Review: A brand-new Breakage EP is always an event that perks the head and speeds the heart, as the scene's premier breaksman commands a level of respect and admiration other artists can only look on at in awe. He's a true great and his Index imprint - the phonetically spelt namesake of this release - is a home for all those who love proper jungle. He just nails it, and 'Valhalla' shows this off right away, his signature breezy intro giving way as per usual to a punching, absurdly clean drum section underpinned by a wall of subtle yet destructive low frequencies. Break steps up to remix the classic 'As We Enter' and does so in spectacular fashion, whilst 'Jah' blends stabbing 909s with tumbling breaks and a whole lot of angst. It caps off with the snapping 'B Side Bubbler', the final whistle on yet another blinder by Breakage.
Review: Tunes to make you go 'whoooo!' Breakage returns to his Index controls with two stinking bassline rollers that take us right back to his foundations. "Ric Flair Strut" lives up to its name with its swaggering bassline, rattling drums and scorching one note bassline while "Sanctuary" dusts off the classic breaks for a deep space voyage Omni Trio style. Watch out for that rumbling b-line, it's not here to make polite conversation. Magical murkery.
Review: Filed under Q in the D&B dictionary for Quintessential Breakage Rollers, James Breakage Boyle has launched his own label and it would appear he's well and truly back in the jungle. "Elmhurst Dub" is all about the break and the dubby washes while "Anymore" is one a moodier steppy vibe. Both subby, slinky, dank and dangerous, neither track could be purer if Doc Scott gave them an autopsy. True craftsmanship.