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: 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: Schematic steps up with a beautiful four tracker on Liquid Brilliants. Evocatively entitled the Mellifluous EP, first track "Wherever I Am" is a flurry of flutes, ticking breaks and floaty, dream-like atmospherics. And so the tone is set for the rest of the EP. "Memory", a slightly edgier piece, with rolling beats, murmuring bass and bongo pattering steps things up, before "Curves", a punchier, vocal-led beast kicks in with rough drums and grumbling subs. Rounding things off, we return to where we started from with "I'm Losin You", a strumming, sonorous liquid roller with gentle, lilting rhythms aplenty. Lovely.
Review: Hospital have ramped up their "Future Sound" series in a major way this year... America, Holland, Brazil, now Canada. It's a decidedly deep and techy cross-section of flavours, too: Gremlinz brings the ice with the angular fury of "Tactical Rail", Schematic delivers some mountainous vocal soul on "Learn From The Past". Those looking for a more contemporary / Manchester style halftime drum arrangement should jump on Levrige's "The Legend" while Stranjah closes the show with a timeless Commixian heads-down roller "Gideon". Powerful.
Review: Founded by DJ Hybrid, one of the hardest working men in the last 10 years of jungle, Audio Addict has been a vital platform for many artists to breakthrough. Kumarachi, Agro, Scartip, RMS, Section, Jaybee and many more enjoyed early cuts on the label, who've always had an open remit that's stretched from heavier dancefloor cuts to deeper, more junglist tunes. Recently rebooted with a new plan and re-generated crew, the label now look back over many killer cuts from last decade. Highlights include the sample-smashing 'Back To Reality' (RMS) , the epic disco feels of 'All You Need To Know' (Bassface Sascha & Fiendsoul) and the bleepy, low-slung stepper 'My Days Are Cold' (Agro). Here's to another 10 years.
Review: Deep in the Jungle know how to do jungle. The clue is in the name, really, and they're proving it again with this huge compilation of 40 huge jungle anthems from some of the best rising stars of the breaksy side of the scene. RMS, SL8R and DJ Hybrid all make an appearance, as do Kumarachi, Veak, Schematic and Epicentre. This is a very strong roster and its reflected in the tunes, with Schematic and RMS teaming up on 'Take It' to combine roughshod, vibrant breaks and moody atmospherics in glorious fashion. Check this one.