Classic UK garage sounds on offer here by London's Mike Millrain, who is ex Soul Rebels on Defected. There's a sick bassline and just the right amount of swing on "Work Me" while it's the classic throwback sounds of early nineties NYC on the Kerri Chandler indebted "Take Me Up". Finally "Bound Someone (VIP)" nails that modern take on the MK sound much like Hot Natured can. Highly recommended for fans of Hot Creations or Golf Clap.
Soul Revolution was opened by veteran 2-step DJ Mike Millrain to provide a home for the deeper styles of garage and bass emanating from studios around the UK. He's found a gem in the shady GWM, who here delivers three searing cuts on the Juicy Pump EP. With its big diva vocal line and urgent breaky rhythms, "Keep The Music" is an anthem in the making, "I Was There" features tough, scattershot beats as heard through a melancholic smoky fug and "About Worries" wraps things up nicely with tribal beats, melodic bass and gentle, spacey pads.
Veteran 2-step DJ Mike Millrain started Soul Revolution some years ago in order to give voice to all the new 'deep n' bumpin' house and garage' that he was hearing out and about. His latest discovery is the shady Djago who presents two slices of late night party ammo. "1am" is a lean slice of garagey house, it's organ riffs and chopped vocals perfectly capturing that post midnight gear change on the dancefloor. "Freax On The Dancefloor" meanwhile, is hard and slammin' speed garage with flecks of retro house for good measure.
German up-and-comer Da Freyzaz galvanises the Soul in Soul Revolution with five slice of two-step sunshine: "Fall In Love" is a short, sweet vocal velvet number that could easily find itself on a radio playlist. "Everything U Told Me" taps into the 90s house sound with over-layered M1 synth tones, "Like A Chic" goes wild on the vocal processing over a hip-flaring 4/4 groove while the title track reaches for the lasers with lavish synth blasts over a razor sharp step rhythm. Finally we hit "Used". The darkest track of the set, this one is all about the bassline... And likely to be used and abused across the board. Bubbly.
Microchip In Dub (King Yoof remix) - (5:32) 80 BPM
Nu Beginningz Dubwise (Mungos Hi Fi remix) - (4:45) 79 BPM
Get Ready Dubwise (Vibronics remix) - (4:34) 87 BPM
Micro Dub (Conscious Sounds) - (3:02) 80 BPM
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!