Review: The summer might be coming to an end, but raving season is only just heating up and is set to stay at this refreshingly positive high for the foreseeable. Together is a great example of why as a crack team of new generation talents and serious OGs collide for this special Moondance collection. Updates and new retro flavours galore as the likes of Danny Byrd goes stunningly loco on Acen's 'Trip To The Moon', Benny Page tears Shades Of Rhythm a new one on 'Sound Of Eden' and Dope Ammo, DJ Rap and Jasmine Knight team up for the rush-inducing 'Together'. Elsewhere Ray Keith takes us back to his 96 'Dark Soldier' era with his recent breakbeat assault 'Back In The Day', hardcore heroes Liquid and Billy Bunter lock horns on the euphoric 'Dove Removal Machine' while rising ravesmiths Origin8 & Propa close the EP with an update on their swaggering, stabby breakbeat banger 'Massive'. Come together now.
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.
Review: Fresh off the factory floor from Dope Ammo and Mix Ten, How Did It Go Down starts with an original number (feat. Jasmine Knight on vocals) and moves rapidly into a series of top class remixes that all build on the original in one way or another. Dope Ammo and Mix Ten's rendition is far from outclassed, however, and the pair have channelled the history of 170 to produce a roller that's both soft in the high ends and destructive in the lows, and we especially love the breadth of its bassline; a proper wallower. Jamie S23, of Drum & Bass Arena fame, steps up and cuts up, a percussive masterpiece that sets a new groove and injects a heady dose of bouncing brevity. Max Baker flips into it a liquid number, AN chops things into jungle sized pieces, and Sublow HZ adds a jug of jump-up energy. Wicked stuff.
Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of remixes from Dope Ammo's album from Dope Ammo, Audiomission, Sublow HZ and more. The Audiomission remix of 'Take Me Back' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Sublow HZ remix of 'Stir It Up' is lovely and funky yet packs a ferocious jungle bassline on the drop that'll leave you heaving for more. Wicked stuff.
Review: Can we get a 'wicked?' Jungle Cakes continue to team up with some of the biggest donnies in the game with this latest Welcome To The Jungle collection. This time curated and fronted by the General himself, as you'd expect this is a full-on jungle assault that covers every single angle and every single era. 47 tracks and one killer mix, hosted and toasted by Levy himself, this is one of Jungle Cakes most comprehensive collections to date: From the foundation-setting, historic vibes of "Incredible" through to contemporary bangers from the likes of Kursiva, DJ Hybrid, Jam Thieves, Benny Page and all things in between, everyone involved has delivered something special. Massive.
Review: Remix klaxon! Dope Ammo's 2018 album Influence continues to spawn sweet fruit as the second part of the remix album drops. Once again it's packed with promising talent: Levela shows his most soulful side with the skank-kissed "Badman Inna My Ends", Blackley brings the dancefloor riff on "How We Get Down" to life in a whole new epic way, Brain Brainstorm beefs up "Flying" while Exile brings the whole package to an emotional ending with a super-groan bassline twist on "Wishin' On A Star". Influential.
Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC - "Babylon Falling" (Ed Solo remix) - (4:37) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Broomers - "Oldtimes" (feat Martin Carr - Kleu remix) - (4:58) 174 BPM
Dope Ammo, Broomers & Kathy Brown - "Saturday" (Benny Page remix) - (3:04) 178 BPM
Repent (Dope Ammo remix) - (3:21) 172 BPM
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of VIPs and remixes from the likes of Ed Solo, Benny Page and Kleu. The Ed Solo remix of 'Bablyon Falling' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Benny Page remix of 'Saturday' is lovely and funky and the EP is finished off nicely by the solid weightiness of Dope Ammo's own remix of 'Repent'. Another good release from the Dope Ammo camp.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (original) - (2:52) 175 BPM
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (VIP mix) - (3:28) 175 BPM
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (dub mix) - (2:52) 175 BPM
Review: Ready? Aim! Fire! Dope Ammo come back packing a stone cold rave classic. 23 years after Aphrodite and Micky Finn revved up 88.3's Rose Royce-sampling hand-raiser and made it their own, Dope Ammo tag in Rio Hellyer for this skin-melting romp. Three versions, all stunners, everything is on-point: the relentless drums, the ravey drum fills, the gnarly groaning bass, the euphoric arpeggios, Rio's emotion-coated vocal and the rewinds you'll be rinsing from this time after time. Exceptional.
Dope Ammo - "Cold Rock A Party" (feat Tali - Jaydan remix) - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: 2012/13: Dope Ammo fired off a whole load of rounds that are still set to kill five years later. Two remixes and two originals, all rewind: Dope Ammo's sixth reload round-up kicks us back to Levela's funk-flecked Ram-style twist of "Kill Bill", slaps us silly with Maji's Taxman-level warp-fest on "Roots & Future" and tickles us with Benny Page's swinging space-wobbler "Crazy". Finally Jaydan KOs us plain and simple with his perennially vicious take on "Cold Rock A Party". Almost five years old and still standing up to today's production muscle; no further is proof needed that Dope Ammo are ahead of their time. Get loaded.
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: Classicality! Dope Ammo dig into the vaults for four seminal slabs of early 2000s rollage and politely request respectfully and suitably heavy remixes. First up are the recently revived G Dub, VIP'ing the heavens out of their 2005 dub of the sing-along anthem "Roots & Culture". Bladerunner follows with a beautiful jungle update on "Crazy" in the way only he knows how while Panik & M-Rode echo the epicity of their Top Cat remix with a similarly slappy-skanked twist on "Big Summer". Finally Muffler takes the Shorston-fronted "Better Believe" and gives it an Odyssey-era Drumsound & Bassline Smith style battering. Brutality!
Dope Ammo & Tali - "Cold Rock A Party" (Dossa & Locuzzed remix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Sentenza - "Twice A Day" (feat Gigante MC - original mix) - (4:20) 175 BPM
Review: Longstanding Drunken Masters, Dope Ammo lights the touch-paper on what's shaping up to be a very explosive album. Looking back over almost 20 years of brazen beats, Influence is a powerful reminder of DA's clutch on the scene. First up new Austrian hot-hypes Dossa & Locuzzed rip up DA and Tali's legendary 2008 cut "Cold Rock A Party" with futuristic funk-flecked results. "Twice A Day" is a brand new cut that sees Dope Ammo teaming up with new talent Sentenza for contemporary ragga jungle brock out complete with the distinctive dulcets of Gigante. Influential.
Dope Ammo & Tone Def - "Rollin" (Sub Zero remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Longstanding junglist outfit Dope Ammo rewind for another collection of tag-team tear-ups and killer remixes gone by. An all-out collective message: Benny Page returns to his finest palette to assist the DA fam with the system-primed skank-out "Roots & Future", Serum adds more rolling funk to the instantly recognisable bass lick of "Warning" while Shortston joins the fray for a savage late 90s V Records style jump-up roller. Finally Sub Zero shreds the dickens out of Dope Ammo & Tone Def's already vicious "Rollin"
Review: Seriously large compilation to dip into here with the ragga vocals of Blade Runner's remix to Marvellous Cain a bomb to start with. Scale yourself further down the 60 selection and you'll find several cuts from Mexican crewman Isaac Maya to raving tear outs from Soulculture. Tim Ryan All Stars serves up something easier on the ears for those red stripe afternoons in the sun, while for something a little more soulful and liquid - perfect for the peak time - check out Sound Shifter's "Loving You Forever". Old school Hospital Records vibes. We said it once and we'll say it again, seriously big.