Review: DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle continue their 100 celebrations with this epic four track VA version excursion. Each cut hits hard as [IVY] brings turbo wubs to Volition's 'Why' and DJ Hybrid gets twisted over Kumarachi's 'Junglist Styles'. Elsewhere we have two crucial VIP renditions... Sl8r juices up his 'M14 Dub' while Charlie B goes all out ravey gravy on 'Rave Up'. Here's to the next 100.
Review: Pow! DJ Hybrid digs through the Deep In The Jungle vaults for this crucial collection of jams and vibes for this ultimate VA release that flexes the full range of the label and represents a how exciting drum & bass and jungle are right now. The whole LP is one massive highlight but it's great to reload cuts like [IVY]'s four-to-the-floor bounces on 'Moving', the cut throat amen slaps and chops on Toby Ross and Oram's 'Wide Roach', get swept away in the emotion of Flat T's 'Women's Work' and get KO'd by Lupo and DJ Hybrid's still-crucial 'Soundboy'. Serious collection for anyone looking to juice up their jungle playlists.
Review: Boh! A banger, a Nuusic Banger. Vibes, a drop of a gully, son! Nuusic bring the sounds once again with this fourth edition of their VA series. Loaded with exclusives and new remixes and VIPs, it brings the whole Liverpool / North Wales label's family together, highlighting the wide-armed provocative consistency throughout the album. Highlights include ELLM's Danny Byrd style VIP twist-up of 'Soundboy', Arkala Dre's slinky prowler 'Pirate Radio', Epicentre and Guzi's devastatingly huge and ironically titled 'Little Roller', the creepy tension and eerie feels of Geekcroft's 'Turn It'. The list goes on and on...
Review: Man like Kumarachi returns to his spiritual stomping ground Deep In The Jungle with some absolutely disgusting rave energy. 'Echoes' is chock-a-block with hardcore and early jungle elements, all wrapped up and galvanised into a heady ballistic brew. The foundation fire continues on 'Everything I Do', which comes on strong like a classic Headz piece, while 'Bad Boy Sound' rubs our faces in the bassline dirt before firing us up into space with a deep cosmic set of synths. Finally 'No Repeat' reminds us of Kumar's sci-fi side with stunning electro-like synthetic menace and a set of drums so sharp and brisk they could fly you round the universe and back. Badness.
Review: Boom! DJ Hybrid's Audio Addict hit the big 100 and they're celebrating in true style. Here's part one - a 22 banger collection featuring the label's brightest and gulliest talent and close friends. Highlights lurk around every heavyweight corner from the off as T>I flips Hybrid & Haribo's 'Raised In The Jungle' into a riot. Mountains of carnage follows with highlights coming from all angles - Diagnostix gets ice cold with the venomous 'Depth Charge', Para flips Erbman's 'Ride Or Die' into a lesson in tension while Kalum reminds us of the label's deeper side with the barbed euphoria of 'Enough'. All this and so much more, the Audio Addict guys have taken things to the next level.
Review: Next up on Liondub International's Uproar Audio series are beasts like Kumarachi and Epicentre who continue their longstanding tradition of bassline arm-wrestling on this walloping 'Riddim' EP with three new collabs on this pulsating, twisted EP menu of bass faces and loin girders. 'Done Already' slaps with a grungy, toxic feel, 'Supply Chain' is a like a stern headmaster of a tune, dishing out admonishments like confetti at a wedding while 'Worldwide' takes their thick, sludgy, stinky collaborative signature to XXXXL levels. Complete with two hair-raising solo tear-ups from Mr Kumar himself, this EP will take a long time to digest. The riddim is gonna get you...
Review: DJ Hybrid continues doing bits for the scene as he lays down this massive 31 track selection on Deep In The Jungle. Reflecting exactly where the mother genre is at right now in 2021, he's dug deep for a whole range of flavours, including a few cheeky exclusives. Every track is a banger but you'd be mad not to check Crom and Rider Shafique's theatrical slap-about 'Change', Xav's mind-blowing shock-out '1993', Mrs Magoo & DJ Hybrid's stripped-back and purring 'Back To 96' and the absolutely foul behaviour of Kumarachi & Epicentre with 'Patterns'. Trust us, this isn't even the tip of this jungle iceberg - cop it and bop it!
Review: A long time ago, in a land far, far away, Deep in the Jungle unleashed interplanetary destruction on a galactic scale. Not really, but they are channelling the force with this compilation, which ropes in some of the galaxy's fiercest producers to craft old-school riddims with a futuristic touch. Conrad Subs lands all phasers blasting with a bunch of different cuts, and his collaboration 'Rock On' with DJ Hybrid is an absolute percy, a sub-heavy wobbler that oozes funk through brass stabs and a rhythmic, catchy approach. Redline flips a light, fluttery intro into bassline-led low frequency devastation, whilst Kartoon gets old school with his remix 'Lions of Judah' by Sharpz. Unreal stuff.
Review: Format are a fantastic little label that have really burst out the stocks over the last couple of years, releasing a plethora of music with the common thread of rudeness and an inability to stand still. Ikon-B and Kumarachi are jumping on this heritage with vigour this week, and this two-tracker has a jumpy attitude that we're incredibly sad won't be heard on a dancefloor anytime soon. The VIP of 'Decode' is an absolute percy, as a rolling drum pattern takes you in to a funky, flowing arrangement with serious bite. The remix from Sound Shifter is packed out in the lows, straining against itself the whole way, whilst a lovely set of synths creep out over the top. This one pops.
Review: 10 years deep and counting; DJ Hybrid's Audio Addict are celebrating the big milestone with a whole brace of absurd updates on already slamming originals. Digging deep over the archives, the likes of Kastro, Hexa, Rantic, Dunk, Shayper, Zoro, Epicentre and many more all get their grubby mitts on some serious Audio Addict classics. Highlights include Zoro's brilliantly bubblesome old school twist on DJ Hybrid's 'Mix & Blend', Crossy's spacefunk bass grunts on his remix of Kartoon's 'Soundboy Surrender' and Epicentre's insane twists and touches on his remix of Scattyone's 'Give It To Me'. And that's just the tip of the remix iceberg. Huge shouts to Audio Addict for 10 years of ardent, loyal service!
Review: Oh hello there Audio Addict. Celebrating their 10th anniversary in true style, DJ Hybrid's label call up some serious names to get their remix claws into many of the label's classics. Comprising the likes of Gray, DJ Gaw, K-Jah, Section, Conrad Subs, Parallel, Disrupta and so many more on-point names in modern D&B, each cut gets turbo-charged and subverted to the max. With 26 remixes, there are too many highlights to mention but you'd be mad to sleep on Disrupta's savage take on Hybrid's 'Shoot 'Em Up', Parallel's epic sweeps on Swerve's 'Massive & Crew' or GLM's cosmic take on Section's 'Perfect Space'. Happy anniversary.
Review: Founded by DJ Hybrid, one of the hardest working men in the last 10 years of jungle, Audio Addict has been a vital platform for many artists to breakthrough. Kumarachi, Agro, Scartip, RMS, Section, Jaybee and many more enjoyed early cuts on the label, who've always had an open remit that's stretched from heavier dancefloor cuts to deeper, more junglist tunes. Recently rebooted with a new plan and re-generated crew, the label now look back over many killer cuts from last decade. Highlights include the sample-smashing 'Back To Reality' (RMS) , the epic disco feels of 'All You Need To Know' (Bassface Sascha & Fiendsoul) and the bleepy, low-slung stepper 'My Days Are Cold' (Agro). Here's to another 10 years.
Review: Audio Addict are turning ten years old, a fantastic achievement, and to mark the occasion the good people over there are releasing a wicked compilation that draws upon lots of the artists in their orbit. This first sampler features Disrupta, Jappa, Subcriminal, Crossy and K Jah across a five-track showcase of just how gully this label can be, with all five artists stepping up to remix tracks from the label back-catalogue. Disrupta takes the reins first and does so with aplomb, putting a fiery spin on DJ Hybrid's 'Shoot Em Up' and flipping it into a warped-out engine of pure dancefloor energy. At the end of the release, K Jah comes with a distinctly different vibe that's much more rough and tumble, a bouncy yet relentless bassline sitting beneath a sampled vocal from Liam Bailey that sounds unreal. Top EP and we can't wait for the full version.
Review: Deep in the Jungle have emerged as arguably the biggest standout new jungle label in recent times and, off the back of their growing family of artists, they've decided to try and represent both where the label and the genre are in 2020. With artists from DJ Hybrid, to Conrad Subs and beyond, it's a statement of intent from the imprint. The music reflects that intention as well, with jungle sounds throughout but punctuated with that modern, sharper edge that we've come to expect from our newly revitalised scene. DJ Hybrid's 'On A Riddim' is the best example, as a punchy bass note streams out of a bedrock of clattering breaks, whilst we're seriously digging the rolling reece's of 'The Rhythm' by Conrad Subs. All of these are proper percys.
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Basement carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Jungle Tingz' featuring RMS is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper sound, and the thiriving nature of the scene right now drips from this release.
Review: V Recordings sublabel Chronic has developed a reputation for putting out beats that are even more venomous than its big sister, and their long-standing rollers series is getting a beef up with the fourth instalment. Featuring a litany of acts from a range of eras and a diversity of styles, Chronic Rollers Vol. 4 is a perfect addition to the arsenal of any DJ. 'Blindspot' from Nectax blends a soulful sample with an oscillating warp of juddering bass energy; Mancunian upstart SL8R gets subby and rolling with 'Roundabout'; and Brazilian label long-timers Alibi roll things out tidily on 'Sentinel'. Banging.
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: Holy moly! This is how you smash open a new decade; a 50 track album absolutely drenched in stinkage. Now a tradition for DJ Hybrid's label, this anthem collection is one of the biggest to date with names and vibes across the spectrum. Epicentre, Kumarachi, Conrad Subs, Stompz, Veak, RMS and many more all bring their fieriest artillery with highlights bursting from the seams. Every single track slaps the dance from the stripped back drumfunk and demented mentasms of Substrate's "Throwback" to the mystic sitar twangs and heavy bass bangs of Euphonique's "Moksha" via ruded up Dread bass badness of the bossman's own "Lost In The Jungle". And that's not even the tippiest tip of this anthemic jungle iceberg. Don't dilly dally.