Review: Aries 2018-released debut album Jungle Style just keeps on giving with another badass bounty of versions. Featuring a whole range of skilled breakbeat craftsmen from hyped newcomers and hidden talents to some of the best in the game, highlights hit from all corners including Saxxon's jazz-tinged tear-up on "Sundays", Kreed's dancehall stepper twist of "I & I" and Benny Page's heavily supported version of "Herbsmoke". High grade business.
Aries/Random Movement & Bevan - "Sundays" - (5:34) 175 BPM
Review: Aries is about to drop Jungle Style, a very special and personal debut solo album that joins the dots of musical make-up and celebrates his 20-year 100+ release contributions to the dance. These two killer collabs show the score: long-time partner in vibes Jacky Murda and iconic MC Spyda tag in for a string-plucking sing-along toaster while Random Movement and Bevan step up for a swooning, heads-down stepper with beautiful bending Detroitian chords. Trust us; the album is going to be a riot of the senses.
Review: Jungle veteran Potential Badboy has been operating professionally longer than many of us have been out of school (or even short trousers / the womb) After a brief hiatus from the release world, he's come back all bass guns blazing with a skank-packed homage to soundsystem culture. From the melodica tooting "Beat Of The Ghetto" to the rifle drum charm and sensuous harmonies of "Hot In Here" to the leaner steps of "Sound Boy" and MC Fats' sugar-coated "Gimme The Rhythm", this is the definition of 'all killer / no filler'. It's also the definition of a broad-screened, dynamically arranged D&B album that works just as well as a complete listening experience as it does a collection of dancefloor heaters. Nothing potential about it; this is the real deal.
Duoscience - "Plans For A Tomorrow" - (4:31) 175 BPM
HumaNature & Satl - "That Way" - (5:33) 175 BPM
Review: The second part of the Creative Consensus series is a beautiful mixture of lush and vibrant rollers, taking inspiration from the old school as well as testing the waters in new directions. Featuring the likes of Paul SG, Clart and Inside Man this is a release that focuses mainly on upcoming talent - and there's a lot of it around. Whether you like your deep sounds sweet or dark, smooth or experimental, you can be sure there's something on here for you. Last word: Try out Zion Base, Bevan & Andy Sim - Sidewalk for some Djrum-level sample riffing.
Review: It feels like we are heading into the summer season already, so when bumper compilations like this drop.. It's all about terrace parties and sound-tracked BBQ's pre-empting those Ibiza vibes. Black Hole Holland are back with their Radio series for March with another 10 hot rocks , including 'We Live In The Dark' from Alex O'Rion, Akira Kayosa & Bevan Miller collab 'Phase 3', 'Diamond Hell' from Bonbina, the Relay & Front remix of 'Much Too Much' by the hotly tipped Andain, Mike Saint Jules 'Solarflame'.. All this for just L7.99?!