Review: Scotch Bonnet's Puffer's Choice 3 is a celebration of both the label's Scottish heritage and its global connection to soundsystem cultures worldwide and that collective dubwise spirit. At 12-tracks large Volume 3 is a buffet of dub treats galore that's ready to consume; be your tastes the heavy bass and killer distortion of Flying Fox's "Weak Hearts" to the Afro-rhythms and chiptune melodies of Shokryme & RTKal's "Bbs". Find some sweet lover's rock in Stalawa & Nazizi's "Rather Be Alone" alongside the subby dubs of UK pop and reggae touches in Somah & Nem's "Sailor". Parly B chips in with a veterans cut of the righteous reggaeton number "Lyrics Spree" alongside the easy-now dancehall of Bony Fly & JonnyGo Figure's "Crucial" or the woozy, snapping dubstep & rap in Mungo's Hi Fi hook up with Gardna & Charli Brix. For the Pure dub reggae vibe head straight to Jeb Loy Nichols' "To Be Rich (Should Be A Crime)" and don't forget to Puff Puff give.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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!