Review: 20 years ago you-know-who released that album. Now the shady French Band are looking back on that famous LP with a selection of reworks. The floaty 60's lounge of "Ce Matin La" gets a squelchy hip-hop makeover by Jprime and the retro electro-pop of "Kelly Watch The Stars" gets given an orchestrated big beat boost from Leygo. Elsewhere the mighty "Sexy Boy" is turned into sleazy analogue funk with extra rapping for good measure. Lastly Vinyl Messi takes the folk-tinged serenity of "All I Need" on a 100mph DnB joyride. A breath of fresh air indeed.
Review: Finally! Jungle are reminded of the true meaning of their name as Paul Woolford dusts off his Special Request gloves and gives the popular pop-funk troupe a rough-housing that's so savage they'll be in intensive care for years. Spacious skippy breakbeats, hooky detuned synths and an overall dark, misty timeless feel, drop this and you'll be "Busy Earnin'" lots of dancefloor kudos.
Review: Bosh! London's XL stable continues its fine line of fire with a rare appearance by the enigmatic Zomby. Jungle has released an LP on XL last summer, including "The Heat" which Zomby retouches and revamps herein. The shadowy, masked Londoner goes for an old-school approach, where delayed chords swagger over joyous vocal samples and a jittering 4/4 beat. You can hear Zomby's 90s influences running the whole way through it and as you'd expect, it's a rather special affair. Recommended.