Review: No introductions necessary: Suburban Base shaped and fuelled rave music as knew it. Uncle Dugs documents, celebrates and champions rave music as know it. On this quarter-century retrospective Dugs brings everyone up to speed as he moves through the 90s and, in turn, the development of hardcore into jungle and drum & bass. 50 seminal tracks deep, from Remarc's soundclash slewing "RIP" to Marvellous Cain's jungle blueprint "Hitman" via Q Bass and E Type's early explorations into synthesis on "Hardcore Will Never Die" and formative junglism from DJ Hype, our affable Uncle continues to join the dots with the past and the future with supreme levels of detail and knowledge.
Toronto Is Broken - "Field Of Poppies" (feat Nuala - Toronto Is Broken remix) - (7:41) 63 BPM
Jay Cunning - "Series 04 Bass" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:17:54) 175 BPM
Review: It's been a while since Sub Slayers last curated a Best Of Bass compendium but label boss Jay Cunning makes up for lost time with this rampant selection of cross-genre scudders. 23 tracks heavy ranging from future 140 tear-ups from legends old (Ed 209, King Yoof) and new (Toronto Is Broken, Dead Belly) to chest-tickling drum & bass from the likes of SKMA, Bladerunner and Salaryman, it's a detailed portrait of where the label is at in 2015. Expect classic ragga rave blasts (Tuff & Powa's "Highest Grade"), hypnotic tribal-tinted dubby breaks (King Yoof's "Badman Riddim"), glitchy neuro-flecked D&B (Toronto Is Broken - "Way Down") and everything in between. Gun fingers!
Review: Heavyweight combo: between the three parties on this joint you've got almost 100 years of old school knowledge, passion and authority. Yoof's trademark chop-slapping breaks, Ragga Twins' instant hype vocals and Dugs' Ribena feel good vibes... Everything is in place for a royal tear-up that will sit across all bass DJs' playlists. Remix-wise Marcus Visionary (yet another legend) flips the tempo switch for a rifle jungle work out that leaves you under no illusions of its badness. Raving yet?