Review: With comic book-esque artwork gearing things up with a funky aesthetic, Coastill is rolling out with abandon on Ruffneck Ting and he's joined by several of his mates: K Jah and Bass Antics, who both provide two remixes. It's a dirty expression of dancefloor pressure and things stay that way throughout, as title tune 'Casino' sets the tone with gruff, almost-tech stabs that squish and ooze their way through the range. Famed actor Burt Reynolds makes an appearance in name only on track two, another wobbling pacer that bounces almost as much as it bangs. Bass Antics nails things to the wall with his remix of 'All Clear', and 'Peeping Tom' rounds stuff out in rough and tumble fashion. Big.
Review: It's a first class trip from Manchester to Bristol on the Ruffneck roller express as Hocus Pocus heroes Dawn Raid deliver four on-point work-outs. "Four Shots" disarms with a jazzy swing and some on-point words from the big guy himself. "Captain Confusion" sees them pairing up with K Jah for some flute-fired dream-laced soul while fellow Manchester man Bou twists up a little darkness on the soulful surges of the Jinx collaboration "Strife". Finally "Grotti" brings the heat as a classic jungle happy ending; ghostly, spacious and just a touch of the Cycle to it, we told you this was first class.
Review: Hocus Pocus might be a phrase associated with magic, but there's no other worldly forces at play with the Masters of Illusion Volume 3 EP. No, it's something much more exciting: well engineered, well curated, exceptional dancefloor drum & bass. It features four different producers and in different ways they all bring a bit of themselves into the equation, starting with 'Cretins' by Dawn Raid, which snaps and crackles its way through a stepping arrangement and tangled basss nodes. K Jah is deep in the hood on 'Deep in The Hood', urban samples litter the arrangement and the vibe is one of a concrete jungle: hard, with nowhere to hide. Unparalleled.
Review: Behold Dawn Raid's latest magic trick as they and three friends will change an EP into an entire festival before your very ears. The Manchester label owners cast the first spell as "Bela Moca" conjures up sunset vibes so strong you can smell the campfire while Nian Dub charms us deeper into the night with "Glow Stick Riddim" where soulful vocals and strident Quadrophenia style rave stabs. K Jah's sonic potion us into the cheekiest of hours with some all out jungle ruff on "Power Of Darkness" while Margaman casts the final incantation as he sends us off to bed in the dawn haze with a slithering snake like bassline. Abracadabra and all that.
Review: DJ Hybrid, Jaxx, Cabin Fever, Feline and K Jah... Now that's a modern junglist rollcall you can set your watch by. Every player involved is packing serious heat here too... DJ Hybrid unleashes a rumbling understated groaner, Jaxx gets all jittery and data-glitchy, Cabin Fever get all jazzy and soulful over a massive subby wobble, Feline adds an Original Sin style widescreen brashness to the mix while K Jah takes us back to Bristol for science class detention. Five absolute jammers right here, Natty Dub don't muck around mate.
Review: Bristol's Mixjah and Birmingham's K Jah for two sweet and sassy skank-ups; it's a match made in jungle heaven. First the pair go toe-to-toe on a loose drum soul shaker "The Righteous & The Wicked" where breezy pads ease and wheeze behind some very tidy breakcraft. Meanwhile on "Babylon System" K Jah takes Mixjah's original and adds a whole new layer of feels with deftly placed chords and precision step hits. Wicked and bad.
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: Ruffneck Ting let rip into 2018 with the launch of a brand new V/A album The Xtraordinary League Of Jungles 2. As with the previous collection, the album will be a roadblock of stone cold jungle lash-outs and these are the first five tracks to tease us. "Erbman" is all about the warm bassline bounce and strange sci-fi flutters. Kenji goes in on a T>I style stripped back steppy vibe on "I Would" while K Jay gives us not one but two dope collaborations... The wobbled out "Kerplunk" with Verdikt and the rocked-out face-slapper "Rock With Me". Finally the label bosses Dazee and Substance's 1997 tear-up "LF Ant" gets a razor-sharp 21-year update from Genetix & Habitat. Ruffneck ting; heads of the herd for almost 25 years.
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 DJ Vapour remix of 'Chill Out' by Jamie G and Papa G is the best of the lot, with a bright and cheerful jungle introduction that's flipped into a wobbling, subby number with oodles of energy and momentum. The Serial Killaz remix of Lion.UK and Paga G's 'Clash' goes down a more rolling direction and is packed full of punchiness and sharp edges - banger. This is a top collection of a tunes for a label that is celebrating 10 Years in the game, so as such is well worth a listen.
Review: Send for the hazmats! Papa Gee's Hazardous Musik flies into town on the version express with a series of rudeboy rubdowns. It's a one-way-ticket scenario from the off as Choppah juices up the skank machine on his take on Jayline and Gee's "Dancehall Ram" and Serum finally unleashes one of his longest-awaited dubs in the form of his groaning take on D Livin's 92 proto jungle classic. Deeper into the EP we ride to find a heavier, jumpier take on K-Jah & Vytol's "We Love Hip-Hop" from Inna Culture AND the 2016 version of D Livin's seminal shakedown. Dangerous materials!
Review: Manchester's thriving drum & bass scene is showing no sign of slowing up, and why would it? With some of the most promising new artists pitching up in the city as well as established figures maintaining the Northern end, folks like Jinx and K Jah are in good hands. The Sub-Woofah crew's events have been a mainstay in the D&B and jungle hubs around the country, so off the back of that deep knowledge of the scene they've created a label that taps into what the ravers want. As you'd expect then, from the '90s breaks of "Can't Think" to the huge bass wobble of "Unity Rollers", this is a release that perfectly sums up the feel of a jungle/D&B clubnight right now. Big sounds for big soundsystems.
Review: High energy sounds from some of the best in the business with Ruffneck ting do us all a massive solid by bringing out the big guns on this one. With Jinx heading up proceedings with "Classic" remixed by the one and only Saxxon who delivers a blaze of bass driven fury. Aries and Kelvin 373 bring the hard stomping beats with their remix of K Jah's "Superclash and check out Jaybee's stunning remix of "Inside Out". Freesssh.
Review: Coming to the table with their potent blend of modern drum & bass sounds and ragga vocal vibes are South Central Recordings, who have roped in a slew of acts to remix K Jah's singles 'SoundBwoy Weaponry' and 'Have Some Fun'. The first, from Crossy, features Natty D and Daddy G, whose vocal overlays sound extra menacing above the bed of fluctuating bassline textures that Crossy has constructed, their joint talents coming together to make a moody club banger. The flip is in a similar style and also features bad boy vocals, this time Crossy opting for a number of breaks-based interludes that spice things up drum wise and make the roll outs that more tantalising. Excellent effort.
Review: K Jah lands on Ruffneck Ting with a jungle-influenced journey through D&B's rougher side. Ruffneck Ting doesn't have a reputation for being a label that'll hold your hand and this is clearly evident throughout Mad Flavour, none more so than on the title track. With a barebones, stripped back approach that's reminiscent of Digital or Spirit, K Jah combines old-school sampling with a distinct rawness to emphasise the track's low-frequency weight. This style is replicated across the other tunes to varying degrees but there's one constant: unadulterated sounds with the aim of serious dancefloor pressure. If that's your thing, then this EP is certainly for you.
Review: Bun your diet brands. Scrap the low calorie plan. K Jah's packing some of the creamy goodness and ain't nobody leaving without second helpings. "Full Fat" slaps with a classic bulbous Bristol funk vibe where a chunky Die-like riff, "Furious Funk" with put fire in your belly with its low gurgling turbine style bassline that rises with mechanical menace while "Reputation" is riff-flexing six course banquet of pure unfettered gully. Last but not least "Don't Play Games" serves up pudding. All slimy, sticky and loaded with fatty subs, it will drive both dancefloors and cholesterol levels crazy.
Review: Trustworthy source of killer jumpy jungle for some time now, Ruffneck Ting affiliate K Jah is jamming out some crucial vibers on Natty Dub right here. Not just a clever pun in the title, "All Rhodes Lead Here" flips between a heavenly Rhodes hook and a straight-to-business Serum-style waspy bass groove. "Destination" comes from the Warhead school of thought with its shifting bass sweep and insistent and distinctive percussion, "Heavy Hitter" has an A-Sides-style bounce and funk to it while "Get Out Of My Life" climaxes on an all-out badboy jungle brock-out. Serious business - join K Jah's on the rhode to victory.
Review: Junglists unite. Euphonique's Sub Woofah hits another new height with its best remix package to date. Returning to K Jah's 2014 EP with four heavyweight remixers, each cut is brought up to date with ease and class.... Aries adds crisp drums and refocuses the vocal loop on "Dub Dun Already", DJ Hybrid adds a little Dread magic to the rolls of "Fix Dem", Gold Dubs retains the classic detuned piano hook of "Bad Vibrations" while adding a whole new bassline that's much more jungle than jump-up. Finally "Can't Think" whisks us back to 2013 as Junglord rebuilds an even earlier K Jah co-lab with superbly polished breaks and some twisted edits. No messing around here.
Review: He's back! After a brief secondment on Natty Dub, K Jah returns to his spiritual home Ruffneck Ting with a firing five pack of ageless jungle jump up skankage. "Got To Have It" deftly references a classic Hijack rap over a bounce-licked bass arrangement, "Born In NYC" kicks like a New Yorker but kisses like a Jamaican while "Get It On" and "Rugged Over Loops" are reminders of when jump-up was exciting and not full of high-pitched screeches. Finally "On A Mission" is a fantastic trip back to the late 90s Moving Fusion/Bad Company style of D&B with a bassline that rolls and rolls and rolls with funk.
Review: Having caused ruckuses galore on Ruffneck Ting, K Jah makes his Natty Dub debut with five straight-up trouble tunes. "Street Trends" taps into the classic Urban Takeover style where a funk-minded bassline is countered by a catchy hip-hop vocal sample. "Down By Law", meanwhile, rides with a hornet nest bassline that persists with midrange mischief and "Got Me" rubs majestically with a jazzy bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss on V back in the day, "Shine Like Gemz" celebrates the importance of atonal bass textures and their paranoid impact while "Now Or Never" closes the show with a clever spoken word sample and a bassline that nags so much and so hard and persistently you could write a whole book of mother in law jokes about it.
Review: Legendary label Ruffneck Ting do their thing once again with the return of K Jah to bring the real sounds of jungle back to the dancefloor. This five-track monster rips it up from start to finish, with more fire than an octogenarian's birthday cake. First up to bring the vibes is "Supaclash" with its giant bass and even bigger selection of well-poised sampling. Following up with hard-rolling "Rough Times" and old-school tinted dancefloor-shaking "It Gets Better" there's a plethora of influences here ripe for the picking. "That's A Fact" follows up with a skank-along beats, filth bass and hip-hop vocals, and finally the greatest sweets in the world get a look in with "Cola Cubes" featuring Vytol, a dark and dingy look into the early hours; cold, heavy and very, very ravey.
Review: Sub-Woofah return with more junglist deviations of an old skool flavour with the appropriately named Bad Vibrations EP from K Jah - if rolling amens fused to crisp 808s and speaker-demolishing basslines are your thing then this should be right up your street. From the frenetic riddims of the title track through the abstract vocals and siren tones of "Fix Dem", screwface bass of "Dub Dun Already" and playful saxophone sample of "Rapido" there's something here to get any floor moving.
Review: Sound system culture is getting a nice dose of representation on this single from South Central Recordings, featuring K Jah on productions with MC Daddy G and MC Natty D. 'Soundboy Weaponry' is laden with tough vocal lines and resonates nicely with MC traditions in the UK, drawing upon reggae and ragga-jungle for this funky, bassy little number. 'Brass Knuckles' is tougher and darker, with a pummelling drum line that bashes you on the face the whole way through, its wobbly bassline following in quick succession. Big single.
Review: The name of this release - Have Some Fun - is reflected in the colourful and playful artwork. You can tell from the off that this is a release which doesn't take itself too seriously, part of that nonchalant approach to music that stresses having a good time over chin-stroking analysis and perfect mixdowns. The title track is a rattling junglist stepper with a powerful undergirding of low-frequency pulses and tones, there's a slick little vocal over the top and it all comes together very nicely. The flip is a roller with a naught sub and a classic hop-hop sample. Yes mate.
Review: This single from South Central Recordings is all about the remix vibes, as Coda and Euphonique step up to remix two different tunes from K Jah, Dilligent Fingers and Cheshire Cat. The first - Dutty Like a Bumbo - is from Coda and it's a gargled, rough and ready tune which sounds like an old school Mampi Swift tune with its simple but powerful bassline, and its hypnotic vocal lead. Euphonique steps up for the b-side and it's even dirtier than the flip, with another naughty back end that twists and turns in on itself with powerful ease. Banging.
Review: It's a Birmingham / Bristol Jah-off as long-established Ruffnecker K Jah adds a little twist to young Bristolian newcomer Mixjah. "Soul Survivors" sees the two Jahs go toe-to-toe with a beautifully simplistic bassline groove while on the remix-front "Send Some Riddim" enjoys a beautiful makeover with an elastic bassline stretching around some jazzed-out keys and "Purple Music" goes ultra-violet with its understated minimal bassline roll and cool showers of dusty organ. Comes complete with a killer original from K Jah where the perfect balance of agginess on "Crowds Just Go" guarantees instant mix gratification. Don't mess around.
Review: Brummie bass-whipper goes on a co-lab crusade for his latest Ruffneck Ting EP. "Get Busier" sets the tone with syrupy bass that oozes and stretches over his robust drum work. A triptych of tag-team jams ensues: Vytol takes K Jah to deeper corners of the dance with a stripped back stepper that's reminiscent of Break or perhaps S.P.Y's early material, Ruffneck Ting queen Dazee adds a little bounce with the Urban Takeover-style "Dig This" before Jinx joins the fray for the heaviest hitter of the collection: "We're Rolling" sums up K Jah, Jink and Ruffneck Ting's spirit with a ballsy, scuffy Moving Fusion-flavoured dynamic that wouldn't have gone amiss in 1998. Powerful.
Review: Ruffneck Ting ante-up with the first volume of the Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album. A family affair with tag-teams galore, the Bristol murk merchants divide and conquer on every cut; The Force & Verdikt get mucky with a big bassline jump-up, Jinx & Aries build an mischievous Q&A a la DJ Die or Roni 20 years ago while Jinx & Dazee play a game of Asteroids inside our minds with the sci-fi bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Moving Fusion set 15 years ago. K Jah & Vytol wind up the dispatch with a clunkier iron age riff and a dizzying array of basses. Xtraordinary indeed... Bring on volume two!
Review: Get that radar of yours and whack Dutty Bass Audio on it. A brand new jungle label from Toronto who are launching with this serious statement of V/A intent. Featuring some of the most exciting names to come through in the last few years, K Jah vamps up the force with a brutal homage to the old school, RMS lets us loose with a groaning ode to the mid 90s (with added 22nd century bass groans) and Too Greezey slaps us silly with a widescreen break and expert reverse wobble sitting obesely underneath. Other highlights include Konz' stripped back slinker "Breathe", Brockout's breezy cosmic roller "The Note" and the savage neuro finale that is Skaylz & The Junk-e's "Off The Grid"
Review: Northern scene legend Adam Wigglesworth sadly passed away on April 3. This is how his friends responded... By compiling one of the biggest tribute albums drum & bass has ever seen. Just look at the amount of talent on here: Pyxis, Euphonique, Nvrsoft, No Concept, Exile, Euphonique, Dawn Raid and so many more artists have contribute to this 45 track album of which all proceeds go to Adam's family. From the blazing bass riff of Sappo's late 90s style neck snapper "Hannibal" to Exile's turbine bass growler "Symbiosis" via Sl8r's jazzy, almost Detroit style vibes on "The Mill" and various bits from Wiggo himself, this is a heartfelt salute from the entire scene to a man who'll be sorely missed.