Boomkat Product Review:
Modern D&B’s perennial outliers rally the troops to celebrate 10 years of boundary pushing and stylistic conservation with A Decade in Breakbeat.
Being based in Dublin, R.O.I. has possibly allowed the label to follow its own path beyond the changing tastes of UK-based D&B, preferring to hold tight to jungle as an original art form inspired by jazz and ambient electronics rather than the soundtrack for middle class kids injecting jessop jessop, or suburban rudeboys chasing the latest halfstep micro-trend.
In classic style, it’s a side-per-track, turning up longtime label fixture Nebula with the epic amen breakage of Noir and a deft, deeper number by Dub One called Speechless to see off plate 1.
Plate 2 is handled by Aroma Nice & Earl Grey with a ruinous remix of Colin Lindo a.k.a. Nubian Mindz’ Alpha Omega zinger, Know How, and Mecca’s big boy roller Analysis holding down the B-side.
On plate 3, Alabama, USA’s NCQL steps up an explosive, widescreen ace called Breath of The Eve and Reactive push the levels with a venomous snake-style demonstration in Metatron Falls.