Review: Parly B is a vocalist who doesn't need much introduction, his releases over nearly 10 years have done that for him. He's landing on Liondub for an album and blimey, it's a big one. He's roped in a wide range of artists on production credits and the results are predictably fearsome, especially 'Black Lives Matter' featuring Sikka, who stretches out Parly's vocals over a stepping, funky yet bad boy beat. FleCK knows how to lay things down, and Parly is at his best on 'Lyrics Spree'. Big stuff.
Review: Only two releases deep and Born On The Road are already leading the way in future genre-hybrids. They're calling this heady fusion of grime, breakbeat and bass '140 jungle hip-hop' - we're calling it banging. From Stivs and Kelvin's Botchit-style skippy, scrappy roller through to the more authentic dub nods of Skitz & The Sea, everything about this release is original: the super-sharp, humorous, lyrics, the rifle like rhythms, the dynamic party vibes. And if that's not enough gravitas there's a massive remix from the original grime/breaks fusilier King Yoof. Trust: this oozes sickness.
Review: From start to finish this is a project we thoroughly enjoyed as new school reggae hero Parly B unveils his brand new 'Lyrics Spree' album, courtesy of the mighty Scotch Bonnet. We see a real range if modern reggae themes expressed throughout the project, from the oldschool dancehall triplets of the title track 'Lyrics Spree' and 'Mad' alongside The 4'20' Sound, to the more digital roots stylings of 'Motorbike featuring Danny T & Tradesman. For us this project is full of highlights, with particular stand outs being the high profile collaboration with Mungo's HiFi and Charlie P entitled 'You Mi A Look' and the stripped back groover known as 'Money' alongside Stalawa.
Review: Jim Two-Eyes and Parly B, two dancehall artists, are colliding with the world of drum & bass in this excellent release from Raider. The Real Mccoy is its name, no relation to the horse we assume although perhaps to the crisps, and it features a slick original that bumps and grinds its way through vocal tears, stabbing instrumentation and an all-round embrace of funkiness. Conrad Subs nails the remix two, keeping the vocal magic in place but undergirding it with a powerful sub and cracking, booming drum hits. Love this one.
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: 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.