Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.
Review: "We're sure there's absolutely no need to introduce Deekline and Ed Solo to you rowdy lot," say the liner notes on this double act of D&B madness, "so we'll save ourselves and you the bother..." With that unceremonious intro, we crash straight into the badboys of jungle's latest package of riddims. "Hot This Year" harks back to the sunny yesteryear of summer 2013, where the rain clouds had parted ways, and the sun shone. Ragga jungle MCs were bibbydibbying about London, and good vibes were all that anyone could hear. "Remember" was inspired not only by the lovely sampled vocals here, but also because Deekline really wanted to remind Ed Solo about the time he lent him a fiver...apparently. Grab 'em while they're hot!
Review: Originally released on Ed Solo and Deekline's Jungle Cakes booty-brand, both Inner Circle's "Bad Boys" Dawn Penn's "No No No" were previously super-charged and sprinkled with D&B powder to great effect. Now massaged down to a much more stately nu-funk tempo, both cuts still smash it. Ed and Stickybuds' rub of "Bad Boys" struts and swaggers over the top of a well-rounded hollow-tone bass note. "No No No", meanwhile, gets a much more robust bass treatment with a hip-punishing live drum swing. Essential.
Review: And so we reach the 19th volume of the Jungle Cakes saga, placing Deekline and Ed Solo together to create the dancefloor sensation that is "Zunga" with classic ragga vocals from the one and only Rubi Dan. A big rolling bass and funky horns take pride of place in that seriously infectious hook - add the tight punchy drums and you've got yourself the ultimate party track. Track two sees another jungle smasher take charge with the unmistakeable classic sample of "No No No" featuring the silky smooth vocals of Dawn Penn. Remixed by Serial Killaz the bass bursts straight out of the speakers, punching though hard steppy breakbeats to get any crowd moving. Skanking crew, get your kicks here.
Review: Bang! There'd been hushed tones of this opus for well over a year, and at a whopping 29 tracks, it's been well worth the wait. Showcasing their widest repertoire, within the first trio of tracks we're already treated to Latino swing breaks, new jungle jiggery and dramatic dubstep. This wide-eared vibe embracement runs throughout consistently; "Hey Mr DJ" rattles a few electro-hop cages, "Countdown" is quintessential booty-bass heaven complete with delectable UK hip-hop rhymage, while "You Can Be My Night" shoots us up to planet D&B on a floaty carpet of rave heritage. A solid calling card to every party in town, it's time to get bouncing...
Review: Two heart-warming jungle-tastic dollops of loveliness here from the Jungle Cakes label. Deekline and Ed Solo are the sumptuous cooks of these two delights and what a treat they are. First up is "Bad Boys" with the iconic vocal hook "Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do, what you gonna do when they come for you?" and insistent, pattering drums which are paired with jungle sirens and weighty bass beneath. Accompanying this is the equally as fun "You Can Be My Night" which continues the madness with massive builds, plenty of bass stabs with tearing drums and oodles of dancefloor potential.
1.03Gb of samples between 110-170bpm recorded at 24bit resolution including bass loops, drum loops, synth loops as well as individual one shot samples for producers of dnb, breakbeat, dubstep and nufunk
Review: Taken from Deekline and Ed Solo's forthcoming Bounce 'n' Shake album, "Paella" gets a through going over from newcomers Dodge & Fuski, who give it a slap-in-the-face dubstep remake with some vicious attacking wobbles, and stripper who adds an electro-breaks flavour to the original. There's also a vocal version entitled "Gloria" which benefits hugely from the canny tones of Christina Nicola, while Hip Hop don Million Dollar Dan spits hyped verses over an upfront D&B version.
Review: Breakbeat warriors Deekline and Ed Solo team up again, and this time they've gone for it. Not content with producing some of the nastiest, wobbliest breakbeat around, they've decided to turn their hand to drum & bass and another release on Jungle Cakes. Lead cut "King Of The Bong O" is a cheeky exercise in bootleg jump-up buffoonery - the sort of tune that boasts a grin a mile wide and a happy dancefloor to match. Flip "Stickybuds Guaranteed" opts for a slightly more old skool jungle approach, mashing up skankin' MC and familiar pop vocals. It goes without saying that both tunes feature stupidly heavy basslines.
Review: Two legends of the UK bass and breaks scene, Deekline and Ed Solo, team up with a legend of Miami booty bass on this new collaboration on Rat. DJ Assualt delivers the freaky sex rhymes on "Gimme", letting his flow sit over a chunky, speaker-rattling classic breaks beat from the Brits. Swedish electro outfit Audio Stalkers turn in a heavy tech makeover, while Brighton turntablist don JFB gets his scratch on over a jittery dubsteppin' backing on the remix front. A great meeting of minds and styles all round.
Review: Originally released this spring, Deekline and Ed Solo return to their hype-heaving vocalist hoedown with two more interesting versions. First up is Deekline himself with his own twist on the trap story; adding a huge cavernous bass tone to the 808s, it's distinctively Deekline while referencing the current Atlanta-born bass phenomenon. Mike Delinquent, meanwhile, pays respect to the original's two-step arrangement while adding his own sense of low-end drama. Champion sounds!
Review: Taken from their jam-packed, juicy fruit debut LP Bounce N Shake, "Number 1 Champion" sees Deekline and Solo riding bareback on a classic 90s garage vibe while Million Dan, Kidd Money and MC Flispide go loco on the mic. Chanting in chorus while taking their own bars very seriously indeed, the collective conjure up toxic levels of energy. Remix-wise Keith and Fixx up the ante for a traditional tear-out breakbeat remix and Smookie Illson polishes up the synth hook before dropping into a devastating 4/4 bass romp.
Stay The Night (Deekline & Ed Solo vs Dustin Hulton Breaks mix) - (6:01) 128 BPM
Stay The Night (Dubstep mix) - (5:51) 140 BPM
Stay The Night (House mix) - (5:30) 128 BPM
Stay The Night (House mix radio edit) - (3:38) 128 BPM
Review: Awwww, ain't this sweet! Afro Whitey wants us to come and stay the night. We haven't had a sleepover in years! Let's hope there's going to be a midnight feast. How cool would that be? Oh wait, you mean he's talking about sexy stuff? Awkward! While we're not attracted to Afro in that way, we do love this great hook up with bass barons Deekline & Ed Solo. With a sing-along chorus and hooky synths a-go-go, this is a fine merger between the US diirty south and the UK south coast. There's remix styles for everyone here, too; breaks (courtesy of US breaker Dustin Hulton), house and dubstep. Shucks, this is so catchy there's a radio edit too. Don't sleep(over) on this!
Review: Three legends combine on this one as we welcome back Jungle Cakes, an extremely well respected original jungle imprint, who here see the combination of three musical legends in perfect harmony. Deekline and Ed Solo combine with the untouchable vocal abilities of General Levy for an original, high energy slap entitled 'Have Some Fun', and boy does it bring out a party vibe. Levy's uplifting lyricism layers perfectly over the high pressure drum expressions and potent bass movements of Deekline & Solo's instrumental below, concocting a certified rave smash. Excellent work as per from three jungle giants.
Review: Getting Million Dan to spit lyrical over your track is the ultimate go-faster stripes. Dancefloor hype is pretty much guaranteed with his instantly distinctive dulcets. Mind you, dancefloor hype is pretty much guaranteed with any Deekline & Ed Solo track. And having spent most this year making rather cheeky nu funk bootlegs, they've flipped the switch with this wonderfully upbeat roller. With equal measures of rave and skank, this is quintessential breakbeat. Fans of four/four should opt for DJ Icon & Ground Control's version, ghetto-minded booty shakers should head for RacknRuin's mix while the dubstep crew should aim for Revolvr's evil half-step mix. No one's getting left out on this one. It's time to reload!
Review: In a reggae laden expression of the stylistic backing behind Jungle Cakes, Deekline & Ed Solo are teaming up with Specimen A and renowned MC Blackout JA. 'Let The Music Play' rolls out with all the intent of four artists who know exactly how to blend dub-infused tones with a rolling 170 beat, as they have done many times the past. This time is well-trodden ground for them, but the shimmering brass notes and funky vocal lines don't sound any less wicked. There's a B-side which takes things a bit heavier on some VIP business, rounding out the single well.
Review: It's refreshing to see Disco Cakes add a little something different into the mix of their mash-ups: bass! So in a bold fusion of old and new we get the likes of Deekline & Hotline Zero's "Pump Up The Volume" which takes M/A/R/R/S' 80s hit and marries it to a fizzy Drop It Like It's Hot hip-hop jam. Slynk also has a stab at "Top Rankin" which takes Althea & Donna's perennial 70s party anthem and successfully welds it to some steely big beat sounds and finally Hotline Zero's remix of "All Gravy" gets all tropical bass on our case.
Review: Yes yes, it's the latest from Ed Solo and this time he returns with help from Hackney's own DJ Brockie. "Dutty" fulfils its promise with a huge, filthy sound punctuated by hard hitting snares and a ridiculously tough bassline. Annix steps in on remix duties for "System Check", a futuristic ramble through what drum and bass must sound like to your operating system - and final tune "Represent" switches back to the old school, swapping dirty jump up rhythms for a colder, more intense flow. If this is a taste of things to come, that LP is going to be massive.
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: Chest thumping badness from the man like Ed Solo on his and Deekline's fast rising heavyweight D&B imprint Gorilla Warfare. "Min Wob" is all about the infectious riff where a clipped mid range one note glitch goes toe to toe against a lavish groaning sheet metal bassline while "Super Subs" lives up to its name to the very last detail with some exceptional bottom end work, blissful rave pads on the breakdown and a rolling sense of foundation funk that fellow OG Zinc used to be known for. Super and indeed sharp.
Review: Brighton's own Ed Solo makes an epic return alongside Hot Cakes for a heavyweight single entitled "Bass In My Trunk". This one sees Ed experiment with UK Bass flavours and 4x4 maneuvers with great results, as weighty sub layers converge around punchy drum patterns and some catchy vocal slicing. On remix duty for this one Omega Squad step forward first for a stripped back recreation whilst Little Legs follow it up with a more funky inspired overhaul. It's always great to see Ed Solo releases pop up and this one is no disappointment.
Review: You'd be hard pushed to name an MC with more of a distinctive jungle tonality than Spyda. With Fats coming a close second, Spyda has that musicality, hookiness but bare-faced brute force that instantly smacks with heritage. "Soundsystem Entertainer" is no exception as he does the dulcet damage over one of Solo's strongest bass hooks in a long time (which is saying something, considering his consistency high level) The end result is an instant floor-bubbler with all the funk and gusto you'd expect from the J-Cakes crew. Loaded with an instrumental for those rare arachnophobia association gala parties we all have to endure from time to time.
Review: Welcome To The Jungle is a celebration of one of the most prolific D&B labels to have emerged in the last few years. Run by Ed Solo and Deekline, Jungle Cakes is home to some of the cheekiest, most accessible bangers available. One of two samplers, these are just two of the full album's 30 highlights. "Bam Bam" takes Sister Nancy and throws her deep into oceanic bass. With Serial Killaz trademark low-end brutality in full effect, it's an instant crowd slammer. "Raw To The Floor" is one of Deekline's originals; with a catchy vocal, references to hip-hop heritage and shivering synths, it's yet another tasty treat from jungle's finest bakers.
Review: Brighton based breakbeat wizard Ed Solo steps up with partner in crime Deekline for this release on delectably entitled label Jungle Cakes. Bringing in the ragga jungle vibes with title track "Man Down", this one harks back to the Apache era, with buckets of Shy FX and Digi Soundboy vibes to boot. Punchy breaks are paired with cooing vocals and lilting rhythms to huge effect. "Untold" has tooting horns, jungle chirrups and lush, upbeat reggae vocals which drives this one along with a soulful swing.
Review: Bassbin worriers Ed Solo and Deekline return to their Jungle Cakes label for more natty and eminently danceable vintage riddims soaked in recognisable vocal hooks. Barrington Levy's "Under Me Sensei" has proved an inspiration to the jungle and drum and bass heads for many years now and the duo manage to eek further fun out of that distinctive vocal on "Sensei", which deviates nicely between rolling rhythms wrapped tight around booming sub bass and nicely poised steppah breakdowns. The flip brings the junglist flavour to the iconic "Ghost Town" which song purists might recoil in horror at, but there has always been a playful nature to these Jungle Cakes releases - drop this at the right moment and the dancefloor will respond in suitably enthusiastic terms.