Review: Juicy Fruit Recordings, besides having a very catchy name, put out catchy music and this time around it's the turn of K-jah, Erbman, SMAN and Vytol to put forth the goods via a selection of remixes. K-Jah's cut is wickedly simple: old-school drum sounds with an arrangement of bouncy bass stabs, all laid out in harmony and all touching on the wave of stripped-back sonics currently coursing through the scene. Vytol takes things darker with his remix of 'Rock Shop', a grating, gargling concoction that wobbles as much as any sick roller. Great collection of tunes here.
Review: Ruffneck Ting let rip into 2018 with the launch of a brand new V/A album The Xtraordinary League Of Jungles 2. As with the previous collection, the album will be a roadblock of stone cold jungle lash-outs and these are the first five tracks to tease us. "Erbman" is all about the warm bassline bounce and strange sci-fi flutters. Kenji goes in on a T>I style stripped back steppy vibe on "I Would" while K Jay gives us not one but two dope collaborations... The wobbled out "Kerplunk" with Verdikt and the rocked-out face-slapper "Rock With Me". Finally the label bosses Dazee and Substance's 1997 tear-up "LF Ant" gets a razor-sharp 21-year update from Genetix & Habitat. Ruffneck ting; heads of the herd for almost 25 years.
Review: Back in July, Ikon-B tickled our fancy with a first serving of studio hook-ups. Here he returns to action with another dose of collaborations. First into Ikon-B's studio is jungle revivalist RMS. "Speed of Light" is something of a punchy, floor-filling delight, with the duo wrapping a crunchy riddim and booming sub-bass in ricocheting spoken word samples, foreboding riffs and intoxicating late night electronics. As RMS exits stage right, another junglist enters: sometime Ruffneck Ting producer Vytol. His hook-up with Ikon-B is a wonderfully full-throttle affair, with dueling wobble bass motifs propelling the duo's hot-stepping workout from start to finish.
Review: Hazardous Muzik 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. The DJ Vapour remix of 'Chill Out' by Jamie G and Papa G is the best of the lot, with a bright and cheerful jungle introduction that's flipped into a wobbling, subby number with oodles of energy and momentum. The Serial Killaz remix of Lion.UK and Paga G's 'Clash' goes down a more rolling direction and is packed full of punchiness and sharp edges - banger. This is a top collection of a tunes for a label that is celebrating 10 Years in the game, so as such is well worth a listen.
Review: Send for the hazmats! Papa Gee's Hazardous Musik flies into town on the version express with a series of rudeboy rubdowns. It's a one-way-ticket scenario from the off as Choppah juices up the skank machine on his take on Jayline and Gee's "Dancehall Ram" and Serum finally unleashes one of his longest-awaited dubs in the form of his groaning take on D Livin's 92 proto jungle classic. Deeper into the EP we ride to find a heavier, jumpier take on K-Jah & Vytol's "We Love Hip-Hop" from Inna Culture AND the 2016 version of D Livin's seminal shakedown. Dangerous materials!
Review: Junglists unite. Euphonique's Sub Woofah hits another new height with its best remix package to date. Returning to K Jah's 2014 EP with four heavyweight remixers, each cut is brought up to date with ease and class.... Aries adds crisp drums and refocuses the vocal loop on "Dub Dun Already", DJ Hybrid adds a little Dread magic to the rolls of "Fix Dem", Gold Dubs retains the classic detuned piano hook of "Bad Vibrations" while adding a whole new bassline that's much more jungle than jump-up. Finally "Can't Think" whisks us back to 2013 as Junglord rebuilds an even earlier K Jah co-lab with superbly polished breaks and some twisted edits. No messing around here.
Review: Sub-Woofah return with more junglist deviations of an old skool flavour with the appropriately named Bad Vibrations EP from K Jah - if rolling amens fused to crisp 808s and speaker-demolishing basslines are your thing then this should be right up your street. From the frenetic riddims of the title track through the abstract vocals and siren tones of "Fix Dem", screwface bass of "Dub Dun Already" and playful saxophone sample of "Rapido" there's something here to get any floor moving.
Review: Brummie bass-whipper goes on a co-lab crusade for his latest Ruffneck Ting EP. "Get Busier" sets the tone with syrupy bass that oozes and stretches over his robust drum work. A triptych of tag-team jams ensues: Vytol takes K Jah to deeper corners of the dance with a stripped back stepper that's reminiscent of Break or perhaps S.P.Y's early material, Ruffneck Ting queen Dazee adds a little bounce with the Urban Takeover-style "Dig This" before Jinx joins the fray for the heaviest hitter of the collection: "We're Rolling" sums up K Jah, Jink and Ruffneck Ting's spirit with a ballsy, scuffy Moving Fusion-flavoured dynamic that wouldn't have gone amiss in 1998. Powerful.
Review: Ruffneck Ting ante-up with the first volume of the Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album. A family affair with tag-teams galore, the Bristol murk merchants divide and conquer on every cut; The Force & Verdikt get mucky with a big bassline jump-up, Jinx & Aries build an mischievous Q&A a la DJ Die or Roni 20 years ago while Jinx & Dazee play a game of Asteroids inside our minds with the sci-fi bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Moving Fusion set 15 years ago. K Jah & Vytol wind up the dispatch with a clunkier iron age riff and a dizzying array of basses. Xtraordinary indeed... Bring on volume two!
Review: Squad up! Natty Dub celebrate 50 releases with this absolutely stinking set from some of their nearest and dearest, closest and bro-sest. Firing from all cannons, every track is a thumper; Saxxon gets his squelch on with "Brockley Fox", T>I is all screams, wriggles and giggles on "Pointless Torture", Sikka delivers one of his best tunes to date in the funk-fuelled form of "You Know", Suv and Mood give us a Bristol kiss with the slinky, hip-twisting "Mambo" and Jaxx nods his cap at the wild west of the mid 90s on the percussion heavy "Hurdles". Timeless, authentic and full of dirty funk - Natty Dub are one of the most true-to-the-core labels doing it right now. Bring on the next 50!
Review: From true jungle to the real jungle: new Bristol label present their first V/A and it comes with added weight and meaning as all profits will go to charities helping preserve the Amazon Rain Forest and its communities. A serious mission requires a serious rollcall so tracks come from the likes of Conrad Subs, Veak, K Jah, Vital Elements, Sikka and of course the label headhoncho Mixjah himself. Highlights include the raw warping wobble bass of Ly Da Buddah's "Lemon Punch", Jumanji's tunnelling jungle romp "Da Skillz", the classic Bristol-flavoured minimalism mischief of Vytol & Mixjah's "So Many Heavens" but that's just the tip of a massive - and highly worthy - iceberg.
Review: Fifty tracks from Ghetto Dub. We'll repeat that; FIFTY tracks right here from the Bristol badassery stable! Fresh from the stashes of SR, Kumarachi, Aries, Vinyl Junkie, Conrad Subs, Octo Pi and many more on-point junglists across the generations, many of these tracks are brand new and all of them are heavier than a night down the Weight Watchers. Highlights include Conrad Sub's skanky groaner "Good As Gold", Jaguar Paw's utter filth session "Southside", Jay Aftermath's gnarly tech/soundsystem hybrid "The Jungle" and the pure rave purrs of Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Outlandish"... But that's not even touching the sides of the fifty track attack. Dig deep and get rolling.
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.
Substance - "Belong To The Night" (feat Susie Ledge - Dazee remix) - (4:53) 175 BPM
Review: Level up! Not content with flinging out one 15 track jungle arsenal this season, Dazee's Ruffneck Ting power up with another hench collection less than a month later. Serious business as always, vibes fire fast and loose from the moment Jinx & The Force welcome us to the new echelon on "Next Level" with a classic sample subversion to the very last shimmering echoes Dazee's remix of Substance "Belong To The Night". Highlights include Jinx's grumpy grumbling subs on "Sound Killer", Verdikt's springy jungle roller shakedown "Party People" and The Force's alien landing serenade "Article 50". Another level.
Review: It would seem that the team at Ruffneck Ting have pulled out all the stocks here as they put together their 'The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists 2 (Level 1)' compilation, collecting up fifteen original dynamite sticks as they do so. The line-up contains a collection of high profile drums specialists, including DJ Hybrid, Erbman, Jinx, Bass Antics, Genetix and a host more. For us the highlights of this quite frankly super stacked project include Lion UK's dubwise roller in 'Hova Nova', alongside Flat T's scatty driver 'The Dragon' and Verdikt's super subby outing on 'Enemies'.
Review: Make no mistakes: Ruffneck Ting are smashing it on a whole new level this year! Bombarding the game with beat after beat, barely a month has gone by with a Ruffneck roll-out session. The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists takes this proliferation to a whole new level with 20 killer cuts from some of the label's firmest friends and family. Every cut is a highlight but you'd be off your nut not to check the clinically obese classical mid-90s jump up bass of "War", the sprung-out Bingo bounces of "All 2 Myself", the piano-slapping feel good rave workout "All Through The Night" or the dubbed-out trickery of "Hazey Dub". Need we go on? Ruffneck Ting have been on this ting since dot and they're rolling out some of their finest right here. Essential.
Review: Last spotted on Ruffneck Ting's Xtraordinary League Of Junglists series, Vytol steps forth with his most comprehensive EP to date. Six slabs of utter gully, we kick off with the trippy rave hurricane "Elevate" and dive deeper and deeper into his nasty, venomous blend. Highlights include the rolling gnarly bust-up "Gamma Whan", the groaning rump-shaking rumbles of "Straight Up Soundboy" and the skin-melting finale "D Wave". Vital Vytol business in the area.
Review: Birmingham bass by way of Bristol: Vytol continues to fine tune his sounds on Ruffneck Ting. His most comprehensive release to date, this EP represents the young artist's full spectrum prowess far more than his previous outings. Cuts such as "Back Into Time" take us back to the heady era of early Playaz/Full Cycle while "Kennington" takes us back to early Urban Takeover era when jump-up simply meant funky and space-aged and "Hold On" brings us back to reality with a D-Minds-style sense of mischief. Concentrated D&B that pays respect to the last 25 years; this is powerful.
Review: Ruffneck Ting present Vytol, a Birmingham based producer who's got more heavyweight credentials than Gregg Wallace has had hot dinners. Working through four very different soundscapes on this ambitious EP, there are influences from the old school right through to the modern jump-up greats. Starting out with a step-to rhythm and ice cold production to get heads down and feet shuffling, things move on and up to large bass-driven sounds before rounding up on final track "Go There" with some tasty tropical vibes. Get yourself acquainted.
Review: Natty Dub never fail to rouse us out of our stupor, no matter how bleak things look outside. This two-track tear-up from Vytol is of course no exception. 'Sell Out' is a stern slab of rollage with a Heavyweight-style bassline that grunts and growls its way through the mix with clarity and venom. 'Morph' meanwhile pays homage to every UK 80s/90s kids favourite plasticene hero with a little help from fellow Natty regular K-Jah. Pure bassline squelch business, this one is for all the artists out there. Harty on dudes.