Review: Nice Up!'s longest standing jungle representative Origin One returns with another skank-packed breakbeat bubbler. Loaded up with powerful vocals from the legendary Spyda and long-time collaborator K.O.G, it's lives up to its name perfectly and pays tributes to UK dance music's deepest, realest roots. There's even more to pay tribute to, too... Zero T is on board with an absolute belter of a remix, all purring bassline and dubby spaciousness. Looking for a little digidub danger? Head for Sub Alpine's remix. Salute the "Tribute!".
Review: There aren't many people better to remix your track than A.M.C, the man who recently dethroned Andy C as the Best DJ at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards and who is just generally an absolute beast at both production and spinning. He's on remix duties for K-Motionz and the result is a penetrating, deeply heavy wall of pure fire, one which jumps out the gun with the momentum of Usain Bolt and which matches him on sheer impact. 'Gunshot' is exactly what you'd expect - wounding - and A.M.C. has flipped this one into a DJ weapon we assume he's been getting ample use from.
Review: Coming in with the reggae, junglist vibes this week is Chopstick Dubplate, who are releasing on their own label alongside Natty Campbell, an MC and vocalist who, if you don't know, sounds absolutely mint above a ragged jungle beat. 'Chicken Shop' is the title tune and deservedly so, featuring a bubbling, bouncing and banging bassline which sits perfectly beneath the flowing lyrical business being conducted by Campbell above. This EP stretches to seven tracks and highlights well the reputation that Chopstick Dubplate have cultivated over years in the game. Top stuff.
Review: Born On Road roll into a new decade in style as Lupo & Jappa join the fray with this savage slab of darkness. Groaning basslines, soundsystem vibes and subtle MC chatter; "Nuff Girl" hits every spot you need it to. It's backed by more heavy artillery: "Flee" now comes in VIP form with its trippy staccato bass burps, Lupo goes solo on the super-spooked out "Minefield" while Jappa closes down the show with M-Tek on "Tuff". Absolute murderation.
Review: Here's an EP that might ruffle a few feathers... the four tracks are all re-edits of classic Kraftwerk cuts, and there'll no doubt be many purists out there who'd say that was a job that didn't really need doing, but generally speaking the four producers concerned have done a pretty good job. Dim Zach's 'The Super Model (Dub)' nudges ahead of the pack, while Gatto's progressive house-leaning 'Computer Love (Vocal Mix)' is probably the most radical in approach. But the other two reworks from Fabiolous Barker and Don Dayglow are also perfectly serviceable, so if you dig Florian, Ralf and co and can get past the "sacred cows" thing, check it out.
Review: Vital Elements has built up a name for himself as someone who never fails to bring out the big guns with his music. It's always heavy, hard-hitting and built on soundscapes and vibes which are deeply urban. His newest EP on V2E is no different and it kicks off with 'Is It Enough', a Serum-esque roller with a bassline that stretches out over the horizon, the only constant being its grinding, coarse nature and the manner in which it constantly mutates and evolves. 'Bass Monster' is equally as rough but less rolling and more fragmented, its structure and nature constantly changes and it keeps the tune sounding consistently fresh. The rest of this EP is absolute vibes, too.
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Small Town Dubz - "Politician" (Small Town Dubz Roots version) - (3:58) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru remix) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru dub) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Review: It sure is a tasty one for the latest edition of the Moonshine Recordings run as they invite the high energy combination of both Dubbing Sun and Echo Ranks together for a marching system delight entitled 'Politician', stooped in bass bin busting sub tones and inspiring vocal chants. They have also supplied a few very tidy remixes to run alongside, With the legendary Radikal Guru leading the way with his metallic rethink alongside a fully reworked dub version. This is then followed up by the super spacey sounds of the Small Town Dubz Roots version, rounding up the whole project nicely.
The Real McCoy (Conrad Subs remix) - (3:44) 86 BPM
The Real McCoy (Timbali remix) - (3:27) 86 BPM
Jim Two-Eyes - "The Real McCoy" (dub) - (3:09) 86 BPM
Review: Jim Two-Eyes and Parly B, two dancehall artists, are colliding with the world of drum & bass in this excellent release from Raider. The Real Mccoy is its name, no relation to the horse we assume although perhaps to the crisps, and it features a slick original that bumps and grinds its way through vocal tears, stabbing instrumentation and an all-round embrace of funkiness. Conrad Subs nails the remix two, keeping the vocal magic in place but undergirding it with a powerful sub and cracking, booming drum hits. Love this one.
Review: The artwork for this release is typically Souped Up with its upbeat, cartoonish style and bright, saturated colours. The music is an equally pleasant assault on the senses and assault is the right word because, with Harry Shotta in tow, Serum & Benny V are launching an attack through sound. 'Let's Go' is quintessential Serum & Benny and the punchy, stabbing arrangement is complimented ideally by Shotta, who's renowned flow floats across the top end of the range to provide extra ammunition for the battle below. Proper Souped Up bit of sickness.
Review: Kit Sebastian are English multi-instrumentalist Kit Martin and Turkish vocalist Merve Erdem. Their 2019 debut album 'Mondo Moderne' (also on Mr Bongo) fused psychedelia, jazz, 6Ts pop, Middle Eastern music and hip-hop/funk beats, and now here comes the remix package, with the Natureboy Flako Remix of 'Senden Baska' coming on like 60s lounge music with a breakbeat while - by way of a complete contrast - the Baris K Dub of 'Durma' takes us into experimental techno/minimal territory. Completing the EP is 'Kit Sebastian Vs Halal Cool J', a lazy, dusty groove that finds the pair teaming up with UK hip-hop producer Aly Jamal.