Frenetic - "Deep In The Jungle Anthems 8" (continuous DJ mix) - (34:11) 174 BPM
Review: DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle slams straight into 2022 with another blazing collection of past releases, all curated and packaged together with the super sick stylings of one of 2021's runaway DJ success stories - Frenetic. Renown for her crucial three-deck blends and premium energy, she's the perfect match for the label's megamix as there are so many wounders and blinders to get through. If you know the label's output you'll already know this but just in case you're new to this Deep In The Jungle malarky, expect nothing but premium modern day breakbeat badness. Highlights include RMS's purring 'Streaks & Blurs', Toby Ross's mischievous '170 Style', Charlie B's 'Rave Up' and DJ Hybrid's tongue in cheek skank-out 'The Last Bumbaclaat'. Anthemic.
Murder Most Foul - "Forget Me Nots" - (5:10) 162 BPM
Review: Fire in the hole! Deep In The Jungle unleash more treats from their forthcoming 'Deep In The Jungle Anthems 8' collection from a range of talented UK souls. Charlie B kicks off the sampler with the aptly titled 'Rave Up', a high energy breaks-focused banger with all ravey flavours you'd expect from such a romp. Sikka takes us much deeper with the ice cold 'Streaks & Blurs' where big pads keep things tense and crisp throughout before Bristol's Murder Most Foul shuts down the EP with a bright and springy jam that packs one helluva riff ear worm on the breakdown. Certified anthems in the making.
Review: Agro's Sub-Liminal hit the big 100 with a series of power punch exclusives from label friends and family old and new. Raz's 'Control Tower' sets the flavour in an instant with its wild drums and almost jazz-like attitude. He's followed by a whole range of killers, all delivering high grade goods. DJ Hybrid goes turbo on the rubber ball subs, Georgia Phoenix brings some seriously savage funk, Oz wheels up more bloodclarts than money can buy and Warhead gets weird and wonderful with his snake-like bass wriggles and computer trills... Not to mention the Sub-liminal bossman's horn-heaving hip-swinger 'Hang Ten'. All this and plenty more bangers, Sub-liminal are celebrating their 100th in style right here.
Review: Following their massive compilation to raise money to protect and save the Amazon rain forests, Masterpeace return with this turbo charged VIP collection. Six tracks in total, some serious 2021 juice has been poured into each of the tracks. VIP highlights include the sledgehammer dynamics on Sikka's 'Check Yourself', the epic switch and riotous Amen fills on DJ Direkt's BRASic' VIP' and K Jah's disgustingly sludgy and twisted take on Ly Da Buddah's 'Lemon Punch'. Massive, as they say in the jungle.
Review: Now, as we finally enter a new unlocked lease of life, things are about to go a whole load harder and a whole load sicker. Including Mr Sikka himself. A longstanding junglist with a discography that boasts many bangers on DJ SS's Formation imprint, here we find him in pure gully mode on Liondub International. 'Excite' sets the scene with its ruffage energy and toxic bass textures before we're treated to a wide spread of sickness. The pranged out tension and hollow bass tones on 'Momma's Boy', the rush-fuelled rave essence of 'Taken' and the eerie vibes of 'Burnout' are just some of the heavy highlights. Go harder, go Sikka!
Review: It doesn't get more legendary than DJ SS' Formation Records, and the man himself has organised a fat, 56-track compilation that will take you back to jungle. This is part 1 of 3 parts, and at 20 tunes it's nothing to be sniffed at, featuring music from the likes of Kenny Ken, Dave Shichman, Sikki and Fabric8. The first of those has a track called 'Gimme Dat Roller' which is simply crazy, with a clean, penetrating percussion that flips and nods its head with flair; the bassline comes next, and it's a true creeper. 'Jah' by Fabric8 has a wicked, lounging reggae introduction that sets the stage for a jagged, spiking bassline that zips through the arrangement in a seriously catchy way. Seminal stuff.
Review: The second chapter in Deep in the Jungle Anthems 7 is upon us, and there is yet another cacophonous blend of fractious jungle riddims inside. Drawn from artists across the scene both old and new, this LP is the second leg of a journey that's pull you deep through the spiky, rough edges of a the jungle. The crashing force of K Jah's 'Quest' is a good example, as repetitive breaks needle their way into your soul amidst a wobbling sub and jazzy samples. Bish is on remix duties for label boss DJ Hybrid and his tune 'Badboy', which samples possibly one of dance music's most iconic film lines and does so amidst a relentless, rolling instrumental. Sick - there are over 30 tracks inside so get involved.
Review: This five-tracker from long-time producer Mugshot is impressive in that it manages to do a lot with quite little. Its core components - rolling drums, wobbly basslines - aren't exactly new to anyone, but it's the basics of arrangement that give it such an infectious, catchy edge, and which make all of these tracks so memorable. 'Sez Who?' gets things out the stocks quickly, with tumbling breaks on the intro that juxtapose the paciness of its main percussive line, and these drums underpin a ferocious set of low frequency oscillations. 'Mugshot', featuring Sikka, is the big standout, as a choppy arrangement blasts its way along with serious swagger, a weighty number that's dying to be thrown into the mix. Sick EP.
Review: It appears that the Ghetto Dub Recordings team has assembled one hell of a roster for this one as they unleash the fully unmixed version of the Dubz: ReRubbed album project, allowing us to enjoy each and every tune in its full majesty. We find the perfect balance of high intensity dancefloor danger and more stripped back rollers throughout the compilation, from the Phibes remix of Wrecked from Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion giving us a gritty, synth lead smackdown to the much more junglist inspired recreation of Java's 'Screwface' from Aries. There are a few standouts throughout this eclectic selection, including Epicentre's monstrous sub-driven rework of 'We Up There' from Bill & Ed, alongside Veak's neurotic overhaul of Subcriminal's 'Mack 10' and the system rattling recreation of Flat T's 'Proceedings Closed' from Durban. What a selection this is!
Review: Just in 2020 alone, Sikka's sick sounds have been spotted on the likes of Natty Dub, Kevlar, Deep In The Jungle and Inna Rhythm, now he's bringing his own label into the mix. Brand new and dedicated to the uncompromised sounds of jungle D&B, Sikkabrain kicks off with four furious fire-ups. "The Monster" is a swaggering behemoth, all sludgy and gluey in the kicks and laced with techno cymbals and stabs. "That Kinda Beat" is an all-out breakbeat slap-about, complete with tubular basses and ravey pitched up vocal. "Street Addict" is all about the bashy drum edits and unrelenting energy. Last but not least we have "Imagine". The deepest cut of the set, it purrs with a warmth and jazziness but still bites like a shark when it grips you. Witness the sickness!
Review: Deep in the Jungle have emerged as arguably the biggest standout new jungle label in recent times and, off the back of their growing family of artists, they've decided to try and represent both where the label and the genre are in 2020. With artists from DJ Hybrid, to Conrad Subs and beyond, it's a statement of intent from the imprint. The music reflects that intention as well, with jungle sounds throughout but punctuated with that modern, sharper edge that we've come to expect from our newly revitalised scene. DJ Hybrid's 'On A Riddim' is the best example, as a punchy bass note streams out of a bedrock of clattering breaks, whilst we're seriously digging the rolling reece's of 'The Rhythm' by Conrad Subs. All of these are proper percys.
Review: Inna Rhythm always unleash some of the naughtiest D&B around, it always has that tinge of old-school flavour and usually packs an aggressive punch to the finale. The best thing about Sikka's 'Battle Beats' is the rough-edged manner in which it toes both the old-school and new-school lines. 'Snap Your Gate' feels wonky and old yet sits within the current wave of dark rollers so popular at the moment and it's reminiscent of Kid Drama's recent releases. 'Dutty Skankin' also has that lovely old-school feel, this time packaged up with a set of stunning drums and tinged with hard-act vibes - absolutely banging tune.
Review: Kevlar Beas release some of the best compilations around, partly because they have a large contingent of affiliated artists to draw upon but mostly just because the curation team over there is top-notch. The aptly named Strength in Numbers features a load of acs from Quaa Rush to DJ Direkt, the former of which is responsible for 'Vecran', which packs a great, old-school and funky drum line and bouncy, soulful bass nodes which warp and wobble through a really cool arrangement. Danny Anger nails it with the soul-infused jungle vibes of 'Tallies Side Step', and this release in general combines loads of different pallettes to great effect. Fantastic.
Review: Squad up! Natty Dub celebrate 50 releases with this absolutely stinking set from some of their nearest and dearest, closest and bro-sest. Firing from all cannons, every track is a thumper; Saxxon gets his squelch on with "Brockley Fox", T>I is all screams, wriggles and giggles on "Pointless Torture", Sikka delivers one of his best tunes to date in the funk-fuelled form of "You Know", Suv and Mood give us a Bristol kiss with the slinky, hip-twisting "Mambo" and Jaxx nods his cap at the wild west of the mid 90s on the percussion heavy "Hurdles". Timeless, authentic and full of dirty funk - Natty Dub are one of the most true-to-the-core labels doing it right now. Bring on the next 50!
Review: Holy moly! This is how you smash open a new decade; a 50 track album absolutely drenched in stinkage. Now a tradition for DJ Hybrid's label, this anthem collection is one of the biggest to date with names and vibes across the spectrum. Epicentre, Kumarachi, Conrad Subs, Stompz, Veak, RMS and many more all bring their fieriest artillery with highlights bursting from the seams. Every single track slaps the dance from the stripped back drumfunk and demented mentasms of Substrate's "Throwback" to the mystic sitar twangs and heavy bass bangs of Euphonique's "Moksha" via ruded up Dread bass badness of the bossman's own "Lost In The Jungle". And that's not even the tippiest tip of this anthemic jungle iceberg. Don't dilly dally.