Review: Spoil yourself with six alternative versions of Danny T's summer vibin' Dreader Than Dread. Bim One strips the mid range and focuses on the lyrical, low end and percussive content of the track while the Dirty Dubsters live up to their name by mugging up the mix for something far more filtered. The real deep electronic vibes come from Jinx's dub, before bringing the track to life with a funky bassline - and the tablas come out in Tradesman's remix! For all the junglists there's Subtifuges rework and don't forget the riddim version for that instrumental alternative.
Review: "Big Bad Sound"... What a title! But does it live up to it? Of course it does. Having worked with the likes of Dr Meaker and Dreadsquad in the past, Bristol-based MC Gardna knows his beats big time. The original is a classic slice of authentic dub bubbles peppered with contemporary MC chatter and the remixes range from military drum march vibes (Max Rubadub) to a pensive UK garage 4/4 groove (Dirty Dubsters) via slinky, sonorous D&B (Liondub). Big, bad and wholly sound - this more than lives up to its title.
Review: Only two releases deep and Born On The Road are already leading the way in future genre-hybrids. They're calling this heady fusion of grime, breakbeat and bass '140 jungle hip-hop' - we're calling it banging. From Stivs and Kelvin's Botchit-style skippy, scrappy roller through to the more authentic dub nods of Skitz & The Sea, everything about this release is original: the super-sharp, humorous, lyrics, the rifle like rhythms, the dynamic party vibes. And if that's not enough gravitas there's a massive remix from the original grime/breaks fusilier King Yoof. Trust: this oozes sickness.
Review: Jim Two-Eyes and Parly B, two dancehall artists, are colliding with the world of drum & bass in this excellent release from Raider. The Real Mccoy is its name, no relation to the horse we assume although perhaps to the crisps, and it features a slick original that bumps and grinds its way through vocal tears, stabbing instrumentation and an all-round embrace of funkiness. Conrad Subs nails the remix two, keeping the vocal magic in place but undergirding it with a powerful sub and cracking, booming drum hits. Love this one.
Review: As ever with the Moonshine Recordings crew, we are in for a serious treat with their latest drop as they welcome in Parly B for three tracks of pure fire, alongside some exquisite dubwise collaborations. We begin our dive into this one with the slow marching drums and reggae-style chord syncopations of 'Heart Clean', alongside Mystic Pulse, before moving swiftly into digi-dub delights of ;The Program', this time employing the high tempo production talents of Bukkha and Dubbing Sun. Bukkha also gets involved on the final track 'Come Ya', a dancehall inspired electronic roller, driven by it's nostalgic drum sounds and Parly B's impactful toasted vocals!
Parly B, The 4'20' Sound - "Godfather" (Speaker Louis remix) - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Parly B is a vocalist who doesn't need much introduction, his releases over nearly 10 years have done that for him. He's landing on Liondub for an album and blimey, it's a big one. He's roped in a wide range of artists on production credits and the results are predictably fearsome, especially 'Black Lives Matter' featuring Sikka, who stretches out Parly's vocals over a stepping, funky yet bad boy beat. FleCK knows how to lay things down, and Parly is at his best on 'Lyrics Spree'. Big stuff.
Review: From start to finish this is a project we thoroughly enjoyed as new school reggae hero Parly B unveils his brand new 'Lyrics Spree' album, courtesy of the mighty Scotch Bonnet. We see a real range if modern reggae themes expressed throughout the project, from the oldschool dancehall triplets of the title track 'Lyrics Spree' and 'Mad' alongside The 4'20' Sound, to the more digital roots stylings of 'Motorbike featuring Danny T & Tradesman. For us this project is full of highlights, with particular stand outs being the high profile collaboration with Mungo's HiFi and Charlie P entitled 'You Mi A Look' and the stripped back groover known as 'Money' alongside Stalawa.
Review: Time for a little dutty Dublin dancehall as Rukus FX makes his debut with a salubrious bass hybrid that sits between classic and contemporary dub and rides soulfully with warm vocals from Parly B. Remix-wise original breaker King Yoof gets his bubbly festival-slaying dub breaks on, Bazza Ranks switches up the flavours with a bassline-meets-classic house twist while Mr Upfull fills us up with warm system skank flavours. Vibesy.
Review: Rewind Selecta! Bristol's J-Man goes back over his "Cease & Sekkle" EP from last spring and enlists a whole crew of killer remixers ranging from exciting newcomer to some of the most consistent OGs. Audiomission make a strong impression with their full flavoured take on "Party Hard", Lost City turn the carnival vibes up to 100 on "Cease & Sekkle" while both Origin One and Aries provide fire blend versions of "Coconut Chalwah"; the former gets his digidub wriggle on, the latter gets out his sharped amen cutlass chops. With plenty more, including a tightly coiled stepper twist from Marcus Visionary, it's another one click headshot from the Born On Road crew.
Review: Destination Bristol: Run Tingz affiliate J-Man switches selecta spec for a skank-wise sojourn on Born On Road. He's rolling deep, too.... Junior Dangerous adds a real positive polish on "Party Hard". Like a young Tenor Fly, his delivery is rich and crisp. Parly B adds both bark and bite to "Cease & Sekkle" while Cheshire Cat doubles up the flow on the sunny-side skanks of "Coconut Chalwa". Those looking for a big festival smash-up should harmonise with Blackout JA's throaty sing-along. Lighter!
Review: What we have here is a fantastic selection and representation of the future of reggae music worldwide as the Nice Up! team unveil the fifth edition of 'Nice Up! The Session'. The release features some pretty top draw names, including the likes of Parly B, Gardna, Seanie T, Gappy Ranks and more. From the junglist flavours of Fleck's 'One Step At A Time' rethink, to the future dancehall delights of 'Bad Mi Bad' from XL Mad & Gappy Ranks, we witness the full breadth of reggae's development in 2019, with other favourites including DJ Madd's crispy rethink 'Chasing Dreams' from Rider Shafique & Precha, along with Folding City's experimental overhaul of 'My Yout' from 'Origin One & Irah'. Excellent stuff!
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.