London Dungeons Dub (Young Warrior remix - Son Of Jah Shaka) (5:21)
Rebel Tuff Like Tuff Gong Dub (Joe Ariwa remix - Son Of Mad Professor) (3:47)
Jungle Is I & I (Hylu & Jago Future dub mix) (3:40)
Jah Warriors In Dub (DJ Madd remix) (5:28)
Microchip In Dub (King Yoof remix) (5:31)
Review: Two years after Congo Natty announced the jungle revolution on Big Dada, he's back with yet another paradigm shifting selection. Effectively this is a remix album but the artists have been hand-picked to ensure the same consistency and complete finish as the original. Dub maestros old and new lay down some serious twists; Sukh Knight fires up "Get Ready" with bellowing synths, Jinx In Dub adds an obese bulbous digidub version of "Nu Beginningz" while the hugely influential UK pioneer Adrian Sherwood unleashes his inner ragamuffin with the skank-happy junglist "UK Allstars In Dub" shakedown. Another smooth and explorative session, the revolution will be dubwised.
Review: The white hot Spank Rock release a strictly limited edition instrumentals version of their massively acclaimed debut album on the back of a mammoth tour including a Gnarls Barkley support slot. Fantastic press reactions have greeted the band. As well as being named HHC's 'Album Of The Month', other publications have said: "Spank Rock may just change the face of music" - NME; "Genius to the power of 36,186" - The Guardian. "Not since the first Dizzee album has a debut been thrilling enough to give Pharell and Timbaland some seriously sleepless nights" - The Daily Telegraph -"The most exciting rap around" - Uncut-"The first great album of the summer to come" - The Sunday Times-"Pulse Quickening... recalls the Beastie Boys before they became Beastie men, Thrilling". The Guardian-"Exhilarating, a torrent of dance, punk, funk and rock... Early Beasties and Dizzee Rascal are close to the mark. A darkly addictive pleasure" - Metro "Genuinely original... electro berserker hip-hop for the 21st Century" - The Independent "The future of hip-hop... Like nothing you've heard before" - The Times, "One of those albums that's over too soon. This is an act to watch!" - The Sun· "Spank Rock bring the joy, freshness and plain weirdness back to hip hop...great" - NME, "Hip-Hop finds its punk rock mojo" - Blues & Soul, "Spank Rock are going places. The hottest representatives of the Baltimore Club sound." - Time Out. "Spank Rock have a PhD in a little something called good old fashioned fun" - Vice Zane Lowe has supported both singles 'Rick Rubin' and 'Sweet Talk', the main radio single prior to the album's release. Spank Rock's live show is a phenomenon. 'YoYoYoYoYo' instrumentals released on strictly limited edition double vinyl.
Review: The simple yet brashly titled Grime 2.0 is a mammoth release from Big Dada that looks to showcase where the genre is right now. Compiled jointly by label boss Will Ashon and journalist Joe Muggs, this 4xLP set sees grime originators sit next to a new breed of artists and documents the scene's continued development over the past ten years. The track selections also demonstrate that it's still very much a vibrant and flourishing genre. Some 35 tracks deep, the compilation sees Ashon and Muggs securing exclusive, previously unheard material, with notable grime figureheads such as Youngstar, Wiley and MRK1 contributing alongside current stars in Royal T and Preditah as well as an international cast of emergent new talent, with Local Action artist and Grimetapes documenter Slackk featuring too. Essential!
Review: Wiley, the pioneer, the founding father, the maverick, the relentless innovator, releases his brand new (and possibly last) album, "Playtime Is Over". A blazing return to the experimental crucible of the East London music known as grime, "Playtime Is Over" offers everything that is brutal, cutting edge, funny, clever, terrifying and moving about the sound and the world which created it. Over the course of fifteen tracks, Wiley boasts of his pre-eminence, tells stories of his life and background, reveals a sensitive side that won't surprise anyone who has met him, bigs up Bow and, in general, splatters his life and thoughts and feelings over beats in a way which hasn't been bettered in the short but incident-packed history of a scene whose mainstream acceptance is barely five years old.