Rebel MC aka Congo Natty's well received 2013 album Jungle Revolution now gets the remix treatment by the who's who of the scene. From legends to upstarts, the results are quite impressive. The man is credited as being one of the original UK junglists, setting the foundations for the sound/scene and how it has evolved since, so these guys have their work cut out for them. Highlights on here are the Dubkasm Dragon Slayer mix of "Dub Souljah " with its purist dancehall vibes, the new school representing proper dub with the Jinx In dub Steppa remix of "Nu Beginningz" and the legendary Adrian Sherwood delivering his remix of "UK All Stars In Dub ". There's a lot to get through on here. "London Dungeons Dub (Young Warrior remix - Son Of Jah Shaka)" brings more of the purist dub vibes back again, DJ Madd's remix of "Jah Warriors In Dub" is no doubt the most fierce modern vibe on here while "Nu Beginningz Dubwise (Mungos Hi Fi remix)" goes for the more smoky, low-slung vibes. It one Jah!
French reggae producer Mato has made a name for himself by giving Kingston-style makeovers to many hip-hop pop hits. Here Stix have rounded up the latest batch of reworks featuring, amongst others, "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse and, clearly not getting the memo, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
This is the latest in a series of remixes of tracks from See-I's mighty Knowledge Shine Bright LP. There are eight different reworks included this time round, highlights include the abstract digi-dub-funk remix of "The Chase" by Sol Powers Allstars, the G-funk influenced Afroqben remix of "The Chase" and Oemgaman's widescreen, sunny afternoon instrumental rework of "Revolution".
The multi-talented Francis Harris returns to his own label for this collaboration with his friend and guitarist Gabe Hedrick. Floods is far removed from Harris' dance floor work, and on "Now Grey" the pair steer their way through monochrome ambient textures that flow and ebb like the ocean tides. There are some references to the dance floor, albeit only fleetingly, on the title track, where they conjure up the plumes of dubby, Modern Love-style textures that float tantalisingly, while "Blue Sky Shoes" is an immersive deep techno affair. However, this album sounds most impressive at the interface between Harris' layered sequencing and Hedrick's gentle but searing guitar playing - check "Snowbird" and the wonderfully evocative "Every New Thing" for further proof.
West country troubadour Jamie Irie gets lively with Jamaican contemporary Don Goliath. The original is a digi-dancehall rump-shaker as the singers go toe-to-toe, chiming and harmonising over the busy synthetic beats. Junglists should jump on the remix as DJ Vapour turbo charges the stems with mechanical breakbeat magic and a low end texture so gully four seagulls die every time you play it.