Review: A couple of cute jungle cuts from The Wildlife Collective (alias of Ed Solo and Deekline) on suitably delectable imprint, Jungle Cakes. A warm, woozy vocal led narrative in lead track "I Need A Dollar" tells a tale like a modern day reggae top line. Beautiful booming bass adds solid foundations from below whilst tooting trumpets and pattering breaks shimmy along nicely above. On the flip, "Bad Bwoy" is another tribute to Jamaican sound culture, referencing Remarc's early 90s jungle interpretation "Bad Bwoys" along the way. There's a hint of Serum & Bladerunner in there, with classic sounds pared with modern production techniques and polished drums. Absolutely brilliant.
Review: An all-star outing for Wildlife on the ever-reliable Man Recordings, featuring contributions from Daniel Haasman and, most impressively, Sheffield bass mogul Toddla T. The latter's collaboration, "Hear Dat", is arguably the EP's stand out moment. Kicking off with a smacked-out low-end buld, it quickly transforms into a rush of Juke-tempo percussion, dancehall bass and ear-piercing sirens. The Haaskman collab, "Paragon", is almost as impressive, offering a rolling blend of UK funky-goes-tropical drums and cut-up vocal wails. Elsewhere, the dubwise "Clapperz" impresses with its stoned blend of head-nodding drums and vintage Sheffield bleeps.
Review: Cripes! Berlin-based Man Recordings have commissioned a string of new mixes for Wildlife's baile funk banger, and boy are they heavy! Nic Sarno takes "Hear Dat" to the dark side in beautiful style by tuning the bass down low for a deep, slow jam. "Paragon' features label boss Daniel Haakesman and is remixed within an inch of it's life by EQ Why, who turns the whole thing into trippy and eccentric drum machine workout. Piri Piri remixes "DNO", delivering a ponderously percussive electro joint with voodoo overtones. Last but ot least, The Phantom goes all dub-hop, or hip-step on "Hear Dat", display some serious talent for haunting atmospherics in the process.
Review: Over the past couple of years Gary Maguire has steadily risen the ranks and raised above the parapet, joining the elite force of fellow Irish producers such as John O'Callaghan and Paul Webster. Here he picks things up yet another level with a great new track for non other than Paul Oakenfolds Perfecto labels Flouro offshoot (which we have been loving recently). This is high octane, peak time trance brining together just the right levels of euphoria and power. If you liked his remix of 'Bullet In A Gun', you will be all over this... Check it!!
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.