XBass touches down on Ruff Guidance with a full LP of ruff n ready junglism. It’s time to go to ‘First Bass’
Soul, energy and first class production are the key components to this firing selection of jungle rollers. ‘So Low’ channels early Jungle Tekno (Noise Factory et al) into a flame fueled amen roller complete with classic landlord riffs.
Eleswhere, we get the full gambit of dancehall inspired sounds from the funky skank of ‘Big Batty Gal’, the roots ragga meets 96 Bizzy B/Shy Fx stylings of ‘Rise’, dark gunshot jungle of ‘Exit That Way’ and mutant funk of ‘They Call Him Jugu.’
Jungle meets NuSkool dancefloor DnB on tracks like ‘Blind Fold.’ We go back to the oldskool on the euphoric ‘Core.’ ‘Sound System’ takes us into 94/95 for a slice of original ragga junglism. ‘Latin Dance’ mashes up the smooth with the ruff-a collision of soulful keys and bad boy bass! For 90s Hip Hop inspiration, check out ‘Straight Run Up’ and for some real club skankin’, go for the album closer ‘Discotek’ Straight musical fire aimed straight at the front of the DJ booth!!!