Review: Currently ramping up the vibes on his Informal imprint, Dutta takes time to serve up a slice of cake or four on Digital Terror and it's a bass banquet that's every bit as scrumptious as you'd expect from a man who officially wants to marry BBQ pizza bases. Expect ruffage of every flavour: the spicy ("The Pain" with Sl8r), the glutinous ("Painkillers"), the meaty ("LA Kush Cake") and the sweet ("1608") All best served with some type of fizzy beverage, Dutta's cooking up bare feasts right about now.
Review: The clue is in the title mate: Ruff Rollerz... Delivered by one of Manchester's most consistent and authentic jungle imprints since Sappo's Advisory. Epicentre grabs our crotch with an iced out riffer, Warhead gives us the finger with some heavily tribalized drum damage, Bou-affiliate Jamoh cooks up a low-swung waspy bassline-riddled Voltage-style shaker while newcomer Kovert Sounds juices up the rave machine and twists up the elements in quite an astonishing way. Finally Buckfast-swigging buccaneer Sl8r returns with another hardcore homage that switches so sexily into a percussive minimal drop you might need new trousers. Get on this now mate.
Review: Following their most prominent and active year to date, Sub-Woofah kick off a new year of releases with a brand new jungle-focused series "Jungle Xplorers". Serious shots are being fired from the off; label boss and leading lady Euphonique kicks off with big Buju-biting damager "Big Man Don't Cry", Omega kicks up with an awesome warbling bass rattler while Erbman kicks out with a horn-tooting floor-shattering roller. Deeper again SynthForce & DJ Ransome get twisted on a Mind Vortex-style bass freak-out and Sl8r chops, pops and double drops with the stuttering, glitched-out Think break led stepper. Long may Sub-Woofah's explorations continue...
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Time Is Now carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Rebel Man' is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper Manchester-esque sound, especially with resident don SL8R sneaking in a feature on the title track. Yes boys!
Review: The man, the myth, the monster... Kumarachi returns to one of his strongest stomping grounds Deep In The Jungle for a furious four piece of amen addled action. "Sound Boi" sets the hair raising tone and pace before we're treated to a whole cavalcade of collabs.... Newcomer Veak joins the fray for two stinking space gazing work outs while the similarly unavoidable Sl8r brings the badness on the finale "Freeze" where low slung subs worm, wriggle and melt beneath evocative rave pads and head turning pitched drums. Phenomenal scenes as always.
Review: Let us see your war face!! Just in case the "Ravey Misbehavey" collection on his Audio Addict imprint wasn't enough this week, DJ Hybrid has also blessed us with this killer "Jungle Wars" series edition. As always the vibes are high with each track rolling like a 10-strong trip to Holland. Highlights include the dancehall damage of Euphonique & Kelvin 373's sticky icky "Hot Spliff", Veak's rusty break gut-puncher "Nuff Respect" and the classic rave stabs and thundering drum work on DJ Hybrid's "Stand Up".
Review: Man of the moment Sl8r returns to Bryan Gee's mighty Chronic with two more precision slabs of pure groove gold. "Heaven" lands just in time for the summer with its funk stabs, sensual vocal shot, slide guitar and sleazy bass while "Everything" turns up the sexy factor even more with classic house chords, full R&B style vocal and more snazzy ripples of slippery guitar business. Vibes.
Review: Sl8r continues to dent the game from every angle with his debut EP on Chronic. Four tracks deep, it's an invasive trip into Roller County with all the jazzy touches, latent funk and warmth and grainy grit you'd expect from Bryan Gee's long-standing imprint. "Ruff Neck Cru" takes the lead (with RMS on side) as juicy subs ooze out of the speakers and drip all over the skippy breaks. Elsewhere "Astute" takes us on a rising escape above the cloud before the drop plunges us back down into earth so hard we'll be lucky to see next Christmas. "Immune" leaves all diplomacy at the door too thanks to its savage sandpaper funk bassline while "Alumni" closes the show on a proper creeper vibe. Think Need For Mirrors but with elements of Zapp & Rodgers and shed loads of bongos. Sci fi sleaze!
Review: SL8R aka Connor is one of Manchester's fastest rising 170 talents, a man with an eye for not funny posts on Facebook but also some seriously serious beats. Previously residing over on the darker, more neuro influenced side of the spectrum, he's recently been showing off a penchant for diversity and this single on V sub-label Chronic is a perfect exemplification of that. 'Digbeth Warehouse' is a classic set of Manny vibes and Manny attitudes, a no-nonsense roller that wobbles more than a groom on his wedding day and a track which seems certain to get heads nodding up and down the nation. The flip is of a similar yet slightly more restrained nature and, whilst unlikely to get pulses racing quite as fast, compliments the A-side well and shows off the evolution of SL8R's production prowess. Yes mate!
Review: Up and at 'em: SL8R makes his label debut on Vienna label Delta9 with four jittering drum jams. "No Fuss" lights the fire molten skitterish drums and a sinewy high voltage bass texture while "This Way Up" follows a similar rhythmic route but with added dramatic growls. Elsewhere we're stampeded with elephantine kicks and heaving Culture Shock-level bass groans before being brought to life by the finger-clicking, machine funk of "Elastik", a track that pings so hard you can feel the tremors from here to Groningen. Don't look down.
Review: Flicking up the Vs, Manchester's GTA crew get busy on their fifth instalment of their Vibrations series. Nothing but pure fire from six exciting names in the next-gen game, it's top gear from the off; Sl8r kicks off with a vibrant croaky bassline croak while Hanm follows with a slippery neuro-referencing tech monster. Elsewhere Nothing To Lose & Echidna deliver a slamming Prototypes style floor burner "Imminent Danger", Charlie B gets all ravey and wavey on "Feeling", KS gets savage with roaring metallic bass and raw jungle break rolls of "Out Of Control" and S.Opress just straight up tears us a new one with the high voltage hum of "Gutter Thug". Good vibrations!
Review: It's time, once again, for Deep In The Jungle to cordially invite you to their cosy Murderation station. Home to four brutal killers, you might not leave alive.... But they promise the last thing you'll hear before you croak your last puff are the gulliest sounds imaginable. SL8R chops off our gun fingers and switches them to rifle fingers with his gut-melting groan bass and venomous breaks, Kid Mix-A-Lot gives us bless by 1000 skanks on the hip-slinking dubwise "Original Selectah" while Fokus takes us up to the highest of levels with the classic reggae vocal... Only to let us plummet back to earth with a ravished bump. Finally Jahnglist Bwoy picks up your broken pieces and puts you back together in the form of the rudeboy you actually wish you were. Dead good.
Review: Northern scene legend Adam Wigglesworth sadly passed away on April 3. This is how his friends responded... By compiling one of the biggest tribute albums drum & bass has ever seen. Just look at the amount of talent on here: Pyxis, Euphonique, Nvrsoft, No Concept, Exile, Euphonique, Dawn Raid and so many more artists have contribute to this 45 track album of which all proceeds go to Adam's family. From the blazing bass riff of Sappo's late 90s style neck snapper "Hannibal" to Exile's turbine bass growler "Symbiosis" via Sl8r's jazzy, almost Detroit style vibes on "The Mill" and various bits from Wiggo himself, this is a heartfelt salute from the entire scene to a man who'll be sorely missed.
Review: Premiership D&B deepsmiths Delta9 hit the streets once again for another immense VA collection. All chiselled from new-gen coal face, all devilishly dark and stripped-back in nature, tracks come from the likes of Waeys, Screamarts, Askel & Elere, Sl8r, Nemy and many more key names-to-watch who are showing all the right sings of donning things in the very near future. Highlights across the 25 track collection include the waspy stabs and elastic bassline of Nemy's "Distracting", the bulldozer groove of RMS's "Mikro", the faraway soul and epic atmospheres of Glyph's "Across Hidden Dimension" to name but a few...
Review: V Recordings sublabel Chronic has developed a reputation for putting out beats that are even more venomous than its big sister, and their long-standing rollers series is getting a beef up with the fourth instalment. Featuring a litany of acts from a range of eras and a diversity of styles, Chronic Rollers Vol. 4 is a perfect addition to the arsenal of any DJ. 'Blindspot' from Nectax blends a soulful sample with an oscillating warp of juddering bass energy; Mancunian upstart SL8R gets subby and rolling with 'Roundabout'; and Brazilian label long-timers Alibi roll things out tidily on 'Sentinel'. Banging.
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.
Review: Not to be confused with the Julia Roberts classic, the Sound of Nuusic isn't a Bavarian epic but instead a UK underground epic of compilation sized proportions, with a whole raft of underground talents offering up a diverse concoction of jungle flavours. With Conrad Subs making several appearances, his stand-out contribution is 'Leave Dem', with a funked-up loping introduction that's seriously smooth but which quickly devolves into a stuttering balance of breaks and reece bass action. There's wicked jungle contributions from Kumarachi and RMS as well as Sheffield upstart Charla Green, whose knock-down breaks carry some serious weight. This is a must-listen for anyone who likes their jungle music.
Review: Deep In The Jungle got picked out by UKF has one of the top labels of 2018 the other week and it's certainly well deserved, for they just consistently bang out some of the most vibey jungle around. They also represent forthcoming artists and we'll always support those who give a platform to people who otherwise might not. The album is a huge fifty tracks, spanning some well-known names like DJ Hybrid, SL8R, Conrad Subs, RMS and Kumarachi. The latter kicks off the album with a bang, 'Have You Here' sweeping down the range with its DLR-esque bassline and riotous attitude. It's a emblematic of the quality present on the rest of the album - check it out.