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.
Redpine & Solo land in our premiere spotlight today with a dark jungle smasher called Time 4 Change. Opening up with ominous sub weight and skittering hats laid under a hefty ragga vocal calling for equality of rights, the track then drops into some serious break chopping business. Hard! Cop the EP via Studio Rockers from Jun 26th; pre-orders are up at Bandcamp now.
It doesn’t get much better than this…we’re unbelievably hyped to have the premiere of Mako’s One Reality for you today! Taken from his Oeuvre LP for Metalheadz, this is a masterclass in razor sharp breaks, shimmering pad atmospherics and groaning bass tension. 100% trademark Mako business, and all the better for it. Hit up the Metalheadz Store to grab the album on vinyl or digital right now!
That vintage jungle sound on today’s premiere as GY96 drops a brand new release. Vintage synths and outboard gear power a tune which sounds exactly that – vintage. Check it out and hit up Bandcamp to grab a copy right now.
RMS and Dublic bring the jungle fiya on today’s exclusive! Dubwise guitar chords and old school chopped breaks all the way on this one…watch out for Inna Dub dropping alongside a selection of other RMS collabs on Inner City Dance’s Stereo One imprint, coming Mar 9thy at all good digital stores.
Utopia Music have been quiet for some time now as Mako concentrates on his work with DLR as OneMind and his forthcoming LP for Samurai Music, so it’s great to see the label making a return on this brand new 12″ from longtime label collaborator Mikal.
Under The Earth sees Mikal and Mako teaming up on a trademark Utopia cut; exquisitely crafted breaks, bassline scuzz and tons of detail. The fusion of jungle sensibilities with a hint of ‘headz and a taste of techstep darkness has long defined the Utopia sound and this one fits that bill perfectly.
On the B-side Mikal gets militant with an angular kick-drum rhythm and a selection of aggy bass hits. This one should produce more than a few screwfaces; proper stomper! Check out the previews below and hit up the Utopia Bandcamp to grab the release right now…
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.
J Plates returns to Omni Music with his second EP for the label in only a couple of days, and we’ve got the exclusive on title track Telepathy! Intricate melodies, sultry vocal hooks and chunky breakbeat chops characterise a sublime slice of uplifting, intelligent jungle. Watch out for the EP hitting digital stores from Nov 24th; pre-orders are up now at Beatport.
Techy vibes on today’s premiere as Seattle producer D-Struct lands on Hybris’s Pseudoscience Recordings with a bit of a banger! Helter-skelter breaks and growling basslines drive this one along at some pace…dirt for the dancefloor, but still precise and controlled. Pre-orders are up now on Beatport ahead of the release on Nov 13th.
Sam Binary and Deviant join forces for the latest release on In Reach Records, and we’ve scooped the premiere of lead track Bleep With One Eye Open! Living up to it’s name with a classic bleep lead layered over a healthy bed of crunchy breaks and warped bass hits, this is vintage D&B vibes brought bang up to date for 2019. Look out for the release coming Nov 8th at all the usual stores.