Review: DC Breaks haven't released an album since 2017, which feels like a million years ago even if it isn't, so this LP is a very special occasion indeed. It's classic DC Breaks and the duo are back on top form, as DCXV rolls out with aplomb across a broad range of clubland flavours including features from Eve Lazarus, Coppa and Niara Scarlett. It's the first track that really has us taken, as euphoric piano chords build delightfully through vocal samples and serious suspense, and the release when it comes is pure, octane-driven drum & bass of the best kind. There is dirty neurofunk on 'Club Thug', slower breaks work on 'Get Down' and much more. Big ups.
Review: Mungos HiFi have had a fantastic year, with this latest collaboration project with Eva Lazarus providing the perfect evidence of that. We have been loving everything they have been putting together, but this latest original, alongside the legendary vocal layers of Kiko Bun was the perfect way to round off their 2019. Featuring big dancehall ready subs, smooth drums and steadily progressing chord structures, over which both vocalists do what they do best, which is send the dance into a ruckus!
Review: Following on from last week's exciting link up between Eva Lazarus and Mungo's Hi Fi, we see the scotch bonnet team at it again as they combine forces on 'More Fyah'. This one takes on a much more classic dancehall approach, with spaced out, tripletted drum patterns and switches allowing enough space for Eva Lazarus to express a more melodic vocal performance. The tune is liable to techy switch ups as well, with halftime style drum work being employed to keep the ravers on their toes from start to finish.
Review: For us, the Glasgow based sound system champions known as Mungo's Hi Fi receive nowhere near enough credit for their constant stoking of the UK's dub and reggae fire. They here team up with both Eva Lazarus and the legendary Max Romeo on their home imprint of Scotch Bonnet for a wicked future dub-style creeper. As a recording 'Babylon Raid' is the perfect fusion of classic roots audio and modern experimental reggae flavours, dipping between a smokey introduction and a more digitized breakdown, perfect for lighting up the dance!
Review: Aries welcomes us into a new year with a generous eight track version excursion from last year's album Jungle Style and talented refixes come from all angles; Marcus Visionary flips "Jungle Style" into a thundering breakcraft, Filip Motovunski gets his chainsaw out and carves up some sweet skanking roller pie for "On Road", Supa Ape goes breakbeat bonkers in the best possible way on "Jungle Music" while Dr Meaker gives "I & I" a beautiful bouncy take that's not a million miles away from a young Clipz. All this more, Aries road is never ending...
Review: Originally appearing as a 'cowbell frenzy' on the Rebel Bass LP, "Get Low" now re-emerges remixed to high heaven. It was always a standout on the Stanton Warriors' album, but now it really shines in a variety of styles. Treasure Fingers goes for smooth and deep retro house, whilst The Vanguard Project's furious DnB version is hauntingly evocative. Elsewhere UFO shamelessly go for a commercial trap (with some Robin S) floor filling version and Infrakt deliver some merciless kick drums in a harder ghetto bass styleee.
Review: Time to pay homage to some of the greatest junglists in the biz for a lovely little detour into each of their mindsets. "Fall In Love" itself is a beauty of a track - with Eva Lazarus referencing Althia and Donna and the horns blowing pure heat there's a true dancehall vibe sizzling. First up to give it the remix treatment are Dope Ammo and Marvellous Cain who add their fun and fire twist with a hard edged drop switched into that winding bassline to send crowds wild. Mr Benn picks up the tune for its final remix and adds his own reggae vibes, swapping those dark dancefloor sounds for sunshine and tropical funky bass. Versatility and vibes - what more do you want?
Review: Famed for their lower tempo jams, Nice Up flip the switch with something a little different to their usual nu-funk, dubwise output. "Sky High" is a rampant, uptempo parcel of contemporary dancehall that promises to tear a hole in any dancefloor within a mile radius. Complete with slamming tropical beats, a nagging electro-inspired hook and quality vocals from both Eva and Illaman, this really lives up to its name. Massive.
Review: Brummie twosome Main Stem seem to be upping their game with each release. "No Love" is one of their best to date, a quietly soaring slice of touchy-feely vocal business that weighs in somewhere between glistening nu-disco and sweet slow-house. Eva Lazarus sounds like former Compost Records mainstay Bajka as her immaculate, delay-laden vocal climbs above a subtle electronic groove that wouldn't feel out of place on Under The Shade. The remix package is strong, too, with Downtown Party Network (epic, piano-laden Balearic house), Ichisan (spiralling deep house) and Project Club (chugging Scandolearica) all hitting the spot. Essential.