Review: This fresh single coming from the Jungle Cakes crew has one of the best MC line-ups we've seen in a long time, with Trigga, Boomah, Specimen A and Navigator all coming correct for what is a fresh little roller with an old-school twist. Deekline is on production, and 'Duppy Destroyers' ebbs and flows with a comfortable sense of nonchalance, bassy stabs punctuating its sparse but satisfying percussive line and an overall feeling of ragga influence permeating every second of its playtime. Suitable for carnival season, this one.
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: Navigator recently dropped the dramatic hip-hop/grime hybrid Lyrical Warfare recently bringing much fire in the process. So successful was it that Liondub/ODT have decided to keep the party going with some seriously heavy remixes. First up Brian Brainstorm delivers some hyper DnB action with high bpms and even higher energy. Elsewhere Social Security fuse manic, scattershot beats with relentless ragga MCing (and a cool dub version too), but it's the precision of Submatic's speedy ghetto beats on his dub workout that win the day this time round. Dancefloors everywhere be warned!
Review: The "Junglist Sound Killer" remixes just keep on coming with nine more versions stretching further and deeper than the previous release packages. The warm reggae feels of the original "Junglist Sound" are highlighted in both Bluntskull's and Sticky Joe Roots' remixes. "Kingston 11" gets a nostalgic soulful Jamaican pingback to its 2005 roots while Macky Gee rips "Meditation Time" down and rebuilds it into something much darker, twisted and nigh-on impossible to meditate to. Finally "Chatty Mouth" gets authentic rolling jungle injections from Social Security and Raz Jungle. Widespread.
Review: Navi's soundsystem project undergoes the first of a version series as "Junglist Sound", "Kingston 11", "Meditation Time" and "Chatty Mouth", all enjoy major league refixes. Highlights hang off every twist and turn like a poor-fitting suit; Dirty Skank add a hardcore style hybrid bounce to "Junglist Sound", Sub Killaz add a robotic menace to "Meditation Time", Upgrade chew up "Kingston 11" and spit it back out as a sticky triplet damager while Kenji gives "Chatty Mouth" a crisp skank so sharp you could trim your whiskers with it. The jungle revolution continues.
Review: Usually known for being on the other side of the controls with a mic in his fist, Navi flips his role as producer with some very well respected names such as Liondub and Marcus Visionary. "Chatty Mouth" is owned by the harmonic tones of David Boomah, "Junglist Sound" takes us back to the genre's formative ragga melting pot days of the mid 90s, Aries flips the previously released "Meditation Time" into a Run Tingz-level razor-sharp jungle roller while Potential Badboy stamps a series of stunning subs and lush jazzy pads on "Kingston 11" giving it a classy early Full Cycle feel. Sound.
Review: Another huge release from Liondub - seriously guys, keep 'em coming. This little slice of nasty comes in first off with Code Red's remix of "Kingston 11", a track you'll have heard smashing up systems around the country if you've been stepping hard enough. Next up to the plate Code Red rips "Inequity Worker", another one with sub-heavy bass and dark weighty sounds fit to send entire cities into the dance. This is a monster straight from the underground ragga and dub influences of Kingston 11 dragged screaming into the harsh strobes of D&B - you're gonna love it.
Review: Who loves Liondub? We love Liondub, especially when they get as down and dutty as this little lot. "Sound The Alarm" is an explosion of flailing fiyah, raging hard and fast as naughtily as any old school ragga-flavoured anthem. Offering the radio edit and the instrumental which puts a blisteringly fresh new angle on the joint. There's nothing like a nasty raver like this to get a summer going off right. Turn it up and rip up the place.
Review: Time for a remix tip from Navigator as "Sound The Alarm" gets a working from some Liondub heavyweights. From the monster hench Serum remix to Lost City's dancehall wind and grind, and Brian Brainstorm's frisky, jump up interpretation, it's fair to say there's more than one way to bake a Navigator classic. Heavy ragga vibes with a focus on those battle cry vocals in Sticky Joe's remix is definitely one to look out for. Heavy.
Review: Navi and Junior Dangerous on the same jam? This spells trouble in best body-bumping way possible. Versions galore, we kick off with the digidub dancehall swagger of the original before a crack squad of players all sign up to the bang gang... Label boss Deekline goes all tear-out with a bassline that's not dissimilar D*Minds around 10 years ago, Potential Bad Boy flips it into a purring subby jungle roller while Aries reminds us of his bashy side with a proper tropical shakedown. Finally we body bang all the way to New York state for a springy sci-fi skanker from Liondub and Jah Boogs. Banging.
Review: We have a smashing combination up next from the ODT Muzik outlet, as they bring together the likes of Navigator, P Skinna and Mixmaster J for a weighty dancehall collaboration entitled 'Ghetto Strugglaz Lullaby'. Right from the off we are introduced to uplifting autotuned vocal lines of the hook, which then descends into more raucous lyricism and vocal flows. Overall, the tune is a delight and a good representation of where the future of dancehall and bashment lays, with the whole track being glued together by that super vibrant chorus.
Review: Cor blimey, Jungle Cakes aren't messing around with their Welcome To The Jungle series are they? Hot on the heels of Ray Keith comes another stone cold OG; Nicky Blackmarket. Digging deep across the classics and sparking up a whole forest of fresh fires, it's a 40 track, 2 mix, 10 FX tool trove of pure jungle magic curated with the wide-armed style you'd expect from an originator. With classic ranging from well known such as "Incredible" and "Pulp Fiction" to cult such as "Keep It Raw" and "Gangsters" and upfront jams flexing from all the right names (Serum, Aries, Serial Killaz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith), Blackmarket has absolutely smashed this out of the mark.
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: Given the glowing reception to last year's Jungle To The World compilation, it makes for no surprise that Liondub have called on the curatorial skills of all-round junglist scholar, Marcus Visionary, to compile a second volume. The blend of legends and innovators alike is present once more, as Visionary pulls together 14 tracks from an all-star cast of producers renowned for pushing forth the reggae-infused jungle sound. Naturally the highlights come thick and fast, but Bladerunner's fierce "Guidance Dub" and Marcus Visionary's own collab with iconic reggae vocalist Jonny Osbourne, "Lend Me", stand out. Some killer sampling of the classic "Armagideon Time" abounds in this latter cut. E for essential!
Review: Proper drum and bass full of ragga twists to lose your mind to on this compilation thanks to Lion Dub label head Marcus Visionary. This release moves from the rolling reggae rhythms of "Ruff & Tuff" to the frenetic throwabouts of "Original Jungle Sound". Tear out vibes are to be had on "Born To Fly", and to be honest this release doesn't let up at all, and for a real weapon check out the anthem that is Navigator's "Sound The Alarm". But for something to potentially wind down to, relatively speaking, it's all about Marcus Visionary's VIP version of Jah Cure's "Never Find".
Review: Hot off Randall's Mac 2 label, Pieces is a ludicrous collection of behemoth tunes found, remixed or simply well-placed in no particular order. Why? Because he's good to us like that. Featuring a stellar line-up of OGs and freshly hooked-up newcomers, this is 18 tracks of pure drum and bass energy ready to make a mess of your cochlea. Special mentions for the DRamatic remix of Lenni Dee Ice's "We Are IE" and Trex's massive stomper "Sudden Impact" which should currently be tearing up the dancefloor in your nearest darkened warehouse with a soundsystem. Instant purchase.