Review: Seven releases deep might seem like an odd moment in a label's history for a 'best of' set, but when the party vibes are as strong as this and the summer's creeping up like a sleazy charmer, we're not going to complain! Each cut hits the dancing feet with rapid reference rifle fire with highlights chopping and popping from every direction: do the windmill to the iconic loopy vocal and classic breaks of Breakerz Allstarz "Doin Ruin", chisel up those gun fingers for Bluntskull's ragga-powered "Gun Gospel" and get ready to lose your trousers as you swing to Cris Crucial's "Anything Funky". Tuck in, it's feasting season.
Review: As you might've guessed, Bluntskull ain't no Clinton, this guy inhales and doesn't care who knows it. He has a similar approach to his music and here he invites everybody all back to his for the "Bluntskull & Friends EP". We get four such friendly jams here (the first two are solo cuts), "Gun Gospel" being a killer hybrid of 4/4 breaks and reggae gangster vibes, whilst "Whine Ya Waist" is a hypnotic slice of 21st century digi-dancehall. Chris Crucial gives the former a '90s urban make over and El Bomba gives the latter a pumping party orientated twist.
Review: New Yorker-in-Vietnam Bluntskull returns to DDD with four more trademark Jamaican bass skank-ups. Smoke-stacked hip-hop heaters, each one swinging heavily on classic breakbeats, the whole EP is a cascade of classic samples and vocals, all laced together as if they were pristine originals. Highlights include the lo-fi subtleties of "Carnival" and the slow-rolling funk flow of "Raggamuffin Flow". Get to know.
Review: Soundclash-level battle booties abound as Dirty Dubster dish out another Ragga Party Jams collection. Iceone's "Hump Around" takes the vocals of House Of Pain's sure-fire party smasher "Jump Around" and lay them down of a Toots style reggae groove. "Why Me", meanwhile, takes Cuban Links and introduces him to a laidback dub funk lick (complete with neat references to Cutty Ranks). Elsewhere Bluntskull takes Nine's "Wutcha Want" and throws it down over a vibrant skanking jam while Subtifuge concludes proceedings with a jittering, juicy upbeat D&B blend that features a distinctive Eek-A-Mouse style vocal. Battle business guaranteed.
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
Review: Vietnam VS Jamaica on Irish Moss. Could this EP possibly BE more international? The vibes meet the air miles: Blunty's laid down the crudest of dub bounce arrangements and it's the perfect match for Blackout's throaty spittage. Remix-wise we hear the Dirty Dubsters ride high on a well-known reggae riff, Liondub take things back to 94 with a rudeboy jungle lick and J-Bostron take things back to 97 with a crisp n' bashy jump-up session. Massive.