Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Cor blimey. We all know how heavy Turno's "Power" was. One of the most powerful tracks he'd made at the time he named his album after it, anyone on remix duties had big shoes to fill... So it's a good job Low Down Deep have called in the best possible guys for the job: G Dub. Absolute legends from jump-up's most important era (and ever since) Sub Zero and Original Sin's G Dub alias go to town on the original, completely flip the arrangement, add their own take, textures and brazen sense of rolling energy. A powerful tune needs a powerful remix. This bangs.
Review: Turno is without a doubt one of the big success stories from the previous couple of years and he's one of a handful of previously marginal jump-up producers to have rode the wave, a wave of their own talent as well as that of scene tastes, right into the middle of the scene. Gemini is his first full-length release on Shogun sister label Elevate and it's a banger that crosses several different sub-genre divides. 'No Chance' featuring Inja is our favourite, though, a proper foghorn number which perfectly suits Inja's famously menacing, skipping tones. It bends, swerves and bashes its way all the way through in fabulous fashion. Lovely.
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.
Review: In terms of legendary status for labels over on the jungle/jump-up side of the scene, it's pretty hard to beat Serial Killaz. Run by the duo of the same name, the imprint has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Serial Killaz themselves, Vital Elements and Upgrade, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Steel Drum'. You've probably heard this one doing the rounds and it's actually already been released, but oh boy what a tune this is: a screaming, siren-lake mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to DJ Hybrid's 'Beatbox' - naught jungle vibes.
Review: This is a big release, both literally and metaphorically. Sitting at 58 tracks, it's clear that the Dub Damage crew wanted to pack as many of their best moments as they possible could into the album. If you're a jump-up fan, think of this as a bit like the holy grail of jump-up and the inclusion of remixes and originals from dons like Original Sin, Annix, Turno and Sub Zero cement that fact. Aside from those legends, DJ Alpha comes through with 'The Man With The Golden Gun', a riotous blend of punched out bass synths, whilst Kre & Basshoven low-key steal the show with 'Toronto Blue'. A fat album this, and a lesson in how to do compilations right.
Review: Oh lordy lordy lordy, what the hell is happening in 2018? Remarc has just brought his seminal Dollar label back with his first new material in years and attention is essential: "Bad Man Tune" is all about the subby wriggles, alien switches and understated savageness that runs deep beneath the tightly sprung beats. Elsewhere Serum boots the 1994 classic "Drum N Bass Wise" into the future with a nasty venomous bassline and twisted mentasms while Bladerunner challenges us to a duel with some pistol-toting drum shots and sense-blurring energy. Finally Turno seals the deal with his own "Forward". With its loose swing, moody bass variations and white knuckle drum momentum it's the perfect way to end the EP... And leave us demanding more very soon. Remarc! You know what to do...
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Feel the burno, it's Mr Turno! He's back with this third and final part of his debut album and once again it covers all the right bass places; "Clockwork" will have you skanking to the turbine old school Bristol bass vibes, "Black Jungle" (with A.M.C) will have you speaking in tongues to robots by the time it's finished pulverising your mind, body and soul while "Revolution" brings forth the iconic MC calls of Spyda and wraps them up in a reese so fat it needs its own postcode. Power up!
Review: Power up! Turno lets rip with the second part of his debut album. Once again it's an all-out sesh of the most eclectic order with a firm focus on the heavier side of his repertoire. Kicking off with a classic roughhouse Turno jump-up sound on the title track we're then hurled into a tech-teased bassline hurricane on "Covenant" while "Decapitated" genuinely lives up to its name. Finally we hit "Jekyll & Hyde". A deep Shogun-style stepper with lean elements and an iced soul, it's a fitting way to end the second powerful instalment of an artist who's absolutely smashed this year to pieces.
Review: Feel the Power! Turno begins to wrap up his biggest year to date with his debut album on Low Down Deep. Delivered across the course of several EPs, the action starts right here as Franco fires up in all directions: "BMT" pays homage to the big men with a bouncy early 2000s-style bass riff and rapid chats from the MC like Kombo. "1989" rolls us back to the foundations with iced-out hardcore textures while "Lucifer" is a straight up sandpaper funk with enough grit to exfoliate you down to the bone. Finally we hit "Iris", a piano-laced moment laced to the core with breezy, soul-shuddering vibes. Power up.
Review: These are the breaks! Super-longstanding D&B bastion Drum&BassArena unleash their first EP in over 10 years with a special dedication to the driving drum fusion that's powered all our favourite jungle jams: The breakbeat. It's an all-star cast too... Bladerunner does his thing with a classic subby wobble and skippy breaks, Shimon gets his bouncy skank on with Darrison on "Believe It" while June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota flip the breaks into a steppier, more fractured dancehall/jungle/madness switch up on "Don Dada". Those in need of a hardcore injection of rave purity should seek and support John B's ruthless "ENERGY" and A.M.C & Turno's glacier-blasting tech-jump melter "Ice Cold". Dedication's what you need.