Review: Put some money in their hands! Bou and Trigga's already massive 'Veteran' gets the VIP treatment and it's finally ready for us mere mortals. Classic Bou roughhouse bassline funk, signature story telling from a true Manchester OG, delivered on one of the most on-point labels in the game right now; there's a reason 'Veteran' hit the spot so succinctly in the first place. This VIP makes sure the spot remains hit for a long time to come. Start with your lyrics, sing for your song.
Review: This fresh single coming from the Jungle Cakes crew has one of the best MC line-ups we've seen in a long time, with Trigga, Boomah, Specimen A and Navigator all coming correct for what is a fresh little roller with an old-school twist. Deekline is on production, and 'Duppy Destroyers' ebbs and flows with a comfortable sense of nonchalance, bassy stabs punctuating its sparse but satisfying percussive line and an overall feeling of ragga influence permeating every second of its playtime. Suitable for carnival season, this one.
Review: Now this most certainly is a treat as we jump into a fiery new compilation and mix project from the Hot Cakes team, who invite the sounds of Lady Waks inside for a feature length exploration into breaks and bass music. It's a truly all star cast for this one as we dive into original creations from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Jay Robinson, Them&Us, Benny Page, Deeklike & Ed Solo, Origin8 & Propa, alongside many many more. Featuring fifty-nine outstanding breakbeat epics alongside a full length studio mix from Lady Waks, this is a perfect showcasing of the breaks and D&B sound in 2021, with highlights including the smooth soundscaping of Firestar Soundsystem's 'Pressure', the intense vocal pressure of 'Trigger' from Phibes and of course the nostalgic drum rolls of 'Boom Baby' from Slip 187 & Rax. Incredible stuff!
Review: Coming out with the one-tracker, Rowney has teamed up with one of the hottest vocal acts in the field of heavy dnb right now - MC Trigga. The man is floating after teaming up for huge collabs with the likes of Bou and more, so it's unsurprising that he pulls out a stellar performance on this twisting, grinding slice of jump up dnb. Rowney never messes around and 'Dun Dem' is no different, its bouncing layers of synth offering everything you could ever want from a dancefloor tune. Big up Shadow Demon for the release.
Review: Someone give Sam Binga some shampoo - his EP cap fits so well he's been wearing it since April! Thing is, it fits so well... No matter how you dress it. Previous iterations of tracks from the EP landed late summer, now comes a new chapter as Halogenix dons his Lordel guise for an iced-out halftime take of the Paul Wall-fronted title track that creeps with real shadowy wave feels. Speaking of shadows, and indeed Halogenix, "Flexha" is a brand new fix up of Bing and Halogenix's "I'm An Adult" now loaded with full fire bars from the one and only Trigga. Thiccer vibes, still the same badboy cap. Strictly 18+
Review: There's been some seriously impressive movements coming out of Leeds of late, as the super popular 1Forty imprint continue their impressive run, this time employing the services of some UK dance music veterans. We see a fantastic combination here as Slay and Trigga join forces over a super skippy 140 sounding instrumental, coming to us courtesy of the man himself: Zed Bias. Overall, this track delivers on so many fronts, with the high energy instrumental providing the perfect base camp from which Slay and Trigga set forth, destined to duppy the dance with intense flows and sharp lyricism.
Terror Danjah - "Overproof" (instrumental) - (3:13) 93 BPM
Review: Terror Danjah leads the way as grime specialists: Hardrive return to their release schedule with this insta-classic rally track by the name of 'Overproof'. It's been a little while since a selection of grime's finest teamed up on a shellout and Danjah provides the perfect backing here for the likes of Jammz, Gods Gift, Capo Lee, Trigga, Hitman Hyper and Irah to run riot, providing us with high energy and exciting bar structures. This is one that any grime selecta will want at the front of the bag for the foreseeable future.
Review: Trigga is an MC on fire at the momentum, having featured on Bou's renowned tune 'Veteran', and this time around he's on Shadow Demon along with Abstrakt Sonance, and the pair have collaborated on a devilishly potent single. It's minimal yet cut through with jump flavours, and it's the balance of the two which will strike you most, it's not overbearing or screeching but balanced perfectly. It gives space for the vocals to breathe and Trigga is given room to really shine as an MC and the workload is split right down the middle. Big stuff.
Review: For this latest drop from the No Joke imprint, we see a wicked link up between the legendary vocals of Trigga and rapidly rising skill sets of both Crown Jewelz & Kris Evans. This is an excellent display of hybridizing styles, as Kris Evans supplies us with smooth harmonic backing and chorus lines, in between which Trigga lets loose rapid fire flows over demonic arpeggios and bells. Tasty stuff indeed from a really interesting selection of artists.
Review: Jungle Cakes always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. This is a monster album curated by Aries and Kelvin 373, who have taken tracks both old and new to form a banging compilation. Bou nails it on 'Music Takes Me Higher', a rustic revisit to classic jungle sounds; Aries and Nicky Blackmarket roll things out in a tight way on 'Champion'; and Chimpo slams the brakes on 'DidDieDoThat'. We don't know the answer to that, but we do know this is fat. Big ups.
Review: Can we get a 'wicked?' Jungle Cakes continue to team up with some of the biggest donnies in the game with this latest Welcome To The Jungle collection. This time curated and fronted by the General himself, as you'd expect this is a full-on jungle assault that covers every single angle and every single era. 47 tracks and one killer mix, hosted and toasted by Levy himself, this is one of Jungle Cakes most comprehensive collections to date: From the foundation-setting, historic vibes of "Incredible" through to contemporary bangers from the likes of Kursiva, DJ Hybrid, Jam Thieves, Benny Page and all things in between, everyone involved has delivered something special. Massive.