Review: Vietnam VS Jamaica on Irish Moss. Could this EP possibly BE more international? The vibes meet the air miles: Blunty's laid down the crudest of dub bounce arrangements and it's the perfect match for Blackout's throaty spittage. Remix-wise we hear the Dirty Dubsters ride high on a well-known reggae riff, Liondub take things back to 94 with a rudeboy jungle lick and J-Bostron take things back to 97 with a crisp n' bashy jump-up session. Massive.
Review: What a package! Scottish duo Capitol 1212 team up with Toddla T-endorsed Serocee for a roaring reggae-roasted party joint: with well-known samples, a sing-along hook and lively scratches and twists on the riddim, it's an epic sizzler of carnivalian proportions. Remix-wise we're treated to two jams from the Dub Pistols (one D&B, one nu-funk), Dirty Dubsters provide a rolling halftempo D&B rub that switches to full speed mid-way and Bluntskull add more emphasis on the authentic skank factor. Make a disturbance today...
Review: It's a proper Celtic hoedown with Scotland's Capitol 1212 teaming up with Irish Moss for "Worldwide Echo". It's a match made in heaven as the in yer face D&B of the former blends perfectly with dubby vibes of the latter. There's plenty to choose from on the remix front too, from the classic dub of Tuffist & Max Powa to the breaky funk of Funkanomics via the pumpin' UKF beats of Juice Forever.
Review: Edinburgh-based production duo Capitol 1212 (AKA producers Professa Fresh and Fly T) has been offering up reggae, dancehall and dub-influenced club fodder since the tail end of the 2000s. Here, they present their first album for Irish Moss Records, a self-proclaimed "tribute to soundsystem culture". In effect, that means a festival-friendly sprint through straight-up reggae, reggae-jungle, dubwise breaks, carnival-bating dancehall and booming reggae-influenced hip-hop. It's not subtle, but it is a whole heap of fun, with a stellar list of guest vocalists - MAD, Tenor Fly, Million Dan and Daddy Freddy included - swinging by to add to the celebratory, Boomtown-friendly vibe.
Review: Take a wee dash of Ugly Duckling. Add a massive pinch of Dub Pistols. Bake in an Irish funk oven for several years. Follow this recipe correctly and you'll have Fire It Up, the debut album from the up-and-up duo Obese and Jay Sharp. Not to mention their crack team of killer mic-men. With such a wide range of vocals, the Dubsters hold down the consistency vibe with consummate ease. From Leiko Tola's Ty-style sedate delivery on "Musical Husslers" and Bass Nacho's gritty guttural system-chatter on "Real Bad Boys" to Danny Reid's melodic classical reggae sing-song glow on "Answer Mi Question", there's a tangible 'live' feeling about the whole set. A highly accomplished debut album. If these guys aren't dominating festivals in the next few years this really is Broken Britain.
Review: Irish Moss recordings: promoting positive vibes in reggae and bass music culture. They don't fail to deliver on their mission statement here, so check this out. Ireland's DJ Obese and Jay Sharp team up again for a full length that is serious fire! "Mr Willams Dirty Dubsterz Meets Special Request" gives us a well rolled lowdown that's hard to argue with. Feel the bass on "Back To Boom City" where Blackout JA tells the truth; blunted style. There's some female MCs on here too such as on "Blue Fishes" (with Soom T's smooth delivery) and there's drum and bass on "I Love" and we'll give you just one guess what they're referring to? We know what you're thinking and don't worry: there's some killer bashment vibes on tracks like "Domino". Jah!
Review: Taken from their album Fire It Up, "Real Bad Boys" makes a very subtle reference to the chord structure on Inner Circle's famous "Bad Boys" and features the distinctive guttural vocal tones of Blackout JA. Remix-wise Irish Moss have called in the big guns. Jalapeno's Basement Freaks turn in a strutting nu-funk blend while Bristol's finest reggae D&B crew Run Tingz get lively with a fire-starting 170 workout. Bad boy business, through and through...
Review: Dirty Dubsters have been bubbling for a while now; each cut demonstrating their ability to hone a hook and translate well in a live environment. "Fire It Up" is one of their best yet. Coming on strong like a young Dub Pistols, Braintrax posse member Mystro even sounds like Rodney P at points. With a clear, if a little naughty, message and some sun-kissed horns, this will rock well into the summer. Remixes come in all successful shapes and forms... Contemporary rave-bleep (Fog), electro grime (Spenda C) and squelch skank digidub (Jinxlin).
Review: Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.
Review: When it comes to contemporary reggae collaborations, Rise Up star Turbulence is a big look. With a distinctive vocal style, his delivery is so emphatic he'll have you singing along before you even know the words. Naturally this hook-up with Dirty Dubsters is no exception as he surges forth over a bubbling digidub hook. Remix-wise we're bombarded with boundary-bashing rubs: King Yoof gets lively with a vibrant jump-up breaks blend, Zion Train get deep with a rippling sub session, Numa Crew serve up a slamming, swaggering halfstep version while T-Kay closes the show with a spotless jump-up D&B shout out. Each version tickling a different corner of the dance, Irish Moss have curated a very special set right here.
Review: There are occasions where a vocal simply isn't necessary; the instrumental original does all the damage you want it to. Then there's the less frequent case of vocal / instrumental smelting that's so natural and neat, you wonder why it hasn't happened sooner. "Real Good Gal" is definitely in the latter category. Originally released in 2012, Tzinas' "Jam Hot Riddim" (a dub version of Beats International), here we find it graced with Montreal's finest dancehall singer Clinton Sly and it's the perfect match. The remixes are equally stimulating; Maars adds emphasis to the beats, Cut La Vis adds a sense of electronic evangelism and Dark Able smashes out a jungle-juiced jump up D&B vibe. Real good vibes.
Review: "Big Bad Sound"... What a title! But does it live up to it? Of course it does. Having worked with the likes of Dr Meaker and Dreadsquad in the past, Bristol-based MC Gardna knows his beats big time. The original is a classic slice of authentic dub bubbles peppered with contemporary MC chatter and the remixes range from military drum march vibes (Max Rubadub) to a pensive UK garage 4/4 groove (Dirty Dubsters) via slinky, sonorous D&B (Liondub). Big, bad and wholly sound - this more than lives up to its title.
Review: There is nothing we love more here at JunoDownload than some tasty new school reggae music, which is exactly what Ruckus FX & Lavosti have delivered here on their brand new 'Heart Of A Lion' EP. We kick off the project with the smooth marching drum rolls and potent sub textures of 'Never Let It Go' before 'Moyo Wa Simba' takes a more dubstep approach with distorted synthesizers running the show. The marching theme then returns alongside some heavenly horn layers and introspective vocal lines on 'Golden Rule', before the project is rounded off in style with the dancefloor ready struts of 'Water & The Earth'.
Review: Time for a little dutty Dublin dancehall as Rukus FX makes his debut with a salubrious bass hybrid that sits between classic and contemporary dub and rides soulfully with warm vocals from Parly B. Remix-wise original breaker King Yoof gets his bubbly festival-slaying dub breaks on, Bazza Ranks switches up the flavours with a bassline-meets-classic house twist while Mr Upfull fills us up with warm system skank flavours. Vibesy.