Review: These two cuts are taken from a forthcoming various artists album on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint, and the boss himself is joined by Mrs Magoo and Conrad Subs for a single that gets right to the core of the label's ethos. 'Back To 96' is a time travel machine that takes you back to the days of rolling reece basses and frantic percussive work, simpler times when all you needed was the barebones to create a vibe. Conrad Subs goes in a funkier direction, with brash brass notes that lead into a wobbling concoction of bouncing basslines and innocent clubland notes. Cracking.
Review: Deep In the Jungle know a thing or two about curating rough and ready beats, and this EP from Crom fits the bill perfectly. Across four tracks, the producer spits out a diverse mix of beat structures that form a singular purpose: dancefloor readiness. The title track is the highlight, as Rider Shafique does his usual business of injecting menace and catchiness in one fell swoop, this time above a stuttering junglist beat and sweeping basslines. 'Sticks & Stones' is our other favourite, a stripped back, no-nonsense tune with clean, powerful percussion and a relentless feel to it that reminds us of Grey Code or HLZ. Big ups.
Review: Toby Ross has arrived on Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle label and you can hear why his music has been deemed to have made the cut. This release is a solid envelope of tunes which demonstrate a serious understanding of jungle's nastier end, the type of breaks music which some hate but which inspires a passionate love for the genre in others. The first track is the best example of this, its pointed, jagged-edged basslines are cutting and penetrating at the same time, snappy drums lie underneath and the whole tune is packaged with effortless finesse. 'Soundclash Riddim' packs a reece bass that will haunt you into your dreams and baby, what a tune that is. Unreal.
Review: The second chapter in Deep in the Jungle Anthems 7 is upon us, and there is yet another cacophonous blend of fractious jungle riddims inside. Drawn from artists across the scene both old and new, this LP is the second leg of a journey that's pull you deep through the spiky, rough edges of a the jungle. The crashing force of K Jah's 'Quest' is a good example, as repetitive breaks needle their way into your soul amidst a wobbling sub and jazzy samples. Bish is on remix duties for label boss DJ Hybrid and his tune 'Badboy', which samples possibly one of dance music's most iconic film lines and does so amidst a relentless, rolling instrumental. Sick - there are over 30 tracks inside so get involved.
Review: With some cool, dark, artwork, Conrad Subs has landed on Deep in the Jungle with a hard-hitting five-tracker which combines a penetrating sense of attitude with a non-nonsense approach to musical arrangements. 'Love 4 U' has an warped-out, Souped Up vibe in its arrangement that feels powerful to the extreme and is perfect for a crowded dancefloor, especially with its underpinning in some weighty percussion. 'Funk Me Sideways' is the roller of the EP and grounded in wobbly atmospherics and a sense of space which makes it a pleasure to listen to, its snapping drum line providing the ground rock underneath. The rest are proper sick as well - big ups.
Review: Deep in the Jungle continue their onwards march with this, the seventh edition in their widely acclaimed Anthems series, a compilation that always finds the ideal mix of current and future talent to showcase. In the case of the former, well-travelled producers Epicentre and Kumarachi roll things out and tear them down on 'Light Em Up', which features a gnarly array of interlinked bass nodes and torn low frequency sonics, al underpinned by a percussion section that's the perfect blend of rusty and sharp. New talent emerges in the form of Trobe and Mirage, who have their first label release with '89', although you wouldn't have guessed it based off this tune's razor clean percussive edge and expert use of space, a hard thing to get right and one this pair blow out the water here. Rave samples, expansive basslines and a synth arrangement you won't be able to shake - unmissable. 34 tracks later and Deep in the Jungle have nailed every single one of them - big ups.
Review: The second sampler ahead of Deep in the Jungle's 7th Anthems album is here and gives us another glimpse into what is sure to be a superb collection of vicious jungle weapons - they always are. This one features Crossy on remix duties for Epicentre and Diligent Fingers, and he's turned 'Run Up' into a vibrant track with a gorgeous set of hi-hat studded drums and a luscious, deep bassline that packs plenty of attitude. 'Run Dem' by Hybrid is stepping in its percussion and lands with a seriously heavy amount of downwards pressure, whilst Bish remixes Hybrid's 'Badboy' to great effect. Toby Ross and K Jah both kill their tunes as well, and to say we're excited about this album would be an understatement.
Review: This is the first sampler to drop ahead of the next Deep in the Jungle Anthems LP, and since we're seven deep into this series already, you'll know just how hard they tend to hit. This sampler is no exception and the team have roped in a handful of the best in the game. Napes steps up first for a remix of 'Madman' by DJ Hybrid and the result is furious expression of breaks and bass, a flurry of energy that starts on the drop and doesn't let up for a second, its old school vibe cut through with modern jump up force. Janaway's cut - 'Know Dem' - is especially sick, with stepping drums and an infectiously funky bassline that ripples with high frequency energy. Conrad Subs lives up to his name with the subby monster that is 'When Its Time', and Tony Ross keeps things minimal on 'Marathon'. Sick.
Review: If you're looking for frantic, high intensity breakbeats then Deep in the Jungle is one of the most reliable destinations. Their back catalogue proves this beyond all doubt, and this latest four-tracker from Java is more evidence, if it was even needed. Jungle is on a big hype right now and Java's approach ticks all the boxes whilst remaining unique, from its driving percussion, to its ragga sampling and bouncing basslines. 'Rudeboy' has serious clash vibes, with clattering breaks that just won't quit and a rave atmosphere that will leave you gagging for the dancefloor, a heady approach that respects the contours of the genre's history. The final track - 'Skylarking' - is the other standout, with a superbly wobbling bassline that is made for a system and designed to give you a bass face. Another wicked addition to the collection.
Review: DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle label is one of the hottest destinations for first class jungle that exists right now, and his curational skills are back in force with this four-tracker from Conrad Subs and Grimesy, two producers who are absolutely on a roll. This is proper barebones stuff and two worlds are merged with the dulcet vocal tones of Lizzy Stringer on 'Time', which sees vocal magic float above a tight, penetrating jungle beat. There is a reece bass to die for on 'Red Rum', whilst 'Golden Era' sees a warped-out foghorn bash around its clattering junglist foundations with serious attitude. Top release.
Review: Deep in the Jungle are back doing what they do best - laying fractious jungle rhythms and having a blast while they do it. This time around it's Critycal Dub, and their focus with The Secret is focused on what's really important with this music, the barebones elements of the genre that give it vitality and soul. Nowhere is that more apparent than on title tune 'The Secret', featuring DJ Hybrid, which soulfully flicks its way through the intro and into a fluctuating, vibrant reece bass that perfectfully hovers in place, caught in suspended animation between the teeth of the drums. 'Can't Stop' feat. Yush is more junglist fever, while 'Cluster Bombs' strips things back even more on a slightly rollier tip. Big.
Review: Deep in the Jungle have emerged as arguably the biggest standout new jungle label in recent times and, off the back of their growing family of artists, they've decided to try and represent both where the label and the genre are in 2020. With artists from DJ Hybrid, to Conrad Subs and beyond, it's a statement of intent from the imprint. The music reflects that intention as well, with jungle sounds throughout but punctuated with that modern, sharper edge that we've come to expect from our newly revitalised scene. DJ Hybrid's 'On A Riddim' is the best example, as a punchy bass note streams out of a bedrock of clattering breaks, whilst we're seriously digging the rolling reece's of 'The Rhythm' by Conrad Subs. All of these are proper percys.
Review: Batten down the hatches! Veak returns to Deep In The Jungle with this humungous quintet. Jungle vibes primed from the off, "Natural High" kicks things off on a warm bubbly vibe before the EP gets heavier and heavier; "Lonely Monday Morning" is a turbo slab of warped bassed and scorching breaks, "Let's Do It" is the shredder of the collection with its turbine bass roars and pranged out dubby textures while "Oklm" ups the drum ante once again with some real neck-breaking breaks. Finaly "Oldskool Raver" finishes off the EP with foundation class. Watch out for those classic synth sounds... They'll make everyone over the age of 35 wet their trousers in seconds. White glove crew, this ones for you!
Review: Last spotted dazzling us with UKG science on Occupy Sound, Imprint returns to Deep In The Jungle with one of his biggest EPs to date. Broad in tempo and stylistic range, highlights include the glitchy, slightly wonky bruks and hip-hop vibe on "Haste", the sultry Halogenix style blues and sweeping breaks of "Introspect" and the sci-fi soul of the title track "Urbia". Loaded up with plenty more, including a colossal remix from Colossus, this is a very accomplished release from the rising talent.
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Basement carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Jungle Tingz' featuring RMS is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper sound, and the thiriving nature of the scene right now drips from this release.
Review: Conrad Subs is one of the best talents in the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. He's been putting in the graf for years and Larger carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Larger' is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper Manchester-esque sound, yes boys!
Review: Deep In The Jungle have been making some serious waves the past year or so with coverage in UKF and a growing recognition that they're one of the best labels releasing a consistent slew of newly emboldened, moody jungle. Epicentre is on things for them this time around with a six-tracker of frightening proportions, packed full of solid percussive strikes and gravelling basslines. 'Come With It' has a seriously funky rhythmic pattern and a slick array of basslines, whilst 'Dread' takes things in a funkier direction with ragga sampling and a fluid concoction of reese bass magic. Top.
Review: Last spotted on Euphonique's Subwoofah with the series statement of intent "We Here", Speaker Louis and Grimesy tag up once again for this equally heavy collection on Deep In The Jungle. Four tracks deep, each one a stinker, highlight include the bonafide bludclart jungle ruffage of "Can't Touch", the bounding subs of "Burning" and the full-strength sirens and tidal wave bass surges on the title track. Bad boys for life...
Review: Holy moly! This is how you smash open a new decade; a 50 track album absolutely drenched in stinkage. Now a tradition for DJ Hybrid's label, this anthem collection is one of the biggest to date with names and vibes across the spectrum. Epicentre, Kumarachi, Conrad Subs, Stompz, Veak, RMS and many more all bring their fieriest artillery with highlights bursting from the seams. Every single track slaps the dance from the stripped back drumfunk and demented mentasms of Substrate's "Throwback" to the mystic sitar twangs and heavy bass bangs of Euphonique's "Moksha" via ruded up Dread bass badness of the bossman's own "Lost In The Jungle". And that's not even the tippiest tip of this anthemic jungle iceberg. Don't dilly dally.
Review: Choose Conrad Subs. Choose Deep In The Jungle. Choose a lifetime of being happy-slapped by amens and tickled in the gut by long rumbling subs the size of elephants. Choose collaborations with DJ Hybrid like the swaggering "Rinse It". Choose absolutely slamming Urban Takeover-style 96 era jump-up "Rough Beats" and skank so hard you give yourself a hernia. Choose sexy vocals like the ones on "Through My Eyes". Choose the insanely brutal slammage of "Imperial Roots" and feel like you need to take a long hot shower afterwards and still feel like you're covered in engine oil. Choose this EP and double dropping every track tune fi tune. Choose bludclart jungle. It's the ravers choice...
Review: Following releases on the likes of Formation, Innovate, Audio Addict and appearances on previous Deep In The Jungle albums, Sikka makes his full EP debut on DJ Hybrid's label with this epic six-track EP. Opening with the rush-caked hurricane "Fire Man Dem" (with DJ Hybrid) the EP rolls out into all of the darkest corners of modern drum & bass jungle with highlights including curmudgeonly bass groans of "Nothing But...", the evocative string sample and pure murderation drop of "Trueschool Lion" and the grand finale "The Hologram". Another clash-primed damager with bossman Alex Hybrid, it's an incredible burn-up that highlights Sikka as someone who will make major waves in 2020. Follow him.
Murder Most Foul - "Can You Stand The Rain" - (4:43) 164 BPM
Hmr - "Curfew" - (6:42) 162 BPM
DJ Hybrid - "Boom In 93" - (4:14) 168 BPM
Daffy - "Bottle Shape" - (5:08) 174 BPM
Xian Juan - "Deep In Tha Jungle" - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: Deep In The Jungle Records is a UK jungle imprint that have been making bigger and bigger waves over the past several years, a big part of which is their affinity for fat compilations that straddle numerous sub-genre boundaries and which represent lots of different artists. This next one is about classics and it features artists like Conrad Subs, Kumarachi, DJ Hybrid, Kartoon and more. Conrad Subs is a favourite of ours and his cut, Takeover, is a wicked, deep rolling piece of work that packs a sick bassline, one which makes you think of late-night raving at its finest. This is a top compilation from a star label of the new wave.
Review: It's a new chapter from Next Chapter! One of Deep In The Jungle's many exciting rising stars bubbling through right now, he's dropped a big one, too; six bonafide slappers that all bump and shake and hurt like the EP title suggests. Highlights include the title track with its multi-layered bassline and waves of classic breaks rattling up and down in the background, "Special Jungle" with its sensual vocal sample and pneumatic subs that wrap either side of the swaggering breaks and the cold chords and menacing bass plunges of "40 Guns". And that's just half of the EP right there. To not check it would be bare muderation.
Review: Both of these artists and Deep In The Jungle have been excelling this past year and in some ways they've helped each other, the pairing of Kumarachi and Epicentre is a match made in heaven with their barebones jungle sound fitting the label perfectly. Patterns is no different with 'Murda' getting things off to a wonderfully wobbly start, with diving sub basses and funky, nonchalant drums. 'Evolve' touches on more classic jungle notes, a riotous break slams down the middle whilst ever-present bass stabs punctuate the arrangement and inject that junglist force every good breaksy track needs. The title tune is in the same vein, whilst 'Last Time' is a lovely little roller. More top work from this crew.
Review: Having previously fed us with some gnarly primordial soup on Deep In The Jungle, Soul Defiance returns to DJ Hybrid's label and runs us through his morning ablutions on "When I Wake". Instantly going for the jugular with a chainsaw bassline, charged-up breaks, he soon eases us into a little more soulful territory on the piano-tickling "Soul 4 Real". Elsewhere "Runaway With You" takes us deep into a field sometime in the early 90s on a bed of woozy sax and "Bristol Vibe" brings the funk in all the right ways you'd expect with such a title. Get woke.
Review: Veak quite often pops up on this site with some of the filthiest jump-up around, but this time he's coming at your ears with a six-tracker of jungle proportions, courtesy of one of the best breakthrough labels of recent times: Deep in the Jungle. Every single one of these tunes is laden with a feeling of roughness and they all pack that jungle vibe we all know and love so well. The title track, 'Addicted to Her', takes the cake for us just because its drums have been nailed so damn well and the sample work is superb. Well played Veak.
Review: Deep in the Jungle know how to do jungle. The clue is in the name, really, and they're proving it again with this huge compilation of 40 huge jungle anthems from some of the best rising stars of the breaksy side of the scene. RMS, SL8R and DJ Hybrid all make an appearance, as do Kumarachi, Veak, Schematic and Epicentre. This is a very strong roster and its reflected in the tunes, with Schematic and RMS teaming up on 'Take It' to combine roughshod, vibrant breaks and moody atmospherics in glorious fashion. Check this one.
Review: Put this release on, close your eyes and you can almost see Boomtown: the sprawling crowds, the bucket hats and the fat stacks of speakers undoubtedly blaring out something that sounds a lot like Conrad Sub's Boombox EP. A combination of ragga jungle and harder flavours, this release epitomizes the feel-good yet moody take on music so common to this side of the scene. 'Batty Rider' rolls and rolls, with Break-esque sub-bass dives and growling sine wobbles that beautifully transform into rowdy jungle. 'Flood Out' features some more chilled out jungle atmospherics that still pack a punch, once more containing a mid-way switch into naughty breaks. The other three also all absolutely slam - sick release.
Review: Deep In The Jungle have emerged as a true player within jungle corners, their talent for purveying high qality breakbeats encompassed within their latest offering from My Selecta. He doesn't mess around on this and if you like your music packed with breaks and basses, this one is for you. 'Tribal Warfare' epitomises his approach, with a huge groaning bass stab providing the backdrop to what is an absolutely banging jungle cut. 'Yeah Boy' is equally good, and there's even a moment of reprieve in the more liquid tones of 'There's Love'.
Review: It's WAR: Deep In The Jungle charge forth with another battle set that features some of the label's heaviest prize fighters. Shells across the spectrum: duck and cover as Epicentre's supersized warped bass jungle slapper "BIG" comes flying upside your noggin, Veak's awesome samplecraft on "Heavy Load" sends you into a hazy spin and the total drum hurricane on Sound Shifter's "Urban Style Formation" knocks every puff of wind out of you. Elsewhere Soul Defiance's "Pariah" coats you in sticky napalm bass before drying you off with soul-stirring pads, Crinnion traps you with a drone sub pincer movement and Sikka provides the final blow with some of the eeriest bass textures ever heard on DITJ by way of his Kumarachi remix. These are the dubs you are looking for.
Review: Kumarachi is one of the best recent talents to emerge from the current smorgasbord that is the D&B scene, his rough and ready sound blends jump up currents with jungle stutters and it's ideal for any situation. Time Is Now carries on that trend on Deep In The Jungle and blimey, it's pretty damn good. 'Rebel Man' is our favourite, with a hypnotic sample that grounds its cracking percussive knocks within a framework of bassy shudders and groaning sweeps. It's a proper Manchester-esque sound, especially with resident don SL8R sneaking in a feature on the title track. Yes boys!
Review: Oh gosh... Epicentre is on the attack an no amount of armour or bomb proofing is going to protect you from these relentless batterings. Picking up where he left us on Deep In The Jungle with his trademark 'big bloodclart sound', once again we find him digging deep into the craft with four firing foundational slayers. The raw funk of "Badman Sound", the flabby subs and general rolling stench of "Hold Me", the near orgasmic pad ripples and ghostly roominess of "Influence" and the steam roller style damagement and classic samplecraft of "Respect Your Roots"... Every track doffs its cap to the original source with authenticity, weight, style and realness. Revive yourselves...
Review: FACT: DJ Cautious isn't actually cautious at all. He has 'devil may care attitude' on both his CV and Linkedin profile. You'll find it under 'bad boy producer' and 'rudeboy'. Don't believe us? Believe these hairy sessions. Proper concentrated breakbeat pressure and bloodclart bassline ruffage, every moment of this EP throws caution to the wind. The stuttering breaks and flabby subs of "Jungle Organiser", the bulbous siren blazing shock out "Marked For Death", the classic Bristol style bounce on "The Undertaker" and the concentrated hype of "Reeseclash"... Each cut hitting the spot harder than the last. Soundboy get crushed tonight!
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.
DJ Hybrid - "Rumble In The Jungle" - (4:29) 175 BPM
Epicentre - "Run Em Out" - (5:34) 175 BPM
Kumarachi - "Have You Here" - (4:49) 58 BPM
RMS - "Clash Stash" - (5:02) 170 BPM
Review: Do you like venturing deep into the jungle? Well, if you do, make sure you don't get lost - the jungle is massive. Jokes aside, this four-track sampler precludes a full-length release that offers you the exact type of jungle tour you need. Up first is the prolific DJ Hybrid with 'Rumble In The Jungle', a stuttering, rambunctious jungle cut that hits hard and leaves you in a slight state of shock. 'Run Em Out' by Epicentre is full of upbeat ragga vocals and samples, the top-line to a tune that has a ferocious bottom-line pinning it all together over a rolling percussive line. Kumarachi bloody does in on 'Have You Here' and to finish, RMS goes in just as hard on 'Clash Stash'. Top sampler - can't wait for the full thing.
Review: BANG! Rising artists take note... This is exactly how you should end your best year to date: with a five track stack of proper jungle ruffage. Coming courtesy of DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle, Subwoofah boss woman Euphonique delivers fire on fire on fire we're bashed and bumped from ragamuffin pillar to amen post. Every track slams your soul but essential brock outs include the jellied bass wobbles on "Get Busy", Killamanjaro's commanding dancehall vocals on "Junglist Style" and her thunderous shredder collaboration with the boss man DJ Hybrid on "Oi". Pure arson...
Review: Put this release on, close your eyes and you can almost see Boomtown: the sprawling crowds, the bucket hats and the fat stacks of speakers undoubtedly blaring out something that sounds a lot like Scattyone's Get Hyper EP. A combination of ragga jungle and harder flavours, this release epitomizes the feel-good yet moody take on music so common to this side of the scene. 'Get Hyper' rolls and rolls, with Break-esque sub-bass dives and growling sine wobbles that beautifully transform into rowdy jungle on the second drop. 'Can't Touch' features some more chilled out jungle atmospherics that still pack a punch, once more containing a mid-way switch into naughty breaks. The other three also all absolutely slam - sick release.
Review: With upwards of 20 releases this year, it's been a crazy busy 2018 for rising new-gen breaksmith Conrad Subs. He's not showing any signs of slowing down either as this return to DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint proves... There's a wry nod to speed garage on the Rip Groove saluting "Special Request" and the 187 Lockdown referencing "Come Selecta" while elsewhere we have rapid ragga chats on "XXL", deeper sci fi funk on "Sound Killa", absolutely savage breakbeat shattery on "Lions Dub" and stone cold jungle finale "Run The Track". Pure drum craftsmanship, watch out for the sweet bluesy sample on the intro because it's the only respite Conrad's going to give you. Just the way it should be.
Review: Veak explodes out of the blocks with this release, a six-tracker of heavy-weight jungle-influenced music that simply doesn't mess around. 'Hard Times' features rattling jungle breaks from the outset along with classic samples, a real bit of jungle pressure that'll make want to dance. 'Pressure Drop' earns its name easily, as more classic reggae sampling takes you back to the junglist roots amidst forceful bassline attacks. 'Supernova' switches up the vibes slightly with its synth-focused direction that injects a slick electrionic feel into a mostly organic EP - nice and celestial. 'Badman Riddin' has an crazy, pummelling kick that smacks of Enei's 'Hot Plate' and its classic jungle basses will have you gasping to hear the final two. Rest assured, they're also excellent and finish off a wicked EP in style.
Review: With roots going back to the turn of the decade and labels like Metalheadz in his discogs Soul Defiance needs no further reference. Neither does DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle seals of approval for that matter. What we're talking about here are five moments of authentic rollage laced with superb choppy fills and powerful production. Highlights in the swashbuckling breaks chops on "Rudebwoy", the synapse snapping steps and alien bass squirms on "Oblivion" and the scattershot 23rd century funk of "Man On A Mission". Primordial super.
Review: Deep In The Jungle is a UK based label dedicated to resurrecting the jungle stylings of yesteryear and bringing them back to their rightful place: front and centre of the dancefloor. Next up on the label are Canadians RMS & Veak with some hard drum and bass steppers on the Foundations EP, which undoubtedly give a respectful nod to the old school. From moments of fierce darkside breakbeat science as heard on "Fiyah Burn" or "Amen Props", through to the title track or "Hear It Come" which use late '90s reference points such as Dillinja or Loxy & Ink.
Review: The man, the myth, the monster... Kumarachi returns to one of his strongest stomping grounds Deep In The Jungle for a furious four piece of amen addled action. "Sound Boi" sets the hair raising tone and pace before we're treated to a whole cavalcade of collabs.... Newcomer Veak joins the fray for two stinking space gazing work outs while the similarly unavoidable Sl8r brings the badness on the finale "Freeze" where low slung subs worm, wriggle and melt beneath evocative rave pads and head turning pitched drums. Phenomenal scenes as always.
Review: Epicentre is back on Deep In The Jungle and he's packing a clutch of gully workouts so absurd and wild you'll need at least ten or twenty pairs shoes to throw at him every time you see him. In vein with his "Run It" EP on the label this time last year, this is Epicentre at his most militant and full force; the marching snares and eastern instrumentation of "Big Bloodclart Sound", the blistering breaks of "Bruk Up" and "Buss Di Gat" (with his longstanding mate and Sub Woofah bossgyal Euphonique) and the nose chiselling two-step of "Anxious" and the purring sub VIP flip of last year's "Infamous". Patience is no longer a virtue, it's downright essential.
Review: He's our selecta, he's your selecta, he's My Selecta and he's clearly been deep in the lab working on his craft as this is the first outing we've heard from the young northerner in over a year now. The wait has been worth it; upping the tempo from his signature breaks to gully jungle climes, each cut shatters and batters in true DITJ style: "Get Up" is all about skitty drums and dizzying intense feels the best peak time jungle jams create, "It's On You" takes us deeper down the tunnels with a cleverly manipulated vocal sample and booming subs, "Run" is all about the aggy kick drum patterns and iced out ravey pads while "Hold On" closes the show with a gritty bassline brawl that nods respectfully to the tones and textures of the foundation Headz releases. Fire in the hole!
Review: It's time, once again, for Deep In The Jungle to cordially invite you to their cosy Murderation station. Home to four brutal killers, you might not leave alive.... But they promise the last thing you'll hear before you croak your last puff are the gulliest sounds imaginable. SL8R chops off our gun fingers and switches them to rifle fingers with his gut-melting groan bass and venomous breaks, Kid Mix-A-Lot gives us bless by 1000 skanks on the hip-slinking dubwise "Original Selectah" while Fokus takes us up to the highest of levels with the classic reggae vocal... Only to let us plummet back to earth with a ravished bump. Finally Jahnglist Bwoy picks up your broken pieces and puts you back together in the form of the rudeboy you actually wish you were. Dead good.
Review: Let us see your war face!! Just in case the "Ravey Misbehavey" collection on his Audio Addict imprint wasn't enough this week, DJ Hybrid has also blessed us with this killer "Jungle Wars" series edition. As always the vibes are high with each track rolling like a 10-strong trip to Holland. Highlights include the dancehall damage of Euphonique & Kelvin 373's sticky icky "Hot Spliff", Veak's rusty break gut-puncher "Nuff Respect" and the classic rave stabs and thundering drum work on DJ Hybrid's "Stand Up".
Review: When Deep In The Jungle tell you your number is up, you best start ordering a coffin and planning your goodbyes. They don't muck around mate. Especially when it's the likes of label mainstay RMS at the controls. This time he's brought an equally murderous new Canadian talent in the form of Dublic. Flexing with a bold ragga tint throughout, each cut hits hard and fast with flashes of soul amid the tightly rolled breaks. From the siren-wailing, vocal cutting, break-melting "Deadman Walking" to the precision balance of sunshine skanks and thundering sub groans of "Soundboy Test" via the rave-tinged vocal and trippy bass Q&A of "Night Sounds", if this is a death sentence, bring on the funeral.
Review: Walk on by if you're expecting this to be some type of homage to Skrillex. This is the true essence of patios bangarang... Total chaos and a hubbub of the highest order. Six sticks of 170 dynamite, we range from the high voltage shreds and danger of "Tune Deh Bad", the bumpy Bristol blunderbuss vibes of "Save Me" to the aquatic skanks and hip-swaying energy and dynamics of "Deep Energy". With plenty more stinkers to be found in between, this is one of Veak's biggest and baddest EPs to date. Beast mode enabled.