Review: The word 'seminal' is thrown around with a reckless abandon these days and it's not always used with an appropriate level of respect, but this single from Metalheadz is undoubtedly one of the occasions on which its use is warranted. Throwing all the way back to 1994 is Alex Reece, one of the pioneers of Jungle's early foray into the lighter side of things, and his single 'Basic Principles', which also includes a remix from Dillinja on the flip. It's rough, fractious and reminiscent of the heady era from which Headz first came, a proper journey back in time. Legendary.
Review: Cor blimey, Jungle Cakes aren't messing around with their Welcome To The Jungle series are they? Hot on the heels of Ray Keith comes another stone cold OG; Nicky Blackmarket. Digging deep across the classics and sparking up a whole forest of fresh fires, it's a 40 track, 2 mix, 10 FX tool trove of pure jungle magic curated with the wide-armed style you'd expect from an originator. With classic ranging from well known such as "Incredible" and "Pulp Fiction" to cult such as "Keep It Raw" and "Gangsters" and upfront jams flexing from all the right names (Serum, Aries, Serial Killaz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith), Blackmarket has absolutely smashed this out of the mark.
Review: The Metalheadz time machine is set for 1994 and it ain't budging. As well as remastered releases of Doc Scott's "Far Away" and Dillinja's "Angels Fell", they've also unearthed and polished this supreme slice of synth funk from Reece - one of the men responsible for really encouraging and inspiring a lighter side to the jungle during the mid 90s. A sprawling, jazz-minded melody, stark beats and a groove that refuses to quit, it's a foundation record that - in retrospect - hinted at the game-changing "Pulp Fiction" that consequently followed. Speaking of game-changers, they've also included an early remix from the one and only Dillinja. Retaining the funk and mystery, his presence is best felt in the expertly edited drums. Ahead of its time.