Review: Deep in the underground there's an ancient jungle bible written in a language older than Sanskrit. Only a small collection of the elders can still read it fluently and even fewer new producers. Jem One is one of the text's closest, more meticulous readers; not only does he understand the ancient drum sermons and dangerous messages of physical sonic bombardment, but he relates them in a way that makes total sense to the present and indeed the future. Having demonstrated this at 140 late 2015, he now returns with a reminder at how volatile and exciting these dynamics are at 172: "Virus" rolls with overwhelming drums and a gritty bassline that gurgles relentlessly. "Dubplates States" takes a similar approach but with the bass brought closer to the fore and a subtle vocal wrapping itself over the heady mix for added rave pleasure. Long may Jem's readings continue.
Review: Vapour's 36 Hertz imprint has gone into overdrive throughout 2015 with a consistent slew of multi-tempo jungle jugular-cutters. Each of the 12 tracks are brand new and exclusive to the collection with highlights grunting and snarling from every rusty amen edit: from the wall-of-sound assault of Jem One's "Last Stand" to the late 90s-style sparse dynamic of SR & Digbee's rolling wounder "Hustler" to absolute cymbal-smashing chaos from the label boss himself on "Sauna Shaker". An album that documents the label's authentic roots and uncompromised bill of health, 36 Hertz are on a major mission right now.
DJ Hybrid - "What You Gonna Do" (Delphi Productions remix) - (5:36) 172 BPM
Review: 36 Hertz Recordings are back on track and back on beat this week, with a fiery compilation that isn't the longest out there but surely one of the hardest. Every single cut on this album is an explosion of vibrant jungle breaks and moody subterranean sonics, courtesy of some big names like DJ Hybrid, NC-17 and recent Metalheadz feature Jem One. The latter's track is especially good, a featherweight intro leading on into an aggressive, rambunctious slice of feverous energy, Jem One's recent foray onto the OG imprint of jungle music apparent in every bar. Perfectly timed to fit in with the new wave of junglist pressure coming out across the UK, 36 Hertz have hit the nail on the head with this one.