Review: The summer might be coming to an end, but raving season is only just heating up and is set to stay at this refreshingly positive high for the foreseeable. Together is a great example of why as a crack team of new generation talents and serious OGs collide for this special Moondance collection. Updates and new retro flavours galore as the likes of Danny Byrd goes stunningly loco on Acen's 'Trip To The Moon', Benny Page tears Shades Of Rhythm a new one on 'Sound Of Eden' and Dope Ammo, DJ Rap and Jasmine Knight team up for the rush-inducing 'Together'. Elsewhere Ray Keith takes us back to his 96 'Dark Soldier' era with his recent breakbeat assault 'Back In The Day', hardcore heroes Liquid and Billy Bunter lock horns on the euphoric 'Dove Removal Machine' while rising ravesmiths Origin8 & Propa close the EP with an update on their swaggering, stabby breakbeat banger 'Massive'. Come together now.
Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of remixes from Dope Ammo's album from Dope Ammo, Audiomission, Sublow HZ and more. The Audiomission remix of 'Take Me Back' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Sublow HZ remix of 'Stir It Up' is lovely and funky yet packs a ferocious jungle bassline on the drop that'll leave you heaving for more. Wicked stuff.
Review: Remix klaxon! Dope Ammo's 2018 album Influence continues to spawn sweet fruit as the second part of the remix album drops. Once again it's packed with promising talent: Levela shows his most soulful side with the skank-kissed "Badman Inna My Ends", Blackley brings the dancefloor riff on "How We Get Down" to life in a whole new epic way, Brain Brainstorm beefs up "Flying" while Exile brings the whole package to an emotional ending with a super-groan bassline twist on "Wishin' On A Star". Influential.
Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC - "Babylon Falling" (Ed Solo remix) - (4:37) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Broomers - "Oldtimes" (feat Martin Carr - Kleu remix) - (4:58) 174 BPM
Dope Ammo, Broomers & Kathy Brown - "Saturday" (Benny Page remix) - (3:04) 178 BPM
Repent (Dope Ammo remix) - (3:21) 172 BPM
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of VIPs and remixes from the likes of Ed Solo, Benny Page and Kleu. The Ed Solo remix of 'Bablyon Falling' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Benny Page remix of 'Saturday' is lovely and funky and the EP is finished off nicely by the solid weightiness of Dope Ammo's own remix of 'Repent'. Another good release from the Dope Ammo camp.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (original) - (2:52) 175 BPM
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (VIP mix) - (3:28) 175 BPM
Wishin' On A Star (Jungle Evolution) (dub mix) - (2:52) 175 BPM
Review: Ready? Aim! Fire! Dope Ammo come back packing a stone cold rave classic. 23 years after Aphrodite and Micky Finn revved up 88.3's Rose Royce-sampling hand-raiser and made it their own, Dope Ammo tag in Rio Hellyer for this skin-melting romp. Three versions, all stunners, everything is on-point: the relentless drums, the ravey drum fills, the gnarly groaning bass, the euphoric arpeggios, Rio's emotion-coated vocal and the rewinds you'll be rinsing from this time after time. Exceptional.
Dope Ammo - "Cold Rock A Party" (feat Tali - Jaydan remix) - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: 2012/13: Dope Ammo fired off a whole load of rounds that are still set to kill five years later. Two remixes and two originals, all rewind: Dope Ammo's sixth reload round-up kicks us back to Levela's funk-flecked Ram-style twist of "Kill Bill", slaps us silly with Maji's Taxman-level warp-fest on "Roots & Future" and tickles us with Benny Page's swinging space-wobbler "Crazy". Finally Jaydan KOs us plain and simple with his perennially vicious take on "Cold Rock A Party". Almost five years old and still standing up to today's production muscle; no further is proof needed that Dope Ammo are ahead of their time. Get loaded.
Review: Classicality! Dope Ammo dig into the vaults for four seminal slabs of early 2000s rollage and politely request respectfully and suitably heavy remixes. First up are the recently revived G Dub, VIP'ing the heavens out of their 2005 dub of the sing-along anthem "Roots & Culture". Bladerunner follows with a beautiful jungle update on "Crazy" in the way only he knows how while Panik & M-Rode echo the epicity of their Top Cat remix with a similarly slappy-skanked twist on "Big Summer". Finally Muffler takes the Shorston-fronted "Better Believe" and gives it an Odyssey-era Drumsound & Bassline Smith style battering. Brutality!
Dope Ammo & Tali - "Cold Rock A Party" (Dossa & Locuzzed remix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Sentenza - "Twice A Day" (feat Gigante MC - original mix) - (4:20) 175 BPM
Review: Longstanding Drunken Masters, Dope Ammo lights the touch-paper on what's shaping up to be a very explosive album. Looking back over almost 20 years of brazen beats, Influence is a powerful reminder of DA's clutch on the scene. First up new Austrian hot-hypes Dossa & Locuzzed rip up DA and Tali's legendary 2008 cut "Cold Rock A Party" with futuristic funk-flecked results. "Twice A Day" is a brand new cut that sees Dope Ammo teaming up with new talent Sentenza for contemporary ragga jungle brock out complete with the distinctive dulcets of Gigante. Influential.
Dope Ammo & Tone Def - "Rollin" (Sub Zero remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Longstanding junglist outfit Dope Ammo rewind for another collection of tag-team tear-ups and killer remixes gone by. An all-out collective message: Benny Page returns to his finest palette to assist the DA fam with the system-primed skank-out "Roots & Future", Serum adds more rolling funk to the instantly recognisable bass lick of "Warning" while Shortston joins the fray for a savage late 90s V Records style jump-up roller. Finally Sub Zero shreds the dickens out of Dope Ammo & Tone Def's already vicious "Rollin"
Review: Dope Ammo and Run Tingz collide to explosive effect with this monstrous Oxford/Bristol soundclash: "Time Fi Dance". Slapping hard with a triplet swing and big toasty vox from Virgo Don, it's the fine example of how well dancehall can be executed in a jungle arrangement. Dig deeper for Dope Ammo's solo slammer "Rise". A more straight-up D&B stepper with War Of The Worlds style drama on the strings and a clear call to action from Shaddy MC, it's another critical knock out from Dope Ammo fammo.
Dope Ammo & Resinate - "Come Out To Play" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Erb N Dub & Deep Roots - "Insomnia" - (4:46) 175 BPM
Review: Bullets Reloaded is an ongoing project re-firing some shots from the Dope Ammo Records stock. Each round consists of four tracks and feature some of the biggest names in the game. So with all that in mind, get into some of the fire in this first installment, offering up the crazed junglist riddims of ""Roots & Culture" twice, once with a Serial Killaz deadly flex to contend with. Dope Ammo teams up with Resinate to break out the wild and heavy "Come Out To Play" and Erb n Dub and Deep Roots blow up big style with the hyperspeed breaks of "Insomnia". The insanity knows no bounds. Get excited, this series is going to be massive. Be there first.
Review: Moving on from their recent successes, the DA crew pull a massive EP out of the hat setting the standards for 2015 by offering forward every shade of jungle influence possible. There's no way a drum and bass fan could pass up this release. Getting stuck in, you might want to switch it up to "Feel The Desire", a horn-driven banger that brings a bit of dancehall to our frozen shores. It's "Get Down Massive" that really steals the show though, rolling out hard as the riddim sets itself up for some serious shaking. This sort of blistering heat is what you need right now. Trust us.
Review: Dope Ammo Records have had a very successful year indeed and this release sees the veteran imprint go from strength to strength with a release that encompasses sounds from contrasting ends of the Drum & Bass spectrum. "Time for a change" sees Dope Ammo hook up with long term partner Resinate on the buttons, with the soulful tones of Yemi Bolatiwa on vocal duties. Yemi's stock certainly has risen since her appearance on the label this time last year. The three have combined to make a conscious reggae influenced jungle roller which is as invigorating as it is catchy, Gigante MC joins in on the action perfectly toasting with his ragga style in-between Yemi's uplifting vocals. On the flip Mr Ammo has teamed up with Jungle legend Marvellous Cain for the second release in a row. "Crossfire" is a perfect example of how to craft unashamed jump up DnB whilst maintaining high production values and creativity levels. Tension building stabs under a warm sub make way for a mercilessly hard hitting drop, leaving junglists eagerly anticipating the next export from their studio sessions. Expect to hear both of these tracks in sets for a long time to come!