Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.
Review: Disco Cakes ninja Defkline maintains his lace-thin veil of secrecy as he serves up three more slap-happy unofficial versions. "Hit The Road Jack" takes the Ray Charles classic and runs it through a whole range of genres and styles from rap to swing to glitch. "Made Ya Look" takes Nas deeper into the dance with an array of classic rolling breakbeats while "Oh La La" shows off Defkline's wiseguy status with a classic sample hook and beats bolstered for 2015 and beyond. Tasty.
Review: You read it correctly, the Jungle Cakes series has reached Volume 32, and to celebrate, Defkline has produced for us two mighty fine slices of jungle riddims and spiced up classic vocals. In "Tempo" a kaleidoscope of tropical sounds wash over a big bouncing bassline, while a drop reveals the ragga heart of the tune before building to dizzying breakneck speed again. On the flip, "Magnificent" harks back to the ruffneck '80s, where shufflin' rhythms were the way to move. Add some ballsy breaks and there's a brand new way to scuff up them Dr Martens. Everybody skank!
Review: The Hot Cakes bossman dons his darker alter ego for two booty-slapping breaks jams. "Bass Shaker" is all about the Public Enemy vocal samples, a very well-known Lafayette Afro Rock Band horn sample and a series of classic breakbeats. "My Love" flips the sexy switch by way of a Mary J Blige vocal, slinky garage elements and a buxom b-boy bassline that ensures the chaps are just as charmed as the ladies. Shake that bass!
Review: Defkline is one of the alternate monikers used by breakstep pioneer Deekline (of I Don't Smoke fame). This Londoner never rests - running no less than six labels including Hot Cakes. Here on "Push Dat" he's having a bit of throwaway fun taking the riff from '90s superhit Push The Feeling On by Nightcrawlers and mixing it in both 2-step and housey styles. Sure to conjure up smiles in clubs everywhere.
Review: Serious 808 business from Booty Breaks UK, where Miami resident Jimi The Genius opens proceedings with a smouldering, butt-shifting take on the Beastie Boys. From "Brass Monkeys" to a bona fide bass money, label boss Defkline goes x-rated with a raunchy J.O.D.D rap, juxtaposing it with a crisp guitar riff that even your dad will recognise. Finally we hit "Bounce Dat Ass"; armed with an iced-out lead and thumping garage-style 4/4, it utilises a DJ Funk vocal with stripped back, booty-shaking sonic muscle. Slippers? Full-on raving sneaks with go-faster stripes more like. Smoking.
Review: If anyone can fuse Q-Tip, Busta and Sister Sledge, it's the Disco Cakes head honchos Defkline and Red Polo. In fact their baking is so sweet they've cooked up two versions; a funk-fuelled disco jam and a swaggering, breakbeat-heavy hip-hop version. Naturally both cuts are so tasty your dancefloor will be munching out of the palm of your hand. Further on we're punched with a bass-battered nu-funk version of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N Roll" and sweet-talked by the sexy dancehall version of early 90s hip-hop crew K7 on "Come Baby Come". Yummy.
Review: Not one week from their last Disco Cakes release, Defkline and Red Polo return on sister label Hot Cakes for another pair of rambunctious party bangers. "Oh Sevre! Look What You Done" sees the pair rework Julio Bashmore's ubiquitous hit "Au Seve" to fine effect across two versions. The "Breakbeat Garage" version does exactly what it says on the tin, cutting up that infectious bassline and giving it a touch more bite, while the drum & bass mix ramps things with a crazy tempo and thick subs. If such a thing is possible, Defkline & Red Polo have actually improved on the original.
Review: Masters of the crafty art of bootlegism and funk edits, the not-so-pseudonymous Defkline and Red Polo get busy on four classics with crucial party-boosting results. "Space Cowboy" takes the Steve Miller classic and coats it with a whole slew of classic rhymers from ODB to Fiddy. "Turn The Beat Around" takes the disco classic of the same name and reboots it with chunky house 4/4. "It Ain't No Good", meanwhile, takes De La Soul and Chaka Khan's soul-blistered ballad and gives it just a cheeky mild skank. "Shystie's Disco" brings us to a fitting climax with ripples of glitterball-twisting electro boogie vibes.
Review: Well known breaks barons Defkline & Pure SX get lively once again with another instalment of cheeky bootleg action. First up is "212", a bold reversioning of the currently unavoidable Azealia Banks track. With high-riding synth hooks and a beefy rhythm construction, it's a surefire bullet this summer. "Link Up" sees Wiley go under the duo's carving knife for another failsafe chunky funkster. Rolling breaks with rounded bass, it's more respectful than some of the remixes that have been doing the rounds. Finally we hit "End Of Line", a fine-tuned Beyonce homage that comes complete with instant hands-up 80s synths, very well executed bass tones and an electro riff that develops throughout.
Review: Ever listened to Switch's "I Still Love You" and thought 'this could do with raving up a tad'? Defkline and Red Polo obviously have, and they were wise to do so. Think 'end of the night hug-athon', think 'peak of the set, lighters up time', think 'turn the dancefloor into one massive smile', this cheeky remix ticks more boxes than a professional box-ticker and is likely to bring a grin to your groovers. Fancy turning that grin into a creased up ugly bass face? Slam in the screaming dubstep remix by Sonwah Fresh.
Review: Always boasting a well-stocked arsenal of mash ups and breakbeat remakes, the Booty Breaks label drop three new beats on this long-running series - this time supplied by crafty cutters Defkline and Red Polo. "Power Boots" revisits a '90s euro house classic, Drake's teary-eyed raps get a pleasing beat-driven overhaul on "Take Care" while excellent tropical electro banger "Go Outside" rounds off the set.