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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, Dusky, Skrillex
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.
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.
22 Apr 13
Review: There is a slick bounce to "Rare Groove" that perhaps only Savage Rehab could get away with. Being so unashamedly funky in a game where straight-faced hardmen poses are rife can bring its own problems, but with vibes coming in thick and fast from co-conspirator Saxxon throught this unique EP, there's no time to worry about all that; everyone is just far too busy dancing. Add the emotively dark "Step Inside", the irrepressible flair and snap of "Neck Funk" and the nasty neuro-jungle madness that is "Rise Up" and you find yourself in possession of one of this year's most impressively unique releases. Big sounds, bigger grooves.
16 Jun 08
12 Nov 12
Played by: Euphonique
Review: The one and only Marcus Visionary steps up and provides the Jungle Assassins Vol 2 on the High Culture imprint. Think jungle revivalist vibes a-plenty across this four-track EP. Kicking off with the upbeat and infectiously dance-able "Ruler" which pairs rattling breaks with cheery jungle chirrups and lovely reggae vocal. Next comes "Heavy Vibration" continues the theme with plenty of nod to yesteryear's roots with punchy drums and shimmying melodies, whilst "Badboy Skank" gets down and dirty. Last but not least "My Life" brings the EP to a close with glistening SFX and low slung rhythms and bassline fervor.
10 Dec 12
Review: Benny Page seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Here he teams up with old partner in crime Zero G, Solo Banton, Topcat, Mr Williamz and Ms Bratt across the first volume of the "High Culture Compilation". Lo and behold, there are 21st century jungle vibes in abundance with an upbeat and infectious vibe, as well as some dubstep and much more. Kicking off with Benny Page & Solo Banton's "Dangerous" its all pattering beats, sing-a-long ragga jungle lyrics and dancefloor directed energy. Elsewhere check out the aggressive swagger of "Sound Fi Dead (feat. Topcat)" as well as "Body Pumpin" and the wicked Zero G remix of "Tear Down" which concludes the album.
01 Aug 11
Played by: Rcola
13 May 13
Review: Mixing upfront jump up with jungle has made the Jungle Assassins series of releases a total necessity for all fans of either genre. Vol 4 is no exception, starting off with Levela's hard-hitting remix of "Dangerous" featuring the unmistakeable vocals of Solo Banton. Bouncing hard but still keeping track of Benny Page's floorfilling original, it's a tune to suit every party. "Rumple Stinkslit" is another Benny Page jump up masterpiece, plus, who doesn't love a good anagram? Big, brash and ready to tear up your dancefloor, like Red Bull-fuelled raving in a china shop, don't expect to stop until everything's destroyed.
18 Mar 13
Review: The tropical vibes from Dossa feat. Deliman's "Rock A Dub" can be felt from miles around. Drop this jungle player and expect the place to go off - there's no standing still on this. The honey-sweet reggae vocal stylings of Vienna's own Deliman blend with a rave horn-strewn funscape that's no doubt going to flare up at festivals around the world this year. The Run Tingz remix adds a slicker tip to the bouncy, nattiness of the original, making it far more suited to the indoor party. We know all about those on this rainy little island. Finally, the J Man jungle remix ramps up the party atmosphere into overdrive, as horns blast and overheating soundsystem subs shake and rattle the rafters. An essential addition to your 2013: The Year of Jungle retrospective collection. We called it.
04 Sep 97
03 Jun 13
Review: A Dope Ammo self-released jazz-jungle hybrid of the bouncing bassline variety, shoving big jungle breaks with hard-hitting jump up is the order of the day on this double release. As the title track kicks in with a false intro before cracking out a sonic boom of intense, high-energy D&B. Ramping up the pressure to an almighty rave drop in the second half, this is not a track for the purists. There's a bit of everything in there, one of the reasons it shines on the dancefloor, thanks to the hyperactive production ball of energy that is DJ Resinate. "Shinobi" calms down a fraction to play host to Oldman's jungle stylings in a hip hop setting with Dillinja-esque bass enough to sink ships. How often do you get experimental jump up? Not often enough.
03 Jun 13
04 Mar 13
29 Apr 13
Played by: Platform
Review: The New Blood series have been a showcase of consistent growth and musicianship within Hospital Record's sister label Med School - a label set up to give intelligent, intricate and underground electronic music a platform from which to shout. Previous years have seen the inclusion of now household names sitting alongside equally talented but lesser-known artists, each release offering the best in new, breakthrough bass-driven dance music. From the outset of Anile's haunting "Another year" to Barefoot's chilled dubstep in "Rising & Falling"; rising star Etherwood's beautiful "Unfolding" to Mr Sizef's crisp electronics in "The Second Before Snow Turns Into Water", this LP has all the Med School hallmarks fans will be searching for. Worth a purchase to simply to hear something outside of the ordinary. Long live Med School.
13 May 13
Review: The phenomenon that answers to the names 'footwork' or 'juke' has spread far and wide since its origins as a sped up fusion of ghetto, jackin' and hip-beats in Chicago. It's spread so far in fact, that French label, Booty Call, have taken it upon themselves to present this inspired compilation in an attempt to put the genre firmly on the musical map. They've got taste too, and highlights of these 12 prime cuts include: the deep synth fest of 'Access", the porno-hop frenzy of "Sex To Me" and the Kenny G on downers vibe of "My Sorrows".
02 May 11
Review: Everyone's favourite modern day junglist revivalists, the Serial Killaz, return for another rambunctious riot on their own Killa Dubz imprint. Delving into the roots of D&B past, they re-visit old jungle classic "Worries Inna Dance" in their re-moulded "Worries In The Dance". Rave horns at the ready guys, there's classic reggae vocals, snippets of some David Rodigan hollerations and plenty of faced-paced drums, soaring sirens and iconic SFX here in the Revival mix. The Rockers mix is a more stripped back version, with greater focus on the rolling amen breaks and chilled, laid back groove. Selaissie!
12 Mar 10
27 May 13
Review: Effortlessly combining dancehall vibes, the sound of dub culture, big, brash jungle riddims and spot on vocals from Mr Williamz, the jungle remix of Marcus Visionary's original call to arms is a big, bold statement of intent. Large and full of life, there's no doubt it'll be tearing up clubs up and down the country as we speak. Strip back those beats and you're left with his dub remix, bringing out more of the sizzling soundboy flavas that infectious dancehall wynd requires. Canadian DJ and producer Marcus Visionary pushes his junglist vibes wherever he goes. Make way for his sound.
14 Apr 13
Review: Program's not-so-hidden gem Kove sets up another dancefloor smasher with "Gone" as he tips characteristic wobbles with a shimmery rolling top end providing Ram's sub-label with its first summer hit of the year. Adding to the cinematics, "Airlock" pitches tapedeck hi-hats with a lush guitar melody and big colourful washes of bass and synths that come together as a beautifully accomplished piece of work. Hold on for the last track "Gone (6am mix)", it's a classic liquid roller filled with emotion and a raspy bassline to really hold on to. Kove's getting good, don't sleep on this one.
02 Aug 12
Played by: Diphasic
Review: Killer EP here from Belgian pair The Untouchables for the Tribe 12 imprint. The overwhelming flavour here is of dub, laced with drum and bass atmospherics. Ominous strings and undulating organs hang over opening cut "Tell Dem", a stepper with skittering percussion and an overwhelming sense of doom. The title track drops down to a reggae atmosphere with killer, rolling reverbed drums, while "Black Tears" is even more cavernous in intent with echoes that seems to stretch on into infinity. "Soundz of Freedom" rounds of a killer EP with pattering tribal drums and ominous lashings of sub bass. Essential!
10 Jun 13
Played by: Philth
21 Jan 13
Review: Not to be confused with the Justice vs Simian track of the same name, We Are Your Friends is in fact Image Musik's first LP, a massive collection of bonafide D&B bangers. From the opening track, Original Sin's "Keep Ya Pimp Hand Strong", with its tornado-like subs and furious percussive assault, to Code Red's "Cruel Intentions" with its swelling rave undertones and devastating bass drill, there's literally no let up. Our favourites are Harvest's "At The Ready" with its breakbeat rhythms and sub-bass squelch and the end of night vibes of Dan Blackout's "Storm (Your Game)", but there's something for all fans of furious D&B.
27 May 13
Played by: Dawn Raid
19 Nov 12
Played by: DJ Breakneck
11 Mar 13
10 Jun 13
27 Mar 06
28 Oct 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Ronin Selecta [bassdrive.com], Neon Steve, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, S Man
Review: Calyx & Teebee's signing to Ram has been a bold, but shrewd move by the pair as they continue to take the scene by storm with their razor sharp beats and enticing sound. This next single "Pure Gold" brings in the vocal talents of Kemo for a captivating trip with looping beats, well paced lyrics and a hip hop swagger. The remix from label mate Wilkinson is also well worth checking if you like things a little more dancefloor-orienatated with motorbike bassline a-plenty, whilst Hostage transforms the original into an altogether different beast. Pure gold by name, pure gold by nature.
16 Feb 10
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.
30 Mar 12
Review: The Freestylers take things on an old skool jungle tip here on, aptly enough, the Jungle Cakes imprint. "Entertainer" kicks off with a bounce, a wail of reggae-laced vocal, jungle tooting sirens, and sharp, rolling breaks. It swiftly progresses, with a souped up drop, into a classic latterday jungle riddim with low-slung swagger and lush amens. With plenty of attitude, this is a tune which keeps on giving, with samples, switch ups and all the sounds of 90s jungle. Watch out for the Serial Killaz remix as well, which is an essential addition to the package.
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.
20 Jan 13
Review: A wonderful selection from Horizons Music here as label boss Neil Monteiro gathers the good, the bad and the ugly together for the ultimate in compilation albums. Across this 26-track selection we have contributions from artists such as Data, Sunchase, Amoss, Baron, Cern, Sabre and more. Kicking off with the sparse and machine-like soundscapes of Data's "False" we are taken through such moments as the S.P.Y-esque "Deconstructed" by Spirit; the low slung dubbed out "Tolerate" by Clarity and the razor sharp minimalism of Amoss' "Footloose". All in all, there's something for everyone here and underground D&B heads should definitely be eyeing this up for their next purchase - you won't be disappointed.