Review: It's a shame how little drum & bass makes its way across the Atlantic from the good ol' US of A, but Digital 6 are one of the labels which truly excel at flying the stars and stripes. This compilation seeks to push the junglist sounds of a country quite separate from the jungle itself, and with that in mind the curators behind this particular endeavour have done a fantastic job. It's a fresh take on the time-tested formulae of the 1990s, and it's summarised best by Cubik 1 on 'Anything', which sees rough and tumble breaks fall over their heels into the welcoming arms of soulful sampling and vital atmospheric tones. There are too many artists to list here considering the tracklist reaches a mighty 34, but just rest assured that this is a proper jungle album you'd be silly to miss.
Review: Digital 6 are doing us all a favour with this release, simply because the big old US of A desperately needs more representation in a scene that is dominated by the European players. Although this is obviously in part because the USA has less D&B fans, the more American music in play the faster this is likely to change. Stateside Junglism 3 is a jungle heavy, breaksy release that doesn't take many prisoners. 'Murda Music' by Shamanga, featuring MC Zulu, is a perfect example of this, as his vocals lead you in with a distinctive reggae tone before a broken drop emanates with some serious force, subterranean wobbles abound and it's an all-round moody listen. The rest of the LP is just as strong - big up the Atlantic crew!