Review: If you're in the mood for some industrial-strength dancefloor experiments and lo-fi workouts saturated with noise, this collaboration from old studio buddies Felix Krone and Yu Aseada AKA Ena should hit the spot. It's an altogether more foreboding and paranoid beast than their previous joint excursion, hence the new "F&E" alias. After offering up a decidedly dystopian ambient intro, the duo slowly cranks up the pressure via the industrial dub techno/electro fusion of "Thesis" and the crackling lo-fi techno crustiness of "Premis I". "Premis II" offers a more percussive and rolling take on the same murky blueprint, while "Conclusion" is a suitably hypnotic chunk of dub techno.
Review: 10 PILLS MATE is on one hell of a roll in closing the year off; after Andrew Red Hand's absolute killers, here comes six more techno bruisers from newbie Faur. The young chap is in no mood to mess around, and it's clear that he means business given the raw jungle power of the opening "Track 1", and the jacking, tooled-up techno of "Track 2" and "Track 3", the latter of which slips steadily into a nightmarish wormhole of hypnotics and pure dread. "Track 4" is a loose, distorted arrangement while, on the flip, "Track 5" is totally dancefloor-bound with its stealthy techno slither, and "Track 6" ties this magnetic EP off with a rugged beat flex that reminds us of the golden days of the DJAX label. BAD-ASS.
Review: Over a year has passed since he last appeared on SUNANDBASS Records with his "Serious" EP, FD returns to his spiritual stomping ground with three more timeless jams. As always with FD, the record covers the full spectrum; "All Yours" has a silky, soulful, Lenzman feel resonating throughout, "Second Villain" sounds like Randall in a basement at 3am while "Wah Wah Track" is a sunset reloader in waiting. Think Marky, think Patife, think Calibre. You know the drill...
Review: Triple X rated jungle from the triple F flexing breakbusting Dutchman FFF. We all know the drill by now; floor-bound psycho soul with its feet firmly planted in 1995 and is made for your mixing pleasure. "The Prowler" is based around whirling paranoid pads and percussion heavy rolling breaks, "Miles Away" takes a more dreamy approach with lilting arpeggios and stuttering break rolls, "Death Warrant" adds some 707 ghetto jitters into the moody mix while "Our Planet" closes with more poignant rave elements and drums that slur so hard the police want to take their driving licence. FFFliping great.
Review: Those whose jungle history goes all the way back to the formative days of drum & bass culture may remember Flatliner, an East London/Essex producer whose 1994 release on RAM Records, "The Big Bang", was something of an anthem at the time. The two previously unheard cuts showcased on this 12" - his first since the 1990s - were both recorded in 1995 when the producer was at the peak of his powers. "Just Stop" is particularly potent, with stabbing analogue bass, weighty sub-bass tones, minimalist bleeps and dreamy pads rising above a crunchy, pitched-up Amen break. "Flatline" is a little more rough and tough, with creepy chords and female vocal snippets riding a fiendishly edited, cut-up jungle rhythm and insanely weighty sub-bass.
FOI - "One More Stripe" (Lion UK & Drama1 remix) (5:39)
FOI & Fusion - "Treat All Girls Right" (Lion UK & Drama1 remix) (5:30)
Review: Kemet dig deep into their vaults and pull up a seminal 94 joint from James Grant Stephens under his FOI aka Family Of Intelligence guise (plus a collaboration with original Kemet soldiers Fusion) and get young Kemet guns Lion UK along with Drama1 to add the necessary 2020 production punch. "One More Stripe" is brought to life with warm drums and precision position of the ragga vocals while the deep soul of "Treat All Girls Right" is given an extra sun-kissed sparkle. Timeless.
Review: Following his "All Four One" EP at the start of the year, Frankee returns with two more startling shock-outs. "Downtown" shows the Londoner at his softest, most emotional side as Simon Franks delivers a vocodered vocal over an almost trance-like dynamic. Floaty, evocative and rolling, its lighter-raising power is up there with the best work of Sub Focus and Culture Shock. Flip for "Power", a bassline damager with a toxic hook that's reminiscent of Mampi or Dillinja. Benchmark business.
Review: It's now official: Future Cut are back and they're not mucking around. After years in the pop game, making number one hits for more songs than you care to sing along to in the shower, the Renegade Hardware renegades return to D&B on wax with the able co-piloting from Bournemouth's do-no-wrong duo Ulterior Motive. The result is three cuts that cross the entire breadth of jungle's craggy landscape. "Flash Mob" an all-out, balls-out roller with menacing late 90s undertones, "Bagleys" is a Spirit-esque stepper with sublime percussive Q&A "Second Nature" closes the show on a beautiful Bristolian funk flex. Welcome back Future Cut, big up Ulterior Motive. History has been made right here.