Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
Review: Featuring a debut vocal appearance from original ragga badman Daddy Freddy, Liondub presented the talents of Mexican producer Isaac Maya earlier this year. Returning to the scene with remix pressure from Nu Elementz and Profile and Portugal's own Dirty Skank Beats, the digital carnage unfurls with Nu Elementz and Profile's remix, which opens in a classic reggae style that turns dirty in all the best jump-up ways. The next reinterpretation is left to Dirty Skank Beats, who removes the original production entirely and replaces it with down and dirty heaviness and hard hitting horns, leaving the majority of the vocals intact. Nicely does it.
Review: From Mexico to Jamaica to London, "Original Jungle Sound" covers serious ground with a serious sound. Isaac Maya's rifle-like beats and teeth-baring bass reference jungles roots with futuristic production flourishes while Daddy Freddy gets guttural with forked tongue toasting in a way only he knows how. Remix-wise we head to Canada as Marcus Visionary adds his own brutal take on the original. Massive.
Mashup Di Place (Run Tingz Cru & Breakah Dirty remix) - (4:10) 176 BPM
Review: Mexico b2b Spain b2b London: Isaac Maya, Kursiva and Lady Chann collide for a sunny-side skank-out Run Tingz style. Big hooks, emphatic vocals, driving beats and hammonds from here to Land's End; fusions of reggae and drum & bass don't get much slicker and more soulful. Remix-wise the Run Tingz Cru and Breakah Dirty add a little grimey murk, demonic bass tones and a sharp jungle drumset for the darker hours of the night. Mash it up!
Review: Isaac Maya strips things back, presenting a delightfully dubbed out couple of tracks which match the roots of D+B with contemporary bass music on the first release in Liquid Brilliants new Dubwise Brilliants series. First of all, "Walk Away From Love" is a gorgeous, lilting riddim with reggae vocal setting the pace and setting the style for the duration, intricately weaving the narrative around some stomping drum beats and murmuring bass with some shimmying trumpets and plenty of soulful flavour. "Serious Thing" goes in on a slightly harder, more dancefloor driven tip with punchy drums and grinding bass.