Review: Absolute remix fire from Brizzle's Run Tingz Cru as a select bounty of the label's vaults gets the treatment from a rollcall of new-gen roustabouts. DJ Hybrid takes the lead as he supercharges the already stinking KO shot from Serial Killaz, bringing a whole new energy to Blackout JA's throaty vocals. Other highlights include the immense drum work of Aries on J-Man's "Roadblock", the unapologetic roughness and energy of Isaac Maya's take on Dossa's "Rock A Dub" and P-Tay's superb scatty switches and glitches on "Crossroads". Immense.
Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
Review: Run Tingz are a Bristol based imprint that seek to project the Bristolian sound all across the U.K. That sound is a hypnotic blend of ragga influences, jungle vibes and rolling, bassy tones of the type that blow up Bristol dancefloors on an almost daily basis. For their Best of 2018 album they've rolled out the big guns for a fat compilation featuring the likes of Bladerunner, Kursiva, Dossa and Brian Brainstorm so you know it's going to be good. 'Sound Killer' by Bladerunner is typical of this; funky, upbeat ragga sampling and sick vocals from Fuchaman with an underpinning of junglist vibes and pulsing basslines. The rest of the album is just as good - go cop it.
Review: For anyone who likes their beats hard and their samples nasty, this LP is an essential purchase. Spanning the ranks of Serial Killaz themselves, Rebel MC, Run Tingz Cru, Top Cat & Tenor Fly and Tribe of Issachar as well as some very special guests, this is a hard dance treat for anybody with fire in their shoes. Those in the know will already expect blazing jump up stylings from the Serial Killaz crew but that's only the start of it. From beginning to end there's no let up - you step hard, or you go home. The choice is yours.
Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Glasgow crew Mungos get the all-direction remix treatment for the second version compendium of the year. All flavours of dancehall and soundsystem material covered as the likes of FleCK, Chopstick, Run Tingz Cru and the mighty Vadim stick their sonic oar in and get busy. Highlights include the crystalline skank shimmers of Aquarius's take on "Jah Say Love", the militant snare rolls and punching kicks of Vadim's take on "Thousand Style". Those thirsty for jungle juice should jump on Chopstick's rattling ragga slammer "Nice It Up" and Run Tingz Cru's cheeky, burping bass jump up jam. Get serious.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
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: Remix klaxon! Dope Ammo's 2018 album Influence continues to spawn sweet fruit as the second part of the remix album drops. Once again it's packed with promising talent: Levela shows his most soulful side with the skank-kissed "Badman Inna My Ends", Blackley brings the dancefloor riff on "How We Get Down" to life in a whole new epic way, Brain Brainstorm beefs up "Flying" while Exile brings the whole package to an emotional ending with a super-groan bassline twist on "Wishin' On A Star". Influential.