Club Glow — the collective made up of Borai, Denham Audio, LMajor, and Mani Festo — have put together a fundraising compilation for the family of the late owner of Tokyo record store, Disc Shop Zero, Naoki Iijima, who sadly passed away last month after a short illness.
The collective have each contributed a track amongst the 17-track set, while they've also called on a number of friends to contribute music. Amongst those featured are Mantra, Etch, Sully, Benton, Benny Ill, Thugwidow, and West Norwood Cassette Library.
Fabric has announced 13 new residents for its 20th anniversary.
Club stalwarts Terry Francis and Craig Richards will remain at the centre of the London venue, while a host of fresh names are being drafted in.
Friday bi-weekly FABRICLIVE will welcome Cimm, Mark Dinimal, Fish & Sherry S alongside DJ Mag jungle favourite Mantra. Meanwhile Forms, the new in-house party that kick starts every other weekend, now comes with Jaden Thompson, Lindsey Matthews and Tommy Vercetti.
The cloven hoof of festival season is already here, as is proven by London's top pick, Hackney’s experimental and boundary-pushing Test Pressing. Everything from kraut crunch to electro bangs will be explored.
It's worth noting there's another special occasion in the capital this month, as Egg hits sweet 16 and drafts some serious tech to celebrate; Nicole Moudaber, Japan's Hito and Italy's emergent Anna V are among those lighting candles.
Rebekah, James Zabiela, Dead Man’s Chest and Mantra are all locked for DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards party next month.
They join the impressive list of names already announced, with Eats Everything, former-Cheeky Bubbler Breakwave, Ellie Cocks, one of our Fresh Kicks interviewees, Jamz Supernova, and Mason Maynard previously confirmed.
Forest Drive West is back on beloved jungle outlet Rupture LDN this month with his storming new EP 'Set Free'.
After delivering one of underground d&b’s most-played tracks — ‘Jungle Crack’ — for the label run by Mantra and Double O at the tail-end of 2016, FDW returns from his forays on Livity Sound and the like with five killer cuts.
A tense steppa from the off, the title track is becomes increasingly erractic as it goes on, introducing waves of shuffling percussion and blistering breaks, all underpinned by a continuous, morbid low-end growl.
An avalanche of snare drums, sub-bass that pulverises your rib-cage, possessed divas wailing from the abyss; fragments of funk, shards of techno, dabs of dancehall, broadsides of polyrhythm: these are just some of the ingredients of jungle, a style of d&b that is enjoying a remarkable revival of late. Heard through a club system, jungle remains the most exhilarating UK dance sound.
Previously known as Eveson, the Bristol-based producer changed his artist name to disassociate himself from the smoother ‘liquid’ sound. “It was because of pigeonholing,” he says. “I was looking to do something a little different and I thought I should come back with a new alias, as it would be taken as a fresh thing from the off rather than people having any preconceptions.” Releasing through Ingredients and his own Western Lore label, Dead Man’s Chest has quickly generated a considerable fan following with his jungle adaptations.
“The past few years, with this kind of darker more chaotic edge that has consumed world affairs, I think jungle is a perfect soundtrack to that” – Dead Man’s Chest
“It’s so amazing to see so many quality labels releasing jungle, with loads of new producers coming through,” says Mantra – real name Indi Khera – of Rupture LDN. “I guess once you catch a vibe, it can be infectious, and it’s just spread!” Repertoire, run by Ricky Law (who’s behind the excellent drumtrip.co.uk site), has released music from super sharp shooters Tim Reaper, Overlook and Artilect, plus many others.
No scene can thrive without the physical manifestation of a club-night, where scene denizens can meet, spark ideas and hear the latest iterations of their sound among like-minded ravers. Manchester’s Formless, Bristol’s Jungle Syndicate and London’s AKO all fly the flag, but Rupture, held primarily at Corsica Studios in Elephant & Castle, London, is the nucleus around which the jungle revival has formed. Run by Mantra and Double O (David Henry), the club has gradually become a key rallying-point for the movement.
“It’s so amazing to see so many quality labels releasing jungle, with loads of new producers coming through. I guess once you catch a vibe, it can be infectious, and it’s just spread!” – Mantra
“Through the friendly folks on the Drum & Bass Arena forum and some of the YouTube channels that had been uploading hundreds of old jungle and hardcore tunes, I was able to build up an understanding and knowledge of all the artists, labels and DJs that formed the scene back in the day using a mixture of YouTube, Discogs and Rolldabeats.”
Mantra proves why Rupture is THE name in jungle with haunting-but-hard cut 'Nocturne'.
The Londoner, together with partner Double O, has run the now legendary Rupture events for over a decade, becoming an integral part of the UK drum & bass scene in the process.
Their label offshoot is now an immediate go-to for any junglist worth their salt too, and long-awaited compilation 'The Fifth Column' showcases the imprint's reach, combining exciting young talent like Sully, Forest Drive West and Outer Heaven with established heads like Rumbleton and Seba.