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: Following his seismic album release earlier this year, Aries hands over the parts of three of the many LP highlights to three forefront jungle talents. First up man of the moment Bou gives "Dubplate Style" a royal ravaging with chubbier bass and more grit in the mix before Bladerunner adds his signature amen roll to the jazz-tinged "Blue" without losing any of the original's soul. Finally Lost City take the Boomah fronted "My Sound" and give it the ragamuffin slappage it never knew it needed. Serious remix fire.
Review: Ray Keith's Dread Recordings has one of the longest pedigrees in jungle music, it's been around for decades and their collection of music is suitably vast. This EP from FleCK - another longtime producer - is coming on the Dubplate sublabel, which is reserved for tracks that have been around for a while yet have never seen the light of day. FleCK's talent is on clear show here and the overall vibe is one of rough and tumble jungle, jungle that's made for grotty basements and underground spaces with a special commitment to the roots of the genre. It sounds fresh, though, especially 'Living a Lie' featuring Ngaio, which opens with sultry vocal lines before flipping into an altogether darker affair, a seamless transition that FleCK has made seem easy. 'Lover' has fantastic gravelly bassline, whilst the VIP of 'Ganja Day' is a funky, upbeat number that's breath of light in a grungy release. All of these are umissable for those who love their jungle.
Review: Make way for the latest hype ting from Serial Killaz in the shape of "What A Ting" - and what a ting it is. Characterized by a roots reggae/dub vibe mixed with futuristic jungle breaks and fat bass sounds, it's found its way into the record boxes of the likes of Public Enemy's DJ Lord, Rusko and many others as well featuring on Diplo's Mad Decent blog and receiving massive worldwide radio support. Here he teams up with UK MC Parly B for his firin' debut, and what a massive boost it is for the roots-loving contingent. Packed with riddim and blazing lyricism, it's the stuff that dancefloors were made for.
Review: Authentic jungle business: Roots spark up a fat 2018 with these two bubblesome skankers. Fleck & Selecta J-Man's "Rockstone" is all about the uplift. Bouncy bass, positive chords and deft samplecraft, it's got summer vibes stamped all over it. Next up: Aries & Jack Murda raise the battle alarm with the soundclash-ready "Clash 77". Tightly rolled drums, big dub FX and precision vocal shots; slews are guaranteed.
Review: What a year it's been for Gold Dubs. Not content with releasing his debut album 'Champagne & Asparagus' earlier this year on Born On Road, or releasing on the likes of Kingston Express, Bun Dem Out and Jungle Cakes, he now returns to Serial Killaz with another epic dispatch to shut down 2020. Going straight in on the slammers, 'Distress Call' is a wild brock-out while Cheshire Cat prowls in the picture with the outrageously heavy battle song 'Rise Up'. Elsewhere 'Now' is a stinker of intoxicating proportions while the title track 'The Jungle Is Changing' ends the EP on the naughtiest number of the collection. Pure chaos incarnate, laced with a range of scorching basslines, this one is going to sound so good from a rig the minute we can rave again. Go Gold or go home.
Review: After one of their busiest festival seasons to date, Josh Lear - AKA Selecta J-Man - ramps up the Born On Road heat with this crucial five-tracker that ranges the full sound system spectrum he's become known for. "Round Here" is the centre piece thanks to an almighty bassline and the stern purring tones of man like Rider. Highlights deeper into the EP include the Bingo-style bubbling bass on "Cuss Cuss", the big euphoria pads and V-style funk of "Worldwide" and the riotous, early Clipz-style damagement of "Drum Song" with Fleck. Selecta!