Review: Oh gosh!! Giant-among-men Swift finally drops the biggun we've been waiting YEARS for. And it's clear from the opening filth-flinger "Dogs Of War" (with Gino) that this album is the full-fat uncut high grade LP message we've been longing for. 20 tracks (including remixes of classics by the likes of Serum and A.M.C), this packs more punch than a night out MCing to naff jump-up with Tyson Fury. Seriously, from the militant charge of "Freebass" to the cheeky riff swagger of "Creeper" via the Virus-style techy thunder of "Origin", the savage jungle techno homage "Loftgroove" and the heavy 110 BPM slo-mo rave messiness "The Gully" this leaves no stone unturned whatsoever... And this is only the first part. Wow. Swift ain't messing around here.
Review: Big man talk: the legend that is Mampi Swift returns with his heftiest body of work in a long time. "Big Tune" lives up to its name in every way; early Pendulum-style mania with switches galore and Dynamite MC's iconic vocals, it backs up the chats in every way. "Detroit Bass", meanwhile, pays homage to the legacy of Beltram while preaching from the same ghetto-funk parapet as Rockwell. Deeper again Serum and Code fly back to 2000 and revitalise a true Swift classic before Mampi freewheels into the trippiest corners of jump-up with "Ironside". Finally "Sign Of The Times" reminds us how vocal tracks were done before toplines and number one hits were on the hivemind of the jungle community. Fittingly, it's not dissimilar to Fresh & Sigma's "Cylon". Complete with a spattering of instrumentals, could this be the lead to his long awaited third album? We hope so...
Review: A giant among badmen: following the onslaught of his epic "Big Tune" EP last autumn, Mampi returns with another fresh exercise. "I Exist" hits with a "Gold Rush"-style hook - all electro-edged and naggier than your other half with a nasty hangover but added weight and classic D&B menace. Meanwhile on the remix Rene LaVice takes the classic "Soldiers" and gives it his own unique twist as the evocative hook that all card carrying junglists will know instantly is switched from battle mode to war mode. Batten down your hatches.
Mampi Swift & DJ Fresh - "Play Me" (Mampi Swift & Blame remix) - (5:15) 175 BPM
Friction - "3rd Planet" - (6:40) 174 BPM
DJ Blame - "Stay Forever" - (5:38) 175 BPM
Review: Few names command respect on a Mampi level. Even when he promises his new album for over two years, he still retains his crown. Listen to tracks like these and it's easy to understand why; "Back To 92" is a pastiche of the best detuned synths and ugliest breaks of the era, all brought together with today's production muscle. "The Spirits", meanwhile, is plain tear-out banshee business (think Ram Trilogy) The rest of the EP sees Swift remastering three Charge classics for the modern day: his Fresh collaboration "Play Me" still ruffles the finest hairs on your spine while the sci-fi tones and twangs of Friction's "3rd Planet" still sound futuristic. Finally we hit Blame's "Stay Forever". A straight-up string-drenched anthem from one of drum & bass's most interesting creative chapters, it still has total relevance to this day.
Review: 53 tracks... just let that sink in for a second. Jungle Cakes aren't just treating us to a little afternoon tea here, this is an all night feast of pure jungle fire. Calories are piled up from every direction as we chow down on sounds from the likes of Serum, Bladerunner, Pacso, Mampi Swift, Break, DJ Limited and many more all contributing to the heaviest collection Deekline and Ed Solo's label has given us to date. Highlights include the jazzy shimmers and lyrical heat of Levy on Deekline & Fish's "Ganja", DJ Rowney's venomous martial arts on "Very Strong", Serum's outrageous jungle mischief making remix of Substance's "Homeboyz". And that's not even the first course. The last time Jungle Cakes fed us at this level we danced in the mud and rain for three hours nonstop. Massive.