Review: "Big Bad Sound"... What a title! But does it live up to it? Of course it does. Having worked with the likes of Dr Meaker and Dreadsquad in the past, Bristol-based MC Gardna knows his beats big time. The original is a classic slice of authentic dub bubbles peppered with contemporary MC chatter and the remixes range from military drum march vibes (Max Rubadub) to a pensive UK garage 4/4 groove (Dirty Dubsters) via slinky, sonorous D&B (Liondub). Big, bad and wholly sound - this more than lives up to its title.
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.
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!