It's been a busy old winter season for Birmingham's master of new school jungle K Jah having managed to cram in appearances on Hocus Pocus, Serial Killaz, Natty Dub and Ruffneck Ting as well as starting up his own South Central Recordings venture.
Never one to take his foot off the gas for very long K Jah returns this March with the second outing on his own South Central imprint “Ah Weh De” feat Cheshire Cat and “The Squelch” the follow up to the smash hit “Dutty Like a Bumba” which landed back in October.
“Ah Weh De” lavishes us with jungle vibes at their absolute finest, Cheshire Cat's ragga vocals perfectly compliment K Jah's tight amen drum scores and sleng esq bassline.
“The Squelch” is pure rolling Drum and Bass fire, taking a clear influence from some of the scenes greats. If you close your eyes you would be forgiven for imagining yourself back in the early 2000s.
Guestlist caught up with K Jah for a chat about the top 5 tunes he feels have influenced his sound since he first started listening to underground music back in the early 1990s.
1) Fresh 4 - Wishing on a Star
The 1989 Fresh 4 Version of “Wishing on a Star” is the best version of this tune ever! Which is no surprise considering the Fresh 4 consisted of some of the original innovators of the modern drum and bass sound in the forms of DJ Krust, Suv, Flynn and Judge. The single charted at number 10 in the UK chart and was the collective's only notable hit but still remains a classic to this day.
2) Substance - Home Boyz (Ruffneck Ting Records)
A tune I was lucky enough to have the honour of remixing back in 2014 from Substance. A 1990s Drum and Bass collective consisting of DJ Dazee, John Shales and Mark Morrison. Released in 1996 as the flip side to Decoder's “Deep Down”.
3) Roni Size – Snapshot (Full Cycle)
The Bristol Drum and Bass sound of the late 1990s and early 2000s is a heavy influence on my sound, this is a prime example of Roni Size at his masterful best.
4) Die – Autumn (V Recordings)
Taken from the absolutely crucial Planet V album and another pioneer of that much sought after late 90s early 00s Drum and Bass sound Die comes with pure rolling fire.
5) Optical - To Shape the Future (Remix)
How could I not include this in my top 5? A true Drum and Bass classic that is still as relevent today as it was when it first came out in 1997 surely up there with the best tunes of all time? It's the perfect example of soul in the machine and possibly the tune I will go to the furnace at the cremetoriam to!
“Ah Weh De” feat Cheshire Cat and “The Squelch” will be available exclusively from Juno Download from 4th March 2019.