Review: Benny Page seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Here he teams up with old partner in crime Zero G, Solo Banton, Topcat, Mr Williamz and Ms Bratt across the first volume of the "High Culture Compilation". Lo and behold, there are 21st century jungle vibes in abundance with an upbeat and infectious vibe, as well as some dubstep and much more. Kicking off with Benny Page & Solo Banton's "Dangerous" its all pattering beats, sing-a-long ragga jungle lyrics and dancefloor directed energy. Elsewhere check out the aggressive swagger of "Sound Fi Dead (feat. Topcat)" as well as "Body Pumpin" and the wicked Zero G remix of "Tear Down" which concludes the album.
Review: Fresh from Chopstick's talent-packed collaborative EP comes the lead track "Tonight" in Stems form. As well as the bubbling sun-slapped vocal roller as the master track you have the rich warm subs, rifle tom-heavy drum track, the sparkling reverb-heavy stabs and the full vocals all ready and predisposed for your creative mixing pleasure. Get busy tonight.
Review: Sonz Of Mecha co-creator King Yoof has contributed to the breaks and bass scene since its earliest stages of formation. Proving he's still got the punch he slapped with back in the day, here he teams up with soul-stirring vocalist Ronnie Blue and tip-top toaster Mr Williamz for an emphatic, sing-along D&B sermon that skips and sizzles with sun-kissed charm. Remix-wise all styles are covered: dubby house skankage (Gold Dubs & Nushu), slamming D&B (Toronto Is Broken), jacking 4/4 garage (Capitol 1212), heads down tech bubbles (Oscar Luweez) and dub-flecked dancehall stompage (King Yoof's own Stepper version). Each soundboy has nailed their remix with precision - show them some love today.
Review: Frequently spotted sermonising with Chopstick Dubs and Aries, dancehall demonstrator Mr Williamz teams up with Bonnot and Ed Solo for a vibrant skank-packed jungle mission: "Raggamuffin DJ" leans and flexes on a familiar horn hook and Solo's signature belly-bouncing bass that leaves just enough space for Williamz's trademark toasting. Instrumental included for those who travel with MCs.
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Subtifuge's debut on Irish Moss is here. A hip-swaying, big-toking Ganja anthem sure to have lighters raised and heads nodding, the one and only Mr Williamz delivers sweet vocals while Subtifuge's original goes for a huge steppin' riddim. Remixes come from Canadian Jungle don Marcus Visionary, Scotland's finest J. Bostron providing a huge amount of extra jungle fire power on this release, while Dirty Dubsters slow things down to a half-time reggae riddim. Lift up ya can in salute and get moving!
Review: Allow jungle revival pioneers and Jungle Cakes bosses Ed Solo & Deekline to present the much anticipated follow up to "Welcome To The Jungle". On this second edition of "Welcome To The Jungle", Ed Solo & Deekline delve deeper into their roots, and influences with a heady brew of jungle cuts old and new. From stone cold classics like Ray Keith - Chopper and DJ Hype ft. MC Fats - Peace, Love & Unity, also featured are remixes from Chase & Status, and Sigma. Mixed live by Ed Solo & Deekline over 2 continuous mixes, and crammed with 28 upfront exclusives, VIP mixes, classics, and fresh cuts from Jungle Cakes, Welcome To The Jungle Vol. 2 is all you need.
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.
Subtifuge - "Call Me A Rasta" (feat Blackout Ja - Jungle Citizenz remix) - (5:12) 174 BPM
Review: Signing out 2016 in style: Totally Dubwise follow up their successful Riddim Up collection with another full-spectrum compendium featuring all firm family faces. Fresh versions abound from moody, gully darkness ("Versitality Dub", "Struggle") to rushed-out party skankers ("Party All Night", "Money Friend") to sultry sunrise horn-blazers ("Temptress Riddim") via out-and-out bounce attacks ("Police Officer") ensuring this album not only documents the strength and creative clarity of the label but every member involved, too. Serious firepower.