Review: Those who checked Boogie Caf?'s "Bologna On The Move" EP earlier in the year will know that Northern Italy is now home to a new wave of producers whose loose, languid, organic and soulful blends of disco, jazz-funk, deep house and broken beat are well worth checking. This EP from DJ Rou, another Northern Italian producer on the rise, inhabits a similar sonic space. Made in cahoots with finger-drummer D'Arabia, bassist Sci-Low and lyricist/vocalist Jimbo, the EP is full to bursting with organic-sounding deep house rhythms, deliciously warming electric piano motifs, colourful synths, hazy male vocals and the sort of energy-packed slap-bass more often found on early '80s jazz-funk records. It's hard to accurately pigeonhole, which just makes the EP even more alluring.
Review: Despite all the recent setbacks, London's stronger than ever right now and what better way to prove it than with the totally lit LDN Selection - a sizzling new collection compiled and mixed by the mighty Plump DJs for the Punks label? The set kicks off with the leftfield tropical trap of 1 "jungle" by Mace before embark on an electric journey over the course of 24 more tracks. More highlights include the insane hands-in-the-air stadium ghetto of Stanton Warriors' "Walking" and the crunchy bassline house of "Roll Easy" by Signal:Noize. All tracks are available both individually and woven into a cool one hour DJ mix. Best of both worlds, nuff said.
Review: Put this release on, close your eyes and you can almost see Boomtown: the sprawling crowds, the bucket hats and the fat stacks of speakers undoubtedly blaring out something that sounds a lot like Asbo's The Hardway Volume 10. A combination of ragga jungle and harder flavours, this release epitomizes the feel-good yet moody take on music so common to this side of the scene. 'Bass Rodr' rolls and rolls, with Break-esque sub-bass dives and growling sine wobbles that beautifully transform into rowdy jungle. 'Soundbwoy Down' features some more chilled out jungle atmospherics that still pack a punch, once more containing a switch into naughty breaks. The other track - 2min Man - is also properly wicked, including Daddy Freddy on the mic. Top stuff.