Review: Breakbeat warriors Deekline and Ed Solo team up again, and this time they've gone for it. Not content with producing some of the nastiest, wobbliest breakbeat around, they've decided to turn their hand to drum & bass and another release on Jungle Cakes. Lead cut "King Of The Bong O" is a cheeky exercise in bootleg jump-up buffoonery - the sort of tune that boasts a grin a mile wide and a happy dancefloor to match. Flip "Stickybuds Guaranteed" opts for a slightly more old skool jungle approach, mashing up skankin' MC and familiar pop vocals. It goes without saying that both tunes feature stupidly heavy basslines.
10 Aug 11
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Hero Records, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Chamber, Euphonique, Telephunken, Dirty Dubsters, Mooqee, Radical Mixtape
Review: Bassbin worriers Ed Solo and Deekline return to their Jungle Cakes label for more natty and eminently danceable vintage riddims soaked in recognisable vocal hooks. Barrington Levy's "Under Me Sensei" has proved an inspiration to the jungle and drum and bass heads for many years now and the duo manage to eek further fun out of that distinctive vocal on "Sensei", which deviates nicely between rolling rhythms wrapped tight around booming sub bass and nicely poised steppah breakdowns. The flip brings the junglist flavour to the iconic "Ghost Town" which song purists might recoil in horror at, but there has always been a playful nature to these Jungle Cakes releases - drop this at the right moment and the dancefloor will respond in suitably enthusiastic terms.
07 Jul 10
Played by: DJ Agent 86, Olivier Desmet, Tomson, Platform, Redsoul, Juno Download, Maelstrom, Faze Action, Shadow Dancer, Francesco Chiocci, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Baldino, Peter Hook
Review: With Juno Records hitting its tenth release we revisit another classic from the archives of electronic music royalty. Producer, label boss, DJ & remixer extraordinaire, Charles Webster will need no introduction to house music lovers, and it's his 1998 collaboration with renowned UK vocalist Shara Nelson which gets a 2010 touch up. Originally out on the seminal label Pagan, "Sense of Danger" was a real deep house anthem back in '98, so it was imperative to leave it in good hands for the remix duties. And Popular People's Front, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Calibre and Jonno & Tommo all fall into that category. Mysterious disco collective PPF and Stuttgart native MCDE go deep on their mixes, both turning in two killer reworks each. Calibre plumps for a sun-soaked laid back D&B vibe, while Jonno & Tommo keep the pads warm and vocals sleazy. Oh, and there's even the original '98 version in there for good measure!
04 Sep 97
17 Oct 11
Played by: Zoom, Physical Illusion, DJ Kayowa, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Mutated Forms, Foreign Concept, Breakbeat.is, Friction, Liz-E, Interface, Rockwell
Review: Very few labels in the world of drum and bass successfully straddle the divide between commercial success and artistic credibility. Friction somehow manages to keep everyone happy despite the eclectic output of his Shogun Audio label, always maintaining strict quality control whether its Spor's Radio 1 anthem "Aztec", Break's epic "Let It Happen VIP" or Jonny L's infamous "Back To Your Roots". On this latest compilation the current cream of the crop show their wares, which means brand new tracks from the likes of Spectrasoul, Icicle, Alix Perez and Rockwell. Simply essential.
14 Dec 09
Top Cat & Benny Page & Marcus Visionary - "Sweetest Ting" (Benny Page & Marcus Visionary mix) - (6:10) 180 BPM
30 Oct 11
Played by: Friction
02 Nov 09
Various - "Drum & Bass Arena Anthems 2009 - Bonus Mix 1" (continuous DJ mix by The Risky) - (57:47) 178 BPM
18 Feb 13
Played by: Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Electro House, Badboe, Euphonique, Run Riot, Ragga Scum, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, S Man
Review: Bang! There'd been hushed tones of this opus for well over a year, and at a whopping 29 tracks, it's been well worth the wait. Showcasing their widest repertoire, within the first trio of tracks we're already treated to Latino swing breaks, new jungle jiggery and dramatic dubstep. This wide-eared vibe embracement runs throughout consistently; "Hey Mr DJ" rattles a few electro-hop cages, "Countdown" is quintessential booty-bass heaven complete with delectable UK hip-hop rhymage, while "You Can Be My Night" shoots us up to planet D&B on a floaty carpet of rave heritage. A solid calling card to every party in town, it's time to get bouncing...
20 Feb 12
Played by: Ronin Selecta [bassdrive.com], Physical Illusion, Mutated Forms, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Terminal State (Vanguard Audio), Hospital Records DJ Chart, Breakbeat.is, Amoss, Rack N Ruin
Review: Bristol boys Die and Break team up for this stunning release on Shy FX's Digital Soundboy label. Title track "Grand Funk Hustle" kicks things off with a shimmy of keys, sax, vocal and shuffling bongo beats, before we are taken into a dutty bassline roller. Next up, "Tear Down" is all muffled beats, echoing vocals, punchy drums and grinding subs for the duration, before we are taken onwards, ever onwards, through "Deep Search" with its rumbling subs and atmospheric pressure to "Peace & Dub" feat. MC Fats. If you've not seen the video for this, check it. The track itself is a glorious homage to dub. Superb.
29 Oct 07
16 Feb 10
12 Oct 09
15 Aug 12
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Quincy Jointz, Liondub, Euphonique, Basement Freaks, S Man, Dirty Dubsters, Tosses & Varvez, Pier, The Mane Thing
Review: Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.
06 Apr 09
17 Jun 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Platform, Physical Illusion, Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, S Man, Nsekt, Liz-E, Notion, Mikal, Protect Audio
Review: The ever-reliable Shogun Audio imprint, co-owned by DJ Friction and K-Tee, presents the next release in a slew of quality singles. This time the magic is brought to us by the Spectrasoul boys who team up with talented vocalist Tamara Blessa on the title track "Away With Me"; the result is a soulful slice of sexiness with white noise crackling beats and an enticing vocal driving things along. Calibre provides a lush interpretation with gentle, pattering drums and pulsing bass, underpinned by dreamy instrumentals, while dubstep darling Kito gives it the Rustie treatment with a bleepy kaleidoscope of sounds.
14 Oct 10
12 Oct 09
20 Dec 11
Played by: Gee, Zoom, Fort Knox Five, Physical Illusion, Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Double Oh No, Liondub, Clarity, Mutated Forms, Submerse, Need For Mirrors, Friction, Marcio Mouse, Doshy, Fd, Mikal, June Miller, The Heatwave, Bop, Hybrid Minds, Bam Bam Dealers
Review: Combining a half-step rhythm with warped bass growls, metallic lined woodblock snare hits and sinister atmospherics, Dub Phizix & Skeptikal's "Marka" is one of the most forward thinking drum & bass tracks of the year, nonetheless given its unique character by Strategy's menacing, dub leaning vocal contribution. "Rags" meanwhile proves to be just as vital, utilizing minimal percussive tics with vinyl crackle and sharp snares, teasing as it threatens to break into an all out assault. Highly recommended.
24 Jul 11
Review: We got a glimpse of what Ram would offer us for their centenary release with the much talked about 4-track EP, composed of four much rinsed, but never released tracks from over their history. This full-length LP offers much more; from remixes of seminal artists like Shimon and Ram Trilogy through unreleased tracks from Andy C, Moving Fusion and Sub Focus to VIPs from the new breed of Ram stars - Loadstar, Hamilton, Delta Heavy et al - who are already making their mark on the scene. Expect pumping dancefloor anthems, big, bad beats and an irreplaceable slice of history.
09 Dec 11
03 Oct 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Dirtyphonics, Greg Packer, Camo & Krooked, Kommander Keen, Dc Breaks, Metrik
Review: The mighty Austrian duo who have brought us smash hit singles such as "Make The Call" and "All Fall Down" now step up with their piece de resistance Cross The Line on genre-defining label Hospital Records. Featuring collaborations with Ayah Marar, TC, Skittles, Shaz Sparks, Futurebound and Jenna G, the album spans D&B, dubstep, drumstep and electro-house in a 14-track genre-crossing opus that will have you raising the roof with excitement. Highlights from across the album include the immense, tempo-switching "Run Riot" and the euphoric, feel-good title track "Cross The Line". Essential listening.
02 Nov 09
16 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Pete Dafeet, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Blacksoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Tim Livingstone, Tiesto, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Ave Blaste, King Jackal, Sasha, Manikan, Jay Lumen, Noir, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Sounds Of Sumo, Lucent, Allmostt, Marc Romboy
Review: A candidate for house music's album of the year, Ghettos & Gardens gets six treatments that upkeep the sonic standard Justin originally set this summer. The standout rub - for its uptempo cheekiness alone - is Bachelors Of Science's ace half-step/double time switches on the album title track, but each of these reversions sparkles in its own special way. From Catz n Dogz's added melancholy on "Butterflies" to Danny Daze's classic acid house injection on "The Gurner", this is an exemplary lesson in how to nail a remix. Very impressive if you consider how spotless the originals are.
11 Jun 12
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Turntable Dubbers (Nice Up!), DJ Purple Rabbit, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, The Funk Hunters, Euphonique, Blend Mishkin, Hero Records, Epeak, Mo' Matic
Review: Expect the usual raga-jungle fusion business from the infamous Mr Benny Page on this superb single release on High Culture replete with infectious, sing along vocal hooks, pumping dancefloor drums and shimmying melodies. "Top Rank Skank (feat. Mr Williamz)" heads up the release with an uplifting, feel-good vibe, enticing vocals from Mr Williamz which bring the spirit of Jamaica into the heart of the music, along with gentle pattering drums which drive the tune along for the duration. Accompanying cut "Know Fi Move Your Waist" is another killer with catchy vocal loops, percussive breaks and a soulful edge that means you just have to dance to it.
26 Nov 11
Review: Brighton based breakbeat wizard Ed Solo steps up with partner in crime Deekline for this release on delectably entitled label Jungle Cakes. Bringing in the ragga jungle vibes with title track "Man Down", this one harks back to the Apache era, with buckets of Shy FX and Digi Soundboy vibes to boot. Punchy breaks are paired with cooing vocals and lilting rhythms to huge effect. "Untold" has tooting horns, jungle chirrups and lush, upbeat reggae vocals which drives this one along with a soulful swing.
14 May 12
24 Jan 11