Review: What a crazy link up we have here as Lost City joins forces with the monstrous vocal talents of Capital D for a speaker-slapping new single by the name of 'Crazy In Love', coming to us courtesy of the wonderful Liondub International team. Think dancehall, but electronic, and you are a third of the way there with this one as we are greeted by dizzying snare slaps, grizzly bass energy and a rave-ready toasted vocal line from Capital D. This is an absolute weapon of a single, perfect for turning up the heat in the dances, coming complete with an even more gritty drum & bass rework from JNGL, along with both instrumental cuts for good measure.
Review: The dust has barely settled from their destructive Riko Dan collaboration, but Lost City maintain the fire with this incredible link-up with another iconic MC. This time is Spyda taking the mic reigns as he calls for jungle unity over a premium bounce beat. Bashy, fat and stamping, it's got more than enough space for Spyda's sermons and -like all essential soundsystem shakers - it comes with a collection of equally crucial versions. We can't get enough of this one!
Review: Liondub have a history of blending ferocious cross-genre sounds with penetrating vocal lines, and this EP from Lost City and Riko Dan is no exception. 'Soundboy Calling' is the main item, a stepping, punchy number with an almost afrobeat vibe to the drums, a funky groove that belies its swelling bassline and frenetic energy. There's a JNGL remix and instrumental versions of both, and the JNGL flip amps up the movement and injects a tonne more energy, turning the original into a straight-up breakbeat banger. Vibes inside.
Review: Reload and come again: our 'Juno Download Selects' edition with the mighty US dnb HQ Liondub International continues for another session. Once again featuring an A-list rollcall of now household names, it's another reminder of how much heat Liondub International have cooked up over the years, supporting artists from their earliest moves. Highlights on this set include the turbo slammage and necksnap switches on Jayline's 'Anglo Saxxon', early hurly burly from the man like Macky on 'Black Widow' and the always-devilish bubbles of Motiv's 'Vultures'. And that's just three of 15 crucial example's of Liondub International future-focused benchmark. Get to know!
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: Liondub mainstay Lost City teams up with Moia Bri for another class example of dancehall, afrobeat and D&B action. Big vocals, even bigger set of drums, there's a sass and soul to this that transcends the usual genre boundaries. Looking for more danger? Flip for the JNGL mixes where the drum set is switched for some roughhouse breakbeats and the bassline tears up your speakers like a lawnmower. Danger danger!
Review: Liondub are experts at blending the heritage of drum & bass with that of dancefloor and reggae music, and there are few better MCs for the job than Rider Shafique, whose CV covers both traditions and who comes seriously correct on this EP. It consists of four versions of a single tune and it's the original which really stands out, as 'Focus' moves expertly from stepping halftime-come-dancehall sounds into more jungle-flecked territory, all the time underpinned by subway kick drums and vibrant basslines. There's an instrumental version, and then JNGL rolls out the remix into a more recognisable 174 number. Excellent.
Review: When it comes to representing the future of dub and dancehall music, we can safely say that Liondub International have been doing a spectacular job. This latest offering sees the deadly duo of Lost City & Ward 21 link up for an electronic dancehall delight entitled 'Sicko'. The lead track is a certified piece of dancefloor dynamite, with emotive vocal sing-alongs and electrifying drum punches, making it an ultimate turn up riddim. The project comes with a killer JGNL remix as well, adding a new dimension to a stunning single. We can't wait to take this on a system.
Review: Lion Dub have reached a decade of activity. A decade! To put it in perspective, if someone was born the year Liondub started, they're about to enter high school/secondary school. It's a crazy achievement and one matched by the craziness of the music they have on offer to celebrate, a four-part journey through their past, present and future. This instalment is all about their past and it's exemplified best by Serum's VIP of Sound The Alarm, a Liondub classic, which Serum has flipped into a characteristically badboy, stabbing little roller. The vocals float above in a haze of reggae smoke, whilst the beat pulsates below. Awesome stuff.
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!