Review: Featuring a debut vocal appearance from original ragga badman Daddy Freddy, Liondub presented the talents of Mexican producer Isaac Maya earlier this year. Returning to the scene with remix pressure from Nu Elementz and Profile and Portugal's own Dirty Skank Beats, the digital carnage unfurls with Nu Elementz and Profile's remix, which opens in a classic reggae style that turns dirty in all the best jump-up ways. The next reinterpretation is left to Dirty Skank Beats, who removes the original production entirely and replaces it with down and dirty heaviness and hard hitting horns, leaving the majority of the vocals intact. Nicely does it.
Review: Labelworx's dedication to curating the most far-reaching, extensive compilations across all the best genres continues, and here they return to the breaks scene for their fifteenth representation session, with the vibe remaining as electrifying and exciting as it did on Volume One. Ranging from Tribe Steppaz and Mr Sir's amen-ravished rave homage "Circa Rave 94" to the tightly balanced euphoric synth spikes and muscular riddims on K G B's "Trance Lucid" via Motna's deep and driving electro-influenced "Time", every shade and flavour of dance music's most melting pot-primed genre is explored and celebrated with style. Full of fresh talent and not a dull moment; this ticks every compilation box possible.
Review: Navi's soundsystem project undergoes the first of a version series as "Junglist Sound", "Kingston 11", "Meditation Time" and "Chatty Mouth", all enjoy major league refixes. Highlights hang off every twist and turn like a poor-fitting suit; Dirty Skank add a hardcore style hybrid bounce to "Junglist Sound", Sub Killaz add a robotic menace to "Meditation Time", Upgrade chew up "Kingston 11" and spit it back out as a sticky triplet damager while Kenji gives "Chatty Mouth" a crisp skank so sharp you could trim your whiskers with it. The jungle revolution continues.
Review: Wake up and bake up, Jungle Cakes are back in the kitchen with their prize dish range 'Welcome To The Jungle'. This time the guest chefs are none other than Dub Pistols who've been flexing all styles and sizes of breakbeat since the very beginning. Currently coming correct with 50 tracks, they cover the full range of D&B through their dubwise, reggae-roasted selection. From the steam engine skank-ups like Isaac Maya and Daddy Freddy's thundering 'Bring Dem' to Deekline & Ed Solo's instant sing-along smash-out 'Bam Bam' to the dancehall bashment of Selecta J Man's 'My Style', this isn't so much of a jungle welcoming but more of a full jungle takeover... And you'll never want to leave.
Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.
Review: Absolutely massive remix package here courtesy of Dreadsquad, with MT-41 Riddim Remixed arriving on Polish imprint Superfly Studio. Killer refixes of Skarra Mucci, El Fata, Doubla J and Dr Ring Ding come from a stellar cast including Ricky Tuff, Jinx, Cut La Vis, Dialect & Kosine and more. It's hard to pick a favourite here, but we'll plump for the super tight jungle-leaning Jinx version of "Sweet & Nice" by El Fata!