Review: Serious hard-stepping sounds from the Advisory Manchester connection on this set of jungle-inspired large ones. Take it back to the old school with "Schoolboy", an instant classic with the pedigree to carry it far or revisit your youth with "Dubwave Anthem", a tune that epitomises summertime all-nighters and renegade ways. "Some Choon Fi De Gyal Em" gets things rolling and final tune "Pass the Tu Shen Peng" rocks some laid-back vintage reggae vibes. Get skanking.
Review: Longstanding junglist Sappo continues his timeless drum magic with another uncompromised "Jungle Rollers" collection. Taking the driving seat, he kicks off with an amen-focused roller with mild jazz tones on the fittingly titled "1996". 6Blocc takes us back another three years to 1993 when the ragga-jungle relationship was in its honeymoon. All rattling drums and precision-placed ragamuffin vocals. Alpha & Tim Ryan continue the skank-minded approach with a killer Courtney Melody sample and classic badboy rolling groove. Finally Connecta joins the dots between jungle and drum & bass with a robust slab of rolling rawness that wouldn't go amiss in a Hazard or Potential Badboy set.
Review: Northern scene legend Adam Wigglesworth sadly passed away on April 3. This is how his friends responded... By compiling one of the biggest tribute albums drum & bass has ever seen. Just look at the amount of talent on here: Pyxis, Euphonique, Nvrsoft, No Concept, Exile, Euphonique, Dawn Raid and so many more artists have contribute to this 45 track album of which all proceeds go to Adam's family. From the blazing bass riff of Sappo's late 90s style neck snapper "Hannibal" to Exile's turbine bass growler "Symbiosis" via Sl8r's jazzy, almost Detroit style vibes on "The Mill" and various bits from Wiggo himself, this is a heartfelt salute from the entire scene to a man who'll be sorely missed.
Pablo G & Rudeboy Keith - "Too Much Killin'" - (5:31) 175 BPM
DJ Direkt - "HUUMan" - (4:11) 172 BPM
Danny Styles - "If A Gun" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Armada - "The Vibes" - (5:38) 170 BPM
Review: 24 Karat presumably get their name from the measurement for gold and this compilation is, by any stretch of the imagination, full of weight. Featuring tunes from artists old and new in the 24 Karat camp, this album stretches across 17 heavy, dancefloor numbers. The first outing, 'Heavy Hitters' by Danny Styles, is classic funk-into-dancefloor vibes and we love the array of twisting, snarling basses that fans of this producer will recognise. Danny is a regular throughout this one and he nails it consistently. Shouts also to Faysha on the sweet 'Heavy', as well as Keith Patience on thee crazy jungle number that is 'HeadShot'. Big.
Review: V Recordings: A genus source for drum and bass, the launch pad of so many great careers it's not worth counting and still a consistent source of forward-thinking beats. If any label can justify five volumes of back-cat badness, it's Bryan Gee's. Going right back to 1993 (Roni Size's "Timestretch"), we whistle, rattle and roll past some of the label's (and scene in general's) titans. Dillinja is repped hard with an array of discography highlights such as the shattered amen attack plan ("Bad Man"), Krust is paid in full with cuts such as the minimal muscle roller "Set Speed", jungle godfather Sappo reminds us of real old school with "Into The Light" while Future Cut's later-era "Prophecy" is rewound to great effect. And that's just five of the album's 21 chapters. A must read document for junglists old and young.
Review: See di hit man ah come! This has to be the most definitive collection of one of the most rewound jungle bangers of all time, "Hit Man" has been sampled / remixed / bootlegged and refixed more than most tunes and there's a good reason... Cutty's cult vocals were sampled and processed to perfection by Cain in the first place. Iconic, whichever era it's been re-imagined, from Benny L's insane new flex or DJ Hype's classic amen-rattler, it always bangs. There's a remix for every occasion right here. Quintessential.
Review: Serious skankage: Konspiracy twists up a classic reggae vocal with crafty jungle authenticity. Coming on strong like an Aries jam, it pays respect to the genre's formative ragga chapter in style. Remix-wise everyone adds their own twist; Jamie Bostron flares up the roominess with big reverb and space, Jinx throws in a sly shade of KRS-One over chunkier Playaz-level beats, Jungle Citizenz polish up the skanks while Sappo bosses the ages with a proper jungle drumfunk workout. Criminally good!
Review: Russia's own reggae representative 'Steppa Style' teams up with Totally Dubwise for a fantastic extended digital dub project entitled 'Mad Russian Remixed'. This selection see's a mass collection of vocals get serious digital reworks, creating a sensational tracklisting. We hear solid jungle redesigns of track's such as 'Good Vibes' from Midway as well as amazing digital dub recreations of tracks like 'Mad Russian' from the likes of Escape Roots UK. Our favourites include Jah Sazzah's one drop mix of 'Road' and the Danny T & Tradesman dancehall mix of 'Inna Disya Time'.