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Label: RAMAJAM RECORDINGS
Catalogue Number: RAMA11
Release Date: 22.01.16
It’s not often you see a seasoned veteran of the scene release a debut solo EP a quarter of a century into their career as an artist, but in this case Aries’ was certainly worth the wait. Having released material on practically every Jungle label worth their salt, including Congo Natty, Dread, V Recordings, Run Tingz Recordings & Chopstick Dubplate it is Bristol’s Ramajam Recordings that have finally thrown down the gauntlet on what is Birmingham’s finest’s most captivating project to date, ‘Year Of The Goat EP’.
The Chopstick coowner has employed a solid sound across this project that really does embody the heart and soul of this music in 2015; 4 original tracks plus an instrumental that you expect to stand the test of time, in a ruthless scene where these days protracted shelf life is somewhat of a myth.
‘Year Of The Goat EP’ pays homage to a modernpuristJungle sound that is hard to come by in an age of sample pack jump up this is really something Aries has done with great aplomb over the years.
‘Dancehall Ruler’ features the energy and vocal talents of Blackout JA, delivering a catchy number that Aries produced using only played in instruments, no samples whatsoever. ‘Vicious’ takes you back to a euphoric level with an addictive vocal, rugged drums and a driving bassline.
‘I Need You’ takes a similar stance, riding along the euphoric journey with up to date production techniques and
dancefloor destroying vibe.
‘Ways Of The Underground’ takes you all the way back to the days of United States Of Drum and Bass, the mid 90’s flow and toxic bass truly show his understanding of this music.
The EP also features a bonus track in the form of an instrumental version of ‘Dancehall Ruler’.