1/ Holohedron - Poison Idea.
2/ Raket - Roads.
3/ Fathom - Recon.
4/ Spinscott - The Greeting.
5/ 2Brainz - Unbelievable.
6/ The Renegades - Battle Tested And Approved.
7/ Self Aware - The Blame Game.
8/ Sophistics - Explode.
Brand new drum & bass and jungle label, Wicked Jungle Records gathers up momentum for the label's debut album launch, with the release of 'Wicked Jungle Vol 1'. A mighty selection of eight underground drum & bass tracks encompassing all styles withing the D&B and jungle spectrum.
Kicking off with a fine, uplifting slice of upfront D&B from Holohedron, 'Poisoned Idea' opens the album with an enervating, euphoric synth melody and electronically manipulated vocal effects before the track mutates into a massive, rasping neuro-tech bass riff. Up next, Raket delivers an exhilarating fusion of rattling 'Think' break percussion combined with growling bass throbs and electrifying, trance stabs with 'Roads'.
Fathom then takes us back to a time where militant 2-step breaks and amen edits met with ominous atmospherics and monstrous Reese bass notes ruled the jungle airwaves, with his heavyweight, tech-step revisioning, 'Recon'. After all the darkness of the previous track, it's up to Spinscott to bring us back into the light again with 'The Greeting', a sparse, yet intricately crafted piece of jungle breakbeatism, accentuated with gorgeous spine-tingling synth notes.
2Brainz unleashes a manic, jazz-tinged slab of pitched-down, amen break choppage with the hectically paced and infectiously joyous, 'Unbelievable' before we are introduced to The Renegades' very own distillation of oldskool hardcore and jungle in the form of their jungle-footwork hybrid, 'Battle Tested And Approved'.
'The Blame Game' by Self Aware takes us into the latter reaches of 'Wicked Jungle Vol 1', and fuses snappy percussive notes alongside heavy 2-step breaks before an ominous synth melody and buzz-saw bass notes take over. Then we are greeted with Sophistics' roughneck closing track, 'Explode'. Which features a barrage of dark atmospherics, menacing ragga threats and dubwise clanks threaded throughout a solid stepping breakbeat with added amen edits.
With 'Wicked Jungle Vol 1', the label provides an excellent selection of drum & bass and jungle tracks which showcases the label's eclectic scope for future releases, as well a offering up a top selection of high quality music for both the feet and the mind.
The 'Wicked Jungle Vol 1' album is available to download and stream from all good digital download stores and streaming sites from 05/01/16.
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