London producer Cid Poitier is back with his second release on Translation Recordings, a treacle-thick affair fusing jungle, dub and dancehall vibes.
Held together by great swells of bassweight, the Deep Logic EP travels through the soundsystem culture the producer loves and knows so well.
Techy opener ‘Deep Logic’ is a claustrophobic drum & bass track which nods towards late 90s neurofunk. Elsewhere the sharp edges are rounded off, leading to the dub-infused ‘Kill Sound’ and jungle/dancehall cut ‘Unity’, before the tempo drops to 140bpm for the heavyweight dub skanker ‘Rebel’.
The EP closes with an urgent remix of ‘Hear Dis’ from Cid Poitier’s Afrique EP from the Untouchables.
General Levy needs no introduction, just shout ‘Booyaka booyaka’ at any rave and listen to the roar of the crowd chanting ‘When the General ah pass’. Mix a legend like this with a true Italian underground soldier Bonnot (Multi award winning artist who DJ’s & produces for Dead Prez) and you really can expect music of the highest grade for all Junglist dem.
If that wasn’t enough the album also features Serial Killaz, Ed Solo, Ricky Tuff, MissMykela, Numa Crew & DJ Ferro – got your attention now right?
Switching seamlessly between Jungle, Drum & Bass, Drumstep and Dancehall ‘Forward’ is all about Levy celebrating 20 years at the top of his game and with the help of some friends this album really shows what a formidable team Levy & Bonnot are, onwards and 4ward indeed.
Highlights on the album are many from the infectious Jungle vibes of Like A Train & That’s What We Blaze to the match made in heaven collaboration with Jungle kings Serial Killaz on Success to the Drum & Bass banger ‘Jah Alone’. The vibes don’t stop there as Put It Pon Dem (mixed by Jamaican artist/producer Alborosie) & Genuine Woman come correct with a true Dancehall flavor. Amongst the many great future classics we also must mention Playa Hata, a forward thinking Drum & Bass / Dancehall hybrid which really shows the diversity and direction of this album.
20 years on and the legendary General Levy along with Bonnot and friends continue to bring havoc on the dance floor and keep the jungle vibes alive.