Review: The summer might be coming to an end, but raving season is only just heating up and is set to stay at this refreshingly positive high for the foreseeable. Together is a great example of why as a crack team of new generation talents and serious OGs collide for this special Moondance collection. Updates and new retro flavours galore as the likes of Danny Byrd goes stunningly loco on Acen's 'Trip To The Moon', Benny Page tears Shades Of Rhythm a new one on 'Sound Of Eden' and Dope Ammo, DJ Rap and Jasmine Knight team up for the rush-inducing 'Together'. Elsewhere Ray Keith takes us back to his 96 'Dark Soldier' era with his recent breakbeat assault 'Back In The Day', hardcore heroes Liquid and Billy Bunter lock horns on the euphoric 'Dove Removal Machine' while rising ravesmiths Origin8 & Propa close the EP with an update on their swaggering, stabby breakbeat banger 'Massive'. Come together now.
Review: Fresh off the factory floor from Dope Ammo and Mix Ten, How Did It Go Down starts with an original number (feat. Jasmine Knight on vocals) and moves rapidly into a series of top class remixes that all build on the original in one way or another. Dope Ammo and Mix Ten's rendition is far from outclassed, however, and the pair have channelled the history of 170 to produce a roller that's both soft in the high ends and destructive in the lows, and we especially love the breadth of its bassline; a proper wallower. Jamie S23, of Drum & Bass Arena fame, steps up and cuts up, a percussive masterpiece that sets a new groove and injects a heady dose of bouncing brevity. Max Baker flips into it a liquid number, AN chops things into jungle sized pieces, and Sublow HZ adds a jug of jump-up energy. Wicked stuff.
Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
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: Remix klaxon! Dope Ammo's 2018 album Influence continues to spawn sweet fruit as the second part of the remix album drops. Once again it's packed with promising talent: Levela shows his most soulful side with the skank-kissed "Badman Inna My Ends", Blackley brings the dancefloor riff on "How We Get Down" to life in a whole new epic way, Brain Brainstorm beefs up "Flying" while Exile brings the whole package to an emotional ending with a super-groan bassline twist on "Wishin' On A Star". Influential.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Review: Duo UK return to Nu Wave after a sweet debut release last month! Once again, this is classic club house with a wide-eyed approach. Billy Kenny joins them on the first two bombs, both of which are simply tailor-made for floor destruction. Swinging drums, perfectly blended basslines and DJ-friendly arrangements from start to finish! Jasmine Knight joins in on the festivities, and both tracks add yet more funk to this devilish little release. Chantelle Rowe features on the final track, and you know it's a straight-up anthem from the word "go"! A batch of sublime house concoctions that should be enjoyed by anyone.