Review: Gird your loins as Rollz goes in with some rambunctious, feel-good jump up gems on DJ SS's legendary Formation Records. "Soul Calibur" kicks things off with an explosion of soulful Robert Owens-esque vocals and chiming piano keys, underpinned by pumping drums, mid range pressure and pounding b-line. Textured SFX add further depth to this dancefloor detonator. Watch out! And as if that wasn't enough, Sigma-meets-Sub Focus-meets-TC style venture "M Theory" backs this up with warping synthlines, dramatic drops and pummelling drums, with wobbly b-line in tow. A massive dancefloor driven beauty! Hold tight my ravers.
Review: A treasure trove for the true drum and bass / jungle head, the Formation label sends in a second wide load of 170BPM+ steppers and bangers in a follow up to their Back To Jungle compilation series. Highlights straight off the bat include numbers from Dan Blackout and DJ Andy, with something seriously frenetic coming out of Mogshot's "Jungle Volunteer Force". For your stripped back rhythm tracks One Dread has you covered, with the likes of Slaine offering up a subtle dose of rave (all the more) with junglisms pushed to the max in Aries & Haslem's knees up special "Just Break". A wild compilation of maxed out jungle prominence.
Review: It doesn't get more legendary than DJ SS' Formation Records, and the man himself has organised a fat, 56-track compilation that will take you back to jungle. This is part 1 of 3 parts, and at 20 tunes it's nothing to be sniffed at, featuring music from the likes of Kenny Ken, Dave Shichman, Sikki and Fabric8. The first of those has a track called 'Gimme Dat Roller' which is simply crazy, with a clean, penetrating percussion that flips and nods its head with flair; the bassline comes next, and it's a true creeper. 'Jah' by Fabric8 has a wicked, lounging reggae introduction that sets the stage for a jagged, spiking bassline that zips through the arrangement in a seriously catchy way. Seminal stuff.