Review: L-Side's debut album came out some time ago now, and this is the long awaited remix EP, featuring some of the best artists in the game giving L-Side's tunes the once over. Break steps up and nails it as per usual, taking those perfect vocals and stretching them over a punishing bassline; thank god we're back in clubs soon, because this is going to kill it. Dogger & Mindstate work their lounging piano magic to great effect, and Spirit takes the essence of drum and bass and rolls it out with a monstrously stabbing bassline. Alibi close things on a head-nodding, subby note that will have you moving for sure. Sick.
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.
Review: This album from Fox manages to be both long overdue and perfectly timed, as the veteran MC caps off several years of superb features on The North Quarter with a sumptuous, expertly curated long player that touches on a myriad of personal, creative and aesthetic milestones. It's a coup of an album, and it begins with an utterly brilliant, vintage FD beat, 'Just Chillin''. Blind Mic takes the MC centre stage as Fox flutters in the background, providing the subtle depth that adds to FD's nonchalant, windows-open liquid roller that smacks of summertime festivals, afternoon car journeys and Friday feelings. It paves the way for an opening half which nails the liquid formula, including a stunning feature from Calibre and DRS. In the second half, the stylistic diversity underpinning Lenzman's creative direction comes forward and things get mixed up, beginning with lounging hip-hop from Redeyes and moving into filthy tech from DLR & Alix Perez and halftime hammers from Echo Brown. This is the art of making an album being perfected in real time by Lenzman and Fox, and we're lucky enough to be along for the ride.
Review: V Recordings do some of the best compilations in the business and their brand new Foundation series is a natural recognition of that fact. They're not being hyperbolic with the usage of the term 'Foundation' either, because this is truly an overview of some of the scene's most foundational producers. Old-school Dillinja, Krust, Roni Size and DJ Die, amongst others, make up the roster of acts that formed an integral part of the genre back in the day. The new crew is also represented, however, in the form of L-Side, Think Tonk, Nasza Linez and loads more, all of whom bring some of that V-style heat. Wicked album - one for the heads.