Review: Majik & Harmony's Deep Jungle strikes dubplate gold once again with another pair of unreleased Dillinja damagers; first up is 1995 blunderbuss "Luscious Nights" where the pneumatic energy between kicks and subs is near Richter scale levels. On the B we slide into 1996 "Hoes & Tricks". Another stark dark heave-ho where full emphasis is on those immense breaks and eerie pranged out toplines. Last spotted tearing a hole in the Blue Note 20 years ago, they really don't make them like they used to.
Review: 22 years old and two J Majik blueprints finally see the 12" light of day. Excavated from a full collection of DATS he's archived over the years, both cuts take you right back to 1996 and J's explosive dominance of the scene at the time; ricochet breaks, icy atmospheres, sudden emotional twists and a feeling like you're not actually on this planet. Few artists could conjure up these feeling as well as J Majik and the weight and dynamics of these remind us just why. Pure future.
Review: Shut Up & Dance! A legendary act and a direct order as the recently revived Deep Jungle imprint returns with another collection of unreleased rarities, this time from hardcore dons PJ & Smiley. Back to 93: "Wake Up" will stir the woken among us with its paranoid chords and urgent voice sample, "Cocaine" subverts the classic detuned rave synth stabs with total psychosis while "Kitty Kitty" is the trippy riposte to the Prodigy's "Charlie". Finally "Turn Off The Lights" sends for the guillotine with equal measures of manic urgency and dreamy softness. Something wicked is coming.
Review: Straight from J Majik and DJ Harmony's fabled silver briefcases come these unreleased from rave originators Shut Up & Dance under their Red Light alias. Straight from 1994, both slap with pure jungle authenticity and rawness; "Dangerous" lives up to its name with those militant break edits and warm reggae samples while "Greetings" brings a little soul into the mix with a sugar sweet vocal sample, wandering keys and breaks that clatter and bash with serious intention. Serious document.