Review: Straight up jungle business from Toronto on InnerCityDance's sister label Stereo One from one of Canada's most consistent and longstanding OGs Marcus Visionary. 'Sound Dead Tonight' bumps and grinds over one of the most iconic horn hooks ever sampled with velvet dulcets from Bandit Emcee while 'The Sound Killing Tune' (with Keon Love) girds up those loins with a direct and deadly Clipz vibe. Warm textures, lavish soul in the vocals and a ruffhouse flavour that'll have you moving for days. Reload!
Review: Coming in with the fractious jungle that you need right now is Marcus Visionary, a long-term member of the scene with a rich pedigree of releases across a whole range of labels. This time around he's on his own Stereo One Music and Together is a five-track EP that channels the jungle heritage he's done so much to promote. 'Hide & Seek' sets the vibe right away, with shuddering breaks and diving drums rolls forming the skeleton of a body that's packed out with warping bass notes and rave sampling. 'Vibe Inna 85' is the other highlight, with a catchy, soulful sample that floats above its stuttering patterns of breaks and off shoot bass stabs. A top EP from a top producer.
Review: As always, we are thrilled to see a new drop from the Liondub International crew as legendary soundsmith: Marcus Visionary makes his return with a bag of classic rootsy junglist revamps. Featuring ten spicy reworks, we see the master remix the likes of Bunny General, Sugar Minott, Johnny Osbourne, Little John and more, making it a star spangled line up from the off, with the whole release taking on a real clash-ready feel. For us, the smooth vocal tones of Hopeton James on 'Number One Sound', alongside the system ready rolls of 'Murder', featuring the wonderful Pad Anthony. What a selection this is.
Review: Jungle legend Marcus Visionary's brand new label, Stereo One Music, has its first release courtesy of the main himself and boy, it's good. 'Do You Want Me' is the more mellow of the two, clattering jungle breaks hit you fast but they're paired with a sense of soulfulness, making a tune with a cool new-school-old-school feel to it. 'Try It' is the bad-boy of the single, with a rotating, pulsating bassline that flows wonderfully and is just made for sound-system. This tune just flows and flows and flows, it feels so natural and just so, so heavy at the same time. This release is proper old-school jungle, full of constant switch-ups and never-ending energy.
Review: Liondub International come through with their usual bag of ragga jump-up goodness, and this time it's a mash up of the legendary Ranking Joe! "Ram Dance Selecta" is a serious body groover packed full of crunchy breaks and that inimitable Jamaican vocal twist - a true lesson in rub-a-dubbin'! "Jungle General" is another slice of mutant ragga funk, but a touch deeper and a little more sensual. All together, a true flash job. Run it!!
Review: Liondub isn't messing around with this one - the label has invited the legendary Johnny Osbourne to the fold for this swinging slice of authentic jungle. Harmonic, sweet-toned and warm as toast, Osbourne's ode to the raving crew is crystalline and, with enough air time at the raves, will be very easy to sing along to. For more Marcus and less Johnny jump on the bubbly dub version. Bona fide jungle business.
Review: Marcus Visionary makes another appearance on Liondub International. "Blackboard" is old school jungle at its finest: super quick percussion, rolling beats and layers of sub bass that are only pierced by old school vocals. Goldstar & Zero G chip in with some looptastic bouncing bass on "Skin Out".
Review: Following two teaser EPs, the real deal finally arrives! Marcus Visionary's latest album, released on New York Imprint 'Liondub International', serves as a rich tapestry weaving together the Toronto native's musical influences, which range from jungle and drum and bass to reggae and dub. Featuring guest appearance from the likes of Sugar Minott, Johnny Osbourne, Kandiman, Jahdan and Messenger Selah, there is plenty of old school fire brought to the table here, with the dub heavy vibes of "Bounce" and rattling breaks of "Murder" Featuring a killer vocal turn from Pad Anthony and lots of siren action standing out as our favourites. Immense.
Review: The one and only Marcus Visionary steps up and provides the Jungle Assassins Vol 2 on the High Culture imprint. Think jungle revivalist vibes a-plenty across this four-track EP. Kicking off with the upbeat and infectiously dance-able "Ruler" which pairs rattling breaks with cheery jungle chirrups and lovely reggae vocal. Next comes "Heavy Vibration" continues the theme with plenty of nod to yesteryear's roots with punchy drums and shimmying melodies, whilst "Badboy Skank" gets down and dirty. Last but not least "My Life" brings the EP to a close with glistening SFX and low slung rhythms and bassline fervor.
Review: Expect the usual jungle-meets-D&B madness from Marcus Visionary with plenty of reggae vibes, soulful, uplifting vocals and shimmying melodies that make you want to dance. Continuing his run of good form, the aptly entitled "Good Vibes" does exactly what it says on the tin with upbeat melodies, jungle horns, pops and bleeps, plus rough, rolling drums keeping up the pace. Sit back and soak up the sunshine with this one! For those who want it without the vocal, you'll be pleased to hear that there's a dub mix aswell. Bo!
Review: Given the glowing reception to last year's Jungle To The World compilation, it makes for no surprise that Liondub have called on the curatorial skills of all-round junglist scholar, Marcus Visionary, to compile a second volume. The blend of legends and innovators alike is present once more, as Visionary pulls together 14 tracks from an all-star cast of producers renowned for pushing forth the reggae-infused jungle sound. Naturally the highlights come thick and fast, but Bladerunner's fierce "Guidance Dub" and Marcus Visionary's own collab with iconic reggae vocalist Jonny Osbourne, "Lend Me", stand out. Some killer sampling of the classic "Armagideon Time" abounds in this latter cut. E for essential!
Review: Proper drum and bass full of ragga twists to lose your mind to on this compilation thanks to Lion Dub label head Marcus Visionary. This release moves from the rolling reggae rhythms of "Ruff & Tuff" to the frenetic throwabouts of "Original Jungle Sound". Tear out vibes are to be had on "Born To Fly", and to be honest this release doesn't let up at all, and for a real weapon check out the anthem that is Navigator's "Sound The Alarm". But for something to potentially wind down to, relatively speaking, it's all about Marcus Visionary's VIP version of Jah Cure's "Never Find".
Review: Here comes the remix! As if these Born On Road cuts weren't gully enough as originals, Kelvin, Aries, Gold Dubs and fam have now enlisted a whole slew of versions. It's muderation from the off as Gray destroys Rahmanee's gun-toting western slammer 'Bad Boy Steppa'. A barrage of badness follows: Ben Snow's take on 'Round Here' is pure rifle bassline fire, Disupta flips Stivs & Aries' 'Raver' into an aggy blend of breaks and grunting jump-up bass, Marcus Visionary goes full jungle on 'Coconut Chalwa', the list goes on. Born to bad.
Review: Link-up, look smart; we've connected with one of the most exciting labels in dnb for a collection of their biggest hitters, rising stars and highest sellers: Liondub International. Headed up by Eric Liondub in NYC, Liondub International have broken and nurtured more new talent than most put together, and these first few volumes showcase. First up come these 15 examples as the likes of Kumo, Bou, Jayline, DJ Hybrid, Saxxon and many more all deliver timeless heaters. Highlights include Sub Killaz' broadsword skank-up 'Murderah', Brian Brainstorm's junglised slash-up 'Kill A Drumpan' and Bladerunner & Johnny Osbourne's ever-sweet 'Night Fall Dub'. All this and plenty more; whether you've been following Liondub since day or you're new to their consistent onslaught, there's plenty to catch up on here. Selector!
Review: Liondub International have a very important release out this week, as they pay tribute to Sugar Minott, who died exactly ten years ago this week. Tribute does exactly what its name would suggest, as a Liondub come out with eight remastered and remixed cuts from the singer himself. It's a touching piece of music that's matched by Minott's wonderfully smooth vocal talent, from the remastered version of legendary reggae cut 'Praise His Name' to the hard-hitting jungle VIP of 'Borderline' by Minott and Marcus Visionary. There's dub, reggae, jungle and drum & bass all wrapped up into one. Superb.
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Rewind Selecta! Bristol's J-Man goes back over his "Cease & Sekkle" EP from last spring and enlists a whole crew of killer remixers ranging from exciting newcomer to some of the most consistent OGs. Audiomission make a strong impression with their full flavoured take on "Party Hard", Lost City turn the carnival vibes up to 100 on "Cease & Sekkle" while both Origin One and Aries provide fire blend versions of "Coconut Chalwah"; the former gets his digidub wriggle on, the latter gets out his sharped amen cutlass chops. With plenty more, including a tightly coiled stepper twist from Marcus Visionary, it's another one click headshot from the Born On Road crew.
Review: It's been two years since Liondub last spun us around the globe with their long-running Jungle To The World series. But now biting into their 10th year, it's the perfect time to boost up the vaults with 18 specials, exclusives and unreleased versions. Pure high grade jungle through and through: we range from the utterly gully and industrial strength badness such as RAW's "Lock Up" to smoother skank-shined bubbly rollers such as Johnny Osbourne & Bladerunner's "Night Fall Dub" via slippery tech missiles like the dangerous darkside steps of Mr Explicit's "Crystal Blue" and the 24th century jazz of Jayline & Dutty Dubz long-awaited VIP of "Bacardi & Coke". And that's just four of the 18 weapons on offer here. Authentic jungle for 10 years and counting.
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.
Review: Liondub are celebrating a decade of existence and they're doing a three-part compilation series covering the past, present and future of the label. By definition, then, these series' feature plenty of talent from all across the spectrum and time period of the genre. One of our favourite of the 26 cuts is Bou's VIP of Keep Away, a deliciously double-bass infused number that is both funky and heavy, the ideal combination, and he's flipped up the arrangement here with some precisely placed note changes. There are also features from Vital, Euphonique, Dutta, Marcus Visionary and more, with the overall vibe being one of toughness and power. Top stuff.
Review: Lion Dub have reached a decade of activity. A decade! To put it in perspective, if someone was born the year Liondub started, they're about to enter high school/secondary school. It's a crazy achievement and one matched by the craziness of the music they have on offer to celebrate, a four-part journey through their past, present and future. This instalment is all about their past and it's exemplified best by Serum's VIP of Sound The Alarm, a Liondub classic, which Serum has flipped into a characteristically badboy, stabbing little roller. The vocals float above in a haze of reggae smoke, whilst the beat pulsates below. Awesome stuff.
Review: The best part of three years has passed since Jacky Murda and Aries's all-star Wanted album dropped. Now comes the remix package. Highlights fly from every version: the harmonic sing-along vibe "Worldwide Traveller" gets a subtle update by the men themselves, Dope Ammo adds a whole new level of horn-heaved funk to "Girls Dem Dada", King Yoof lays down an authentic classical dub twist on "Have You Ever" while Run Tingz alumni J Man rolls out "Holla Fi We" so smoothly you'll think your ears are covered in fine silk. And that's just the tip of the remix iceberg... Murderation!
Review: Born On Road is Aries' label and it does UK jungle right. Created out of Aries' legendary roadtrips and tours, the imprint puts out a consistent stream of UK ragga/jungle music, all of which has a focus on urban-edged sounds that hit hard but don't get too serious. Blam Blam is four remixes of Cheshire Cat's original, the first of which is a jungle number from K Jah, a sick track that's quickly followed up by Aries and Jacky Murda, who've turned the original into a funky yet hard hitting piece of music. Marcus Visionary and Feva are also both on form, making this EP an all-round must-listen for those who like their music with a heady dose of dub and reggae influence.
Review: Absolute fiyah from jungle's tightest, dub-deadliest collective as they provide "The Final Answer" to the question we didn't even know we were asking. A total riddim flexing exercise, taking the classic Screechy beat, we're treated to an array of twists, versions and jams with some of the biggest voices in the game such as Demolition Man, Mason and Screechy himself. Highlights include Lionfire's brutal breaks on "Cool With The Fire", Tuff N Powa's swaggering halftime take on "Walk & Skank" and Marcus Visionary's firing jungle twist. Time to take a walk...
Review: Spark up! Original nuttah Levy's 2008 pro-green dancehall hymn gets the remix treatment from Serial Killaz and Madd Ice and it needs to be heard to be believed. Serial Killaz step up with their most feel good reversion to date; taking the 60s "Wipe Out" surf riff and applying it to a bristling 170 framework, the busyness of the blend complements Levy's urgent chats with perfect energy. Guaranteed to light up the dance! For something much darker head for Madd Ice's heady, jump up jungle homage... Gunshots galore, it's 1996 all over again.