Review: Aries welcomes us into a new year with a generous eight track version excursion from last year's album Jungle Style and talented refixes come from all angles; Marcus Visionary flips "Jungle Style" into a thundering breakcraft, Filip Motovunski gets his chainsaw out and carves up some sweet skanking roller pie for "On Road", Supa Ape goes breakbeat bonkers in the best possible way on "Jungle Music" while Dr Meaker gives "I & I" a beautiful bouncy take that's not a million miles away from a young Clipz. All this more, Aries road is never ending...
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: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers get busy with a brand Bass Selection compendium. Giving the artist full artistic duties without compromise, King Yoof has taken the opportunity to amass some of his best soundsystem-tuned rolling skank-up bangers. From breaks to dubstep to D&B, the whole breakbeat spectrum is covered with special attention paid to dubwise and dancehall vocals. Highlights include a mid-zeros style electro-bass twist on Barrington Levy ("Murderer"), the stabby steppy paranoia of "Big Belly Riddim" and the evergreen harmoniousness of Aswad on Rhythm Riders' "Give Me A Sign". That's just three of 20 unmixed bullets ready for your playlist consumption. Get busy.
Review: Cor blimey, Jungle Cakes aren't messing around with their Welcome To The Jungle series are they? Hot on the heels of Ray Keith comes another stone cold OG; Nicky Blackmarket. Digging deep across the classics and sparking up a whole forest of fresh fires, it's a 40 track, 2 mix, 10 FX tool trove of pure jungle magic curated with the wide-armed style you'd expect from an originator. With classic ranging from well known such as "Incredible" and "Pulp Fiction" to cult such as "Keep It Raw" and "Gangsters" and upfront jams flexing from all the right names (Serum, Aries, Serial Killaz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith), Blackmarket has absolutely smashed this out of the mark.
Review: Run Tingz Cru are a Bristolian outfit that specialise in uplifting, jungle influenced sonics that'll make you smile and pull a bass face at the same time. This EP is out for Valentines day and it's a rip-roaring mix of sounds and styles, with almost all corners of the scene being represented one day or another. The Dubtime Amen remix of Took My Breath featuring Solo Banton and Lady Fyah is up there with the highlights, a lovely combination of vibrant vocal tones and raucous jungle strikes, with an absolutely killer kick drum. The Jinx Amen remix of Drop Call, which features the legendary Tenor Cat, is also up there, its summery fluidity sounding amazing with a slice of darkness underneath. Banging.
Review: Listening to "In Your Eyes" is like being transported back to the late 1990s, evoking lost-repressed memories of packed dancefloors going nuts to ragga-jungle anthems and fun-but-silly jump-up cuts from the likes of Aphrodite. Of course, it's a little more cultured than that, but the furious jungle rhythms, well-chosen reggae vocal samples and rumbling basslines hark back to simpler times, when drum & bass hadn't become the multi-million dollar global industry it is today. "Lovely Woman" is a little sweeter and more soulful, concentrating more on its reggae inspirations. That said, it still features a blistering breakbeat and titanium-clad riddims.
Review: Instant shoe-off material: "Start The Killing" is Serial Killaz and Souped at their rawest and heaviest. An immense motorised groan that rips through the speakers with a strong pungent whiff of early 2000s, this is guaranteed to have you flinging your footwear all over the gaff. You can file "Spread Out" in your 'stinker' playlist while you're here, too. Once again armed with a droning, deep scream speaker ripping bassline but a little more of Serial Killaz' signature dubwise elements, this will spread like measles in a hippie commune. Total murderation!
Review: Usually known for their trademark contemporary jungle joints, Serial Killaz flip the switch and move over to the 140 pastures. "Dutty Sound" is unrelenting insanity that's not far off an old squat party techno record, "Feel It" dives deep into bashment town with added amen licks and a rich warbling bass melody while "Pop The Style" balances the rush-riddled synth blasts of early rave, pummelling percussion and the distinctive patter of the Ragga Twins. "Man A Talk" finalises the deal with a more traditional dubstep vibe, all stuttering hi-hats, groaning bass and a cool vocal sample that promises to show us 'a real badman'. Dutty, deadly and dangerous, this is a very special release.
Review: When it comes to skanks you can always rely on the jungle/jump-up fusioneers Serial Killaz. Two of the most prolific and hardest working men in the bass game, for their next bullet they've collided with the Ragga Twins to pop the style once again. "Duppy Man" takes a very well-known riddim, ups the tempo and beefs up the drums while leaving more than enough space for Flinty and Deman to spit their lyrical signature. Complete with a mind-bogglingly twisted dancehall remix and instrumentals, this one covers absolutely everything that's great about the fizzy cross-pollination happening in drum & bass right now.
Review: Jungle revivalist outfit the Serial Killaz join forces with old Digital Soundboy specialist Benny Page for "Walk & Skank", which then gets a remix from Northern Lights. First up, it's the Northern Lights remix of the aforementioned "Walk & Skank" - a thumping piece of tomfoolery with smacking drums, booming bass and the original jungle vibe still shining through. Watch for the old skool rave switch! Then Serial Killaz remix reggae-drenched "Crying Out" into a modern day jungle classic.
Review: Absolute remix fire from Brizzle's Run Tingz Cru as a select bounty of the label's vaults gets the treatment from a rollcall of new-gen roustabouts. DJ Hybrid takes the lead as he supercharges the already stinking KO shot from Serial Killaz, bringing a whole new energy to Blackout JA's throaty vocals. Other highlights include the immense drum work of Aries on J-Man's "Roadblock", the unapologetic roughness and energy of Isaac Maya's take on Dossa's "Rock A Dub" and P-Tay's superb scatty switches and glitches on "Crossroads". Immense.
Review: Are you ready for some Serial Killaz-style soundboy madness? Taking their hyped-up sound to another level with the help of Upgrade, "Killa Klash" takes a huge bass vibration, whacks it through years of reggae stylings and winds up the hybrid monster of jungle, jump-up and ragga. Don't ask us how, don't ask us why, it just works, dammit. It just works! On the flip, "Gunshots" has the bouncing swagger of a tune that knows it's owning the dancefloor. Both are massive, don't sleep.
Review: Allow jungle revival pioneers and Jungle Cakes bosses Ed Solo & Deekline to present the much anticipated follow up to "Welcome To The Jungle". On this second edition of "Welcome To The Jungle", Ed Solo & Deekline delve deeper into their roots, and influences with a heady brew of jungle cuts old and new. From stone cold classics like Ray Keith - Chopper and DJ Hype ft. MC Fats - Peace, Love & Unity, also featured are remixes from Chase & Status, and Sigma. Mixed live by Ed Solo & Deekline over 2 continuous mixes, and crammed with 28 upfront exclusives, VIP mixes, classics, and fresh cuts from Jungle Cakes, Welcome To The Jungle Vol. 2 is all you need.
Review: Seriously large compilation to dip into here with the ragga vocals of Blade Runner's remix to Marvellous Cain a bomb to start with. Scale yourself further down the 60 selection and you'll find several cuts from Mexican crewman Isaac Maya to raving tear outs from Soulculture. Tim Ryan All Stars serves up something easier on the ears for those red stripe afternoons in the sun, while for something a little more soulful and liquid - perfect for the peak time - check out Sound Shifter's "Loving You Forever". Old school Hospital Records vibes. We said it once and we'll say it again, seriously big.
Review: For anyone who likes their beats hard and their samples nasty, this LP is an essential purchase. Spanning the ranks of Serial Killaz themselves, Rebel MC, Run Tingz Cru, Top Cat & Tenor Fly and Tribe of Issachar as well as some very special guests, this is a hard dance treat for anybody with fire in their shoes. Those in the know will already expect blazing jump up stylings from the Serial Killaz crew but that's only the start of it. From beginning to end there's no let up - you step hard, or you go home. The choice is yours.
Various Artists - "Sub Slayers: Series 03 - Dubstep" (continuous DJ mix by Schema) - (46:24) 140 BPM
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers imprint has been developing a seriously strong repertoire across all discerning bass genres over the last four years. With a roll-call that ranges from Aswad to Ellis Dee, it's a repertoire with real roots and heritage, too. Here we find the label's third official mix collection. Dedicated to dubstep and curated by Schema, it's an investigative tour of every creative corner the genre has to offer; from the rolling, breakbeaty grooves of Jinx In Dub's "Shaka Sonics" to the muddy modern jungle nastiness of ID's "Tell Ya" and Serial Killaz "Man A Talk" via the more conventional savage midrange riff drop of Rack N Ruin's "Selecta Dub", all shades and styles of the scene are repped in full colour. Naturally, each one is guaranteed to slay all floors...
Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.