After lauching last month with Chicago footworkers Teklife, DJ Mag's new bass music live stream, Bunker, returns with renowned London jungle party, Rupture.
Kicking off at 6pm on 9th November, the mighty Digital will be taking to the decks along with Canada's finest, Gremlinz, Rupture founders Double O and Mantra, Manchester up-and-comer, Djinn, and Blackeye MC.
Following a massive party with Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Chris Liebing and more, we're returning to The Rainbow Venues for part two of our Birmingham 25 Years of DJ Mag celebrations.
This time round we're bringing the very best in underground UK dance with none other than DJ EZ heading up the bill. The veteran selector is a legend of the UK garage scene, and has become a something of a national treasure for his skills in behind the decks.
After yet another incredible edition of SUNANDBASS Festival, focus returns to SUNANDBASS Recordings with a new EP from stalwart producer, ArpXP.
Based out of Cagliari on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia (where the festival is held), ArpXP has made his name over the past decade with work for the likes of Modulate Recordings and Goldie's ever-dependable Metalheadz label.
Gremlinz is a name known in all the right circles, but undeservedly unknown to the masses. Plugging away in his native Toronto for over a decade, the producer otherwise known as Gabriel Au has been defining the sound of modern jungle through his dedication to moody subs and driven breaks.
Perhaps the best known D&B DJ ever, key player Andy C has announced details of his forthcoming UK tour.
After tickets for his Brixton date got snapped up in just 10 minutes, the Ram Records boss is spending October through to December spinning all over the country. He'll be stopping off at key venues, from Bristol’s Motion to The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham, Newcastle’s Digital and The Warehouse Project.
“When it comes to music, it’s a small world,” says dub maestro Mad Professor, fresh from a month-long tour of Australia.
“Just take that tune ‘The Liquidator’— which I still play out — it was originally a reggae instrumental recorded by Jamaicans Harry J Allstars in 1969 but it’s been sampled again and again.”
Twenty years ago, the jungle scene was in its infancy. The darker strain of hardcore pursued by artists like Goldie’s Rufige Kru, Andy C’s Origin Unknown and Doc Scott’s Nasty Habits and lots more — in contrast to the toytown rave of happy hardcore — was lifting the scene off into the phuture, and on the other hand there was also the ragga jungle sound characterised by the frenetic frenzy of Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’ featuring UK Apache.
In drum & bass back in the '90s, it was kinda frowned upon for people to start exploring other styles. But as the scene matured and DJ/producers started experimenting, it became more and more acceptable. In recent times there's been d&b producers making dubstep, techno, neurofunk, pop... pretty much any styles that anyone wants to delve into. The scene is secure enough to handle this.
If drum and bass ever had a mainstream moment in America, Roni Size, British producer, DJ and leader of the Reprazent collective, was the movement’s dreadlocked herald.
If you're into Ibiza Records — or jungle for that matter — you'll know who Paul 'Ibiza' Chambers is. Co-boss of the label alongside James Stephens of Noise Factory, the rave promoter set up the label to cross-pollinate electronic sounds within UK soundsystem culture. As a result, many credit him with the invention of jungle.