Review: Manchester's thriving drum & bass scene is showing no sign of slowing up, and why would it? With some of the most promising new artists pitching up in the city as well as established figures maintaining the Northern end, folks like Jinx and K Jah are in good hands. The Sub-Woofah crew's events have been a mainstay in the D&B and jungle hubs around the country, so off the back of that deep knowledge of the scene they've created a label that taps into what the ravers want. As you'd expect then, from the '90s breaks of "Can't Think" to the huge bass wobble of "Unity Rollers", this is a release that perfectly sums up the feel of a jungle/D&B clubnight right now. Big sounds for big soundsystems.
Review: High energy sounds from some of the best in the business with Ruffneck ting do us all a massive solid by bringing out the big guns on this one. With Jinx heading up proceedings with "Classic" remixed by the one and only Saxxon who delivers a blaze of bass driven fury. Aries and Kelvin 373 bring the hard stomping beats with their remix of K Jah's "Superclash and check out Jaybee's stunning remix of "Inside Out". Freesssh.
Review: Junglists unite. Euphonique's Sub Woofah hits another new height with its best remix package to date. Returning to K Jah's 2014 EP with four heavyweight remixers, each cut is brought up to date with ease and class.... Aries adds crisp drums and refocuses the vocal loop on "Dub Dun Already", DJ Hybrid adds a little Dread magic to the rolls of "Fix Dem", Gold Dubs retains the classic detuned piano hook of "Bad Vibrations" while adding a whole new bassline that's much more jungle than jump-up. Finally "Can't Think" whisks us back to 2013 as Junglord rebuilds an even earlier K Jah co-lab with superbly polished breaks and some twisted edits. No messing around here.
Review: Coming to the table with their potent blend of modern drum & bass sounds and ragga vocal vibes are South Central Recordings, who have roped in a slew of acts to remix K Jah's singles 'SoundBwoy Weaponry' and 'Have Some Fun'. The first, from Crossy, features Natty D and Daddy G, whose vocal overlays sound extra menacing above the bed of fluctuating bassline textures that Crossy has constructed, their joint talents coming together to make a moody club banger. The flip is in a similar style and also features bad boy vocals, this time Crossy opting for a number of breaks-based interludes that spice things up drum wise and make the roll outs that more tantalising. Excellent effort.
Review: If there is one thing the Nice Up! team are undeniably solid at, its putting together a good set of remixes, with this latest 'Deepy Remixed' project being a perfect example of that, seeing numerous artists rework Origin One tracks into brand new masterpieces. This new selection of eight heaters showcases the full breadth of the Nice Up! Sound, from the digital dub designs of Sub Alpine's 'Tribute' remix alongside MC Spyda & K.O.G, to the hardcore, more junglist influenced recreation of 'Where You Come From' from Supa Ape and Peppery. There is also a fantastic push towards newschool dancehall production throughout the tape, especially on Folding City's remix of 'My Yout' alongside Irah, Mr Benn's 'Nice & Easy' rework with Gardna and Nanci Correia. The project also features top tier additions from Think Tonk, Gold Dubs, Bim One, Danny & Tradesman, making this a standout remix release of 2021 so far.