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18 Jan 12
Drum And Bass
Played by: Zetek, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dirty Dubsters, Ricky Tuff
Review: A five-track offering from the 4Corners crew who bring in the dub and jungle flavours into D&B on their Gorilla Tacticz EP on Dirty Dubster. The title track features the talents of Tribuman and is a decidedly Serial Killaz style venture, with whomping bass, tapping breaks and a cheery melody. The story continues in "Step Up Father" with its dutty bass tones and chirpy horns; then there's the reggae-drenched sounds of "More Than Ever" (feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore), followed up by the skanking "Rolling Paper" riddim and Ricky Tuff's conclusive remix of "Now More Than Ever" ups the fun factor even more.
14 Mar 12
19 Jan 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
04 Aug 10
15 Sep 11
Drum And Bass
28 Mar 12
Review: Ragga, dubstep and breakbeat come together nicely on this new release from Irish production duo Dirty Dubsters. "Martin Luther Dub" makes for a sinuous and snakey start to the EP, thanks to its almost acidic bass leads, while "True Champion" brings in the rootsy fire and dancehall flavours over a sparse half-steppin' beat.
28 Oct 10
23 Jul 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
14 Feb 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Chudy, Ewan Hoozami, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Dirty Dubsters, Tosses & Varvez, Dave Remix
Review: A hook-up between Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters and Florida MC Bass Nacho, "Bend Down Low" is a very lovable fusion of gritty dubstep and fun-filled hip hop sway and tempo, combined with an almost Caribbean chorus replete with sunny brass and organs. Max Rubadub builds on that reggae flavour for his electro-skankin' mix, while mixes from CMC & Silenta add a more flowing electro-funk bounce.
12 Jan 11
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05 Jul 12
Review: More low-swung nu-funk badness from the Dirty Dubster crew right here. Cruising at the crucial sub-110bpm territory and oozing squidgy bass, each of the three cuts on this volume will cause serious buttshakery on your floor. "Here We Go Biggie" is the real party piece; taking the big guy's inimitable vocal delivery and applying it to a cool, understated hook it's got that deep funk power many producers try to attain but never quite hit. Pineapple Funk closes the show with a very cool rendition of C&C Music Factory's "Do You Wanna Get Funky" (a track that many will associate with the Freestylers from their big beat days). With myriad vocal samples and a nifty electro bass hook that's used with care, it neatly sums up why you should be tuned into the Dirty Dubster sound...
15 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Zenit Incompatible, Tosses & Varvez
Review: It's perhaps a bit of a stretch to class all of these floor-friendly bootlegs as "ragga". The opener from label bosses The Dirty Dubsters is actually a skanking, dubwise, breaks-friendly rework of soul classic "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Titan Sound's "Boom In The Jungle" sounds a bit like a slightly more dutty take on the classic reggae/hip-hop mash-ups once successfully peddled by J-Star. Perhaps the biggest cut of the lot, though, is the gargantuan skank of ZJ TZinas and Mrbigk's "My Style Is De Bomb". That said, the incessant ragga bounce of Spenda's "Get Hot Bun Dem" runs it close, if only for the amount of whoops it manages to cram into four minutes!
06 Feb 13
Review: The Dirty Dubster crew return with a bumper seventh volume of their ragga party jams, and true to form, they mash up ragga with other contemporary styles with considerable style. F-Block's "Jah Bone" combines all manner of echo-laden dub guitar with filthy dubstep bass, while Wood N Soo's "Smoke 2 Joints" is a contemporary update on The Toyes' classic, filling it with rolling snares and powerful low end. Subtifuge's "Love 4 U" is a slightly more skanking effort, with rolling D&B rhythms completely at odds with its laid back mood, while DJ Tzinas' "Wicked" combines a horn sectiona and tropical acoustic guitar with some serious dub airhorn - big stuff all round!
10 Aug 11
12 Jan 11
01 Dec 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Hammond Classics, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Palov (Palov&mishkin), Dirty Dubsters, Panama Cardoon
Review: This EP from the Dirty Dubsters camp executes a single idea incredibly well: to apply electro-swing rhythms and production techniques to a bunch of old Latin records, be they Brazilian mambos, Cuban stompers or punchy sambas. The results are very floor-friendly, with just the right balance between the horn-heavy, Latino authenticity of the source material and the contemporary beats, breaks and effects. All four tracks appear 'tried and tested' and sound like they could create pandemonium if dropped at the right time. If we had to pick a highlight, it would probably be the gritty, breathless opener from Smugdruggler - though Panama Cardoon's Tito Puente-ish "Shingaling" isn't far behind.
04 Oct 11
15 May 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
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