Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Dub Sector have been gaining quite the reputation for system-ready dubstep music, a point emphasised heavily here as they unveil the 'Unorthodox' EP from Rumble. The title track works with gritty, metallic synth gargles to create one hell of a spooky atmosphere, before 'Water Martian' supplies us with a more aquatic-sounding sense of minimalism. Next up, the unpredictable bass grinds of 'Scanner' are followed by the pulsated sub-triplets of 'Provoked' and spacey compositional structures of 'Illusion'. What a listen!
Review: Jungle dons from over the Atlantic Liondub & Marcus Visionary are finally back in the studio producing under their Rumble alias, creating riddims to showcase talented vocalists from NY to JA. The result is the infectious Skandal Bag Riddim which is toasted to a cinder by Blackout JA for the ganja tribute track "weed weed". The bin busting sub bass of the jungle mix is bound to get pulses racing as the offbeat skank lends itself perfectly to the tempo change. Both instrumental versions are strong enough to hold their own in any soundcash, with bass hooks that you wil be humming all the way through your 20 sack.
Review: It's always a joy to hear of a new release from the mighty Rumble (aka Marcus Visionary and Liondub). Yes back they are, and they're brandishing a brand new weapon, "Gyalis", strengthened by the help of Mr Lexx, Suku Ward and their mics. The original tune sees the latter pair duel, with the former's dominant bassy tones and the latter's higher, toaster shout-outs actually working together perfectly. Underneath the vocals is an electronic dancehall bassline with light, DnB-meets-ska beats, and there's even a "Riddim" dub version thrown in for good measure.
Review: NY x TO x JA! The international link up continues as Marcus Visionary and Liondub hook up once again under their Rumble alias. Recent beats have been graced by young upcoming talents whereas their latest workout "Sound Gangsta" has been created especially for a man that is somewhat of a veteran and legend in the game; Red Fox. The Jamaica raised New York resident has a breathless flow and a unique talent for effortlessly switching tones, flows and dynamics. All of his skills are on show for this one.
The A side Dancehall mix gives an interesting polished production take on Rumble's brand of dancehall with plenty of contemporary rap and hip hop influences. Think Mr. Collipark meets Tarik "Rvssian" Johnston.
Liondub's signature sounds are evident in the NYC mix, which swaps claps for snares and the modern polished sounds are swapped for stripped back for old school New York HipHop sounds in a constantly fluctuating 8 bar dancehall form. There is a tasty jungle mix that time stretches the vocal and synth hook and under lays it with booming sub bass and rattling tribal beats. Red Fox's slowed flow sits perfectly on top of jungle beats which probably tells you that all these dance promoters like Jungle Mania are missing a trick not booking him! There is a whole set of instrumental mixes for when you have vocalists on set and we are looking forward to hip hop and dancehall vocalists jumping on these for freestyles and ciphers over the next few months.
Review: Rumble is the new team of Marcus Visionary and Liondub. Their plan is to showcase vocalists from Jamaica, New York and the UK and to fuse the sounds of dancehall, hip-hop and DnB. Siren is their first offering and they've started with a banger - roping in the legendary soundclash MC Suku (aka Ward 21 of Kingston, Jamaica). The original of "Siren" is a buzzy, high-energy electronic skank that's guaranteed to get the place totally lit. Elsewhere the club mix gets looser with dem riddims, the DnB mix is what it says on the tin, but the dancehall version is totally pure joy.
Review: Ring the alarm! Sound the klaxon! Fire up the "Siren"... Liondub go into remix overload with this immense version collection. 12 different twists of the Suku & Spyda-fronted dancehall damager, we're spoilt for choice but highlights include the sheer hell-raising of Serial Killaz, the gut-punching drums and grunty bass of Benny Page, the moody halftime sleaze of L-Side and the smoky beats and classic mid 90s hip-hop feels of Bluntskull. But that's not even half of the creativity on offer here. Get ready to Rumble...
Review: Calling all gyalists! Rumble, Mr Lexx and Suku Ward have teamed up on Liondub International for a carnival-ready dancehall jammer "Gyalis" which is flipped in a multitude of ways by some of the best in the game; Filip Motovunski gets his low-slung swagger on, UK hip-hop legends The Nextmen get busy on the bashy tip, Lost City finds his way with a powerful tribal halftime twist while Sao Paulo's finest L Side provides the headshot with the immense roller version. Think "Night Flight" on a ragga vibe and you're in the right dance.
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: Dub Sector have been running riot of late, and this latest compilation from them shows just how crazy it's been, as they bring us thirteen of their finest heaters from the last 12 months, all bundled together into one weighty batch. We hear some absolute dirt from heavyweight names such as Dalek One, Rez and The Widdler, along with some seriously naughty selections from the likes of Kwizma with his sub heavy 'Gravitation' original, and JWiRE's big room smasher 'Amen Ra'. For us, the steaming low end of Lory Kong's 'My House' renders it a serious highlight, along with the colourful bass synths of 'SpaceJail's 'Interstellar'.