Review: Liondub is doing what it does best with this EP: fusing the heritage of dub and reggae with tougher, more modern sounds. The original is a stepping ragga record that lopes on its percussive base, providing the infrastructure for Blackout Ja's vocals which land with menacing intent. JNGL is on the remix and he flips the original upwards into 170 territory, rolling out the drums whilst keeping the vocals true to the original. There are also two instrumental versions to go along with the single, allowing those of you who like things more stripped back to get your fix as well. Generous.
Review: It's been two years since Liondub last spun us around the globe with their long-running Jungle To The World series. But now biting into their 10th year, it's the perfect time to boost up the vaults with 18 specials, exclusives and unreleased versions. Pure high grade jungle through and through: we range from the utterly gully and industrial strength badness such as RAW's "Lock Up" to smoother skank-shined bubbly rollers such as Johnny Osbourne & Bladerunner's "Night Fall Dub" via slippery tech missiles like the dangerous darkside steps of Mr Explicit's "Crystal Blue" and the 24th century jazz of Jayline & Dutty Dubz long-awaited VIP of "Bacardi & Coke". And that's just four of the 18 weapons on offer here. Authentic jungle for 10 years and counting.
Review: Born On Road is Aries' label and it does UK jungle right. Created out of Aries' legendary roadtrips and tours, the imprint puts out a consistent stream of UK ragga/jungle music, all of which has a focus on urban-edged sounds that hit hard but don't get too serious. Jngl Fire is just that - jungle fire - as five slices of really creative sounds come flying at you right from the start of this EP. The title tune is the stand-out, with a dancehall, Sam Binga-esque beat pattern grounding this tune with a lovely bit of gritty funk, and a wobbling back end providing the cherry on top. Properly good release this.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is one of the longest running and best introductory series' in the business, pulling through some lesser known talent on an almost monthly basis with condense yet expansive collections of music. This time it's the turn of Lost City, who lays down the gauntlet from the outset with 'All Rude Boy' - a huge jungle number with towering high points that tumble down into jarringly cool low points. It's a bit of a ballad to be honest. 'The Way You Move' is the other highlight, a pummelling roller with a wobbling sub and deliciously satisfying percussive snaps.
Review: LA junglists Noah D and No Thing get AAA access to the Liondub vaults and are told to do their damage with their unique fusion of dancehall, digidub, jungle and bass. Subverting 11 of Liondub's wide-reaching releases, the album-sized results are exciting, unique and full of surprises such as the vocalised synth layers on "Control", the rich vocal focus of Bunny General on "Soundwar" and the out-and-out badmanisms of "Nuke A Soundboy". A really interesting remix concept that works just as well as whole as it does as a collection of serious floor-firers.
Review: The ever-elusive Black Pearl crew return to centre stage after a summer of debauchery to release Old School loving crisp-n-dirty production team Lost City's "Mad Dem" EP. Lighting up dancefloors everywhere with "OG Roots", a foot-stomping call-to-action that splices old with cutting edge, it sets a precedent of the extra-ordinary for the whole release. Reworking classic sounds in "Mad Dem" or reaching back in time to pull out stone cold classics from the vaults and burning it up with "Run It", each tune is finely tuned for your mixing pleasure. Junglists unite!