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Revolution & Evolution
on 1 July 2013
As this album was only released today I bought it unheard which can be a risky thing to do however the Autorip means that I can play the MP3s from my ipod whilst I wait for the CD to arrive.
I sat rather anxiously as the first few seconds of 'Jungle Souljah' began to play then at 1:10 it launched into full on Oldskool Jungle and suddenly 20 years melted away and we are in pre- DnB territory and it is pure hedonism.
Whilst the sound is very comfortable and oh so familiar equally it sounds fresh and a natural progression, evolution or 'Revolution' as the title suggests without straying too far from a much loved genre.
All the ingredients are there; seemingly chopped and sliced sampled drums, speaker destroying bass lines, sampled breaks, ragga and reggae style vocal stabs with the odd Jazz inspired instrument slice in the mix; in fact the only things missing are either the crackles from it spinning on a white label 12" on the 1210 or static from hearing it on a Pirate radio station broadcasting on a suspect FM channel late at night.
Hopefully this album will appeal both to fans of OldSkool Jungle/DnB and the younger generation who listen to fresh new British artists like Rudimental who themselves make more than a nod in the OldSkool direction in their creations.
In all I give it a full five stars because not only is it a very fulfilling album to listen to from both a nostalgic and a evolutionary perspective but it also shows a certain type of commitment in the fullest sense to a genre of British music long since consigned to history by so many.
A much welcome update to a familiar sound with massive respect to the heritage - Congo Natty and the crew are to be applauded on their creation and it deserves to sell by the bucketload.