Review: A fast and furious three-track EP from Saint Petersburg based Bina Assassins Crew. Expect hurried rolling breaks, stabbing tones and sped up junglist flavours from title track "Ruff Times" which accelerates into the drop with reckless abandon and continues with no let up, the garbled vocal barely audible over the flurry of beats and bass. It's a similar story in "Real Rasta" which bursts into song with trance-influenced synths and reggae lyrics, all with the same incessant, pummelling drums. Concluding cut "Irie" rounds things off with more vocal-led gabba D&B; building from an intro dominated by speech into the main part in which the main "Irieeee" chorus shines through.
Review: One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists, Gregory Isaacs' incredible career stretched over three decades, providing one of the dancehall and reggae scene's most instantly recognisable voices. This original Isaacs sample has been "revoiced" by Bones courtesy of Liondub as part of JungleXpeditions' "Junglist Sound" project, set to feature jungle, drum and bass, new school reggae and dubstep in its repurposing of classics back into contemporary dance music. You can call it remixing, you can call it re-fashioning, you can even call it a project of good will if you like; "Number One Sound (Jungle Dub)" offers a 'way in' to non-junglists and provides old-school fans with a chance to hear an Isaacs classic reborn.
Lonely (feat MC Mac - Nice Of Tribe remix) - (4:34) 170 BPM
Review: A curious artist name it may be, but Brown Noise delivers here with this four-track EP on Jungle Xpeditions. Kicking off the Lonely EP with synth sizzling piece and incidentally the title track, "Lonely (feat. MC Mac)", it's all quirky SFX, gloopy synth glitches, gently pattering drums and occasional lyrical input from the aforementioned Mac. Onwards through tougher, more twisted "Jungle Ninjah" with its warping bass, we reach "Samurai Lost" - another exercise in eccentricity. A Nice Of Tribe remix of "Lonely" brings the EP to a relaxed and soulful jungle-drenched close.
Review: This one very much does what it says on the tin. Across the five-track selection we are treated to the sounds of Catalone as he presents "Sensi" - a frenzied array of sounds with parping SFX, jungle sirens and busy percussion. The title track continues, with cheery melodies and punchy drums, while "Don't Worry Be Happy" offers an even more upbeat perspective, with cooing, shimmying vocals adding a laidback atmosphere. "Just A Dream" is another vocal-driven dancefloor piece, and "Unleash The Lion" brings the EP to a happy close.
Review: Get your dancing shoes on and grab yourself a drink, JungleXpeditions have brought some classic reggae and dancehall bang up to dancefloor standards thanks to blistering remixes from the likes of Jamie Bostron, DJ Inspecta and Ride One. It's a high-energy jaunt through the heat of summer direct from your speakers; if jungle was made to make you move your feet, this selection of sizzling tunes was collected to get you moving and put a smile on your face. Who said D&B was all about stony-faced sample-bending? Get up!
Review: Bringing the 6th Junglist Sound project to the light of day, some of Jamaica's veteran DJs combine their efforts with brand new D&B producers for some fresh new takes on classic dancehall songs. Birmingham's Jungle Citizenz head up this release, with on-point jungle remixes of Johnny Osbourne's "Truth & Rights" and Sammy Dreadlocks' "Junglist Girl". Packing a punch doesn't come easy when you're given stone cold classics to work with, but these tunes just flow. Neck-snappin', feet-shufflin' bangers with that all-important infectious melody - you can't go wrong.
Review: Jungle Xpeditions continue to keep the fire burning with jungle infused D&B bangers for the modern day raver. This next release comes courtesy of Epeak and Virtus, who come up with the stomping "Tek Care (ePeak remix)" which is all swaggering beats, chiming instrumentals and chopped up reggae vocals with plenty of punch and dancefloor panache. It's virtually impossible to not dance and sing along to this smashing track. "Mentally Ill" is another powerful number with reverberating beats, grizzled vocal and murmuring b-line below. Cool stuff here from Jungle Xpeditions.