Review: Last spotted on Liondub showing us no mercy whatsoever, Cologne's Brainstorm returns the label's Street Series with another fistful of fire. Rich variety is clear from the off as we glide to the smooth subby sounds of opener "Brooklyn Dub" before getting hurled headfirst into a Hoogs-level jump-up riff bash. Further on we shock out to whistling, breezy jungle on "Right Now" while things get pure ugly with two gritty early-2000s style riff cuts with Ricky Tuff. Serious street smarts.
Review: You can almost smell the 90s rave dancefloor when you look at the artwork on this one, which is certainly a good thing and rusty jungle vibes abound from start to finish. The opening rave vibes on 'No Ordinary Sound' quickly devolves into a rising mash of drum hits and repetitive but solid synth work, whilst 'Concrete Jungle has a stripped back percussive feel that sits perfectly alongside it's low-frequency warmth. It's the roughness, the lack of precision and the don't-care attitude that makes this release good, so if you're looking for brightness then it might not be for you -it's for the proper heads.
Review: Achtung baby! Cologne's Brain Brainstorm returns to Liondub with this powerful seven-piece collection. Dubby flavours, hazy skanks, junglist beats and toxic levels of bass all play a lead role throughout: "Kill A Drum Pan" hits with tidal textures, "Forward" strips us back even further to the drum groove, "Moving On" fuses some expert cosmic drum work and sensual soul from Lady D-Zire, "Inside The Vaults" is all about the contrast between the euphoric pads and sizzling Lomax-style bass riffs while "Red Eyes" hits with an emphatic and heavily conscious vocal. Finally we're treated big horn magic on "Let It Go" (don't worry it has nothing to do with the Frozen song of the same name) before concluding with the rippled waves and tightly plucked guitar of "Brooklyn Dub Pt 2". An impeccable collection of modern jungle - this is close to a whole album. No filler in sight.
Review: Fresh from earning his Technique stripes Cologne-based Brian Brainstorm makes his Liondub debut: "Already Dead" comes with such an arresting sample he switched it into two furious forms: a skank-happy jungle version and a foul stanching jump up mix. Deeper into the EP you'll find Annix-level bass chaos on "Run Choon", classic Moving Fusion style warbles and wobbles on "No Mercy Tonight" and an authentic ode to jungle's original roots on the sub-squeezing, sample-smashing "Unity". Lighter!
Review: Brain-basher number one: German heavyweight Brian unleashes the parts of last year's massive "Forward" EP to a whole host of super-respected peers. The results are every bit as forward-thinking as you'd hope. Highlights include Bassface Sascha & Phlex maintaining the piano-laced vitality of "Inside The Vaults", Serial Killaz adding heavy layers of jungle murk to "Kill A Drum Pan", Bou continuing to show expert trippy science on his take on "Red Eyes" and DJ Hybrid stretching the elements for a roomy skanked out jungle twist on "Moving On". That's the tip of the remix iceberg. Time to push things forward...
Review: Calling all Brainiacs! Brian's back and he's packing some serious jungle heat. "Anything & Everything" is a roasty skanker that's precision tuned for the current heatwave thanks to its hurricane drums, soaking wet basses and refreshing dubwise horn section. "So Easy" maintains the Jamaican flavour with a surging, urgent vocal and a jet engine drop that could scorch your ear hairs from a 10 mile radius. Easy does it!
Review: The bright-light, groovy aesthetic of Jungle Cakes is back, as it so often is, so get out your Red Stripes and don ya wavey garms because the legendary Brian Brainstorm isn't messing around with this display of both the jungle and D&B sounds. Two ragga-infused tunes are here for you, uplifting samples abound and suddenly it's not December - it's June, July and August and the sun is shining. This doesn't stop any of these tracks from coming out in a moody way, though, and it definitely doesn't it stop either the jungle or D&B mix of 'Judgement' from attempting to knock your hat off. Jungle Cakes always manage to pull out the stops in a way that makes you nervously smile - this one is no different, and we love thee combination of jungle and full-speed rolling sounds.
Review: A collection of modern dancefloor jungle, remixed and released for your pleasure. 'Nah Matta' is based round a forward moving, fast shuffle decorated with sirens, a ragga vocal and a big fat sub. 'Blackout' is a powerful beast of a track with hard and heavy hitting drum and a weighty bassline, lightened with the occasional classic 90's female vox. 'Lionheart Bizzness' is a loud and crashing sonic assault with a techy break down. 'Stay Tough' has a cinematic vibe, straight out of a thriller, we have a spoken warning and a killer sub.
Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
Review: Run Tingz are a Bristol based imprint that seek to project the Bristolian sound all across the U.K. That sound is a hypnotic blend of ragga influences, jungle vibes and rolling, bassy tones of the type that blow up Bristol dancefloors on an almost daily basis. For their Best of 2018 album they've rolled out the big guns for a fat compilation featuring the likes of Bladerunner, Kursiva, Dossa and Brian Brainstorm so you know it's going to be good. 'Sound Killer' by Bladerunner is typical of this; funky, upbeat ragga sampling and sick vocals from Fuchaman with an underpinning of junglist vibes and pulsing basslines. The rest of the album is just as good - go cop it.