If you are looking for one word to describe Brighton based king of new school jungle DJ Hybrid it would very likely be prolific. Since his debut release on his own Audio Addict imprint “Step up” in 2010, Hybrid has dropped nothing short of a spectacular array of Old School Jungle inspired smash hits. Making appearances on an abundance of labels including Serial Killaz, Deep In The Jungle and Ruffneck Ting along the way.
This spring marks DJ Hybrid's return to the record stores in the form of the highly explosive “Push The Dub EP” on Natty Dub. The EP is a collection of 6 of Hybrid's most militant conceptions to date and provides us with an excellent expansion on his previous output.
Our journey into the Jungle commences with the pure Jungle tear out of “Just Listen”. Classic Jungle inspired stabs and tight stepping drum loops develop into a pumping vintage sounding bassline accentuated by ragga samples and rewinds.
Next up we have our title track “Push The Dub”, space-age chords and tickling percussion scores build into drums complimented by an earth-shaking bass line laid down in that classic Hybrid style.
Moving on, “Back in the Day” is a journey back to the very roots of the rave scene. Phased drum loops grow through computerized alarms sounds that give way to filtered vocal samples and those classic rave synths that take us way back to times of old. Then the vocal sample “Back in the days I knew rap would never die” and boom!! A tearing bassline complimented by Old-School acid samples and intense drums makes for a blissful trip to way back when that is studded with pure 2019 magnificence.
Next stop on our sonic excursion “808 Roller” begins with an eerie atmosphere and skipping drums which ascend to unleash a hard-hitting distorted bassline and futuristic FX that combine to create a heavy roller even the most reluctant party goer will not be able to resist nodding their head along with.
Our penultimate rhythmical trip comes in the form of dance floor annihilator “Hands Up”. Jazzy chords and filtered amen loops cascade into superb Hybrid rolling splendour... “here me now!”
Our final incision begins with crisp popping intro drums leading into mesmerising tribal tom-toms and reese bass lines, complemented by those classic jungle amens we all love to hear in Hybrid's production, making this a suitably assertive conclusion to DJ Hybrid's audible offensive.
Guestlist was lucky to catch up with future Jungle legend DJ Hybrid ahead of the release to get the low down on 5 jungle classics that he feels have helped in shaping his sound today.
1. DJ Taktix – The VIP (Final Chapter) (1994) - I never get bored with this tune! I remember hearing the vocal to this a lot but didn't actually know what it was called. Easily one of my favourite tunes of all time though.
2. Kemet Crew - The Box (1995) - As most people already know I'm a massive fan of the Dread Bass or Warp Bass as some people call it. This is by far one of my favourite of Dread Bass' tunes and I'll never get tired of that bass sound.
3. Shy Fx & Gunsmoke - Gangsta II (1994) - Always loved tracks with mc's as I was a massive Hip Hop head before I got into Jungle. There's obviously the more well-known tracks like Incredible and Nuttah but I thought I'd go with this one instead.
4. Rude & Deadly – Lightnin And Tunda(1995) - I used to work in a record shop in Coventry where we used to buy 2nd hand vinyl and one day a guy came in with a stack of old skool Jungle I had a listen through and had to put this to one side for myself, what a tune!
5. Kemet Crew - The Fruit (1995) - One of my all-time favourite sets is Bryan Gee Amazon NYE 94/95 I remember listening to it over and over and I always loved this. The vocal just sticks in your head! I've ways said if I had the opportunity I would love to remix this.
Dj Hybrid's explosive "Push the Dub EP" is available now exclusively from Junodownload.