Strictly Business (continuous DJ mix) - (1:04:26) 173 BPM
Review: Time for an update on a real drum and bass classic. DJ Randall's "Strictly Business" came into being in 1997, right in the heart of the drum and bass wonder years. Packed with legendary tunes that have been heard in every reputable club since 170 bpm became the place to be, this is an 18-track lesson in how things should be done. Offered up originally during a time when DJs like Dillinja, Grooverider and Goldie were enjoying an uprising in underground dance music, this LP was a revelation, providing off the wall beats and intriguing musical textures as well as hard hitting bass. This deluxe edition offers each track separately as well as a full continuous mix - just like the original release.
Review: As ever, it looks like the legendary Shy FX is out to cause a ruckus in the raves as he unveils this brand new remix project, inviting some of the most talked about names in D&B to get involved with official remixes for for last year's 'Raggamuffin' project. From start to finish we are greeted with a pretty monumental roster, as we see the likes of The Sauce, SPY, Kings Of The Rollers, Breakage and more get involved. It's a mark of Shy FX's untouchable status within the scene to see just how well put together this project is, from the gnarly, rolling subs we find within Bou's remix of 'Warning' alongside Gappy Ranks, to the special acoustic version of Maverick Sabre's 'Call Me' collaboration. The whole selection just oozes class, with our highlight having to be Skeptical's on point remix of Balaclava, which see's him rework MC Spyda, D Double E and Frisco's catchy vocal runs into a dark & dangerous piece of dancefloor dynamite. Amazing work!
Review: You can't see his face, but we bet our bottom dollar you can hear him... Taking Shy's Raggamuffin Mixtape banger and twisting it into a dark, ruded-up bubbler, modern day donny Skeptical has taken 'Balaclava' to the murkiest of new levels. Still featuring the high-grade MC rollcall of D Double, Frisco and Spyda, Shy's wry sense of gully remains fully intact as Skeppy tells us it will take more than a pandemic to hold him down. Ring the alarm!
Review: Shy FX is set to drop a remix album of music from his outstanding Raggamuffin SoundTape, and with a couple already on the shelves from The Sauce, Potential Badboy and Skeptical, this time around its the turn of Bou. He steps up for a wobbling, bass heavy endeavour which blends sunshine sampling and funk-based devastation for a hands-in-the-air, day party of a drum & bass banger. Imagine Notting Hill Carnival embodied in a track and you'll pretty much be there.
Review: Wow, rewinds don't get more special than this! Released in 2005, "Feelings" was one of the lead tracks on the duo's massive album Diary Of A Digital Soundboy and united DJs from the lightest and darkest sides of D&B with such lavish splashy beats, seductive vocals and stunning organ magic it still sounds big today. Strictly vinyl, the remix from jazz/funk legends Incognito never saw a digital release until now. And it's so well executed you could be convinced it was the original and Shy FX and T Power's version was the remix. Rich in organic soul, lush vocal harmonies and peppered with myriad party chants, it's a timeless reversion that will still sound incredible in 50 or 100 years time.
Review: Original Nuttah is one of the, arguably the biggest, most seminal jungle track of all time. It's been 25 years of this track tearing up the dance and to celebrate, this very special single has been dropped with an updated VIP of the original and a huge Chase and Status remix. 'Original Nuttah 25' stays true to the original but switches up the intro a bit, making it a tad more spacious and injecting an extra element of wobbly energy. Chase and Status' remix has been doing the dub rounds for quite a while and deservedly so, with a ridiculously hype-inducing build up and another vocal layer from IRAH of 'Program' fame. Unreal stuff from some of the biggest legends in the scene.