Review: Bill & Ed are coming at you with their VIP and remix edition of Keeping It Gangster, a mammoth 12-track exploration of what their original work can become in different contexts, featuring big names like DJ Hybrid and Saxxon, as well as smaller ones like K Jah and Dcision. It's a very solid LP that's grounded in rough, urban sounds that are sure to resonate with anyone who loves this culture. The DJ Hyrbrid remix of the title track is especially good, with a solid drum base and a lovely bass.
Review: Bill & Ed, who we're pretty sure aren't flowerpot men, have landed on Juicy Fruit Recordings with a five-track collection of jungle steppers and pummelling rollers that'll get your heart beating just that little bit faster. This isn't a pretentious or chin-stroking release, instead it's a proper down-to-earth shakedown of UK-urban sounds that fits right in with the trajectory of the scene right now. The title track exemplifies this, with a stuttering jungle break and hi-hop sampling that flips into a stabby yet fluid rendition of late jungle influences and wailing low-frequency sonics. Top release.
Review: Toronto's Dutty Bass crew sign up some savagery from the rising dualistic duo Bill & Ed. "Keepin It Gangsta" sets the scene with a raffish, loose-collar grumbler before "Massacre" raises the tension with a Safari-era BC feel and "God Grape" dusts off the detuned rave synths and gets creative with a collection of classic vocal samples. Looking for a little old school drifty soul with an absurd switch in the breaks? Jump on "Lionel Joseph". Looking for a little eeriness and graveyard thrill? Get spooked by "Madmen". Looking for a massive ravey wind-up skank-basher? Chow down on "Take Note". Be excellent to each other.
Review: It's safe to say that the Juicy Fruit Recordings team have supplied us with an absolute gem here as they arrange a collection of top draw remixes, bringing a new lease of life to 'Year One'. We begin with Brockout's high energy redesign of Bill & Ed's 'Maximum Warp', before Diligent Fingers gets stuck into his groovy rethink of 'Hernando' from S Man. Next up, we take in some stripped back drumsy flavours on Warhead's dramatic overhaul of 'Visions Of The Future' from Kovert Sound, before Erbman finishes off the project in style with his sub heavy recreation of Verdikt's 'Here We Go'.
Review: Juicy Fruit Recordings, besides having a very catchy name, put out catchy music and this time around it's the turn of K-jah, Erbman, SMAN and Vytol to put forth the goods via a selection of remixes. K-Jah's cut is wickedly simple: old-school drum sounds with an arrangement of bouncy bass stabs, all laid out in harmony and all touching on the wave of stripped-back sonics currently coursing through the scene. Vytol takes things darker with his remix of 'Rock Shop', a grating, gargling concoction that wobbles as much as any sick roller. Great collection of tunes here.
Review: Toronto's Dutty Bass Audio continue to hold a lighter in the air, in dedication to the proper old-school sounds of '90s techstep - and we salute them! Label regulars and locals return for this label compilation, which as the name may suggests features some right rollers! From Konz's darkside breaks on "Breathe" (version remix), the seething minimal stepper by Redline named "Jungle Demon" which is reminiscent of DJ Krust, or Bill & Ed's particularly fierce "Clapped Up" featuring what is undoubtedly the most A1 bassline we have heard all year.
Review: It appears that the Ghetto Dub Recordings team has assembled one hell of a roster for this one as they unleash the fully unmixed version of the Dubz: ReRubbed album project, allowing us to enjoy each and every tune in its full majesty. We find the perfect balance of high intensity dancefloor danger and more stripped back rollers throughout the compilation, from the Phibes remix of Wrecked from Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion giving us a gritty, synth lead smackdown to the much more junglist inspired recreation of Java's 'Screwface' from Aries. There are a few standouts throughout this eclectic selection, including Epicentre's monstrous sub-driven rework of 'We Up There' from Bill & Ed, alongside Veak's neurotic overhaul of Subcriminal's 'Mack 10' and the system rattling recreation of Flat T's 'Proceedings Closed' from Durban. What a selection this is!
Review: For this bumper of a VA, Juicy Fruit have roped in Redline, Erbman, Rival Technique and more for the 2nd instalment in their Juicy Gang series. Featuring 7 street-focused cuts, there's a plethora of styles here that make this EP an easy win for anybody who appreciates the diversity of music the scene has to offer. Redline lands with the old-school, junglist cut that isn't the most glamorous but which gets the job done in a fashion only the old school can. Kovert Sound and Bill & Ed take things up a notch in terms of heaviness, whilst Hannibal Selector gets all funky with an wicked set of samples and some stuttering rolling drums. Wicked, wicked.
Review: Fifty tracks from Ghetto Dub. We'll repeat that; FIFTY tracks right here from the Bristol badassery stable! Fresh from the stashes of SR, Kumarachi, Aries, Vinyl Junkie, Conrad Subs, Octo Pi and many more on-point junglists across the generations, many of these tracks are brand new and all of them are heavier than a night down the Weight Watchers. Highlights include Conrad Sub's skanky groaner "Good As Gold", Jaguar Paw's utter filth session "Southside", Jay Aftermath's gnarly tech/soundsystem hybrid "The Jungle" and the pure rave purrs of Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Outlandish"... But that's not even touching the sides of the fifty track attack. Dig deep and get rolling.
Review: Not to be confused with the Julia Roberts classic, the Sound of Nuusic isn't a Bavarian epic but instead a UK underground epic of compilation sized proportions, with a whole raft of underground talents offering up a diverse concoction of jungle flavours. With Conrad Subs making several appearances, his stand-out contribution is 'Leave Dem', with a funked-up loping introduction that's seriously smooth but which quickly devolves into a stuttering balance of breaks and reece bass action. There's wicked jungle contributions from Kumarachi and RMS as well as Sheffield upstart Charla Green, whose knock-down breaks carry some serious weight. This is a must-listen for anyone who likes their jungle music.
Review: Dutty business: Toronto's DBA crew lay down their second supersized V/A LP of the year and it's an absolute gully jamboree. Ranging from the wobbled-out slaps of Euphonique's "Sound Dead" to twisted drones of Tryptamine's "Gang" via the wily 96 skanks and bubblesome bass of ScattyOne's "Wicked Babylon", Tomoyoshi's funk flipping triplets on "Time & Space" and the awesome halftime sludge of DJ Hybrid's clever Drop Out remix of "Raised In The Jungle" there's genuinely not one even slightly under par track here. Dutty Bass Audio are absolutely smashing the game right here.
Review: Rub-a-dub-dub, a bunch of producers in the tub, none of them are clean because they're all making proper stinkers for Ghetto Dub. And these are a handful of examples. As the label unleashes the parts to some of its many key recent releases to four exciting talents. Man-of-the-moment Sikka takes the lead with a crucial tear-up of Vinyl Junkie & SR's "Peace Pipe" while Ly Da Buddah adds a whole new twist to Rachel EC's "All Rudeboys & Rudegirls" with an immense chainsaw bassline that cuts right through the mix. Elsewhere we get tremendously woozy and wonky with DJ Gaw's remix of Bill & Ed's "These Streets" before Dublic closes the show with an absolutely savage junglised slap-down of "Paradise Lost". Rerub? Rewind more like!