When I think of my favourite jungle artists, Just Jungle (also known by his Genotype alias) easily etches out a spot in my mind thanks to his repertoire of solid tunes. One of his very best? Double Crisp, from 1994’s The Gold EP released by Trouble on Vinyl. D&B history sidenote; Trouble on Vinyl was run by Clayton Hines & Mark Hill, the same duo behind the legendary Renegade Hardware. It’s now owned and operated by fellow D&B originator DJ Kane.
Beginning with a radiant pad that cascades into a sensational flurry of amenism and genius programming, Double Crisp is a hallmark of Just Jungle’s production prowess. It cannot be understated how striking the drum cuts are on this classic. You also get a sense dub and dancehall’s momentous influence on jungle through the flavorful sampling that serves as a proper homage to part of the genre’s roots.
Dev Pandya broke onto the scene under his Paradox moniker in 1996 wielding solid amen smashers. The formidable energy and complexity of Pandya’s deft cuttage made him a staple of the Jungle/Drumfunk style. Remaining true to his sound, Paradox rocks his breaks-heavy style to this day.
Paradox’s breaks are relentless and stone cold on the early Renegade Hardware release A Certain Sound, with bass straight from the depths of an abyss. The 1996 heater employs a quote from the iconic film Dune to psychedelic effect, as Paul’s voice bounces along in hypnotic cadence, and is ultimately complemented by eerie atmospherics. This classic track is not to be missed – a considerable weapon of sound in any Jungle/Drumfunk DJ’s arsenal!
Our first mix of 2020 comes from Junglist 1996, the old school D&B alias recently started by Polish producer Roominsky. As you might expect for a producer with a number of recent releases for Beat Spectrum, Roominsky delivers a mix full of cuts from the Aussie label alongside technoid and darkstep selections from Position Chrome, Perkussiv Music and Habit Recordings. Anyone hankering for the hard, amen-edged sounds of late 90s and early 2000s D&B will definitely enjoy this one!
As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive.
Russian producer limit lands in the premiere spotlight today with a slice of drumfunk. Channelling the largely forgotten sound of mid-2000s choppage pioneered by the likes of DJ Trax and Paradox, this one is all about the breaks…check it out and hit up the label Bandcamp to grab a copy from Nov 21st.
Rotation Audio return with their second release and we’ve got the exclusive on dangerous jungle excursion Dark World courtesy of Slider & Expose! Hard hitting amens and eerie bleep lines over a weighty sub backbone; this tune is mean! Hit up the label Bandcamp to pre-order on vinyl or digital now ahead of the Nov 8th release…
If you like lush liquid and amens then Nu Venture have you covered on today’s premiere as Skydata drops a sick new track for the imprint’s Venture Deep 2 EP! Emotive melodies and sharp breaks…nuff said. Look for this coming Oct 18th via all the usual outlets!
Quentin Hiatus, Thomas B and Ghast return with their occasional collab alias Onism Qi this month and they’ve got a host of treats coming via Translation Recordings. ’96 Dreamer is their ode to the classic sounds of early rave music, building suspense with ethereal synth work on the intro before dropping into an electrifying assault of chopped amens and rave stabs. Massive tune! Look for this one coming Aug 16th at all good digital stores…
Quantum Mechanix are posied to drop their debut LP for Nurtured Beatz so naturally we had to snap up a premiere! Let The Drums Take You builds up with the ravey euphoria and an infectious vocal hook before dropping into a dirty tech roller punctuated with amen fills…wicked little tune! Watch out for the LP coming Aug 2nd…don’t sleep on this one.
Jungle selections on our latest exclusive mix as Leeds producer Solo takes the controls! Plenty of the man’s own dubs inside the ride, plus cuts from J Majik, OneMind, Coco Bryce, Acid Lab and more…if you like chopped breaks then this will definitely be up your alley.
As always you can check out the mix via Soundcloud below or head to Youtube or iTunes to stream. You can also grab a download from Google Drive, and if you want to grab any of the music for yourself hit up this BuyMusic link.
Icelandic producer Subminimal returns to Ortem this month with another top notch EP and we’re hyped to have the exclusive on Disrupt! Starting out with deep, trippy halftime vibes before progressing into hard amen chopping badness…wicked stuff. Look out for the EP coming March 15th at Bandcamp with all other stores following two weeks later.