Review: There are few things in this life as satisfying as a raucous jungle single. Perhaps when the hoover fits into a space perfectly, or that first sip of cold water when you're hungover in the morning, but aside from those two things this one from Opius and Skru is right up there at number three. 'Tell It Like It Is' sits in that age-old jungle tradition of blending soulful sampling with ragged drum work and it works a charm in this case, the fruitful tones of a singer-we-don't-know rolling out nicely into Opius' bombastic percussive construction. The Skru VIP takes things a bit darker with some almost Hardware type vibes, all blackish and dark and generally quite scary. Top work.
Review: Iconic UK DJ Deekline is revered by bass lovers for being head of the London/Brighton Hot Cakes collective of producers, promoters and DJs. Here he returns with the second instalment of his remarkable Bass Wars series and its 21 sizzling future jams are guaranteed to spin your minds as well as your legs. Highlights include his own sci-fi trap reworking of "Pump Up The Volume", the insanely funky dubstep/4 x 4 hybrid "Can You Feel Dat" by Peep Dis and the soaring melancholia of the old skool rave anthem "I Can't Wait" again by Deekline. Totally boss.