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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: At the forefront of Ireland's bass and reggae scene, the mighty Irish Moss label present here a new EP from Bazza Ranks, who is no relation to Shabba but is one half of the Dirty Dubsters. Unsurprisingly it's a pretty lively affair with three crazy bangers to get tings lit. First up,"Riddim Rider" kicks things off with some slow rolling breaks, boomy bass and heavy raggamuffin MC action from Jago and Deemas J. Next "Get Darker" is a lighter, Kingston-style summery dub jam and lastly "Policeman" is cool electro reggaeton outing.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Origin One got it together to release album All For The Love back in May, but it looks as though things have slowed down since then. As a result, we just get the one new track, "Good Ganja", here - a laidback dub reggae jam with an authorities vocal from Cheshire Cat. There's four remixes to choose from, our favourites being DJ Maars' half-time hip-hop influenced head-nodder and Juice Foresight's surprisingly lively deep tropical house jam.
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: 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!
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: 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: 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: 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: Irish skank-wise five piece Bionic Rats revisit a highlight from their 2012 album Seen & Not Heard. Armed with an instantly catchy chorus it's a sun-funked jam that lends itself particularly well to remixes. Which is good, because we have four to choose from: Bobby C Sound TV goes all '80s synth boogie, Max Rubabub puts the dub back into Dublin with a very authentic spacious version, Origin One add a whole bucket of sub while maintaining the upbeat flow while Dirty Dubsters get high on jungle juice and lay down an awesome D&B twister.
Review: With previous on Dirty Dubster Digital, Wood N Soo are no strangers to the boundary-punching funk on Irish Moss, as ably shown on this skank-flecked ragga-ravaged party blaster. Featuring Deadly Hunta - a toaster whose repertoire includes the likes of Buju Banton and Mad Professor - his gravelly vocals carry instant command as the beats bubble and bounce. Remix-wise Cut La Vis adds more sunshine to the groove, Dirty Dubsters add a gritty bass-bitten 4/4, SaBBo & Gurfinkel throw down the dark halfstep drama while Yan Zombie gets freaky and ultimately trippy in the beat department.
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: 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: 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.
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.