Review: Back to 1994: Kemet off-shoot 3rd Party dropped this raw jungle four-tracker. Apache & Unknown's Brain Killers take the A with two chest-pressing rave bombs. "Screwface" lives up to its name with surging euphoric chords, slamming amens and melodic percussive riffs while "Jungle Love" takes us back to the roots of the genre with minimal breaks and guttural toasting. Flip for a seminal jungle soul cut from 3rd Party bossman Family Of Intelligence as "Champion Of Champions" really captured and drove that more restrained sound of the dominant ragga stand at the time. "Bonus Beat #1" closes the 12 the same way it did 24 years ago; rattling percussion, a classic vocal sample and a scat breakdown that was tailored for the bravest of DJs. 3rd Party on dudes.
Review: If bustling, bass-heavy jungle sweatiness is your thing, head this way. First released digitally way back in 2016, this joint EP from DJ Shadowplay and Vital Link offers up quartet of floor-pounding peak time anthems rich in unashamedly weighty sub bass, fizzing old school breakbeats and heady samples. The brew is arguably at its most potent on opener "The Box Remix", a raw and powerful revision of a track by fellow Kemet artist Human Being. The bass-weight and rhythmic pressure continues elsewhere on the EP, from the sampled Balearic guitars and insane beats-and-bass of "Man Child", to the overheard phone chat and aggressive bass of "Code 64" and Roy Ayers-sampling sunshine-jungle of "Jungle Life".
Review: Since re-launching three years ago, pioneering jungle imprint Kemet has offered up a mixture of unreleased '90s cuts, timely reissues and new tracks inspired by the formative years of drum & bass. This EP from long-serving contemporary producer Julian Flowers AKA Drama1 fits into the latter category, offering up four authentic jungle rollers that recall the Halcyon days of muddy outdoor raves powered by colossal soundsystems. Opener "Dub Fi Dub" is deliciously raw, weighty and loose like the best early jungle cuts, while "Eternity" pairs bombastic Amen breaks with long, elongated sub-bass. "Need For Love" sees Flowers doff a cap to early dreamy D&B tracks (with sun-kissed success), before "Beliefs (Bonus Beat)" closes proceedings with a heady mixture of silly samples, big breakbeats and even bigger sub-bass.
Review: Breaking through on Kemet's Headhunters imprint, emerging junglist Drama1 fires off two big releases this week on Kemet. There's his remixes and revisions on the Champion Jungle Sound EP and this killer second solo 12" of the year; "I Don't Care" will even up the balance on the dancefloor as it shakes with a little R&B sensuality, before "Hot Girls" winds and grinds with serious skank packed heat. Flip for the much darker foundational fire and pummelling breaks of "My Sound" before "Music Sermon" slams down the final hammer with some absurd break edits and tripped out siren textures. Serious jungle business.
Review: Now in its third operational phase and still chiselling away at the coal face of futurism, Kemet welcome Drama1 for more exceptional jungle workouts. "Burn Up" has every element you could need; skippy breaks, ragga chats, soulful diva tones and a sci-fi funk vocal loop. "Dancehall Side" flips the vibe with warm and toasty skanks. Flip for militant drum rolls and laser shots on the gullified "Power VIP" and star-gazing dreamy feels on "Oh So Long". No drama.
Review: This one's been bubbling for some time now but the wait, as always with this long standing foundation jungle crew, has been worth it as newcomer Drama1 gets the full spotlight. Opening with his mystical touch and savage break chops to the long lost dubplate "The Fruit", he proceeds to dark us out on "Junglist One Blood" before getting his sexy skanks on with "Press The Buzzer" and takes us right back to 92/93 Goodlooking era with "Style" (see what we did there) for a graceful, bone rattling finale. Highly essential.