Review: Dream work makes the Team work... Asbo damaged 2016 hard with their diligent digging homage to seminal jungle architects Bizzy B and Pugwash with a slew of revamps, repurposes, refixes and VIPs. Bringing the whole project to a head comes this exclusive bundle that brings all 23 of the cuts together for the all completists. With some of the biggest names in jungle on board (Saxxon, Bladerunner, DJ Hybrid, Voltage, Gold Dubs, Aries and loads more) it's a precision celebration of old and new... From Saxxon's insanely heavy shake up "Public Enemy" to Voltage & Malachai's head-melting drum science on "Sweetie" to straight up classics such as the 96 version of instant vibe-out "Walk & Skank", this really is a beautiful piece of (team) work.
Review: if there is one collaboration that we have bowed down to over the last few years, it's most certainly this new found friendship between London's Kevin Martin aka The Bug, and American doom metal guitarists, Earth. One wouldn't immediately make the connection between inner-city future-grime music and suburban stoner rock, but the two styles were in perfect unison, and this is because they're both fascinated with dark, looming clouds of bass. Whether that's through virtual synths or badass bass guitars, it doesn't matter, because the mood is mightily present. Concrete Desert is the alliance's debut LP, and it's all guns blazing from start to finish; tunes like "Snakes vs Rats" or "Metal Drone" represent exactly the sort of freshen-up that each respective act needed - on the one hand, The Bug could have done with some more external influences to the melodic constructions, while Earth needed a new framework to enter the minds of a new, European audience. We've dubbed this style 'metal drone', and we're pretty sure that it's gonna stick after you've hit the ol' play button. Top quality stuff - highly recommended!