36 Hertz Recordings – DJ Vapour – Beatopia LP – [Review]

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A special release from an inventive and legendary icon of Jungle/Old Skool side of D&B. DJ Vapour showers and blesses us with his second LP via his label i.e. 36 Hertz Recordings, as we delve into the season. It is stacked with ten tunes to immerse the ears in.

From the first track, despite it being childishly titled ‘Bubbles’, Beatopia LP starts by igniting a spark that leads to titanic flames that are comparable to an exploded fill-up (gas) station. The songs are engineered with an old-skool type of sound (one of Vapour’s signature marks) and yet, still managing to sound modern and crisp; and it runs with quite a flavourful, dark Jungle theme as well. The album also comprises of a few of what we can safely dub as ‘Vintage Liquid’ (compliments of the artist’s analogue gear) but with a rough, metallic edge to it with jams like ‘Give It To Me’; ‘Touch’ and; ‘Eats, Shoots And Leaves’. The songs come packaged with another of DJ Vapour’s signature moves which are; his powerful, rugged, and raw bass lines that conquers and flourishes in the lower end of the parametric spectrum. Some examples that audibly describe this can be found in ‘Global Connection’; how it runs low under the horns in ‘Ghosts’; and also the bass face and the tremors one can expect to get when ‘Earthquake’ drops. Lastly, on that collaborative note, there are two joints to peep viz; Jamie Irie on ‘Rude Boy Sound’; and Tommie Radford making an appearance in ‘Jailbreak’ which is one Rock & Rollin’, Metal meets Jungle kind of vibe as the last track number (just wait for it to properly drop to witness the fierceness herein).

We reckon that, this album is also celebratory of 36 Hertz’s ten-years in existence, seeing that it was established in 2007. This album will surely make their mission objective clear to you that, they are the “purveyors in fine bassline…”

Words By: Tsheola Asavela

KLP Records Presents: The Remixes LP- Past Present + Future – [Review]

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The legendary DJ Monk and his label, KLP records have managed to cook up a dish of fifteen remixes of jams that go from as way back as the 90’s, as part of the label’s re-launch.  This is KLP Records presenting the ‘Past, Present + Future’ with The Remixes LP.

The very best of Jungle producers that the UK has to offer; from those who were present back in those early days of Jungle/D&B, to the new cats in the scene.  It is a blazing fire, straight from Audio Addict’s, DJ Hybrid setting it ablaze; down to the last joint.  In between, there’s the likes of DJ Choppah; Dapz; Papa G and; hearing DJ QT and Lion UK doing remixes for one another.  DJ Monk himself puts in a hand with a remix to Lion UK’s ‘Freaky Fly Girl’; and has a total of eight remixes of his past work remixed and re-done.  Those songs are, namely: ‘I Spy (Eye Nuh See)’ “re-fixed” by Serum & Serial Killaz and an Inna Culture 2016 Remix to the ’94 classic.  The other; ‘Deal Wid It’ is proudly tweaked by Ray Keith, as well as DJ Vapour with his ‘Tear Up Refix’ to the tune.  Ikon B & Crisis have two of their classics in the mix as well i.e. ‘Kills Every Sound’ and ‘Stop Fighting’ and; they also remixed one.  And all that could be said is that, in a nutshell this LP is a timeless journey to the future of this music, looking through the past, from a present perspective of Drum & Bass and Jungle, and what it stands for in this instance.

It is mixture of combustive substances that ignite into an inferno therefore; it is definitely a super comeback for KLP Records.  This LP is without a doubt, a collector’s item because it is the very best of Jungle.

Words By: Tsheola Asavela