Review: Murderation station number one for all junglist pugilists, Deep In The Jungle drop a brand new package and the clue's in the title: Sound Killerz. Soundclash Sessions' Demented Frequency rips up with a balls-out shredder laden with classic sample, Toronto's Hungry T cooks up a strong brew that sits somewhere between BC and Dreadzone and RMS hits up with a strong fix of pure dub jungle with heady FC and dubby textures. Finally Galvatron slaps upside your face with the gulliest cut of the set. All shattered drums and turbo skanks, this will blindside the darkest of floors.
Review: Hailing from Coventry, DJ Hybrid has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Audio Addict for a full-throated six-tracker that kicks off with 'Take A Look' featuring RMS, a gently weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. 'Rapture and 'Swordplay' have clear Kings of the Rollers vibes, with juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the South - proper UK underground stuff.
Review: Batten down your hatches, lock down your aerials, keep your pets inside: Deep In The Jungle are about to slap 2018 silly with another massive album. And it kicks off here with some of the label's finest. Bossman DJ Hybrid and currently unstoppable RMS take the lead with "Now That Your Gone" which hits and slices with a Charge-style hoover riff, Welsh artist Substrate follows with his DITJ debut, the amen-shattering, Remarc-style slammer "Crayfish" while the bulletproof banger wizard Kumararchi gets all grizzly and ruffneck on "Buss A Ting". Finally Opius & Dapz leave us hanging for more with a powerful brock-out that nods slyly at the mid 90s Urban Takeover sound with added splashes of gospel. Bring on the album!
Review: One of the savviest axis-flexors in the D&B / jungle game, DJ Hybrid has an all seeing eye across the soundboy spectrum with his two labels and mixed-style signature. Here the full focus is on his flagship label Audio Addict with his first exclusive-powered mix album that covers all the crucial corners. Every track rattles and shakes with energy and subversion: the jungle chaos of his own "Mix & Blend", the iced-out atmos and toxic drop of Swerve's "Massive & Crew", the gunshot bass holes caused by Lost Dynamics "New Funk", the jaw-dropping ruthlessness of Ray Keith's take on "Badboy", the list goes on... DJ Hybrid levels up once more.
Review: Back in July, Ikon-B tickled our fancy with a first serving of studio hook-ups. Here he returns to action with another dose of collaborations. First into Ikon-B's studio is jungle revivalist RMS. "Speed of Light" is something of a punchy, floor-filling delight, with the duo wrapping a crunchy riddim and booming sub-bass in ricocheting spoken word samples, foreboding riffs and intoxicating late night electronics. As RMS exits stage right, another junglist enters: sometime Ruffneck Ting producer Vytol. His hook-up with Ikon-B is a wonderfully full-throttle affair, with dueling wobble bass motifs propelling the duo's hot-stepping workout from start to finish.
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Basement carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Jungle Tingz' featuring RMS is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper sound, and the thiriving nature of the scene right now drips from this release.
Review: These 3 are some of Manny's best forthcoming talent, a collection of artists who prioritise genuine vibes and naughty head nodders over pretentious introspection or chin-stroking punditry. Hardcore Vibes is an exemplification of that worldview, with four system-shaking cuts of jungle-influenced hedonism that range from the funky to the downright dirty. 'The Masses' falls into the latter of these two categories and it packs a tapestry of different low-frequency slivers and punchy bass notes, all underpinning a raucous set of jungle stutters and vibrato breaks. Wicked stuff.
Review: Nussic are developing a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Motiv is holding up that standard with his debut EP on the label and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Gallows' reels you in with a lovely intro, it's upbeat beginnings quickly regressing to a really sick wall of pure energy that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'Fakes' being another highlight. Sick release.
Various - "Future:Dubstep:04" (continuous DJ mix by MRK1) - (1:17:22) 140 BPM
Review: An enormous 29 track selection of future dubstep faves new and old and perhaps some undiscovered beauties in there too from names like Stenchman, Cotti & Crazy D and more, all bound up nicely with a continuous DJ mix by MRK1. There's a fab blend of driving synth workouts (see "Life Turned Up Loud" or "Broken Box"), dubbed out basslines a la the Hatcha & Lost remix of RMS - "Cold", with some heavy moments (Trowa - "Black Pyramid") and quirky cuts like Stenchman's "Purple Cow". All in all, a comprehensive compilation which ticks all the boxes.
Review: With appearances on Playaz, Renegade, Drum&BassArena and Mainframe already checked in this year, the rampant rise of Canadian bass crusader NC17 continues on Vapour's Perennial 36 Hertz. As with much of the label's output, there's a strong sense of heritage without ever getting emotional about the past. Highlights include the hair-singeing murderation of "Crimewave", the simple-but-deadly stretches and detuned synths on "Mortal Relapse" and the grizzly amen slaps and tripped out reverse bass on "Twister". Sickeningly solid.
Review: For this one we are bringing you some of Canada's finest jungle music, courtesy of RMS & Dubsoul Recordings. This two tracker is great way for the now established label to smash the doors down into the new year following a very lucrative 2017. Armed with a brand new Mackie mixing board, RMS goes wild with the A side entitled 'Fracture' which takes a half time jungle approach, coupled with angelic stabs and classic rolling sub frequencies. On the flip side we have the more traditional jungle arrangement of 'Loversball' which is a maze of chopped precisely chopped breaks and atmospheric soulful vocal leads.
Review: The force is strong on this one! One of Deep In The Jungle's most consistent and prolific artists, RMS has been shelling us with raw jungle bombs for some time now and this is one of his biggest EPs to date. Heavy highlights hang from every hurter; the sickeningly savage drums on "Am I Crazy", the molten breaks and rolling drum funk of "Universe", the unabashed brock-out-ness of "Rasta Yout", the raw unfettered Good Looking rushes of "Take It", the deft scratches on "Now Is Time" and the classic V feels of "Hi Grade". Loaded with cameos from equally talented peers and pals like Dcision, Skru and Schematic, these collisions are nothing short of deadly.
Review: Liondub continue to squeeze near album-sized collections out of their mates. And this one comes courtesy of the currently unavoidable RMS, a man often spotted on the likes of Deep In The Jungle, Hocus Pocus and Dubsoul. Here he makes his Liondub debut with seven soudboy slayers and highlights include the subtle gamey flutters and stripped back steppery of "Woldwide Tingz", the dark shreds and lasers of "Insiders" and the carnal urgency of "Gutrot" where the vocal washes over the grunting bass with mesmerising trippy effect. Cool and deadly.
Review: This is a nice collection of tight rollers, which will work across a variety of floors. Our favourite track of the release has got to be 'Right In Front Of You' with is twisted, itchy and glitchy vibe, the vocal shines stunningly bright against a dark and mutated soundscape. Classic vocals seem to be a theme of this release, amongst the crashing drums and slowed sax of 'Back To Reality' we hear the ever recognisable refrain from Soul II Soul's 'Back To Life'. 'Pump This Party' is another highlight of the EP following suit with another catchy and widely recognisable vocal sample.
Review: How on point are Deep In The Jungle right now? Every release this year has been heavy enough to crush a soundsystem with authentic jungle ethics. Naturally RMS's return follows suit as we're splashed with every shade of foundation funk. "Rude Man Sound" is a flex back to ragga-charmed days, "No Matter" reminds us how vocals don't need to be cheesy or sung by soulless feature artists while "Love Bug" plays all the rave aces with a very clever sample trick and heavenly arpeggios. As for the title track? It's not called "Amen By Nature" for nothing. Precision drum work.
Review: RMS lowkey makes some of the dirtiest rolling D&B around and My Generation is only a confirmation of that fact. The intricacy with which he blends various strands of bassline is shown clearly in 'Outta Here', which after a soulful intro switches on the drop into a mash of jagged basses and diving since wobbles. 'My Generation' stutters and rattles out of the intro, its punching low-frequency stabs land like a tonne of bricks on the drop and you can tell it was made for the dancefloor. 'Liberation' might just be the best, as its pacey drums and reggae samples fade into a sonic explosion of glitching, sine combinations and stitched together basses. The final two - 'Getting Down' and 'Woke' - end the release on a jungle-influenced high of knifed in energy and monstrous low-end groans. What an EP!
Review: Hailing from Canada, RMS has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Original Key for a full-throated five-tracker that kicks off with 'Down' featuring Kumarachi, a heavily weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. '90s Soundboy' has thoose wicked juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness, whilst the junglst vibes are seriously real on 'Mi Fi Tell Yuh'. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the Great White North - proper UK underground stuff.
Sound Shifter - "In The Air" (Dark Clouds VIP) - (6:05) 175 BPM
Review: "RVSTD" sees Dubsoul kick off a brand new remix series. And if you've been following their releases so far you will already know that they're not messing around. First up Section takes RMS & Close's "Extracts" from last year and builds it up with layers of percussion and a whole level of roaring toxic mid 2000s style bass. Dig deeper for Sound Shifter's own VIP of "In The Air" where a once dreamy vibe is given a storm drenched jungle refocus. Dark clouds have silver linings.
Review: Back to life, back to reality, back to the future, back to basics: RMS & Dcision let rip with the second part of their "Live The Life" project and it's another authentic drum & bass adventure. "Reachin Out" contains a vocal that all heads who live the life will recognise, "One Ting" is a timeless Bristol or Manchester roller the likes of which you could imagine in a Krust or Sappo set at any period since 1996. "Got Your Pleasure" nods towards the juke influence of jungle with serious ghetto attitude, "Hurt My Love" shows the duo's deeper side while "Foundations" smoulders slowly with dubby percussive build before dropping into a Spirit-style hook. Life affirming.
Review: Both spotted on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint, the ever-sharpened sonics of RMS and Dcision appear in full widescreen EP form on his flagship label Audio Addict. The outcome is every bit as gully, necksnappy and happy slappy as you'd want it to be: "Feel The Melody" taps deep into the timeless rave aesthetics, "This Is My Sound" loops up a sultry Riya-style vocal with savage soul results while Shotz joins the fray for a KO finale where the bass tears everything within a two mile radius a new one. For added kicks, RMS throws in the solo sampler salute "Back To Reality", a bumper so heavy in reference points you might just singe your whiskers. Living the dream.
Review: When Deep In The Jungle tell you your number is up, you best start ordering a coffin and planning your goodbyes. They don't muck around mate. Especially when it's the likes of label mainstay RMS at the controls. This time he's brought an equally murderous new Canadian talent in the form of Dublic. Flexing with a bold ragga tint throughout, each cut hits hard and fast with flashes of soul amid the tightly rolled breaks. From the siren-wailing, vocal cutting, break-melting "Deadman Walking" to the precision balance of sunshine skanks and thundering sub groans of "Soundboy Test" via the rave-tinged vocal and trippy bass Q&A of "Night Sounds", if this is a death sentence, bring on the funeral.
Review: Some say RMS stands for Really Mean Soundboy. Others say it stands for Ruthless Man Slappage. All we know for sure is that whatever label he's spotted on (Deep In The Jungle, Dubsoul, Innercity Dance, Back To The Jungle etc) RMS is dishing out some respect-commanding jungle right about now. "Let It Be" is an electrical stampede zipping and sizzling with a waspish filtered bassline while "Voodoo Magic Man" takes us deep into the 3am zone with stripped back arrangements, an alluring dub vocal and eerie atmospheres. Rolling. Mean. Sensational.
Review: THIS MEANS WAR: Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle crew dust off their best breaks for a second bout in their authentic roller battle. Label boss Hybrid teams up with rising star RMS for the ragga-raged lead track before we're treated to crucial cuts from the across the label's ever-growing talent roster: DJ Cautious's "Romy" is a stripped back swinger with stacks of space for the distinctive Top Cat style vocal chants, Galvatron pulls of the switch of his life on the expertly-tuned skank shock out "Revolution" and Lavery's awesomely titled "Akai Blackeye". Watch out for those cascading pitched snares, they're lethal. Let us see your war face!
Review: Don't be misled by the title: this is no thrown-together 'greatest hits' package but rather a 40-track label showcase from DJ Hybrid's Audio Addict label, coming complete (if you opt to buy the whole album) with a fast and furious, 52-minute mixed version by Canada's RMS, aka Paul Currie. Tracks come a mixture of relatively new names (Martyn Nytram, Saffire Dubz, Confusious) and more established players (LJ High, Scartip and of course Hybrid himself), while stylistically the album touches on various different D&B sub-genres, but with the emphasis always firmly on cuts that are built to tear up the rave.
Review: Deep In The Jungle is a UK based label dedicated to resurrecting the jungle stylings of yesteryear and bringing them back to their rightful place: front and centre of the dancefloor. Next up on the label are Canadians RMS & Veak with some hard drum and bass steppers on the Foundations EP, which undoubtedly give a respectful nod to the old school. From moments of fierce darkside breakbeat science as heard on "Fiyah Burn" or "Amen Props", through to the title track or "Hear It Come" which use late '90s reference points such as Dillinja or Loxy & Ink.
Review: Sl8r continues to dent the game from every angle with his debut EP on Chronic. Four tracks deep, it's an invasive trip into Roller County with all the jazzy touches, latent funk and warmth and grainy grit you'd expect from Bryan Gee's long-standing imprint. "Ruff Neck Cru" takes the lead (with RMS on side) as juicy subs ooze out of the speakers and drip all over the skippy breaks. Elsewhere "Astute" takes us on a rising escape above the cloud before the drop plunges us back down into earth so hard we'll be lucky to see next Christmas. "Immune" leaves all diplomacy at the door too thanks to its savage sandpaper funk bassline while "Alumni" closes the show on a proper creeper vibe. Think Need For Mirrors but with elements of Zapp & Rodgers and shed loads of bongos. Sci fi sleaze!