DARK is a jungle / drum and bass compilation
concept put together by ed808
DARK will take you on a journey. Some of the tracks, like Rez’s, are so dark they bring in punk elements, while simultaneously taking you on an epic soundscape of sonic milky ways. Jonny5 weaves 140 BPM elements into the mix and then takes you into the darkest breakbeat realm, offset by Abstract Illusion’s old school Metalheadz and Star Wars infusion. 6blocc’s sci-fi cinematic arrangement or Semko’s fierce, choppy breaks contrast with Juice-E’s 90s breakbeat, offset by melodic vocals reminiscent of Coco Bryce. And all of this is topped off by Antares and Ed808, who bring that uplifting yet dark, moody sound. Which, for many of us, evokes the spirituality of jungle music in its purest form.
“DARK showcases break-centric, synth/melody heavy production that can be often missed or overlooked. These producers are top notch and every song on the compilation is in their own right, excellent and different from producer to producer.” - Antares
The past year has seen humanity get even more battered than usual - topped off with a global pandemic. This Babylon (a term used by Rastafarians towards degenerate aspects of white culture), has and always will be, real. And finally, those oppressive structures have hit everyone. Hard.
As ed808 has documented this segment of time in DARK, in turn, the Jungle war dub takes on a new kind of redemptive spirituality. Both similar and different from its reggae roots. But always with a burning passion for the craft, in turn entering the listener into a sonic escape from these dark, uncertain times we’re living in.
“We are not in this music for accolades, approvals, or trophies of sorts. We produce music for enjoyment, meditation, and personal accomplishments. Which stems from the completion of our projects”. - ed808
DARK takes on a new significance in the apocalypse of 2020
released May 8, 2020
You can download the individual songs for free by clicking on each title or you can support this Bandcamp channel with a purchase of $5
Great EP - Mind Control really reminds me of Studio 1's To The Rescue - very similar vibe and arrangement. Affairs is exactly what is says on the tin - an authentic 94 dubplate styleee tune. Problem is definitely going for that early Reinforced sound, well to my ears anyway, and rounds off a great EP from the man Lavery The OldBoy