Review: Right here we are tuned into some fresh, exciting new dancehall flavours as we see the Numa Crew team up with a number of different vocalists, who all supply some weighty flavours over the super colourful 'Ghetto Youth Riddim', courtesy of Numa Recordings. We first hear the legendary combination of Big Chain, Killa P and Irah provide some high energy bashment vocal lines, before XL touches for a more conventional auto-tune heavy version, perfect for the dance. Following this we hear Mannaro Man run riot over 'Glimmity Glammity', rounding everything off nicely.
Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
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: Longstanding Florentine grimers Numa Crew make their White Peach debut with three outstanding tracks that represent their true breadth and ability. "Infama" is straight up Italian grime with fast-tongued bars and a gritty angular rhythm beneath. "Feeling Macaco VIP" shows off the troupe's penchant for gnarly bass house and jacking 4x4 UKG while "Nobody Can Stop Us" take us back to the trademark bouncy dubstep fusion that brought them to our attention in the first place. All bass bases covered.
Review: Version excursion: Liondub return to Numa Crew's 2014 album and issue a selection of on-point artists with remix orders. The sharp steppy jump-up of "Bass Hater" gets an added muscular murking from Sub Killaz, a classic jungle roll from Brian Brainstorm and a heads-down growl twist from Samy Nicks. Meanwhile on the dubstep side of Numa Crew's output, "Control" enjoys even more remixes from the likes of Piezo & D Operation Drop (rolling paranoia vibes that border on thoroughbred techno), Lost City (mystic dancehall business) Badjokes (dark style breaks), Liondub (grimy skanks with added voicing from Dirty Smirks) and Meeku (classic jungle Omni Trio feels) Genuinely something for everyone here.
Review: The first volume of remixes to come from Numa Crew's 2014 debut album New Underground Massive Alliance, Liondub take the skank-spanked opening tracks and commission a brace of on-point versions. "Impossible" version highlights include the classic bubble-bass jungle flare of Brian Brainstorm's twist, the sheets of overwhelming distorted bass on Samy Nicks' shake-up and Numa Crew's own dubwise strip down. "Kill A Whole A Dem" version highlights come from none than Vadim (piano-wise hook with Nextmen levels of funk), Serial Killaz (hype-charged steppery) and Upgrade (straight-up unashamed dancefloor hair-raising). As far as remix packages go, they don't get much heftier.
Review: After something dub-fresh and deeply gorgeous? Numa Crew have rolled together some serious phat ones for your delectation, created to rumble subs throughout the feel good lands. With enough oldschool vibes to satisfy the purest of dubstep puritans while adding enough sunshine-soaked melody to create the perfect summer playlist, the whole EP screams instant classic from start to finish.
Review: Lining up for their first LP since they emerged in 2005, Florence's Numa Crew are the latest lethal addition to Liondub International's family. As pioneers of the scene in Italy, their sound explores all aspects of global bass music including reggae, dubstep, jungle, and hip hop. New Underground Massive Alliance bursts out of the gates as a take-no-prisoners affair, rolling rugged Coki-style bass grunge, burning dancehall, proper jungle, and a slew of vocal guests including Mellow Mood, MC Kwality, Kg Man and more into a high-potency herbal cocktail for the global bass music massive. Mellow to dirty, sweet to breakneck, this is a collection for the true heads.
Review: Supporting the debut album from Italian heavy-hitters Numa Crew, this five-track sampler showcases their diversity to the next level. First off, dancehall legend Mr. Lexx comes correct with a heavy vocal delivery on the high-powered "Kill the Whole a Dem". Proper bashment beats and legendary vocal style make this one a solid pick for dancehall reggae DJs everywhere. "Bass Hater" featuring rising star Dub FX, references classic drum & bass and hip hop hybrids, while "Control" is a steady half-time, minimal hip hop-infused track, laden with dub delays and circling synths. "Impossible" is proper jungle with skanking keys, heavy sub bass and classic breaks and finally, "B.M.X" leads off with pitched strings and digitised melodies that become quickly surrounded by heavy 808 sub pressure. High diversity, low-end sounds.
Review: A bustling bouncer of a jungle tune, "Music Sweetness" tops off the latest release from Italian dance collective Numa Crew. An original within the jungle scene, Numa Crew combine the talents and sounds of all the producers and DJs within their reach to create the sounds they want to hear. Capturing the energy and flow of jungle's dub roots, a fresher drum and bass sound crashes through with devastating effect. "The Border" rumbles and sways under seriously skankable rhythms and perfectly matched vocals and horns. An intelligent dancefloor-driven take on jungle, it's definitely the sound of the summer. All we need now is the sun.
Review: Featuring album lead-off track "Impossible" and the dark hip-hop & dancehall hybrid "Control" with Robert Dallas on the mic, "Impossible" starts off with sweet vocals and skanking keyboards. "Control" features Kwality on the microphone in a half-time hip hop style, laden with dub effects and circling synthesizers. Contrast comes from Kwality's dancehall-style vocals flowing around the sparse drums while getting wrapped into the delay effects that run through the center of the production. Showcasing two contrasting sides of the Numa Crew on this deadly drop, Liondub is bringing International pressure on the bass scene for 2014.
Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: The team at Numa Recordings have assembled one hell of a selection here as we see them introduce four fantastic originals as part of this brand new 'Heartless Badboys' EP project. Firstly we see the well renowned Numa Crew get busy alongside the super catchy vocals of XL Mad on 'Broka', before we jump into the super smooth yet grimey flavours of Hypergrade's 'Cabala'. Next on the menu, we tuck into what we presume is the title track as 'Heartless Badboys' ushers forth with a tonne of half-time synthetic energy, courtesy of Ago & T.Kay. We then finish up with the old school junglist twists and turns of 'Old Ravers' from Lapo, wrapping up a very clever four track piece.
Review: Liondub are celebrating a decade of existence and they're doing a three-part compilation series covering the past, present and future of the label. By definition, then, these series' feature plenty of talent from all across the spectrum and time period of the genre. One of our favourite of the 26 cuts is Bou's VIP of Keep Away, a deliciously double-bass infused number that is both funky and heavy, the ideal combination, and he's flipped up the arrangement here with some precisely placed note changes. There are also features from Vital, Euphonique, Dutta, Marcus Visionary and more, with the overall vibe being one of toughness and power. Top stuff.
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: Moonshine's manoeuvres in the deep continue to impress with this highly accomplished collaborative remix album. A throwback to their original Steppin' Forward album - released March 2014 - the Jamaican label have given each contributor the parts to a fellow label mate's tune and asked them to get creative. The results are as consistent and progressive as the original. Every track is a highlight but stand-out essentials include the bubblesome digidub of Bukkha's juicy switch on Tuff & Powa's "Outlaw Music", Adam Prescott's sinewy shakedown of RSD's "Know U 2" and the foamy subs and wriggling melodica on Roommate's version of Alpha Steppa's "Shinkansen".
Review: Bubbling from the dub motherland, Kingston Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings deliver a 15-track heavy adventure into the finest contemporary dub sounds. Uniting artists from all sides of the oceanic dub pool, Steppin' Forward documents bass music and dub culture's furthest, most expansive potential. From Compa's undulating bass wriggles and reverb synth shots on "One Lion" to the heavy, gurgling low-end menace of Violinbwoy's "Echo Park" this is guaranteed to resonate with all sides of the dub spectrum.
Review: Well we can safely say that new school reggae is alive and well as we take a listen to this terrific link up between the legendary production skill sets of Numa Crew and the touching vocals of XL Mad for a system rattler by the name of 'Real Reggae Music'. It's a match made in heaven as XL Mad delivers a sweet, well arranged vocal line doused in singalong-ready harmonic structures over the super weighty sounds of Numa Crew's flawless riddim below. This release also comes complete with a highly energetic jungle rethink from T-Kay, which adds a fantastic level of variation to the project as a whole.