Review: Jungle Cakes always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. This is a monster album curated by Aries and Kelvin 373, who have taken tracks both old and new to form a banging compilation. Bou nails it on 'Music Takes Me Higher', a rustic revisit to classic jungle sounds; Aries and Nicky Blackmarket roll things out in a tight way on 'Champion'; and Chimpo slams the brakes on 'DidDieDoThat'. We don't know the answer to that, but we do know this is fat. Big ups.
Review: Bemasked Snuff Crew man Snuffo comes through with his debut album, the rather strikingly-named Live Free or Die, which doubles up as the first LP release on the Berlin label's In The Dark Again subsidiary. Apparently recorded after a trip to New Hampshire in the US - whose state motto inspires the title - the ten tracks offer an insight into Snuffo's darker sensibilities and bring out some of his EBM and industrial flavours. Amidst the oodles of spectral synths that characterise the album, what really comes through is Snuffo's mastery of drum machine rhythms making Live Free or Die an album full of tracks suited for the dancefloor.