Upgrade - "Sounds Of The Jungle" (original mix) - (5:40) 58 BPM
Upgrade - "The Congo" (original mix) - (5:15) 175 BPM
Upgrade - "The Haunted" (original mix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
Upgrade - "Born To Fly Remix Ft. Courtney John" (Upgrade remix) - (5:15) 58 BPM
Upgrade comes from the streets of Norwich - perhaps not the first place you'd think of when you think hard-hitting drum and bass pedigree, but this man does it with style. Rising up over the past three years, he's already been seen on wax with fellow dancefloor slayers Serial Killaz. His gritty sound gets things rolling in "Calling", with a militant edge and serious bassline duttiness. "Sounds of the Jungle" picks up on mad wildlife samplings with blistering snares and a filthy dubbed out bassline. "The Haunted" creeps its way though a halftime stomp revival and "The Congo" lifts the mood slightly with more jungle atmosphere and tweaked bass. Finally it's a junglist meltdown with Ticklah and Courteny John as you've never heard them before. Boom!
Bad Company UK & Matrix - "Jellyfish" - (6:29) 170 BPM
Serious dubby goodness emanates from starter track "1.4 Days", giving this release from the Bad Company UK fellas an instant place in this month's good books. Rumbling away at breakneck speed, the switching rhythms take things further and further down into the abyss. "Refuge" stops momentum in its tracks with a severe, old school homage to the techy glory days of D&B where cinematics and junglist breaks were king. "The Fear" washes out the top end for a sky high sound and finally "Jellyfish" continues that addictive vintage sound. It's like the sound of every great night distilled into one bassline.