Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: The big, bad Dillinja is back with some of his original vibes, and this is nothing but good news to those who've been feeling a little crestfallen with the current trends in d&b. This man deserves no introductions, but we feel compelled to say that he's been a leading figure in the jungle scene since the mid 90s, and his 'Valve' sound has constantly redefined and expanded the boundaries of the genre. The artist's amorphous sounds land on Dom & Roland's own label, another legendary drum and bass duo whose sound has equally kept on testing the scene, and "End Of Line" feels like a return to what Dillinja has always done best - a rickshaw of metallic breaks fuses ever so well to a mighty wall of bass with that inimitable crunch sound. It's a total chest-burster of a tune. "Acid Roller", as the name implies, proceeds to launch a devastating attack of break bundles over an evil, dubby concoction of sub-tones and short bursts of beats. Deadly.
Review: Dom returns to his Dubs Dungeon once again and re-opens the Dillinja crypt for two more long-coveted dubplates. "You" is fresh from 94 with subs so thick and misty they'll freeze you to your bones and breaks so sharply edited you now have pierced ears just reading this short review, this was a major missile for the AWOL massive. "King Of The Beats" is a year or two deeper into Dillinja's unmatchable discography with a killer b-boy sample, rocket fuel drums and a waspy bassline that stings from a 10 mile radius. Jungle royalty.
Review: Velvet vibes from the Valve wizard Dillinja. It's 1995, jungle has mutated hugely in its infancy, drum and bass is the next chapter and Dilli wrote a sprawling footnote on how the jazzier end of the spectrum could work for years to come. Futureproofing himself to infinity, each cut still sounds light years away from anyone else in terms of range, dynamics and sample-use. "The Angels Fell" is all about the dizzy horns, "Ja Know Ya Big" is all about the widescreen drum abuse while "Brutal Bass" is all about the choir chorus and clarinet solo. Just kidding... The clue's in the title. Subs don't come any heavier.
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!
Mr. E, Dillinja & Clarky - "Steelers Anthem" - (6:14) 159 BPM
Johnny Jungle - "Oh Yeah" (remix) - (5:26) 170 BPM
DJ Dopeski - "The Clash" - (5:04) 161 BPM
Salt Fish, Ackee & Bakes - "The Gunman" - (5:52) 161 BPM
Badman - "War For '94" - (5:20) 165 BPM
Review: Classical business: things don't get much more foundational than Marvellous Caine's original IQ imprint. Home to a whole gamut of gully slingers between 1994 - 95, here the label reflects on some of the label's many original jungle and hardcore conquests. And considering the label was only in operation for two years, it had many conquests including a very early outing from Andy C and Ant Miles under their Desired State alias ("Hello Lover (Remix)"), early cuts from Dillinja ("Sax Into The Night") and DJ Hype with his own remix of "Hello Lover". Elsewhere we can physically hear the tempo rising with cuts like Back 2 Basic's string-sizzled "Oh Yeah" and of course Captain Caine himself under his Badman guise. What a history lesson!
Review: Welcome to Planet VIP, an exclusive collection of brand new remixes, VIPs and classic unreleased reworks. This project includes contributions from the whole of the V family, with tracks from the full gamut of legendary producers V has to offer from Roni Size and Dillinja to Eveson, DJ Krust, MC Fats & Kabuki. On remix duties are some of the scene's finest producers including Nu:Tone, TC & Need For Mirrors, alongside some of the most exciting new artists to hit the scene in years like Unreal, Command Strange, DJ Chap, Dr Meaker and many more - this compilation fuses together the new and old with scintillating results! All mixed together by the Jumpin Jack Frost, this LP ventures into the full spectrum of D&B. No matter what you love, you'll find it here.