Review: Rotterdam frequency maestro Mystic Pulse steps over to Totally Dubwise for two warm-as-toast dub jams. "Who Do Dem" is an instant call-to-action as it flexes the distinctive gruff tones of Daddy Freddy over a bold striding groove. "Pass Me The Lighta Riddim" strips the vibe back to Mystic Pulse's atmospheric signature. Big melodic hooks spiral across the ardent skanks before we taken deeper and deeper down the dub hole. Big moves.
Review: The futuristic dubwise vibes are a plenty on this one as Mystic Pulse team up with Black Omolo for a lively new single by the name of 'Pressure & Tribulation', courtesy of the Roffa Sound imprint. From the off we are introduced to a classic dubstyle march as 4/4 drum patterns allow the spacey chord progressions, uplifting horn melodies and catchy vocal toasts space to move, bringing an immediate flow of energy to the table. Excellent work!
Review: Totally Dubwise Recordings have somewhat of a reputation for delivering releases of a high calibre, but this one certainly knocks the ball out of the park as they welcome Mystic Pulse and Daddy Freddy for a fantastic new single. As a composition, 'Wha Do Dem' is a super beefy original, that combines some forward thinking vocal toasting with excellent production behind the scenes. We are also gifted two top draw remixes for this one, kicking off with Jamie Bostron's junglistic revamp, packed with potent sub pressure and rapid fire drum switch ups. We are also given the rather unusual skippy rethink from Escape Roots, which adds a whole new dimension to the track all together.
Review: In terms of legendary status for labels over on the jungle/jump-up side of the scene, it's pretty hard to beat Serial Killaz. Run by the duo of the same name, the imprint has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Serial Killaz themselves, Vital Elements and Upgrade, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Steel Drum'. You've probably heard this one doing the rounds and it's actually already been released, but oh boy what a tune this is: a screaming, siren-lake mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to DJ Hybrid's 'Beatbox' - naught jungle vibes.