Trouble & Bass co-founder Star Eyes is ready to drop her second ever release and you can preview the whole thing here. The new EP ‘White Gloves’ features three original productions and has already received a lot of support from bloggers and DJs alike.
As you’d expect, it’s pretty fast-paced and marks itself from the beginning as house music to stomp your feet and bang your head to. The title track is a proto-jungle-meets-Funky-meets-Warehouse-rave affair with one of the dirtiest basslines you’ve ever heard.
To be honest, you don’t even need to listen to the EP to know it’s going to be good. Trouble & Bass are a pretty damn solid label, handpicking the finest club music going.
Jungle pioneer Photek has been keeping pretty quiet the last three years. Little has been heard since 2007′s ‘Form & Function II’, but he’s back with a release penned for 2011 entitled ‘Avalanche’.
The first track from the new EP, ‘Slowburn’, is just that: a slow-burning electro-tech-dub-thing that builds and builds in a synth-laiden dirge. It’s a far cry from his early junglism and even his later dabblings in house. It sounds massively disparaging, but this seems like perfect soundtrack fodder with its techy dub sound and rumbling electro sidechains.
Sadly, this is all we have to tide ourselves over until the full EP is released on 28th February but we thought it best to post it quick sharp in time for Christmas, though the festive period has absolutely zero bearing on anything.
Heavy bass purveyor Kanji Kinetic has a new EP out today on Senseless Records, promising a higher tempo of 175 as opposed to the usual 130/140 BPM. The blurb on their Soundcloud page talks about looking back to the old days of rave and jungle, which is always promising.
What I like about Kanji Kinetic is the heaviness he manages to inject into slow club-oriented music, which is becoming an increasingly rare trait these days. It’s being released as a split with the New Era EP released on Tigerbeat6 earlier this year but with two new tracks and two remixes from Kaiser and Cracks as well.
Good old DJ /rupture‘s been busy of late preaching the gospel according to Cumbia and working on new material with Matt Shadetek on a new 12″ that comes out very soon and features DJ Kiva and is sure to include Cumbia deliciousness.
DJ /rupture is one of those really solid artists you can really rely on to put out forward-thinking, intelligent music; from jungle to hip-hop and ragga. And on top of all this, he runs a radio show on WFMU that you can catch up on by clicking on that link over yonder. You should definitely listen to the most reason show because it opens with a tune by Einstürzende Neubauten, which makes him sexy by my count.
He’s also a really prolific blogger and always has a lot to say about Cumbia on Negrophonic and La Congona, particularly so on the latter. It really is one of the only places to read about Cumbia, and /rupture’s an incredibly well-versed teacher. If it isn’t the only place to read about Cumbia, it’s definitely the best.
Oh, and he asked me to ask you to ask yourselves to add him on Twitter. If you know what a Twitter is his username is @djrupture. Then, once you’ve done all of those things you should download the following track by Grupo Estrella:
Some kind soul on the interwebs has dug out an old BBC2 documentary about jungle (seriously.) from 1994. The sound quality isn’t great but it’s pretty good given how old it is. It features some pretty interesting footage of Shy FX and Gunsmoke recording ‘Gangster’.
It’s also pretty interesting to see how jungle influenced drum & bass and then dubstep and now even UK funky. Basically, this is the golden age of jungle; although there was a revival a few years ago with people like RCola and Paulie Waulnuts. It really is a shame what happened to jungle and drum & bass after this documentary was made.
The documentary marks the period that jungle purists consider to be the point where jungle went bad; the beats got slower, the synths got dancier and eventually you got Dillinja. Before that, however, ragga jungle really kicked off in the UK with people like Tenor Fly, Shy FX and General Levy all doing incredibly well from the surge in interest.
If you’re not sure how big this was, it was as big as dubstep is now and it went the same way dubstep will probably go. The documentary itself was clearly made to mark the ascension of jungle drum & bass, but unfortunately it ended up chronicling the end of the genre. Still, it’s really funny to see people like Shy FX and Gunsmoke as little whipper snappers trying to explain jungle.
Watch Part 1∙Part 2∙Part 3 And as a little yuletide treat, here’s a classic jungle tune from that era: