Boomkat Product Review:
Rude rolling badboy riddims from longtime jungle scene stalwart Naphta, the head behind the indispensible blogariddims series and weareie.com blogspot. Naphta is obviously completely enamoured with that fertile period of hardcore /jungle development from 1991-1996, from Shut up and dance's or Foul Play's early 'ardkore stirrings birthed from south London soundsystem culture through to Remarc's hyperactive mashment manoeuvres and all the glorious strains and mutations of that period when all you needed was a rude attitude and a bagful of samples to create devastating dancefloor styles never before imagined. In his case, hindsight is a beautiful thing, with nearly 20 years of development within the scene, naphta has taken the opportuntity to dip in and and draw out what he considers to be the most essential elements, and most importantly the elements which are sorely missing from a lot of todays junglist/d'n'b productions to create a patchwork of perfection, primed for proper soundsystem attacks. Using the classic hallmarks of the finest hardcore and junglist productions from this period from film samples, to MC chat, to wildout breaks mashed in the sickest fashion, and a liberal sprinkling of samples from soul, hip hop and canonical dancehall evergreens, Naphta knits it all together with an obsessive fervour, strafing between hardcore brukkouts and smoking steppers, constantly twisting into familiar yet surprising shapes and modes, this is definitely no formulaic ragga jungle rehash gash. The editing process here opens up the material into the hauntological arena, with dismembered ideas, voices and chronological slight of hand placing it theoretically alongside material from Burial to the Caretaker. To go into the tracks individually would be daft, simply becuase there's too much to take in on the first listen, but trust us when we say this could totally pass as a long lost 'ardcore gem, dutifully unearthed by a true obsessive. Fans of the finest stuff from Foul Play, to Bizzy B, to Remarc and all that stuff in between need to check this without delay.