Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.
Review: Kris "Karizma" Clayton doesn't do things by halves. Having not released a brand new album since his 2007 full-length debut, A Mind of His Own (2009's "V2.0" re-hash not withstanding), he's only gone and delivered a 39-track opus of new material (and, by all accounts, there were several extra tracks that never made the cut). By its very nature, then, Wall of Sound is a bit of an unwieldy epic, and it will take you several plays to truly get your hand around its intricacies and stylistic shifts. It's safe to say, though, that it's a pretty tasty set, effortlessly flitting between soul-flecked instrumental hip-hop (see the Dilla-ish "Kan Rock"), broken beat, intense percussion workouts, slick US garage and deep house in all its forms.