Review: Ruffneck Ting are a label perfectly placed on the border between jungle and jump-up, and this EP from The Force displays their aptitude in selecting the best of both strains. It's a gentle, subtle yet damaging release, one which flows upon a bed of soul yet comes out with fists flying at the other end. 'Second Sight' has the type of funkiness that only reggae music can provide, with stabbing bass touches providing lift and sensation to its clattering, rough and tumble drums. 'Stop The Show' is heavier and has more weight packed behind its stuttering percussion, its bassline wonderfully bouncy and dripping with the sunny skies, eyes closed heritage of reggae and dub music. Wicked.
Review: Following a couple of samplers, Verdikt has the second part of his Ready Fe Dem LP dropping on Ruffneck Ting and it's absolutely unreal. Nine tracks long and full of diversity, this LP is full to the brim with urban attitude and gritty textures, from the scatty percussion of 'Monkey Head' to the clean, precise needle points of 'Rained Off'. 'Bristol Girls' is especially good, as warm synth waves bend themselves through the range and wrap around its tight, driving bassline, a rolling number which those into sound system culture will be all over. Top piece of work.
Review: The accused looks up from the dock. First to the judge, then to the jury. They have this man's life in the palm of their hands. "What's the verdict for Verdikt?" asks the be-wigged judge, all pompous and gammon. "We find him guilty of two crimes of first degree gulliness!" they cry. The accused grins mischievously in response. If they found the swinging 60s horns and surreal rubber ball bassline drop of 'Batman' and the stripped back bubbling bassline wriggler 'Rained Off' gully then just wait until they hear even more the album. It's 'Ready Fe Dem' but are they ready for it?! The case continues...
Review: Ruffing up your lugholes as we stride into the bleakest of winters, Dazee's long-running Bristol imprint Ruffneck Ting deliver the first part of Verdikt's debut album 'Redy Fe Dem'. A mainstay on the label for the last five years, his rude, warm sound is the perfect fit; dark West Country rollage with samples and flavours from across the board. Each cut will have you reaching for the 'save for when the raves come back' folder. From the jet engine bass drones of the 97-flavoured 'Bust 45' to the dusty jazz and dulcet charms of Collette Warren on 'Wrong' (with Dazee) via the soothing rave pads and gutter-chomping bassline of 'Headbanger' (with Dissonant) and trippy bass wonkiness of 'Let Off', there's a stripped back consistency running through the whole collection which sets us up nicely for the imminent second part...
Review: Ruffneck Ting have really outdone themselves with this one and it's courtsy of Verdikt, who, across four tunes, seriously rolls things out. It's the sampler for a forthcoming longer project and the standout tune is 'Wrong', featuring Dazee andd Collette Warren, the latter of whom smashes the vocal work as per usual, injecting that little something extra into a tune already thriving on its diet of wide snare hits and wibbly wobbly sub bass. 'Ya Ya' is a unique which reminds us of Bungle's 'Coccooned' with its repitition and relentlessness, except the bass in question isn't a constant note but another superbly wobbly sub bass. The others are equally stripped back, and we really love the barebones approach being taken here.
Review: With comic book-esque artwork gearing things up with a funky aesthetic, Coastill is rolling out with abandon on Ruffneck Ting and he's joined by several of his mates: K Jah and Bass Antics, who both provide two remixes. It's a dirty expression of dancefloor pressure and things stay that way throughout, as title tune 'Casino' sets the tone with gruff, almost-tech stabs that squish and ooze their way through the range. Famed actor Burt Reynolds makes an appearance in name only on track two, another wobbling pacer that bounces almost as much as it bangs. Bass Antics nails things to the wall with his remix of 'All Clear', and 'Peeping Tom' rounds stuff out in rough and tumble fashion. Big.
Review: Euphonique has absolutely smashed this one. She's here with this four-track release packing all the creativity and attitude that we've come to expect. The first tune is vintage Euphonique, with an urban vocal and a stuttering array of jungle breaks that piece together into a really creative bit of music. The others are all pure rollers, with that Souped Up or KoTR vibe, and our favorite is probably 'Baddest Gal', just because that bassline is far too gully for us not to be into it. Big ups.
Review: Ruffneck Ting have been too kind to us this week, as instead of amore standard single or four-track release, they've dropped an eight-track album of sorts, a collaborative effort by Erbman and Flat T which rolls out in absolute style. The percussive construction is a highlight of this release and 'Hit It' demonstrates this best, with a flurry of beats flying all over the shop and underpinned by a wobbling, movement-filled expression of low frequency oscillation. 'Late Night Blues' is our other favourite, with some gorgeous reggae sampling injecting a bit of funk and another excellent bassline providing the final heat. Wicked stuff.
Review: Last spotted on Ruffneck Ting's Xtraordinary League Of Junglists series, Vytol steps forth with his most comprehensive EP to date. Six slabs of utter gully, we kick off with the trippy rave hurricane "Elevate" and dive deeper and deeper into his nasty, venomous blend. Highlights include the rolling gnarly bust-up "Gamma Whan", the groaning rump-shaking rumbles of "Straight Up Soundboy" and the skin-melting finale "D Wave". Vital Vytol business in the area.
Review: There's a lot of dancefloor D&B out there that succumbs to cheesiness by forgetting that a tine isn't all about the drop, it has to have substance as well. The Force has nailed that over on Ruffneck Ting, pumping out a four-tracker that's rooted in a wobbley and deeply satisfying wave of subs and sines. There's a light hearted but determined edge to this release that fits in perfectly with the Bristol vibe and we're big fans, especially of 'Show Some Signal', which has an absolutely banging snare that synergises so well with its rippling back end. Sick EP!
Review: K Jah lands on Ruffneck Ting with a jungle-influenced journey through D&B's rougher side. Ruffneck Ting doesn't have a reputation for being a label that'll hold your hand and this is clearly evident throughout Mad Flavour, none more so than on the title track. With a barebones, stripped back approach that's reminiscent of Digital or Spirit, K Jah combines old-school sampling with a distinct rawness to emphasise the track's low-frequency weight. This style is replicated across the other tunes to varying degrees but there's one constant: unadulterated sounds with the aim of serious dancefloor pressure. If that's your thing, then this EP is certainly for you.
Review: Featuring some nostalgic, retro-esque artwork, Jinx lands on Ruffneck Ting with a jungle-influenced journey through D&B's rougher side. Ruffneck Ting don't have a reputation for being a label that'll hold your hand and this is clearly evident throughout Bad In The Area, none more so than on the title track. With a barebones, stripped back approach that's reminiscent of Digital or Spirit, Jinx combines old-school sampling with a distinct rawness to emphasise the track's low-frequency weight. This style is replicated across the other tunes to varying degrees but there's one constant: unadulterated sounds with the aim of serious dancefloor pressure. If that's your thing, then this EP is certainly for you.
Review: Featuring some pretty creative if perhaps slightly polarising artwork, Verdikt lands on Ruffneck Ting with the Hands Up EP, a rolling mix of sounds and tones that lend themselves well to both the dancefloor and the bedroom. The title track exemplifies that perfectly, a subby underpin that transforms gradually into a monochromatic mash of force and energy. 'Crazy' opts for a wobblier outlook instead, featuring a fantastic, penetrating drum line that cuts underneath everything else. 'Rap Game's classic sounding rap sampling is the prelude to another flowing stream of low-frequency energy that would just go off live - banging EP.
Substance - "Belong To The Night" (feat Susie Ledge - Dazee remix) - (4:53) 175 BPM
Review: Level up! Not content with flinging out one 15 track jungle arsenal this season, Dazee's Ruffneck Ting power up with another hench collection less than a month later. Serious business as always, vibes fire fast and loose from the moment Jinx & The Force welcome us to the new echelon on "Next Level" with a classic sample subversion to the very last shimmering echoes Dazee's remix of Substance "Belong To The Night". Highlights include Jinx's grumpy grumbling subs on "Sound Killer", Verdikt's springy jungle roller shakedown "Party People" and The Force's alien landing serenade "Article 50". Another level.
Review: It would seem that the team at Ruffneck Ting have pulled out all the stocks here as they put together their 'The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists 2 (Level 1)' compilation, collecting up fifteen original dynamite sticks as they do so. The line-up contains a collection of high profile drums specialists, including DJ Hybrid, Erbman, Jinx, Bass Antics, Genetix and a host more. For us the highlights of this quite frankly super stacked project include Lion UK's dubwise roller in 'Hova Nova', alongside Flat T's scatty driver 'The Dragon' and Verdikt's super subby outing on 'Enemies'.
DJ Phlex & Bassface Sascha - "New Dawn" - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Junglist superheroes Ruffneck Ting return with the second sampler from their extraordinary new edition to their on-point album series. As always it's pure foundation business with some exceptional examples of contemporary roughage and choppage. Genetix twists up a fat riff and prods it from every corner on "Something's Brewing", Bristol OGs and label founders Substance & Dazee get serious busy with a shattering dubbed out roller while Jinx & The Force get deep, dark and dangerous with a purring, deep-breath bass that suddenly rises from nowhere in a techno-informed style. Need a little vocal pressure? Jump on Bassface Sascha and Phlex's "New Dawn" and trust us, you'll be feeling good...
Review: Ruffneck Ting let rip into 2018 with the launch of a brand new V/A album The Xtraordinary League Of Jungles 2. As with the previous collection, the album will be a roadblock of stone cold jungle lash-outs and these are the first five tracks to tease us. "Erbman" is all about the warm bassline bounce and strange sci-fi flutters. Kenji goes in on a T>I style stripped back steppy vibe on "I Would" while K Jay gives us not one but two dope collaborations... The wobbled out "Kerplunk" with Verdikt and the rocked-out face-slapper "Rock With Me". Finally the label bosses Dazee and Substance's 1997 tear-up "LF Ant" gets a razor-sharp 21-year update from Genetix & Habitat. Ruffneck ting; heads of the herd for almost 25 years.
Review: The Force has been strong this year. Consistently delivering since the early 2000s, this year he's really pulled out all the stops. His second Ruffneck roughhouser of the year "Searching" comes hot on the heels of his Bulletproof, Serial Killaz, Iron First and Calypso Muzak dispatches has continues to damage the dance with wily riffs and raffish, unkempt bass funk. Highlights include the hair-raising harmonic bassline Q&A on the title track, the awesome distorted bass on "Plastic Dreams" that hits with a mid-2000s electrohouse cheekiness and the warm skanks and electrified bass sizzles on "Soldier Bass". Keep on searching...
Review: It's a first class trip from Manchester to Bristol on the Ruffneck roller express as Hocus Pocus heroes Dawn Raid deliver four on-point work-outs. "Four Shots" disarms with a jazzy swing and some on-point words from the big guy himself. "Captain Confusion" sees them pairing up with K Jah for some flute-fired dream-laced soul while fellow Manchester man Bou twists up a little darkness on the soulful surges of the Jinx collaboration "Strife". Finally "Grotti" brings the heat as a classic jungle happy ending; ghostly, spacious and just a touch of the Cycle to it, we told you this was first class.
Review: Ruffneck Ting has been a prominent name in jungle for the over 20 years, starting life as a night in Bristol in 1993 before morphing into a label in recent years. So it's fair to say these guys know good jungle and, if they put out an extra large EP, we should be listening. Standing out as one of the highlights is 'Buju' with it's slow, low sub. We're also feeling 'Bad Boys' which blends tight, rolling amens with weird sci-fi synths and shorts shots of dirty bass, perfect for the dance. The title track 'Untouchable' combines classic claps, and lasers, with more modern effects and a killer bouncing base.
Review: It's a Birmingham / Bristol Jah-off as long-established Ruffnecker K Jah adds a little twist to young Bristolian newcomer Mixjah. "Soul Survivors" sees the two Jahs go toe-to-toe with a beautifully simplistic bassline groove while on the remix-front "Send Some Riddim" enjoys a beautiful makeover with an elastic bassline stretching around some jazzed-out keys and "Purple Music" goes ultra-violet with its understated minimal bassline roll and cool showers of dusty organ. Comes complete with a killer original from K Jah where the perfect balance of agginess on "Crowds Just Go" guarantees instant mix gratification. Don't mess around.
Review: Jinx is ready to rumble. The big question is... Are you? You should be; there are six stone cold jungle slappers right here, each one rumble-optimised for your maximum skank pleasure. Highlights include the slight wonky and loose flabby feeling on the bass on "Ready To Rumble", the roomier, deeper stepper "Long Nights" and the star-gazing, purring sub-led dubby workout "Hold Tight". But that's literally the half of it. Dig deep and rumble yourselves silly.
Review: He slapped us silly with Jinx on Ruffneck Ting's still-fire Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album and tickled us bad with his Genetix EP prior to that, now rising young junglist Habitat makes his solo debut on the label with a five-track power-punch EP of his own. Highlights include the riffy bounce to the bassline on "Let It Hit 'Em", the swooning rave synth tones on "All The Massive" and the soulful beauty of "Never Let You Go" but to be honest the whole EP bumps hard.
Review: One of Germany original junglist forefathers Bassface Sascha and partner in grime Feindsoul return to Ruffneck Ting following their cameo on the Bristol label's epic The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album last year. Packing four tracks we're treated to the full spectrum: a blunderbuss Taxman-style stormer on "Patchwork", a more stripped back mid 90s Playaz-style bassline on "Steppin On My Feet", a savage tripletty swagger on "Worldwide" and a riffy jam that wouldn't have sounded amiss on Dope Dragon back in the day. Cool operators operating correctly from Manheim to Bristol: Ruffneck Ting never disappoint.
Review: We're not sure how much The Force sold his soul for, but we reckon Beelzebub must have given him a handsome deal as there are some seriously savage skills at play here. The hurricane bass harmonics on "Sold My Soul To The Devil", the Die-style bass mischief of "Field Of Vibrations", the "Nightflight" style sub flutters of "Looking For Trouble" and the balance of dreamy strings and early Playaz style bass riffage on "Kick The Flow". The whole package is authentic, true to the craft and original. May The Force be with you.
Review: Ruffneck representing: Verdikt steps forth with his largest body of work to date and it's nothing but dancefloor trouble. The title track is a lesson in minimalism as the bassline and swinging drums wriggle round each other, elsewhere we get a Ganja Cru style up-and-down bass riff on "Beat Pop", a brilliant "Remember The Roller" style roll-out in the form of "Bounce", a laidback Kartoons style bassline stepper "Levels" and a shaker-soaked funk jam "Records". Timeless unabashed party cuts tailored for deep-mix creativity.
Review: Make no mistakes: Ruffneck Ting are smashing it on a whole new level this year! Bombarding the game with beat after beat, barely a month has gone by with a Ruffneck roll-out session. The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists takes this proliferation to a whole new level with 20 killer cuts from some of the label's firmest friends and family. Every cut is a highlight but you'd be off your nut not to check the clinically obese classical mid-90s jump up bass of "War", the sprung-out Bingo bounces of "All 2 Myself", the piano-slapping feel good rave workout "All Through The Night" or the dubbed-out trickery of "Hazey Dub". Need we go on? Ruffneck Ting have been on this ting since dot and they're rolling out some of their finest right here. Essential.
Review: Ruffneck Ting ante-up with the first volume of the Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album. A family affair with tag-teams galore, the Bristol murk merchants divide and conquer on every cut; The Force & Verdikt get mucky with a big bassline jump-up, Jinx & Aries build an mischievous Q&A a la DJ Die or Roni 20 years ago while Jinx & Dazee play a game of Asteroids inside our minds with the sci-fi bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Moving Fusion set 15 years ago. K Jah & Vytol wind up the dispatch with a clunkier iron age riff and a dizzying array of basses. Xtraordinary indeed... Bring on volume two!
Review: He's back! After a brief secondment on Natty Dub, K Jah returns to his spiritual home Ruffneck Ting with a firing five pack of ageless jungle jump up skankage. "Got To Have It" deftly references a classic Hijack rap over a bounce-licked bass arrangement, "Born In NYC" kicks like a New Yorker but kisses like a Jamaican while "Get It On" and "Rugged Over Loops" are reminders of when jump-up was exciting and not full of high-pitched screeches. Finally "On A Mission" is a fantastic trip back to the late 90s Moving Fusion/Bad Company style of D&B with a bassline that rolls and rolls and rolls with funk.
Review: Longstanding ragga-enthused jungle mischief-maker Jinx supersizes the EP concept on Ruffneck Ting. Ranging from classic jungle rolls and amen-shattering magic of "Wicked" to mid-'90s "Chopper"-style roll-outs ("Stick Up") via dubbed out sub-drenched steppers a la Potential Badboy ("Sticks & Stems") and absolute skank savagery ("Rebelution"), he shows off the many gully feathers in his cap with style and consistency. This is such a massive body of work, in fact, that in most people's eyes it would be considered an album not an XL-sized EP. To put it simply, you'd be crazy not to investigate this.
Review: Birmingham bass by way of Bristol: Vytol continues to fine tune his sounds on Ruffneck Ting. His most comprehensive release to date, this EP represents the young artist's full spectrum prowess far more than his previous outings. Cuts such as "Back Into Time" take us back to the heady era of early Playaz/Full Cycle while "Kennington" takes us back to early Urban Takeover era when jump-up simply meant funky and space-aged and "Hold On" brings us back to reality with a D-Minds-style sense of mischief. Concentrated D&B that pays respect to the last 25 years; this is powerful.
Review: Ruffneck Ting mainstay The Force lays down five firing jungle shock-outs: "Birmingham Crew" doffs its snapback to the Midlands massive with detuned FX mischief, "Brain Activity" deftly toys with cinematic strings, 50s sci-fi samples and a bulbous sub, "Poison Dart" is a modern take on the classic Urban Takeover sound with contemporary production weight behind the loony bass riff while "Life Cycle" taps into the dark pools of inspiration from the late nineties with a Ram Trilogy-style bass/vocal approach. Finally we hit the life-affirming rave tones of "Ruffneck Soundboy". A veritable label anthem, it sums up all parties with succinct sweetness. Insert 'The Force is strong on this one' comment right here.
Review: Keeping it Bristol: Ruffneck Ting continue the heat with this healthy, wealthy five tracker. Three originals from the duo include a menacing, belching, spaced-out jump up stepper "Red Planet", the alien combination of rolling beats and angular sheet metal bass on "Frostbite" and the sharper, starker, more paranoid "Nikel". Remix-wise Ruffneck Ting have brought in the big guns: both Jinx and Saxxon deliver superlative twists on "Pandorum" and "Red Planet"... And they do so while reminding us that having an x in your name is really cool. Bon voyage brave spacemen.
Review: Rising UK junglist Verdikt gets lively with Bristol skank bastions Ruffneck Ting. With a dubwise vibe rolling throughout, it's another ageless document: "Chalice Pipe" warns of naughty narcotic combos while horns pierce the darkness with balance and funk, "On The Corner" is all about the subs and snares that punctuate in a fashion similar to Digital or, more recently, Stealth. "Cornerstone" is a classic jump-up flavour a la DJ Stretch while "Money First" jitters with a strange sample, humming subs and an array of classic zap FX. The verdict? Guilty... Of pure gulliness.
Review: Brummie bass-whipper goes on a co-lab crusade for his latest Ruffneck Ting EP. "Get Busier" sets the tone with syrupy bass that oozes and stretches over his robust drum work. A triptych of tag-team jams ensues: Vytol takes K Jah to deeper corners of the dance with a stripped back stepper that's reminiscent of Break or perhaps S.P.Y's early material, Ruffneck Ting queen Dazee adds a little bounce with the Urban Takeover-style "Dig This" before Jinx joins the fray for the heaviest hitter of the collection: "We're Rolling" sums up K Jah, Jink and Ruffneck Ting's spirit with a ballsy, scuffy Moving Fusion-flavoured dynamic that wouldn't have gone amiss in 1998. Powerful.
Review: Habitat and Genetix return to Ruffneck Ting to present their latest world-conquering beats and this time, they might just manage their mission. Soulful and packed with attitude, Habitat's opener "Power moves" sets the scene ready for the pair to work together on the old school influenced "Back In The Day" where breaks fly fast and loose, crashing all over a minimal backdrop of thick bass. "Monster" rolls out hard, offering the most straightforward of the tunes, the perfect club uniting track. Finally "Habitat" seeks truth in De La Soul's "Rock Co. Kane Flow", adding huge wobbling bass and double time percussion. The perfect mix of hard and fast.
Review: High energy sounds from some of the best in the business with Ruffneck ting do us all a massive solid by bringing out the big guns on this one. With Jinx heading up proceedings with "Classic" remixed by the one and only Saxxon who delivers a blaze of bass driven fury. Aries and Kelvin 373 bring the hard stomping beats with their remix of K Jah's "Superclash and check out Jaybee's stunning remix of "Inside Out". Freesssh.
Review: Let Ruffneck Ting present you with all the junglism you need right now to have yourself the first big weekend of the summer. Expect more than a jump up rampage, this LP has a dose of all the good stuff ready and waiting, from the old school majestics of "Inside Out" to the wile out jungle of Jinx's "Killing Vibes" and "Do you Love". It's a varied collection of tracks ranging from the sublime to the downright dutty and to be honest, there's not much else you need in the world, is there? Turn it up, snap open a can and get shufflin.
Review: The original Bristol jungle outpost Ruffneck Ting is back in operation and sounding as vital as ever on the strength of this release from The Force vs Habitat. For all those who bitterly complain about the lack of soul, imagination and rawness in modern day D&B, look no further than this four-track salvo that makes it feel like '96 all over again. Habitat keep things decidedly bouncy and not a little bit cheeky on "See Me Coming", while "Razor Blade" heads into more devoutly junglistic territory to deadly effect. The Force has a smoother blend on offer with the big leads of "City Love" bringing a little Detroit magic to the mix, while "Musical War" rubs a little rootsy skank into the crisp breakbeats.
Review: Ruffneck Ting present Vytol, a Birmingham based producer who's got more heavyweight credentials than Gregg Wallace has had hot dinners. Working through four very different soundscapes on this ambitious EP, there are influences from the old school right through to the modern jump-up greats. Starting out with a step-to rhythm and ice cold production to get heads down and feet shuffling, things move on and up to large bass-driven sounds before rounding up on final track "Go There" with some tasty tropical vibes. Get yourself acquainted.
Review: If you're a fan of reggae and rocksteady culture, you'll know that moonstomping was the dancefloor etiquette back in the day. The Force hasn't so much taken on board the heavy booted stomp of the '80s as run a mile with it in day-glo Nikes. Featuring the original sample from Symarip's classic, it's about time Doc Martens met dancefloors up and down the UK again. "Universe" takes on a full-pelt modern junglist tip rounding off the release with a heads-down skanking opportunity. Get your dancing boots on.
Review: Returning to Ruffneck Ting with another superb solo artist EP is the supremely talented workaholic wizard, Jinx. This selection aims to take us all on a sonic journey, "fully charged with planet shaking bass" according to the official words, so we can solemnly swear that it's up to no good. "Men Are From Mars" picks up and destroys instantly, rolling out hard and setting the standard for "Lost Time", which loses the cosmic sounds and gets elbow deep in some seriously soulful stepping material. "Energy" bounces back some vibes inthe place complete with warp-speed tempo, sirens and turbo-charged War Of The Worlds horns. Finally, "People" sets the phasers to "move that ass" as subs, smooth vocals and a marching beat work together in a conspiracy to get dancefloors shaking. You ready?
Review: Legendary label Ruffneck Ting do their thing once again with the return of K Jah to bring the real sounds of jungle back to the dancefloor. This five-track monster rips it up from start to finish, with more fire than an octogenarian's birthday cake. First up to bring the vibes is "Supaclash" with its giant bass and even bigger selection of well-poised sampling. Following up with hard-rolling "Rough Times" and old-school tinted dancefloor-shaking "It Gets Better" there's a plethora of influences here ripe for the picking. "That's A Fact" follows up with a skank-along beats, filth bass and hip-hop vocals, and finally the greatest sweets in the world get a look in with "Cola Cubes" featuring Vytol, a dark and dingy look into the early hours; cold, heavy and very, very ravey.
Review: Want some filthy junglistic vibes? Look no further. Badman Jinx has got your playlist sorted with this brand new release on Ruffneck Ting. High energy riddims from the start, this is a no-holds-barred assault on the ears; neck-snappingly good and heavy enough to bring the house down. Mashing jump-up, neuro and jungle, "Everything" is a decent mixture of everything you love about current D&B with a nasty badboy streak that'll get you into trouble. Roof-raising stuff - just don't blame Jinx for the resulting damage.