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.
Nicky Blackmarket - "We Love Drum & Bass" (continuous DJ mix - Part 1) - (1:16:38) 175 BPM
Nicky Blackmarket - "We Love Drum & Bass" (continuous DJ mix - Part 2) - (1:16:10) 178 BPM
Review: Have a word mate! A genuine jungle originator and one of the most on-point jungle imprints active in the game right now, Nicky Blackmarket and Jungle Cakes have compiled this insane 50 track odyssey that digs deep into every possible foundation of the genre. Literally no stone is unturned here; Doc Scott, Chase & Status, Dillinja, DJ Guv, Serial Killaz, Majistrate, Dr Meaker... All the most exciting and innovative names from every era are all present and correct as the Blackmarket baron lays down a serious schooling to bring us all up to speed. A perfect opportunity to fill any gaps in your collection and grab two killer mixes in the process; this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest albums to date (which is saying something)
Review: Three cheers for Valique's Vehicle label, which this month celebrates 13 years releasing hot-to-trot re-edits, reworks and floor-friendly fusions. To mark the occasion, the producer sometimes known as "V" has put together this expansive, 24-track collection of killer cuts old and new. It's a varied but universally club ready selection, with highlights including - but no way limited to - the silky deep house/disco fusion of KC&SUB's "Black Waters Hold (V's As It Used To Be Edit)", the soaring, shirts-off disco-house brilliance of V's take on Milly Jackson's "Baby", the dubbed-out Marvin Gaye revision that is Rocknrolla Soundsystem's "Troubleman" and a delightful slab of rubbery nu-disco brilliance from Feel Good Alliance (the mash-up style aceness of "Show Me Love", which joins the dots between Escort and Robin S in startling fashion).