Leaders of the world's number one reggae-influenced drum & bass label Jungle Cakes Ed Solo & Deekline have banded together to present their storming debut compilation mix Welcome To The Jungle. The Mick Jagger-approved pair (well, he was loving it at Glasto) set the tone with opener "Bad Boys", a tune that has dominated dance sets all year. Slotting in epic remixes throughout the 31 track monster from Serial Killaz, Stickybuds and Eddie K, vocals from Top Cat, Darrison and Rubidan, two continuous mixes and a set of FX to boot, this is a bumper pack of jungle fun. Pick your venue and mash it up.
Isley Brothers - "Ballad For The Fallen" - (3:09) 82 BPM
Glen Frey - "You Belong To The City" - (2:39) 109 BPM
Jones Girls - "You Gonna Make Me" - (8:05) 107 BPM
Bohannon - "Save Their Souls" - (2:55) 85 BPM
Kraftwerk - "Hall Of Mirrors" - (3:01) 95 BPM
Ohio Players - "Pride & Vanity" - (2:55) 86 BPM
Wet Willie - "Beggar Song" - (3:17) 89 BPM
Lionel Bart - "Anything" - (1:25) 109 BPM
Last Christmas Strictly Breaks treated us to the killer first instalment of this compilation series, and this year, it seems, Christmas has come early. There are many things you can say about Jay Z, none is truer than the fact that when it comes to samples, the man has serious taste. These albums simply add up to great genre-spanning history lessons, and here we get essential electro gems by Zapp and Kraftwerk, vintage Egyptian crooning (Abdel Halim Hafez), sultry funk (Commodores) and even the British musicals of Lionel Bart!
Various - "Toolroom Knights" (continuous DJ mix by Chus & Ceballos) - (1:17:49) 125 BPM
Spanish production and DJ duo Chus & Ceballos have been running things "Iberican Sound" style since 2001. Blending tribal sounds with tech elements, the two were among the first to take house and techno and mash them together like a big sandwich. It's with some excitement then that the pair return to Toolroon Knights with a compilation of dancefloor stunners and downright dirty dance music. From Boys Noize, Mihalis Safras and Christian Smith to Kaiserdisco, Rafa Barrios, Cristian Varela and Filterheadz, there are no less than 30 huge tracks and a full DJ mix from the duo. Whether you're after this for the Toolroom collection or because you're big C&C fans, you're going to end up with a treat.
The Artist Series Volume 1 sees Actual Sounds gather together a bunch of their artists to provide an expansive selection of bootleg breaks, ghetto funk and jungle reworks of tracks from well-known artists, namely Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill. While there's a certain drunken office Christmas party silliness to the Fab Four reworks, the more hip-hop inclined reworks are much more successful. There are plenty of confirmed party-starters, from the synth-heavy P-funk breaks of Funky Wah Wah's "Beastie Noise (That's Resin Funk)", to Big Bang Breaks' multiple reworks of "Insane In The Brain" (the first of which, a straight-up party hip-hop take, is the bomb).
Here's something rather novel (and, arguably, timely): a tribute to Belgium's greatest contribution to electronic music, new beat, with contemporary artists delivering tracks inspired by the woozy, late night chug of the mid-to-late '80s sound. All involved step up to the mark, delivering druggy, twisted, wonky and on occasions near anthemic cuts. Picking out highlights is tough, but check the ragged electronic pulse of Red D's "I Only Wanna", JD Twitch's tough "Just Like That", Aril Brikha's chugging, melodic "Nineveh By Night" and, most impressively, the intoxicating percussion abuse of the Uncanny Valley crew's "Drum Abuse". Superb stuff.
A neat balance of fresh vibes and remixed revisitations, New York imprint Deeper Vision showcases its remit with a slick sonic confidence that spans the D&B genre. From the euphoric skank bubbles of "Lock Da Place to the heads-down thunder rolls of "No Hold Back Riddim VIP", every corner of the 170BPM dance is covered. Other highlights include the blissed out synth weaves on "Hell Gate" and the classic jungle motifs on the drum dynamics of "Everyday I Wonder". 10 examples of quintessential D&B that harmonise with influences from the wider electronic picture and pay homage to all aspects of the genre, Deeper Vision have a fine-tuned focus that's not to be missed.
Skeewiff's Pedigree Cuts imprint genuinely has a spotless pedigree. Often found frolicking in the most creative pastures between swing, soul, jazz, dub, funk and party-blistering breakbeat, every release comes with guaranteed floor-fuel. This collection comprises their best remixes to date. Highlights across the 22-strong set include Featurecast's soft-skank rub of the Finlay Quaye-featured "Clean Living", Daytoner's turbo-jazz rub of "Sunset Star" and Parker's badboy bass swagger twist on Tape Loops' "Don't Do That". An accomplished collection of remixes, and exclusive to Juno, this is Pedigree Cuts at their very best.