Review: San Diego crew The Foundation take time to look back over the last few years of badness with their latest 'Revisited' volume. First up are the very tunes the label launched with exactly two years ago 'Be My Own' and the T-Kay remix. Both still slapping the wind out of us with their harmonic riffs and clash-ready beats, now is a perfect time to catch these if you slept on them. Next up come three new VIPs of label faves from the last few years. 'Borda Clash' retains its sweet reggae plucks, 'Babylon System' hits with big rolling drum energy while a VVVIP of 'Ear It Come' closes the show. (The extra Vs are for Veak is Very talented)
Review: Iration across the nation! San Diego crew The Foundation roll out a brand new series on their ever-blossoming platform with one of the most consistent French junglists in operation - Veak. Following releases on the likes of Original Key, Bredrin Records and Deep In The Jungle come these five slaughter jams. Each one sprinkled with a little dubwise and reggae magic, the flavours range from sunny side bubblers ('Ear It Come', 'Jock Horror') to heavier shock-out pieces where crisp samples flip into gully Amen drops ('Hear Dat', 'Hay Z') via all-out rave blazers with big hooks and even bigger feels. Authentic junglist business.
Review: Who in their right mind doesn't love upbeat reggae vibes? The answer is no one, because if jazzed up guitar flicks and vibrant steel pans don't send shivers of pleasure down your spine then you're officially not a human being. It's that energy which Ms Dos has channelled into these four cuts, that sense of underground culture and rich urban history which always come with the reggae influence. 'Bring it Back' is especially good, a chilled-out reggae breakdown in the intro transforming into a 170 number in delicious fashion - lovely stuff. The title tune features a renowned sample, before a fresh, spacious and sharp-edged breakbeat tears the roof off the place.
Review: Wind your derrieres! Veak and Danny Styles go toe-to-toe, point-to-point, lip-to-lip on the first in a new series from San Diego junglist family The Foundation. One fierce Frenchman, one UK foundation legend, both cuts rattle and shake hard. Veak goes on a classic jungle rinse-out with 'Selecta'. Powerhouse breaks, a juicy fruit sub bass, sunny-side skanks and twists and turns that would sit nicely in a Remarc set, it's a timeless homage to jungle's most enduring characteristics. Danny Styles, meanwhile, flips for a much starker slice of jungle futurism. Ice cold feels and disarming vocal samples. J'adore!
Review: Faysha is over on The Foundation and with this four-tracker takes you on a rough and ready journey through rolling D&B, one that's characterised by its reliance on the best elements of the older school of 170 sonics: big drum hits, creative sampling and a complete lack of pretentiousness or over-engineering. 'Come With It' is exactly that and we love the sample that rolls out over the drop and the funkiness of the double bassline whilst 'Drop It Down Low' finishes things off in style as well with more wicked sampling and rolling basslines, this time of nostalgic rave sounds aplenty. Lovely stuff.