It doesn't get more jungle than Congo Natty. At a time when D&B is thrust under the floodlights of stadiums, bastardised by pop-step and twisted with trance, ‘Jungle Revolution’ is a rare – and totally rude – reminder of the sound's original roots.
And roots is exactly what we get. Swarming with dubby sub-bass, carnival brass and crisp, crunching percussion, Congo Natty – with the help of his many MC friends – revives the raw reggae that modernists like Shogun Audio and Hospitality choose to forget.
‘Jungle Souljah’ is bongo afro-soul with a Spanish guitar that breaks into abrasive breakbeats fit for a Bristolian summer soundsystem. From then on, it’s full steam ahead.
‘Revolution’ is a Rasta anthem about political freedom with metallic breakbeats and ‘Get Ready’ is a tropical treat with rapid-fire 175BPM drums. ‘Jah Warriors’ is more ruffneck ragga with khaki beats and ‘Nu Beginingz’ is dubstep with the dub left in.
Interjected with dusty dubplate samples, gun-finger shots and clashing MCs throughout, what ‘Jungle Revolution’ lacks in variation it makes up with genuine spirit.
Skin up a phatty, it’s time for Congo Natty!
Words: Adam Saville
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