Review: Fresh from Italy: Humus and Solstice are a brand new label and a brand new artist, both with rather wholesome names... And sounds. "Blue Husky" looks towards the classic US house sound with shuffling shakers and hi-hats and a Kerri Chandler-style synth riff. With an ability to sit pretty in both bass and deep house playlists, it's an impressive first release. As is "Ari Gold", a much darker, droney tech-funk affair, it comes complete with splashing cymbals and a groove that hugs you like a chubby relative who's a bit too excited to see you. As if that's not impressive enough, there's an awesome Pinch remix thrown in for good measure. What a way to launch a label.
Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
Review: From Span with love: South Yard one-up the dickens out their game with their first V/A album. 21 tracks heavy and packed with every skanky, bashy and rolling shade of jungle they've become known for during their three year rise so far. All the mandem present and correct, the likes of Veak, Vital Elements, RMS, Jamie Bostron and many more all join Kursiva for this major league brock-out with savage highlights hanging, swinging and leaping from every corner. Highlights include the flabby bass groans of T.Kay's "Oh! Dread", Kid Mix-A-Lot's euphoric dibby dibby dancefloor smasher "The Stopper" and Ricky Tuff & Brian Brainstorms teeth-baring tear-up "Las Teresitas". Adios amigos!
Subtifuge - "Call Me A Rasta" (feat Blackout Ja - Jungle Citizenz remix) - (5:12) 174 BPM
Review: Signing out 2016 in style: Totally Dubwise follow up their successful Riddim Up collection with another full-spectrum compendium featuring all firm family faces. Fresh versions abound from moody, gully darkness ("Versitality Dub", "Struggle") to rushed-out party skankers ("Party All Night", "Money Friend") to sultry sunrise horn-blazers ("Temptress Riddim") via out-and-out bounce attacks ("Police Officer") ensuring this album not only documents the strength and creative clarity of the label but every member involved, too. Serious firepower.