Brighton-based Deep In The Jungle Records is dedicated to bringing the sounds of the jungle to a soundsystem near you. With DJ Hybrid leading the charge, Deep In The Jungle have rumbled out speaker-destroying sounds since 2013. The label has caught the attention of jungle lovers far and wide with their king-size compilation albums, featuring artists such as: Conrad Subs, Euphonique, Kumarachi, Epicentre, Napes, Veak and badman DJ Hybrid himself.
Review: War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing... Except the outstanding Jungle Wars concept from DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle camp. Nothing but pure fire from across the board as each artist works hard to bring their heaviest cuts and sharpest breaks to the ring. Mixed up by Mrs Magoo (who also collaborates on the track 'Big Bout Ya') the whole vibe and energy of this collection hits harder than 100 Fantazias. Highlights include Conrad Subs' super-ravey 'Wildstyle', Euphonique's 'No Problem', ODF's piano-slapping 'Good Times' and Plasmator's lesson in ruffness 'Bad Boy Sound'. Show us your war face!
Review: Somewhere on a dancefloor far, far away... Deep In The Jungle rallied up the troops for another bout of highly competitive (and exceedingly gully) Jungle Wars. The results were a high energy shoot out of historic proportions as all artists brought their very best to the battle. Here we have three fine examples as three artists, all very much on top of their game right now, lay down more teasers ahead of the album... Conrad Subs brings a little hardcore fever with the feels-heavy 'Wild Style', Epicentre's 'Cantankerous' will have you running to mumsy while Euphonique delivers one of her hardest hitting, warp-frenzied tracks to date in the form of 'No Problem'. The force is strong on these ones!
Review: It's that time of year again! DJ Hybrid sends for the troops and instigates nothing but pure gully warfare. This year is no exception as the talent remains just as high and ruthless as previous years. Here's the sampler to get us in the mood... First up the main man DJ Hybrid breaks the ice with the classically minded 'War Inna Jungle'. Expect lots of pitched breaks and soundman samples. 'Big Bout Ya' follows. A big old collabo affair between DJ Hybrid, Mrs Magoo and Veak, this one focuses on the sunny side skanks warm soundsystem vibe. These are the ones you were looking for.
Review: Man like Kumarachi returns to his spiritual stomping ground Deep In The Jungle with some absolutely disgusting rave energy. 'Echoes' is chock-a-block with hardcore and early jungle elements, all wrapped up and galvanised into a heady ballistic brew. The foundation fire continues on 'Everything I Do', which comes on strong like a classic Headz piece, while 'Bad Boy Sound' rubs our faces in the bassline dirt before firing us up into space with a deep cosmic set of synths. Finally 'No Repeat' reminds us of Kumar's sci-fi side with stunning electro-like synthetic menace and a set of drums so sharp and brisk they could fly you round the universe and back. Badness.
Review: Boom: Manchester's Charlie B gets real on Deep In The Jungle with what must be his biggest and boldest EP so far. Six tracks of badass breakbeat action in total, the levels are set high by the powerful bounding energy of the title track 'Jungle Soul' and the acid house vibes of '303'. Deeper into the EP we bite to find tasty highlights like the BC-like dark rave energy 'Space Dust', the cosmic skankage of 'Jah Jah' (with Jfal) and Soulr flavoured funk of 'Waves'. What an EP.
Review: DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle slams straight into 2022 with another blazing collection of past releases, all curated and packaged together with the super sick stylings of one of 2021's runaway DJ success stories - Frenetic. Renown for her crucial three-deck blends and premium energy, she's the perfect match for the label's megamix as there are so many wounders and blinders to get through. If you know the label's output you'll already know this but just in case you're new to this Deep In The Jungle malarky, expect nothing but premium modern day breakbeat badness. Highlights include RMS's purring 'Streaks & Blurs', Toby Ross's mischievous '170 Style', Charlie B's 'Rave Up' and DJ Hybrid's tongue in cheek skank-out 'The Last Bumbaclaat'. Anthemic.
Review: Fire in the hole! Deep In The Jungle unleash more treats from their forthcoming 'Deep In The Jungle Anthems 8' collection from a range of talented UK souls. Charlie B kicks off the sampler with the aptly titled 'Rave Up', a high energy breaks-focused banger with all ravey flavours you'd expect from such a romp. Sikka takes us much deeper with the ice cold 'Streaks & Blurs' where big pads keep things tense and crisp throughout before Bristol's Murder Most Foul shuts down the EP with a bright and springy jam that packs one helluva riff ear worm on the breakdown. Certified anthems in the making.
Review: Get ready for the eighth instalment of 'Deep In The Jungle Anthems' with an all-star cast as the label bossman calls in two close allies and super-skilled kindred spirits. First up is the powerful 'Give It Up' where Hybrid goes toe-to-toe-to-toe with Conrad Subs and Mrs Magoo to sculpt this perfectly bubbly late 90s Die-style bouncer. Elsewhere the bossman goes it alone on the turbo charged slap-about 'The Last Bumbaclaat' before Conrad closes the EP with 'Keep Breakin' which is a huge head nod to the legacy of Aphrodite and Micky Finn. Bring on the album!
Review: Following up some great releases recently on Original Key and Liquid Bass, Ipswich-based DJ and producer Conrad Subs is back this week on Deep In The Jungle with his new one entitled "Calm". It's a proper old school junglist roller featuring the lyrical skills of MC Neat, and some beautiful soulful vocals by Sammie Hall. Despite the title, the Jungle mix is more of a techy stepper with an early aughts sound to it, and we liked it all the same. Also featured are some instrumental versions for your rinsing pleasure.
Review: Bang! Anais cuts through the noise with this killer debut on Deep In The Jungle. One of the key artists in the Invicta Audio crew, she lives up to her 'Badgyal' credentials through and through on this this EP. The title track instantly hits hard with big vocals from Logan and a stinking, gutter-chomping bassline to boot. It's backed up by more fire as she links with SMG and Madrush MC on the gnarly, jump-up hybrid 'Game Changer', 'Bill' is a scatty, steppy affair that buzzes, crunches, and sizzles all at once with a poisonous concoction of bassline flavours while Riding West (with Natty D) is a pure bulldozer riddim. Naughty through and through, Anais is just getting warmed up here.
Review: Conrad continues to lay down supreme contemporary dnb jungle as he returns to DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle with this very handsome six-piece. 'Gold Selection' says it all as a big soul sample brings the heat over a rolling, rattling breakbeat. The rest of the EP maintains the high level with big moments like the overwhelming sub rumbles on 'Let's Jungle' and an overdriven roll-out that's so bad-ass, you'd think it came out of Bristol around 97 on Dope Dragon. Bossman Hybrid joins the situation for a super-smoky sign-out on the sax-tooting 'Wings'... Watch out for that late entering bassline twist!
Review: Not to be confused with flat earth believers, or the flat white (a generic coffee of choice for many people) Flat T is actually a longstanding badman based in the east coast and usually found frolicking around the evergreen playground between jungle and jump-up. This massive EP on Deep In The Jungle is no exception as he unleashes a rainbow of gully across five tracks. Notable moments of 'YES' include the Clipz-style high range bass tones and funky bubbles of 'Pied Piper', that beautiful, tear-jerking vocal sample on the emotional brock-out 'Womens Work' and the insane depth charge bassline plummet on 'Guilt'. And that's not even the whole EP. 'Colony' - proof that working together will always pay off.
Review: The mighty Lupo barges through the Deep In The Jungle doors and slaps down a weighty pile of jungle science so infectious and heavy even the label bossman DJ Hybrid gets involved on a track... It's another gunfingers affair as 'Soundboy' kicks us out of orbit with all the space between its elements. Elsewhere 'Retrograde' hits hard with a serious breakbeat sound that wouldn't have gone amiss on the likes of Dread around 1997, 'Lucid' is all shakers and savage licks while 'Original' brings us to a halt with a ridiculous bassline pattern and breaks so chiselled they'll trim all whiskers in a 20 mile radius. 'Retrograde'? High grade more like.
Review: DJ Hybrid continues doing bits for the scene as he lays down this massive 31 track selection on Deep In The Jungle. Reflecting exactly where the mother genre is at right now in 2021, he's dug deep for a whole range of flavours, including a few cheeky exclusives. Every track is a banger but you'd be mad not to check Crom and Rider Shafique's theatrical slap-about 'Change', Xav's mind-blowing shock-out '1993', Mrs Magoo & DJ Hybrid's stripped-back and purring 'Back To 96' and the absolutely foul behaviour of Kumarachi & Epicentre with 'Patterns'. Trust us, this isn't even the tip of this jungle iceberg - cop it and bop it!
Review: Brazilian badman Critycal Dub touches down on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle with four slices of Latin dnb fire. 'Jungle Rock' opens the show with the emphatic David Boomah-style vocals of Yush before things take a darker turn; 'Recovery' skips with vital rave energy, 'Must Remember' hits with a much heavier, sterner edge thanks to Madrush's stern bars, 'Nuff Talkin' slaps us silly with some expertly finessed drums. FInally 'Serial Killa' closes the show a cheeky, quite theatrical twist. Murderation never sounded so sweet.
Review: Absolute scenes from yung JDizz on Deep In The Jungle right here. Pure breakbeat ruffage from start to finish, each cut loaded with lead, we kick off with the Remarc-style choppage of 'Straight From Jamaica' (with Diagnostix) and get murkier with every cut; the ragga-ravaged 'Money In The Bank' hits hard with the vocals and swaggering drums, 'Soundboy Ya Hear Me' goes for the full-on 95 Dread vibes while 'Check This Out' brings us to a hectic finale with rampant breaks, heaving subs and epic phases and laser sounds. Total futurism, from Jamaica with love. Bless up!
Review: A long time ago, in a land far, far away, Deep in the Jungle unleashed interplanetary destruction on a galactic scale. Not really, but they are channelling the force with this compilation, which ropes in some of the galaxy's fiercest producers to craft old-school riddims with a futuristic touch. Conrad Subs lands all phasers blasting with a bunch of different cuts, and his collaboration 'Rock On' with DJ Hybrid is an absolute percy, a sub-heavy wobbler that oozes funk through brass stabs and a rhythmic, catchy approach. Redline flips a light, fluttery intro into bassline-led low frequency devastation, whilst Kartoon gets old school with his remix 'Lions of Judah' by Sharpz. Unreal stuff.
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...