Review: Top ranking Dirty Dubster Bazza Ranks teams up with one of the most distinctive, entertaining and versatile MCs in the game Dynamite MC for this serious system heater. Bubbling with dancehall delight, track and Dyna's vocals fit like a glove and get us geared up for the summer months ahead. And if you need something with more of a darker punch check the D&B remix that's armed with a classic sample you can't run away from. From sunny side to the far side, this one brings the feels. Don't let it pass you by...
Review: There are few things more pleasing to jam to than new age dancehall with a dancehall twist in our eyes and who better to provide that flavour than the legendary pairing Bazza and Dynamite MC. The high energy pair get together here for a nostalgic vocal session, discussing the fun times in their past and adventures of their youth. The vibe is playful and then coupled with a relaxed instrumental composition, combining subtle horn patterns and intricate triplets.
Review: Bazza Ranks returns to the Mossy HQ for a unique twist on Inner City's "Good Life". That iconic chorus and those sun-kissed keys are present and correct but this time they're complemented by a rump-shaking dancehall steppy riddim and crucial vocals from man-like Dynamite MC and Scarlett Quinn, giving it a whole new twist. For added twists check both the break-splashed jungle remix and the heavier kicking drum & bass remix. No more bad times, only glad times!
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: Capitol 1212 draw another scorcher from their acclaimed LP 'The Return Of Rudy Nacho, seeing the lads team up with UK All Star and all-round legend 'Mr. Badman' Tenor Fly on a jump up UK junglist tip. The tenor is in a reflective mood as he sends an empowering message to his fellow brothers and sisters over a tear-out beefy riddim set straight for the dancefloor. On the remix side of things a bouncing dub-wise version from Montreal's jungle don RCola breaks the junglist mould before Belgium's favourite beatsmiths the Turntable Dubbers smash things up in a Latin style. Cumbia gets experimental with a host of tweaked effects, meanwhile Dublin's Dirty Dubsters lace the Tenor's lyrics on a dancehall riddim with squelching synths and sub bass to round things off. Things just got hot!
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: Spoil yourself with six alternative versions of Danny T's summer vibin' Dreader Than Dread. Bim One strips the mid range and focuses on the lyrical, low end and percussive content of the track while the Dirty Dubsters live up to their name by mugging up the mix for something far more filtered. The real deep electronic vibes come from Jinx's dub, before bringing the track to life with a funky bassline - and the tablas come out in Tradesman's remix! For all the junglists there's Subtifuges rework and don't forget the riddim version for that instrumental alternative.
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: Serious summer fun, as Irish party crew Dirty Dubsters team up with London's most gravelly tonsilled toaster Dark Angel for an instant sing-along skanker. For added weight Irish Moss have recruited an impeccable range of remixers: jungle legend Kenny Ken smashes out the amens, Red Astaire gets his slo-mo dub swing on while Dan Taliras cooks up a cheeky digidub version. Outstanding vibes throughout, jump on this cart today!
Review: The unlikely heavyweight connection of Dublin and Kingston heralds the second single from the Dirty Dubsters forthcoming Fire It Up album. Enlisting the unmistakable vocal rasp of legendary 'Mic Veteran' Burro Banton. ''Dem Can't Stop We'' is the infinitely catchy jungle/d&b hybrid the Dubsters are devastating dancefloors with, and this mini EP features surprising remixes that come from very different sides of the jungle spectrum. London's Yes King goes with a bubblin' 90's style digital riddim inspired by the golden era of Dancehall while Colorado's Bobby C Sound TV delivers a ghetto funk style mid-tempo break complete with earth shattering synth bass. Another international link up release from Irish Moss Records.
Review: Booty-blending glitchsmith DJ Maars flips the D&B bird with Born Ina Barn on "Soundclash". Rolling with classic Aries-style reggae-influenced style, it's the perfect blend of party and serious soul as the horns weave spells and Born Ina Barn spits lava truth. Remix-wise Dubmatix gets down and dirty on a slo-mo 4/4 flip, Dirty Dubsters add their own verses and dynamic production touches while Tom Showtime takes the track to cooler classic hip hop pastures. All bases covered.
Review: If you like your reggae-influenced music that's British underground to its core - you'll like this. Sleepy Time Ghost and Bazza Ranks featuring Shumba Youth and Natty Campbell drop their very own 'Rip It Up', packed full of funky ragga vibes along with slick vocal work from everyone involved. But they've also roped in Wrongtom and FleCK on remix duties, the former of which doesn't divert from the original much but cleans it up a bit, smoothes over the edges and brings out some clarity in the mix. FleCK takes things in a different direction, namely D&B, and the vocals sound amazing in combination with the pace of the drums, the wobbly bassline swerving underneath. Finally, Sleepy Time Ghost has incorporated a vocal-less dub version which you could easily imagine Mungo's HiFi dropping to rapturous approval. A slick release that covers various strands of British dance music history.
Review: Once again Steppa Style is back, fresh with his first 2015 single release from his See The World epic. Cementing himself as Russia's Number 1 'Raggaematical Junglist' (could there be any others?), this time we see Dirty Dubsters and 6Blocc take their shots at the breakout track, originally built by none other than Benny Page. Showcasing the '90s dancehall sound at it's best, Dublin's Dirty Dubsters get things bubbling nicely, and when USA junglist 6Blocc takes his turn things start beging to really flow. If you want raggamuffin sounds, you've got it. If you want to get up and dance, it's here. Take yourself less seriously and have a bit of fun.
Review: Proper internatty business; Russian beats, UK vocals and 100 per cent Jamaican vibes abound on an Irish label as Hunta extolls the virtues of wholesomeness and gumption over a juicy step-sharpened rhythm. Remix-wise Max Rubadub strips the groove back and gets busy on the synth horns, with both Dirty Dubsters and Dialect & Kosine get grizzly on classic jungle tips. The former go for an Urban Takeover style bass-bitten jump up flavour while the latter get skankwise in a similar way to Aries or Jacky Murda. Get to work.
Review: Subtifuge's debut on Irish Moss is here. A hip-swaying, big-toking Ganja anthem sure to have lighters raised and heads nodding, the one and only Mr Williamz delivers sweet vocals while Subtifuge's original goes for a huge steppin' riddim. Remixes come from Canadian Jungle don Marcus Visionary, Scotland's finest J. Bostron providing a huge amount of extra jungle fire power on this release, while Dirty Dubsters slow things down to a half-time reggae riddim. Lift up ya can in salute and get moving!