Review: Massiveness... Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle collection continues with one of the hardest working and consistent beatsmiths in the game - DJ Hybrid. Following massive selections from the likes of Benny Page, Dub Pistols and Born On Road (to name but a few) the Deep In The Jungle/Audio Addict bossman picks up where he and Dope Ammo left us in 2020 with his last Welcome To The Jungle appearance. This time he's boosted things even more with a staggering 62 tracks that covers the entire spectrum from an almighty rollcall of talents ranging from Voltage and Nicky Blackmarket to Napes to Serum, Jam Thieves, Conrad Subs, Bladerunner and so many more. This an absolutely incredible collection and selection from Hybrid and the Jungle Cakes crew. Essential.
Review: Reaching out to the massive! Liondub and good friend Marcus Visionary curate another absolutely slamming collection of upfront bubblers and blazers from a whole range of on-point talents for the fifth volume of their Jungle To The World series. Every single track is a highlight here as we slide and glide from vibe to vibe. Bladerunner's 'Jungle Strike' is the perfect intro that sucks us deep into action with pure energy while elsewhere other cuts like the VIP of Jayline's 'The Lion' go full-on elephant bass, Conrad Subs goes classical jungle with the chops, cuts and warping bass notes of 'Call It Love' and Teej gets militant with his breaks on his remix of SuM's 'Disorder'. World beating junglism.
Review: The mighty Formula returns to Invicta with one of his most comprehensive and accomplished EPs to date. Flexing the full range of his sounds and styles, 'Warrior' has something for everyone. You want a tune to get murky and naughty to? 'Warrior' is your soundtrack. You want deep emotional numbers to hold hands with your loved one to? 'D?j? Vu' and 'Sweet Company' are your jams. You want tunes to scary the dickens out your friends with? 'Marines' is your weapon. You need a tune that sounds - and feels - like a rifle? 'Give Praise' is essential. What an EP.
FORMULA - "Sniffing Monkey" (Spadez remix) - (4:25) 176 BPM
Guzi - "Detonate" (Teej remix) - (3:26) 174 BPM
GUES:T - "Thallo" (DRZ remix) - (3:46) 174 BPM
Review: Following a few years of free downloads and events, since launching their full label in Jan this year Wonky Goose have been honking out the bangers. Now time for the next episode as a selection of artists get elbow deep on the remix front. Sudley shakes up Entei's 'Crazy' to grizzly new levels, Volition brings a new twist Magenta's savage 'Sleeping Pills' while Spadez adds a new layer of rattling dark funk Formula's 'Sniffing Monkey'. Elsewhere Guzi's 'Detonate' gets a bubbly sub-shaking rinse out by Teej and man-of-the-moment DRZ takes GUE:T's 'Thallo' to a dramatic new high. Wonky Goose... They give you wings!
Review: Best pals, colleagues, housemates, collaborators; drum & bass's in-house Bert & Ernie AKA T>I and DJ Limited go toe-to-toe on the remix front as they get busy on each other's bangers. T>I takes Limited's skank-happy vibe-out 'Sun' and gives it a good old wonky rattling edge while Limited takes T>I's 'Changes' and completely flips them with a freaky trembling high freq riff and razzy bass revs. Serious swapsie action right here. Don't miss.
Review: Following jams on Bowlcut and Monk earlier this year, Cesco returns to the 1985 mothership with this mighty fine mixed bag of 140/174 treats. 'Rattler' says it all. Curmudgeonly and grizzly, it sizzles out of the speakers with pure venom. Elsewhere on a D&B tip En:vy gets mucked in on tippy harmonics of 'Esoteric' while 'Pity' is all jazzy, slinky and full of tension. Meanwhile on the 140 flip 'El Guapo' is proper hammer jam with a most unruly bassline Q&A while 'Juan40' will have you speaking Spanish before you can say 'wheel up the bloodclart'. Rattle and roll!
Review: Poor old Warhead, he's in a bit of trouble for throwing too many bombs at unsuspecting ravers and his folks have grounded him. Good job he's got music to keep him company... The grizzly title track is the tip of the iceberg as we're taking through some of the strangest and silliest corners of Warhead's mind. 'Feel It' is a real elastic head-bender, 'Sinner' is all sheet metal scratches and weirdo funk, 'Imminent' is a staccato slap-about, 'Teachers Pet' has the pressure and intensity of a million detentions while 'The Revolution' sees Warhead's parents finally letting him out to play again... Only to get flattened by savage metallic basslines and have a stinky groove thrown in their faces. Ground as pound.
Review: Following the massive remixes of 'Bun The Sensi' and 'Gallist' more Top Cat anthems get the rub from some of the biggest players. This time it's all about 'Champion Deejay' and once again it's an all star cast as Serial Killaz, SubZero and Warhead join forces for a powerful tear-up flex, Voltage goes all subby and slinky while Mob Tactics deliver some incredible good with some brilliant emotional chords on the breakdown. Brian Brainstorm finishes the EP with precision skanks. Every base covered... Enough to keep all deejays happy, champion ones especially.
Review: Breaking records and hearts, DLR's Sofa Sound crew present the 'Sofa Singles Club' concept whereby a bunch of dubs that were meant for release later this year have all come out early in to find some summer loving. Some of the label's most exciting names are on side along with the bossman as they get naughty, dirty and downright filthy with the wriggly basslines. Highlights include the Bad Company style reeses and massive bubbles of 'Figure It Out', the pure drama of 'Eagle Bomber' and the out-there funky freakery of 'Staying Up Late Making Music'. Don't be stupid... Do a Cupid!
Review: Man like DLR pops over from the good ship Sofa Sound to his old pals at CIA for some slug-it-out bassline mischief and the results are typically stinky. Keep at arms length as 'Don't Come Close' wafts up the joint with toxic funk, 'Back Track' (with CIA bosses Total Science) gets really smelly with its flatulent bassline and 'Squeeks' squeezes your cheeks with its overall subby sludge. Don't come too close, come even closer... DLR is a roll right now.
Review: Soulvent and Hospital Records sitting in a tree! Whipping up bangers for us all you see! What a link-up. What a meeting of exciting new-gen talent and established skillsmiths; this collection sees both Soulvent classics and Hozzy anthems getting the rub from artists from each other's camp. Highlights come in all shapes and sizes but only a fool would overlook the soulful grit of Hugh Hardie's take on Mountain's 'I'm Free', Flava D's bubbly badness on In:Most's 'Sihouette' or Circumference's absolute barnstormer of a remix of Grafix's 'Stutter'. These are just a handful of stand out cuts from an exemplary collaboration of labels. A union of old and new; this is how progress is made.
Review: Don't let your madness bring you sadness... Give Amplify a shout and embrace the 'Badness'! Following his recent remix of Original Sin comes this absolutely mammoth EP on Gradient, here are six more slayers for your sets this summer and beyond. Every single tune is a highlight but key moments include the drama and pure rudeness of 'Mad Ting', the epic b2b2b energy and sheet metal savagery of 'Hardway' with Profile and Master Error and the far-out wonkiness and originality of 'Frontline'. But to be real, that's just half of the dynamite on display here. Explosive stuff.
Review: 50 tracks!! Count them - FIFTY tracks - right here from the Sub-liminal Recordings crew as the label looks back over the last few years of massive bangers. Pure gully science from across the board, if you've missed out on any of their releases or you've only just tuned into the sounds of Agro's longstanding label then this is the place. Highlights come in all shapes and sizes but only a madman would miss out ridiculous heavyweight cuts likes Shayper's 'Burnt Gerbil', Prestige's wonked out weirdo funk-up 'Computer Killer', Xav's old school charmer 'Crisp Packet'. These are just three crucial examples. Dig deep!
Review: 96... A fine vintage for many D&B heads as a new sound of jump-up was dominating the dance via the likes of Zinc, Hype, Micky Finn and Aphrodite. Big booming subs, stripped back elements and loose springy breaks were the order of the day. Which is exactly the vibe DJ Hybrid and Mrs Magoo have captured here with 'Back To 96'. Complete with a crucial vocal mix with Rider Shafique on the VIP, lets go back in time and take the boom back from the boomers.
Review: Pow! DJ Hybrid digs through the Deep In The Jungle vaults for this crucial collection of jams and vibes for this ultimate VA release that flexes the full range of the label and represents a how exciting drum & bass and jungle are right now. The whole LP is one massive highlight but it's great to reload cuts like [IVY]'s four-to-the-floor bounces on 'Moving', the cut throat amen slaps and chops on Toby Ross and Oram's 'Wide Roach', get swept away in the emotion of Flat T's 'Women's Work' and get KO'd by Lupo and DJ Hybrid's still-crucial 'Soundboy'. Serious collection for anyone looking to juice up their jungle playlists.
Review: Following recent releases on the likes of Formation and Natty Dub, Norwich lads Simple Simon and Pharoah land on Liondub International with this four track beast. Expect a full range of flavours as the pair guide us through their influences and inspirations. 'Top Dog' barks orders with a stern and devilish intent while 'Can't Lose' flips things and shows us their funky side (complete with some brazen sax blasts) Elsewhere 'Babylon' takes us deep into the darkness - all bashy, firm and grizzly - before Pharoah's 2020 banger 'Fire In The Hole' gets a much needed VIP flip for a grand finale.
Review: Fire in the hole! Master Error gets a few of his mates together for a session that's rowdy and heavy enough to wake the dead. Skore's on side from the off with 'Dead Creatures', a furious piece laced with a staccato bassline and a beautiful rave breakdown while Warhead joins in the scrap with the wonky bleeped out swagger jam 'Circulator' and Metal Work gets involved in remix form on the ugly tear-up 'Balance Of Terror'. Elsehwere 'XMNV' is pure laser grot while 'Ready' could soundtrack you joyriding into the shop window of a deluxe robot shop. Dead good.
Review: Celebrating two decades deep in the game, Critical Music deliver this exceptional 22 track collection from some of the most innovative artists in the bass field. From old label mates such as Sam Binga, Mefjus and Ivy Lab to exciting newcomer talents like Spectral, Able and Cauzer, the entire collection is a blistering jolt of futurism that ranges the full Critical spectrum. Highlights range from the introspective tones of Buunshin's 'Forget About Me' to the dark, tense minimalism of Calibre's 'Verstat' by way of the barbed soul of Halogenix's 'IDGAF'. Here's to another 20 years...
Review: Oh gosh... Jungle Cakes look back over their delicious back catalogue, and the wider jungle vista, to bring together 74 of the finest recipes known to mankind for this Gold level baking session. Featuring some of the biggest dishes in existence, one minute we're skanking out to Klue's insane 'Rudy, A Message To You', the next we're getting slapped by Spyda on Serum's 'All Ganja Man' then the next we're being tickled by seminal classics such as M-Beat & General Levy's 'Incredible'. The list of incendiary cuts goes on and on and on... Bossmen Ed Solo & Deekline's 'No No No', Potential Bad Boy's 'Over My Head', Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC's 'Babylon Falling' - every single cut is as hot as your oven on baking day. What a package... And there's a mix thrown in for good measure. Gold... Always believe in your soul.
Review: Previously of Dexcell, now rolling solo: Dave Emba comes correct with this epic slab of soulful gold on the mighty Spearhead. Featuring a wide range of vocalists and collaborations, this self titled debut album is an exciting showcase of his styles and vibes as the likes of DRS, [ KSR ], Tempza, L.I.T.A, BCee, Catching Cairo, Lucy Kitchen, Paper Dragon and many more work with Emba over his beautiful beat work. Elegant, poignant and full of hope and positivity, highlights include the already massive anthems like 'Only For A Moment', 'Move Steady' and 'State Of Flow' and other beautiful nuggets like L-Side's remix of 'Dreamers', 'Galaxy' and 'Mirrors'. Flaming!
Review: FACT: El Pablo is actually short for 'bloody hell Pablo, these are some serious bangers!' This official debut EP is evidence. Four despicable originals courtesy of OnlyDrums, the vibes are alive from the off as DRZ joins the fray with the glitchy, guttural funk-up 'Breathe'. Elsewhere we have the sensual vocals and prowling groove of 'Skin', the ceiling raising thrusts and bumps of 'Resolute' and the dramatic grand finale All I Need (with Curt) Proof is in the playing...
Review: Hurling insults at your nan. Crying in the mirror. Telling everyone he loves them. Shouting at the clouds. These are a few things that Dunk does when he's drunk. They're a few things you'll do too when you play or hear these tracks in the dance. ZeroZero's remix of 'Drunk' will have you dribbling everywhere, Sub Killaz remix of 'Equinox' will have you waking up fully clothed but all your clothes are back to front, Jaydan's remix 'Machine Gun' will have you ringing old mates you haven't seen in years and singing to them, Bassbrothers remix of 'Red Wine' will have you spinning round the room shouting 'I'm lord of the manor' while Dunk's own VIP of 'Red Wine' will have you so drunk on life, love and music you'll be able to speak fluent French. Bonjour!