Review: Wake up and bake up, Jungle Cakes are back in the kitchen with their prize dish range 'Welcome To The Jungle'. This time the guest chefs are none other than Dub Pistols who've been flexing all styles and sizes of breakbeat since the very beginning. Currently coming correct with 50 tracks, they cover the full range of D&B through their dubwise, reggae-roasted selection. From the steam engine skank-ups like Isaac Maya and Daddy Freddy's thundering 'Bring Dem' to Deekline & Ed Solo's instant sing-along smash-out 'Bam Bam' to the dancehall bashment of Selecta J Man's 'My Style', this isn't so much of a jungle welcoming but more of a full jungle takeover... And you'll never want to leave.
Review: It doesn't get more legendary than DJ SS' Formation Records, and the man himself has organised a fat, 56-track compilation that will take you back to jungle. This is part 1 of 3 parts, and at 20 tunes it's nothing to be sniffed at, featuring music from the likes of Kenny Ken, Dave Shichman, Sikki and Fabric8. The first of those has a track called 'Gimme Dat Roller' which is simply crazy, with a clean, penetrating percussion that flips and nods its head with flair; the bassline comes next, and it's a true creeper. 'Jah' by Fabric8 has a wicked, lounging reggae introduction that sets the stage for a jagged, spiking bassline that zips through the arrangement in a seriously catchy way. Seminal stuff.
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: Here comes the remix! As if these Born On Road cuts weren't gully enough as originals, Kelvin, Aries, Gold Dubs and fam have now enlisted a whole slew of versions. It's muderation from the off as Gray destroys Rahmanee's gun-toting western slammer 'Bad Boy Steppa'. A barrage of badness follows: Ben Snow's take on 'Round Here' is pure rifle bassline fire, Disupta flips Stivs & Aries' 'Raver' into an aggy blend of breaks and grunting jump-up bass, Marcus Visionary goes full jungle on 'Coconut Chalwa', the list goes on. Born to bad.
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: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
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: Hazardous Muzik 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. The Papa G remix of 'Disco Dub' is the best of the five, with a bright and cheerful jungle introduction that's flipped into a wobbling, subby roller with oodles of energy and momentum. The Sound Shifter 2019 remix of X Nation's 'Wheel & Wine' stays the path with yet more vibrant jungle and it's packed full of punchiness and sharp edges - banger. All in all, Hazardous Muzik are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary in style, so a big congratulations for hitting that milestone.
Review: Aries 2018-released debut album Jungle Style just keeps on giving with another badass bounty of versions. Featuring a whole range of skilled breakbeat craftsmen from hyped newcomers and hidden talents to some of the best in the game, highlights hit from all corners including Saxxon's jazz-tinged tear-up on "Sundays", Kreed's dancehall stepper twist of "I & I" and Benny Page's heavily supported version of "Herbsmoke". High grade business.
Review: Run Tingz are a Bristol based imprint that seek to project the Bristolian sound all across the U.K. That sound is a hypnotic blend of ragga influences, jungle vibes and rolling, bassy tones of the type that blow up Bristol dancefloors on an almost daily basis. For their Best of 2018 album they've rolled out the big guns for a fat compilation featuring the likes of Bladerunner, Kursiva, Dossa and Brian Brainstorm so you know it's going to be good. 'Sound Killer' by Bladerunner is typical of this; funky, upbeat ragga sampling and sick vocals from Fuchaman with an underpinning of junglist vibes and pulsing basslines. The rest of the album is just as good - go cop it.
Review: Run Tingz is a uniquely Bristolian outlet that consistently pushes that feel-good yet dirty vibe so endemic to the Bristol D&B scene - arguably the best in the world. This LP combines the reggae-influenced jungle sound with a more edged out sense of darkness, the former of which exemplified by 'My Sound' featuring Deanie Rankin: its recreation of Curtis Mayfield's 'Move On Up' is especially cool. Brian Brainstorm contributes an absolutely fire jungle riddim that just does everything right: bright reggae sampling, hard-hitting breakbeats and diving swirl of wobbling sines and reeces. When you listen through this album you can almost see the bucket-hat donning and wavey shirt wearing Bristolian crowd going nuts - pick it up.
Review: Run Tingz spark up the dance with a little Lionfire as longstanding junglist Gold Dubs joins the party. Firstly, he links up with Da Fuchaman once again for a sing-along pro-sticky, anti-inequality skank-out "My Erb". Secondly, he rips a huge hole on your soul with a break-shattering, rave-referencing shock-out "Mash Up". Thirdly, he saddles up with Carasel for a spooked out ride through the darkest corners of the techy roller universe. Fourthly, he shuts the shop with what appears to be a light-footed jazzy stepper before dropping into a vicious waspy bass aesthetic. Fifthly, don't sleep on this!
Review: 48 tracks? Asbo you are truly spoiling us. The quality is as high as the quantity too; a selection of Asbo classics and brand new flavours we're taken from smooth silky rolling soul such as Westy's "Making Moves" and jazzy V-style thunder like Savannah's "Glide Away" to hurricane amen depth (Dawn Raid, Gold Dubs & Jinx - "Old Fashioned") and classic mid 90s style jump-up ruffage (Cabin Fever's remix of "Raw Dogs") via warm-as-toast dub soul a la Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Talk Too Much" and Daffy's beautiful "Love Dub". And that's only an eighth of killer cuts on here. Easily one of the best tenners a junglist can invest this month.
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers label has now reached the fifth instalment of the increasingly respected Sub Slayers Series. He's scored a real coup here, by signing up rising 21-year old producer Toronto Is Broken to both curate the tracklist and provide an exclusive mix too. The focus this time round is firmly on garage and bass, and there are 26 bleeding edge selections to explore. Highlights include the aquatic synth pads and bottom end rumbles of Sourkrush's "Giving Me Life (Dead Belly mix)", the haunted soul-step of "Laundry Time" by Atomic Drop and the grimey dancehall of "Twinkle" by Gella.
Review: Seriously large compilation to dip into here with the ragga vocals of Blade Runner's remix to Marvellous Cain a bomb to start with. Scale yourself further down the 60 selection and you'll find several cuts from Mexican crewman Isaac Maya to raving tear outs from Soulculture. Tim Ryan All Stars serves up something easier on the ears for those red stripe afternoons in the sun, while for something a little more soulful and liquid - perfect for the peak time - check out Sound Shifter's "Loving You Forever". Old school Hospital Records vibes. We said it once and we'll say it again, seriously big.
Review: Asbo and sister imprint Anti-Social collide to curate the ultimate break compendium: 26 of both label's strongest tracks (and, let's face it, all their releases are pretty hefty) here we find ourselves smacked by the ageless amen magic (Ricky Tuff's remix of the classic "Stamina"), iced out by sudden synth blasts (Westy's "Jungle Law"), massaged by abyssal subs (Cloak's "Stereo") and given nonstop nightmares by the dark designs of Sterling Sound's "Predator". Other highlights include the paranoid stretches and bends of Durban's "Dark Room" and Symptom's neuro-slapper "Transmission". Trust us; this collection isn't messing around.