Review: Oh gosh... Jungle Cakes look back over their delicious back catalogue, and the wider jungle vista, to bring together 74 of the finest recipes known to mankind for this Gold level baking session. Featuring some of the biggest dishes in existence, one minute we're skanking out to Klue's insane 'Rudy, A Message To You', the next we're getting slapped by Spyda on Serum's 'All Ganja Man' then the next we're being tickled by seminal classics such as M-Beat & General Levy's 'Incredible'. The list of incendiary cuts goes on and on and on... Bossmen Ed Solo & Deekline's 'No No No', Potential Bad Boy's 'Over My Head', Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC's 'Babylon Falling' - every single cut is as hot as your oven on baking day. What a package... And there's a mix thrown in for good measure. Gold... Always believe in your soul.
Review: Sometime DFTD and Relief Records regular Mason Maynard made his bow on Hot Creations two years ago via the driving, sub-heavy tech house-soul of 'McLovin'. Here he returns with a far more expansive release that should please the Manchester producer's legion of fans. General Levy makes his presence felt on opener 'Something For Tha Underground', adding hype-inducing raps and shout-outs to a deliciously percussive, sub-heavy and sweaty house workout primed for peak-time floors. Hadiya George sings sweetly on the squelchy, radio-friendly tech house-pop of 'Ring of Fire', which comes accompanied by a vocal-free dub. Elsewhere, 'Motherland' is a breathless, Korg M-1-sporting afterhours slammer, while 'Disco Punk' is a wonderfully bass-heavy 2022 update on the loopy disco-house sound of the late '90s.
Review: Positive vibes! Jungle Cakes head bakers Ed Solo and Deekline link-up once again with original don General Levy for some feel-good, sun-splashed system-primed fun. Springy, loaded with a crisp sawing bassline and driven by Levy's rapid flow, you can picture the exact festivals the three of them had in mind with a vibe like this. Especially Levy's precision double time rap mid way. For added vibe value, the mighty Aries has also provided a killer remix. A little darker in dynamic and stripped back, it leaves even more space for the General's voice to lead the way. Uplift central; we need music like this right now.
Review: Can we get a 'wicked?' Jungle Cakes continue to team up with some of the biggest donnies in the game with this latest Welcome To The Jungle collection. This time curated and fronted by the General himself, as you'd expect this is a full-on jungle assault that covers every single angle and every single era. 47 tracks and one killer mix, hosted and toasted by Levy himself, this is one of Jungle Cakes most comprehensive collections to date: From the foundation-setting, historic vibes of "Incredible" through to contemporary bangers from the likes of Kursiva, DJ Hybrid, Jam Thieves, Benny Page and all things in between, everyone involved has delivered something special. Massive.
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: Jungle vocalists don't get much more legendary than General Levy, do they? The original purveyor of beats to the junglist massive, that instantly recognisable voice is back on collaboration duties with Bonnot for a typically upbeat single. 'Roll Up' is at D&B speed but is packed with unmistakable dancehall vibes from the infectious bass stabs to the sampling. These influences make for a tune that'll be certain to get you moving, infectiously happy from the off and with lyrics that'll have you pining for the summer and the sunshine. Classic Levy.
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.
Review: MC General Levy has been involved in countless projects spanning the UK ragga landscape and his instantly recognisable touch on the mic is always a pleasure to hear. This time, however, he lands on Jungle Cakes and his "The General" tune is reworked by Ed Solo into a nu-skool jungle workout with a filthy bassline running underneath Levy's intricate vocal twists. The second remix comes from the Mir Crew and this one is all about the beat work: stop-start jungle breaks slowing down and speeding up to drop into one hell of a groove knot.
Review: Allow jungle revival pioneers and Jungle Cakes bosses Ed Solo & Deekline to present the much anticipated follow up to "Welcome To The Jungle". On this second edition of "Welcome To The Jungle", Ed Solo & Deekline delve deeper into their roots, and influences with a heady brew of jungle cuts old and new. From stone cold classics like Ray Keith - Chopper and DJ Hype ft. MC Fats - Peace, Love & Unity, also featured are remixes from Chase & Status, and Sigma. Mixed live by Ed Solo & Deekline over 2 continuous mixes, and crammed with 28 upfront exclusives, VIP mixes, classics, and fresh cuts from Jungle Cakes, Welcome To The Jungle Vol. 2 is all you need.
Review: Spark up! Original nuttah Levy's 2008 pro-green dancehall hymn gets the remix treatment from Serial Killaz and Madd Ice and it needs to be heard to be believed. Serial Killaz step up with their most feel good reversion to date; taking the 60s "Wipe Out" surf riff and applying it to a bristling 170 framework, the busyness of the blend complements Levy's urgent chats with perfect energy. Guaranteed to light up the dance! For something much darker head for Madd Ice's heady, jump up jungle homage... Gunshots galore, it's 1996 all over again.
Review: 20 years since creating the gateway track for countless a jungle and DnB head; "incredible" General Levy has hooked up with Italian producer Bonnot for his latest full length studio venture "Forward".
Given the insatiable appetite in Italy for Reggae fused Drum & Bass the partnership is a perfect match, add a sprinkling of some of the most exciting names in the scene such as Numa Crew, Serial Killaz & Ed Solo and you have an LP that will by far extend the usual Drum & Bass album shelf life. Mr Levy's rapid fire tongue rolling delivery sits just as effortlessly on top of Bonnot's dance floor beats as it did Jungle sounds of 94. The album balances dance floor and home listening with the conscious lyrics of "Genuine Woman" & "Vibrations" perfectly complimented by the dancefloor tearing insanity of "Intergalactical" & "Cantankerous". Another DnB record that gets better as time goes by, well he does have previous! Mr Levy we salute you.