Review: The Scotch Bonnet team are known for their fantastic innovation within numerous different areas of sound, headed up by the Mungos Hi Fi team. This latest combination sees the likes of Gardna & Catching Cairo join forces with the Glaswegian sound system champions for a wavy new single entitled 'Back In The Dayz'. It's an interesting blend of influences as the hardcore-infused production provides the backdrop over which Gardna & Catching Cairo are able to deliver a nostalgia inducing blend of lyrical content and old school flows. It's a pleasing one for sure!
Review: Jungle Cakes always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. This is a monster album curated by Aries and Kelvin 373, who have taken tracks both old and new to form a banging compilation. Bou nails it on 'Music Takes Me Higher', a rustic revisit to classic jungle sounds; Aries and Nicky Blackmarket roll things out in a tight way on 'Champion'; and Chimpo slams the brakes on 'DidDieDoThat'. We don't know the answer to that, but we do know this is fat. Big ups.
Review: Scotch Bonnet's Puffer's Choice 3 is a celebration of both the label's Scottish heritage and its global connection to soundsystem cultures worldwide and that collective dubwise spirit. At 12-tracks large Volume 3 is a buffet of dub treats galore that's ready to consume; be your tastes the heavy bass and killer distortion of Flying Fox's "Weak Hearts" to the Afro-rhythms and chiptune melodies of Shokryme & RTKal's "Bbs". Find some sweet lover's rock in Stalawa & Nazizi's "Rather Be Alone" alongside the subby dubs of UK pop and reggae touches in Somah & Nem's "Sailor". Parly B chips in with a veterans cut of the righteous reggaeton number "Lyrics Spree" alongside the easy-now dancehall of Bony Fly & JonnyGo Figure's "Crucial" or the woozy, snapping dubstep & rap in Mungo's Hi Fi hook up with Gardna & Charli Brix. For the Pure dub reggae vibe head straight to Jeb Loy Nichols' "To Be Rich (Should Be A Crime)" and don't forget to Puff Puff give.
Review: What we have here is a fantastic selection and representation of the future of reggae music worldwide as the Nice Up! team unveil the fifth edition of 'Nice Up! The Session'. The release features some pretty top draw names, including the likes of Parly B, Gardna, Seanie T, Gappy Ranks and more. From the junglist flavours of Fleck's 'One Step At A Time' rethink, to the future dancehall delights of 'Bad Mi Bad' from XL Mad & Gappy Ranks, we witness the full breadth of reggae's development in 2019, with other favourites including DJ Madd's crispy rethink 'Chasing Dreams' from Rider Shafique & Precha, along with Folding City's experimental overhaul of 'My Yout' from 'Origin One & Irah'. Excellent stuff!
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: Only two releases deep and Born On The Road are already leading the way in future genre-hybrids. They're calling this heady fusion of grime, breakbeat and bass '140 jungle hip-hop' - we're calling it banging. From Stivs and Kelvin's Botchit-style skippy, scrappy roller through to the more authentic dub nods of Skitz & The Sea, everything about this release is original: the super-sharp, humorous, lyrics, the rifle like rhythms, the dynamic party vibes. And if that's not enough gravitas there's a massive remix from the original grime/breaks fusilier King Yoof. Trust: this oozes sickness.