Review: Over two decades later and we're still "playing that bloody jungle music all night": records don't come any more seminal than Marvellous Cain and Cutty Ranks limb-by-limb-shaking "HitMan". While the original still slews the dance 22 years since its first outing, each of these four updates are highly welcome: the legendary Bladerunner updates his 2013 remix with a little VIP twist, Brum newcomers Jungle Citizenz go for a darker, techier heads-down roll while the ever-crucial DJ Hybrid sickens up the dance with a tubular bass jungle battering. Finally King Yoof switches the vibe with a crisp dancehall riddim that pays homage to Cutty's crucial influence. Send fe de hacksaw!
Review: Blueprint business: few tunes are as influential, unifying and iconic as "The HitMan". So durable and versatile, in fact, Cain's RIQ stable are celebrating it with an all-star series of remixers old and new. On this particular EP we get tripped out by Jinx, Kenny Ken rolls us out like the filthy minded junglists we all are while Toronto Is Broken sends fi de hacksaw with a message of pure bass venom that's arguably one of his best remixes to date. Finally Inna Culture brings the dancehall badness with a stripped back halftime stepper that will melt down every floor from here to Notting Hill.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.
Review: Seriously large compilation to dip into here with the ragga vocals of Blade Runner's remix to Marvellous Cain a bomb to start with. Scale yourself further down the 60 selection and you'll find several cuts from Mexican crewman Isaac Maya to raving tear outs from Soulculture. Tim Ryan All Stars serves up something easier on the ears for those red stripe afternoons in the sun, while for something a little more soulful and liquid - perfect for the peak time - check out Sound Shifter's "Loving You Forever". Old school Hospital Records vibes. We said it once and we'll say it again, seriously big.
Review: No introductions necessary: Suburban Base shaped and fuelled rave music as knew it. Uncle Dugs documents, celebrates and champions rave music as know it. On this quarter-century retrospective Dugs brings everyone up to speed as he moves through the 90s and, in turn, the development of hardcore into jungle and drum & bass. 50 seminal tracks deep, from Remarc's soundclash slewing "RIP" to Marvellous Cain's jungle blueprint "Hitman" via Q Bass and E Type's early explorations into synthesis on "Hardcore Will Never Die" and formative junglism from DJ Hype, our affable Uncle continues to join the dots with the past and the future with supreme levels of detail and knowledge.