Acuna - "Don't Need Your Love, Baby" - (5:12) 174 BPM
DJ Hybrid - "I Get Mash Up" - (4:52) 175 BPM
SR & Digbee - "Morning Strummer" - (4:26)
Ricky Force - "Setbacks" - (5:19) 170 BPM
Review: A truly delightful EP here from36 Hertz, "The Aztec Bass EP" celebrates a wealth of talent from the label, including such names as Acuna, DJ Hybrid, SR & Digbee and Ricky Force. Kicking things off with "Don't Need Your Love Baby" by Acuna and the spaced out intro switches into a synth driven, vocal hook and ensuing drop which is full of rattling metallic beats. DJ Hybrid's "I Get Mash Up" carries on with its bellowing bass and uplifting, polished vocal sections, before we move on to SR & Digbee's "Morning Strummer". Here things get a bit more rough and dirty on a Wilkinson-style tip before last but not least Ricky Force brings things to a close with the driving bass of "Setbacks".
Review: Starting off as a mellow techy roller, "Set Level" quickly begins foaming at the mouth and disintegrating into its own bassy black hole. Hyperactively scattered with high-energy sounds and samples and with a rainforest-themed breakdown B-complex would be proud of, it's a dance floor smasher for sure. "Stemcell" opts for the 'rolling out through space Carl Sagan style' approach, as synths rush past at hyperspeed and light years pass in a matter of seconds. Suddenly, and without warning, this interstellar journey is abruptly ended with a venture into Dillinja-influenced jungle breaks. Luckily towards the end of the track the cosmic pads return for long enough to provide a safe journey home.
Review: The latest release on DJ Vapour's 36 Hertz Recordings revisits the rave era with such clout and command, it genuinely feels like 1992. "Feel The Vibe" is a ruthless breakbeat cut sprung with the finest Prodigy-style detuned synths, "On The Run" comes complete with heavenly pianos, "Here We Go" attacks with rattling breakbeats and a tightly looped vocal while "Woah Iz Me" closes the show with a rich insanity riff and neat flips between between bold splashy amens and a more stripped back body-moving riddim. Whistle crew - you'd better be ready!
Review: Usually spotted alongside his compadre in grime, long standing 36 Hertz solider SR goes it alone with two disgusting slabs of industrial strength modern day junglism. "Drop It" is all about the nasty with its well-known Meat Beat Manifesto sample and twisted drumcraft. "Robo Story", meanwhile, is an off-beat romp into experimental tech fusions where the humanised basses touch places that they're really supposed to and the wound up tape FX sounds like people laughing about you behind your back. Hey, perhaps they are?
Review: Pow: Vinyl Junkie and Rachael EC's Ghetto Dub imprint is raising the heat with every release right now. Next up: 36 Hertz affiliate SR with a quartet of raw jungle escapades. "Marble Madness" is an all-out amen attack that refuses to quit before "Armageddon" reveals deeper layers with its spaced out breaks and dark funk twists. "Emoji" commands every love heart and happy face you can muster with its classic rave vocal, eerie pads and sense-blurring drum edits. Finally "Special Ops" is straight back to 94 with drums chops fizzed up by the devil himself.
Review: Frequently spotted denting our features on DJ Vapour's 36 Hertz, SR takes the honour of second release on the freshly launched Enter The Jungle with a feisty five track homage to the breaks. Full focus on the infinitesimally diced drums on every track, whether you're snaked to the stars and back with the purring, slurring conga-shaker "Strong Island", you're pranged so hard by the drums you seek counselling from "Third Party, Fire & Theft" or whisked back to 92 on the atmospheric thermals of "Mallory Knox", we guarantee your own features will be dented as the UK producer digs deep into the root cause and reminds us where we come from.
Review: We're not sure what his initials actually stands for but Serious Rave is a high contender. Proof? These heritage-rooted 140-60 BPM breakbeat workouts. "MC DJ" bumps and flexes with an array of recognisable samples and cool drops into half tempo grooves. "Tremor" is straight out of 92 with its well-crafted drums and rush-riddled pads. "Winged Sapphire" strips things back on an Omni Trio vibe, all snares and sharps teeth snapping louder and louder as the track develops. Finally, we hit "Vampire", a blood-sucking slower cut with a bassline so crude and slimy you can almost see it falling out of the speakers.
Real Junglist (feat THE RAGGA TWINS - SR remix) - (4:41) 174 BPM
Review: Two of 36 Hertz' many sex machines, SR & Digbee return with two more outlandish slabs of genuine article drumfunk jungle. "Get Into It" daringly takes the most sampled man in history and still applies a sound and result that sounds like no other. Next up: SR goes solo with a junglised refix of January's breakbeat roller "Real Junglist". Slapped hard with classical Ragga Twin chats, the track lives up to its name more than the original did in many senses. Proper gear, this.
Review: Two tasty tracks dedicated to the darkest of jungle vibes, Vapour's 36 Hertz Recordings pay homage to drum & bass music's most formative roots right here. SR & Digbee's "Twisted Love" is a bona fide hurter; an array of basses vie for your attention as they ripple and rasp amid a swamp of thick, industrial strength amens. Wheezing, pleasing and altogether teasing, it's an instant crowd pounder. "Vlad The Impaler" isn't far behind on the mean stakes; here the jungle beat come with added hi-hat splashes while a chorus of hoovers play havoc with your senses. Essential as always with 36 Hertz.
Skink - "Trapped Inside The Dream" - (7:31) 153 BPM
Review: In the mood for some genuine, bona fide old-skool? Thankfully this little beauty reminisces and influences in equal measure, starting with an appropriately named chop-n-rave smasher from Oxford-based ravers SR & Digbee. Channelling that '90s euphoric sound, Jem One's inclusion matches dubby bass with hands-in-the-air pads and a jangly amen. Vapour's dark jungle atmospherics and chopped breaks dominate the second half and finally Skink takes the unease up a notch with gothic synth pads and seriously creepy echoing atmospherics throughout. Ending on a bad trip, leaving on a high note.
Review: It's about time SR and Digbee got a little more attention and these remixes are going to be the nudge that does it. Kicking off with a stunning vintage-style VIP of "Jog On", breaks take over for a rapidfire, under the radar dancefloor destroyer. Made for pirate radio, if this came out 25 years ago we wouldn't be surprised. Next up, DJ Randall's tough, rough n ready remix of "Nostromo" brings out the big guns with deep tribal sounds adding extra tension. Callide's remix of "Supersonic" brings a touch of mainstream magic to proceedings and then DJ Vapour drags it all back to the good old ravey days of 93-95 with "Back To Basics". Mental.
Review: DJ Vapour's 36 Hertz has been spreading good vibes for years now and with this compilation setting the benchmark at a very fitting 36th release for the label, it seems only right that it should be full of bangers. Featuring tracks from the likes of Callide, Cambridge, SR & Digbee and Vapour himself, it's a compilation full of those D&B classics-inspired tunes the label is famed for. The series so far has seen an impressive level of variety in the types of tunes they've uncovered, and this album really showcases the variety of sounds 36 Hertz encourages. The type of compilation that restores faith in drum and bass.
Review: With a statement cover imagining a planet overrun with speakers - what a place to live - this compilation offers some of the most bonkers jump-up and high octane D&B currently available for human consumption. Featuring some of the finest new talents from 36 Hertz's roster, this release splits into two halves. SR & Digbee's "Supersonic" and NC-17 & Soul Culture's "Jungle Nightmares" are helter-skelter mad, ready to break free at any moment. Push on to Lutin's "World Of Blue" and a deep rolling bassline and skitterish hi-hats make for a techy respite that's still packed with energy. Finally the tech continues with a cold, clinical disintegration into madness courtesy of Delphi Productions. Who said jump-up was samey?