Liondub International, born on the foundations of original reggae music, primarily hones in on roaring jungle and drum and bass but occasionally swerves into 140 bpm and dancehall territories. The label was founded by DJs and producers DJ Liondub and Marcus Visionary in 2008. Over the years Liondub International operated from Brooklyn, Toronto, London and Kingston (Jamaica) but is now run solely by Liondub in New York City. The label joins the dots between sub-labels Blacklion Movements, Liondub Street Series, Liondub-ODT Muzik and Liondub45. Liondub International has seen releases from artists including: Bladerunner, DJ Hybrid, Serial Killaz, Aries, Bou, Macky Gee, Euphonique, Jayline, Sub Killaz and Riko Dan.
Review: Blimey Liondub International aren't messing around right now! Following the epic Phibes remixes of reggae Johnny Osbourne recently comes another top-tier tear-up, this time from Born On Road donnies Selecta J-Man and Gray. Big growling reese basses, Johnny's sweet dulcet tones and swaggering breaks galore, this takes 'Rock It Tonight' to a whole new level of sweet sweet dancefloor murderation
Review: The currently unstoppable Phibes return to Liondub and take on the classic 'Murderer' by seminal and pioneering reggae and dancehall singer Johnny Osbourne. Capturing his warm, toasty vocal flow but spicing it up over skippy stripped back breaks, guttural bassline croaks and honied subs, it's an instant skank-off anthem. Complete with an instrumental for added creativity or those unfortunate enough to be allergic to vocals.
Review: Talent-packed Liondub collective Dungeon Kru get busy once again with 'Drop The Riddim'. As is always the case with the crew the flavour is deep, dark and the vibe is rolling as they guide us through our paces. Highlights include the timeless bassline funk of 'Sound Boy', the progressive creeps and twists o the E.R.F collaboration 'Drop The Riddim', the eerie tension and percussive funk of 'Rumble Inna Jungle' and the vibrant finale with Bandit Emcee 'Level Up'.
Review: Faysha, Blackout JA and Liondub all on one jam with a perfectly positive message... There's a lot to unpack here. Firstly Faysha and Liondub's beats hit hard with their stripped back off-the-wall funk. Then you have Blackout's fire bars which lay things out with clarity: don't worry about the haters, the greedy politicians, grubby capitalists, authoritarians and all things Babylon - just focus on yourself and those close to you who make your life special. Then if that's not enough you have the currently unstoppable Acuna on the remix tearing things up to a whole new level. What a jam!
Review: One half of Serial Killaz, Vital Elements reflects over 20 years in the game with this powerful five tracker that shows him exploring, pushing and developing his style. Pick any flavour you might know him for and it's on this EP in all its glory: 'That Thing' brings the ravey rushes, 'Delinquent' is all about the flabby old wobble, 'Whine Up Ya Body' adds a splash of daytime dancehall delight and 'Shelter From The Storm' is all about those epic emotions and that goosebumping fusion. Need some absolute carnage? Look no further than the title track '20 Years'. Wig burning!
Review: Pop your corks! It's Rumble, Blackout JA, Daddy Freddy and Liondub with their now cult classic 'Wine It Up' remixed up the max by a whole range of killer, on-point names. The original is a dancehall grinder but the remixes take us to all kinds of places; Vital gets savage with a new VIP of his original remix, Lost City bring absolute fire with a sizzling riddim that leaves plenty of space for the MCs' massive vocals while Marcus Visionary brings the dancehall elements of the original into a contemporary jungle twist. Finally for a special additional version excursion we have the 'Wine It Ova' special with Echo Minott and Sophia May bringing extra vocal flavour. Pour another one !
Review: Longtime friends and collaborators Capital D and Liondub get ready to 'Rumble' on this system shaking dancehall jam on Liondub International. Keys so springy they can send in the hearse, a bassline so bouncy it gets a proper burial and lyrics so fine they deserve a pretty casket. Available in a direct killer version and slightly friendlier radio version, this one's all about the blam blam blam!
Review: Reaching out to the massive! Liondub and good friend Marcus Visionary curate another absolutely slamming collection of upfront bubblers and blazers from a whole range of on-point talents for the fifth volume of their Jungle To The World series. Every single track is a highlight here as we slide and glide from vibe to vibe. Bladerunner's 'Jungle Strike' is the perfect intro that sucks us deep into action with pure energy while elsewhere other cuts like the VIP of Jayline's 'The Lion' go full-on elephant bass, Conrad Subs goes classical jungle with the chops, cuts and warping bass notes of 'Call It Love' and Teej gets militant with his breaks on his remix of SuM's 'Disorder'. World beating junglism.
Review: Following recent releases on the likes of Formation and Natty Dub, Norwich lads Simple Simon and Pharoah land on Liondub International with this four track beast. Expect a full range of flavours as the pair guide us through their influences and inspirations. 'Top Dog' barks orders with a stern and devilish intent while 'Can't Lose' flips things and shows us their funky side (complete with some brazen sax blasts) Elsewhere 'Babylon' takes us deep into the darkness - all bashy, firm and grizzly - before Pharoah's 2020 banger 'Fire In The Hole' gets a much needed VIP flip for a grand finale.
Review: Seeing a new release from the Liondub international crew is always a Monday highlight, with this latest combination of Capital D, Liondub & Rumble Mad being another wicked addition to their already impeccable catalogue. We are given two spicy singles, kicking off with the super-electronic dancehall flavours of 'Mad Smaddy', seeing Capital D take the lead role in a serious heater, doused in punchy drum work and sizzling bassline energy below. On the flip, we see Rumble arrives with 'Bellyas Version', giving the same riddim a more instrumental feel, showcasing just how potent it stands with an almost apocalyptic feel running throughout its explosive arrangement. Love it!
Review: Rumble's in the jungle. Ragga Twins are too. And it's an all-out love-in as the MCs celebrate the girls with this new Liondub International remix package. Toby Ross brings the jungle attitude, all rattling breaks and big bassline energy while Exile takes things in more of a dancefloor direction with a ridiculous swagger and big brash bass licks between the stomping kicks. Complete with original mixes, this is a big look for the summer festivals.
Review: Blackout JA & Liondub return as 'Blacklion Movements' to present the 10th single from their 'Love Dancehall' LP series. Blackout Jah and Blakkamoore link up with Dancehall Godfather Johnny Osbourne, Liondub and Jugganaut for this powerful jam that celebrates two massive reggae standards - Steelie & Clevie's classic 'Skylarking riddim' and Johnny Osbourne's 'Keep Rising'. Expect nothing but lyrical fire as the two mic-men weave and bob between each other over the beats. For added creativity jump on the riddim track. Plenty of skylarking to be done here... Rise up!
Review: Show us your war faces, now show us your full attention as we roll out this powerful debut LP from Bristol-based Magness. Released on Liondub International, it brings together everything he's hit us hard with over the years on labels such as Rebellion, Brawlin and Stickybass. Big dancefloor energy but with jump-up realness and the darkness of rollers, highlights include the drama and tension of 'The Shadow Man', the dancehall vocals and hip-wriggling bass licks of 'Pull Up' and the funky fluctuations of 'Sugar & Spice'.
Review: Get your laserjets out for the lads! Rumble and Suku Ward get busy over a slinky dancehall groove with 'Printa'. Full summer vibes with a bashy twist, it's boosted by two killer floor-focused remixes. Zoro gets lively with a thumping bass/kick combo that flattens anything in its path but still carries space for the sweet skanking keys. Chatta B and Liondub follow suit with a similar sense of energy but added breakbeat naughtiness. Suns out, dot matrix out.
Review: While Freud encouraged us to destroy the ego, Froidy has a different message... 'Destroy The Image'. He doesn't care how you destroy it - you could burn it, rip it up, scribble all over it, whatever - but as long as you do it while you're getting busy to his stinking bass tones it's all good. Other messages from the Froidy one include the spiky tension and alien Q&A on 'Think Ur Bad', the steam roller drama on 'Secrets' and the low rumbling speaker-melting finale 'Waiting For You'. Destruction guaranteed!
Review: Rider Shafique rolling with appreciation over a soft focus bassline groove from NYC producers Liondub and Jah Boogs: it's a winning combination. Both elements as breezy and emotional as each other, there's a perfect summer flavour at play here. Looking for something that's blessed with more of late night edge? Look no further than Acuna's much darker work-out. Paying full respect to Rider's vocal, but doing so with all the whistles, bells and grizzles, it's another sure fire success from the Brazilian man of the moment.
Review: It's a stinger! The 'Scorpion' EP sees previous collaborators Exile and the legend Mark XTC link up once again for this high energy four-piece on Liondub International. Flexing the full rave range, every tack is rush-inducing beauty in its own special way. 'Bus A Step' takes the lead with the iconic tones of Trigga leading us into the sleepless future while 'Set You Free' brings a little piano-tickling euphoria with all manner of jungle elements thrown in. Elsewhere the title track 'Scorpion' scuttles out from under a rock and stings you with venomous amounts of bass before 'Feels Good' finishes the EP with a major load of wobbled-out bass licks. Banging.
Review: Just when you thought Lost City had delivered a killer message with their 'Maps' album, along comes a full jungle reboot of the collection. More breaks, more subs, more unity of flavours and influences, nobody's going to lose their coordinates with these dancefloor versions as the LA duo go in hard on every track. Highlights include the incendiary blazes of the Navigator fronted intro 'Junglist General', the twisted bass licks on 'Worldwide', the sweet skanks of 'Under Control' and the epic smashes and bashes of 'Focus' with Rider Shafique. Find your way today!
Review: The US is popping with drum & bass right now and Liondub International has been leading the charge for many years. This epic LP from LA duo Lost City is proof; a huge album with some of the biggest vocalists in the bass game (Navigator, Rider Shafique, Capital D, Spyda, Riko Dan, Blackout JA, the list goes on) it reflects the widest parameters of the genre with a special focus and celebration of drum & bass jungle's soundsystem roots. Highlights include the Shafique fronted dancehall stepper 'Focus' the sexy soul of 'Under Control' and the already massive 'Sicko' with Ward 21. This is just the tip of the iceberg; time to get well and truly 'Lost' in the music.
Review: Putting the international into Liondub International, the New York label brings serial collaborators German Maurizzle and Luxembouger Master Error together for this epic five-track funk-up. The big headline track 'Fever' and the sing-along 'Goodbye' could well have a great effect in festivals this summer while tracks like the thundering bassline behemoth 'Shadow Technique' and the anthemic emo blasts and builds of 'Holding' will do serious club damage. A highly significant connection.
Review: The internatty Liondub collective Dungeon Kru link up the massive for this generous co-lab collection. Liondub and Bandit MC join the fray first of all with the space-aged bubbler 'Fearless VIP' while Stranjah brings the twisted groans to the mix on the made-to-mix tear-up 'Untitled'. Elsewhere K Jah brings the bombs, Joely brings the breaks and Pharoah brings the deep and dreamy soul. Dungeon Kru bring the heat. It's a family affair
Review: Hands up who likes crime! Hands up who likes mindfulness! Hands up who likes filthy bangers from man like Vital! We got great news for all you crews (especially those who put their hands up for all three categories)... Vital is back with this ridiculous four-piece on Liondub International and it's intoxicating business from the off. 'Rage'N' hits with an addictive Q&A bassline riff that's so much fun to mix, 'Shaolin' cuts through the mix with real menace and string plucking tension before breaking into a vibrant bassline/synth groove while 'Raw Grooves' gets out the chainsaw and chops down a whole forest with its bassline just for the hell of it. 'Take Me Home', meanwhile, finishes the EP with a classic switcheroo. Hands up who likes good-times, early 2010s jump-up!
Review: Liondub International continue to raise the pressure with their non-stop slew of gully. This time it's courtesy of Faysha and Grim Sickers who rattle off a whole list of essential culture ingredients over a pared back groove that opens up into heavenly synths mid way. Remix-wise Lupo goes for pure minimal mastery with the treacle subs and rasping bassline growl while P Skinna completely flips the vibe into a grime-like halftime bubbler. Trigger fingers in the air.
Review: Snake eyes! Following editions from Kenji and Flat T, Teezy chucks the dice for the third annual 'High Rollers' collection on Liondub International. No gambling necessary; each cut is a big time winner as Teezy slaps us with groove after groove. Killer rounds include the chainsaw-like chug and menacing energy of 'Rigid', the crispy synths and pranged out textures of 'Minimal Instinct' and the flattening weight of 'Bad Rasta'. Roll again?
Review: Last spotted flexing album sized wallops on Onxy, Gaw now comes correct on Liondub International with this feisty four tracker. As with previous Gaw outings, the vibe is stripped back, relentless and naughtier than your old dear on match day; 'Ignition' is all about the beautiful rattling drum work, 'Fingers' is all about the sweet staccato skanks, 'For Real' is all about the grizzly schizo bassline while 'What's Up' finishes the EP with hurricane-like drop that comes out of nowhere. Unite and ignite!
Review: Here comes the reload! Parly B's 2020 album 'Hot Like Fire' bubbles up like lava with a whole host of massive remixes from some seriously on-point artists. Kicking off with a savage take on 'Dem A Try' by L Side, we're soon hurled into the sweatiest of dances by the likes of Jaylin, T-Kay, Rahmanee, Conrad Subs and Mr Liondub himself. Covering every corner of the dance, every shape, size, form and flavour, this brings Parly's album to live for a whole new chapter, highlighting just how hench and instigating his vocals are. Drop it like its hot.
Review: The Liondub International team have been on a serious roll over the last few months, with a top quality drop landing almost every week since the new year commenced. This time around, we are introduced to a system-ready rally, as Blackout JA, Liondub & P Skinna are joined by a host of toasting legends for an old school shelldown. It's a truly all star lineup as Daddy Freddy, YT, Da Fuchaman, Frisco Banton, Rebel MC, Top Cat, Navigator, Super Sass, Shumba Youth, Mr. Glenny & Souls Liberation all join in with exciting verses. It's a fabulous look at system culture in 2022 and we can't get enough of it!
Review: Following releases on the likes of Delta9, Informal, DNB Allstars and Deep In The Jungle, Gyro bossman Audiomission continues flexing across the labels with this massive wedge of bangers on Liondub International. Badness business as usual: each cut packs a twisted punch with a prowling sense of darkness and tension and features a range of high level collabos. 'Badman Style' (with DJ Gaw) slaps with voodoo bass harmonics, 'Shifted' is a serious bassline tear-up while the title track is pure fighting talk with trilling high frequency bassline and its crisp hench drums. High grade.
Review: When you see a lineup of this quality coming together, especially at the pleasure of Liondub International, you know you are in for a bit of a treat to say the least. The ferocious combination of Badda General & P Skinna are out in full force for the fiery sounds of 'Kickers', a bundle of asian-inspired melodies and dancehall drum slaps, tied together with potent bassline progressions and intricate rhythms. The stuttering string plucks are even more potent when we then take in the official instrumental version, making this another very strong addition to the Liondub International catalogue.
Review: Grubs up! Chef El Laurie invites us over for some a la carte action as he joins the gang at Liondub International for a scrumptious five-course meal. On 'The Menu' tonight we have two starters - the meaty, greasy flavours of 'Deejay' and the bitter sweet punch of 'Badboy'. Later in the night, our main course will be the hearty title track 'The Menu' (a wholesome banger just like mama used to make) with a side order of 'Yes', an exciting blend of root vegetables cooked in breaks and chainsaw basslines. Finally we have the dessert course; the zesty old school aromatic punch of 'Make It Right', brought up to date with a range of special chef spices. Twice as nices. Tuck in!
Review: You can always count on Liondub International to up the mood, with this latest single being a perfect example of that attitude in motion. We have always loved the Liondub ability to fuse the nostalgic beauty of dancehall and reggae music with modern production methods, this time seeing Blackout JA & Ricky T join the dance for the party-starting arrangements of 'Sound Murdara', a toasted homage to system culture, delivering both a classic sounding riddim dripping with flutey melodies and catchy horn stabs and a super catchy lead vocal. This one comes complete with a more system-friendly dub mix for good measure, kick starting 2022 in style.
Review: Sliding into 2022 with a little dancehall sweetness, Liondub International continue to celebrate all system styles with this wonderful Busy Signal collaboration. Smooth and moody with a little sensual twist, the in-demand Jamaican singer gets busy over a stripped back and subtle riddim from P Skinna and label bossman Liondub. Complete with a radio version and instrumental, this is a high grade way to start the year!
Review: What a crazy link up we have here as Lost City joins forces with the monstrous vocal talents of Capital D for a speaker-slapping new single by the name of 'Crazy In Love', coming to us courtesy of the wonderful Liondub International team. Think dancehall, but electronic, and you are a third of the way there with this one as we are greeted by dizzying snare slaps, grizzly bass energy and a rave-ready toasted vocal line from Capital D. This is an absolute weapon of a single, perfect for turning up the heat in the dances, coming complete with an even more gritty drum & bass rework from JNGL, along with both instrumental cuts for good measure.
Review: Dear Diary, today we received a copy of DJ Hybrid's long-awaited debut album Diary Of An International Junglist on Liondub International. It's 20 tracks fat and, as you'd expect from such a prolific and hard working artist, it's well worth the wait. Featuring collabs with the likes of Rider Shafique, Diligent Fingers, Madrush MC, Redders and MC Foxy, there's a lot of next level action to unpack but instant head-slicers include the space age purrs and twists of 'Find Your Way', the menacing darkness and sparse funk of 'Pull Out Ya Piece' and the bouncing and swagger of 'Live For Yourself.' These are just some the many stand-out bangers from an album by one of the scene's most consistent leading lights in the last 10 years. Made for junglists, by a junglist. It doesn't get better than this.
Review: As always with the Liondub International crew, we are in for an absolute cracker with this one as they unveil an 18 track vocal pack, exploring the super lively 'Soap Riddim', one of the most dancefloor-ready instrumental designs we have heard in years. The lineup they have managed to assemble for this collection is pretty outstanding, featuring the likes of Patexx, Javada, Suku Ward, Red Fox, Junior Dangerous and many more, all of whom deliver lively vocal performances. This is a perfect tape pack for any dancehall DJ looking to turn up the flavour in the dance, with our highlights being Daddy Freddy's highly energetic performance on 'Danger', next to Blackout JA & YT's vibrant back and forth display on 'Greatest Treasure'. You can pick and choose your favourites, but this is a riddim that is going to cause some real dancefloor damage
Review: Liondub International are slamming out the goods right about now, this brutal pairing between Street Creeps and MC-du-jour Rider Shafique being a fine example of where Liondub's label is at in 2021. A proper version excursion, 'Hungry Belly' is showcased through various versions - the diesel powered original, a more breakbeat-charged junglist Amen mix and an instrumental. Just in case you can't handle the very real truths of Rider's warnings of greed and high level world order skullduggery. Grubs up.
Review: Finally, a Redline the sound engineer in the club won't break your balls about. Previously spotted on the likes of Dutty Bass and Deep In The Jungle, here we find the young talent getting his jazzy flex on with Liondub International. Five tracks deep, Redline plays with the contrasts throughout as we're taken from light to dark at the flick of a switch. Stand-out moments across the collection include the lavish piano rolls and groaning bassline of 'Chaaa', the Bristol style drum groove and stark sound design on the bass of 'Celebration' and the leftfield, mischievous meanderings of 'Selassie'. Loving this.
Review: Bang, blap, brap, booyaka; however you like to articulate your gunshots, there are enough here to go round as US artist Liondub and UK artist Mr Quest team up with MCs Blackout JA and Anthony Johnson for a gun-toting skanking slap-about. More than just a casual shoot-out, with both vocalists going toe-to-toe over a range of vibey and sometimes familiar samples, this is an all-out massacre. For those of you hungry for a slightly deeper twist and a purring bassline, head for Selecta J-Man's remix. Hell, even instrumentals have been supplied of both versions for those not jungle enough to embrace the vocals. Sweet murderation!
Review: The Liondub crew have always been excellent at unleashing fresh dancehall fire. This latest drop from Capital D is an excellent example of that in action as the devilish vocal tones and grizzly 808 pulses of 'No Time' kick us off with a bang', followed by the rolling trap-style drums and typically bashment-influenced chord stabs of the title track 'Boiling Hot', topped off again by Capital D's instantly recognizable vocal tones. From here, 'Danger Business' utilizes a steel-drum driven instrumental construct, giving us some sunshine singalong flavour, before 'Have Some Fun' gives us the most uplifting creation of them all for the perfect closer. Excellent work!
Review: Many artists are making those gruff, random barking bassline noises right now but few do it with the wit and timing of yung Lupo. Always hitting you when you don't expect it and always cutting out the mix in a really crisp way, Lupo's basses are hitting serious spots... Especially on this new Liondub International EP. Highlights include the 8-bit spirals and decaying, swaying bass riff on the title track, the vocal twist and snarling bass of 'Loving You' and the long awaited VIP of his erstwhile bubbler 'The Funk'. Soundboy lick a shot.
Review: No retreat no surrender! DJ Hybrid and Madrush MC link up on Liondub International for this dark lesson in tension. Stripped back, menacing but never erupting over the top, this is the epitome of a dancefloor creeper. It's backed with an instrumental and a fresh Hardcore Junglism take on DJ Hybrid and Liondub's 2015 slap-about 'Boom In 93'. Booming back at ya!
Review: Numa Crew's T-Kay returns to Liondub International with another precision collection of tear-ups and twist-outs, all done in his signature withheld and unhurried style. 'Jah Know Star' brings the swing with a warm and ready bassline, 'Jungle Simple' brings the wriggles with a bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss on Ram during the 'Nightflight' era while 'Reach Out Massive' hits with much more distorted bassline. Wrapping up the EP, 'Pull Up' lives up to its name with its epic synths and brilliantly stretchy late 90s Bristol bassline before 'Shakabass' closes the EP in a similar party-minded style. Reach out and reload!