Various Artists Grand Theft Audio 50

Release Date; 26.11.21

Label; Grand Theft Audio Records

Cat: TBA

Data 3’s Alex Kostyakov aka SOMEBODY ELSE teams up with SL8R to serve up a slice of dancefloor jungle with FACKING JUNGLE M8. An epic intro gives way to the rolling but energetic drop where high impact drums rattle over gnarly basses. Arps, pads, FX all add flavour to the track and keep things from getting dull. One of those tracks where you notice something new with each relisten. This one is a pure weapon.

PICENTRE delivers a sexy slice of jungle mayhem with his remix of ANOTHER LESSON, originally by Grand Theft Audio veterans Sola & Jfal and featuring the lush vocals of Sammie Hall. Twisting the original on it’s head with booty shaking bass and more drum edits than you can shake a stick at, Epi gives us “another lesson” in keeping the vibes lively.

A filthy palette cleanser after the sweet soulfulness of the last tune, ERBMAN’s dark and brooding intro to RUN DAT soon descends into madness. Junglicious syncopated drums weave effortlessly in and out of a Roni Size-esque cheerful but gritty bassline to devastating effect. Absolute facemelter.

DOM HZ makes a very welcome debut onto GTA with his euphoric jungle anthem FULL CIRCLE. The first time we heard this intro and breakdown, we had goosebumps, but when it drops, it’s powerful enough to take apart even the filth-hungriest dancefloors in the world. Unbelievable skills.

If you haven’t heard of Nuusic and its co-creator RAFIKI DUBS, you must have been living under a rock up a mountain in Outer Mongolia for the past 3 years. Dylan teams up with Manchester songstress HELEN K to bring you EVOLUTION, a forward thinking journey into the mind of a Junglist at the peak of his creativity with blistering percussion, bass switches for days and a beautiful haunting vocal.

And last but far from least, veteran of many labels and decades, ESKI B, shells down the dance with dark techstep roller TSUNAMI. A 2005 style tune with 2021 production, this manages to be heavy, atmospheric and deep at the same time almost effortlessly. Equally playable in a daytime festival set as it is in a dingy basement at 5am, this clever and versatile track is a great addition to this album.

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Posted by Danny Jenk