Review: Next up from EQ Why, we see a full-length powerhouse of an album project landing on Equalized, delivering us no less than sixty original creations, showcasing the full spectrum of footwork and juke music in 2021. We get the immediate impression this project is designed to be taken in via long-play format, with each track lasting, on average, between forty-five and ninety seconds, keeping the tracklisting lively and unpredictable as we cycle through. From the groovy melodic switch-ups and high-intensity drum chops of 'Letting You Back' and 'No Good No Good', to the more jungle-inspired synth sweeps of 'On My Lap' and futuristic, blippy electronics of 'Reflux', we hear this album dive left, right and centre, giving us an extremely interesting musical journey from start to finish.
Review: This compilation arrives with a rich heritage of V Recordings compilations behind it, and Planet V has for a number of years been the flagship series for Bryan Gee's label. Edition four comes to a whopping 73 tracks and includes a mix as well, and all the familiar V faces are present, from Alibi to Paul t & Edward Oberon. All of the tunes have already seen the light of day in a previous form, and Disrupta and Duskee's 'Deep Thoughts' is one of the standouts, as Disrupta lays down a minimal yet funky beat for Duskee to rap lyrical over, something he does with serious presence. New gun SL8r makes several appearances, including on the excellent 'What U Need', which bounces along in a synthscape of serious depth and texture, its funky nodes nodding to the beat of a vintage blend. Crossover outfit Think Tonk also shine with 'Tom & Heavy', an offering unique in its stepping, breaksy percussion and one which oozes soulful class. There are dozens more to have a gander at, so take your pick.
Review: If you're looking for an album packed to the gills with authentic, fractious dancefloor drum & bass and jungle then Cali Jungle 3 from 6Blocc is the one for you. It's a superbly diverse piece of music, that moves from the reggae-infused rolls of 'Ghetto Galactic', to the stepping junglist vibes of 'Street Sweeper', to the funky touches of 'House of Music'. It's a massive 37 tracks, and so there is plenty for you to bite your teeth into. Lovely.