looking back at 2014 I would view it in a positive manner, perhaps the key phrase has been 'quality over quantity' 2 years ago, it seemed like the 140/Future Jungle/Jungle Breaks sound was peaking, it was getting good exposure on the internet and the breaks section of many popular download stores was full of Future Jungle not just from dedicated labels and artists but even by others who had taken an interest and were experimenting with the sound. A special mention has to go to Boomsha Recordings established in 2012, the label has gone from strength to strength and in the last year gave us full artist LPs from Bay B Kane, DJ Aitch & Schoco that truly are landmarks for the scene. Since 2012 things have quietened down somewhat, its true but the overall quality of production has stayed strong and a steady flow of good muisc has come from stalwarts like Top Drawer Digital, Warehouse Wax, Bad Habit Muzik, Sub Slayers and notable others, the scene is still healthy, we reached over 1k organic followers on our facebook page and our soundcloud has gone well over 9k plays and countless downloads, a massive thanks to all who have contributed to this and to everyone who has featured here on the blog. This was also the year the Radiokillaz had a guest mix of full on Future Jungle on 1Xtra, So a fairly short and concise year in review, I'd like to mention some of my favourite tunes of 2014
Myk Dubz, Path Generator & lily Garcia-The Pressure [Boomsha Recordings]
From the jazzy intro to the slow building half time mid section through to the 150BPM Hip Hop influenced Future Jungle that takes us to the end of this 6 minute sonic journey, this should go down as one of the finest moments of Future Jungle in this writer's opinion, my words won't truly do it justice, it has to be heard to be appreciated.
Strange Rollers- Dance With Me [Warehouse Wax Music]
A year in review just wouldn't be complete without mention of Strange Rollers, taken from the excellent multi genre 'Outrageous EP', slick piano rave meets 140 Jungle in a mighty soundclash!!!
Beagle-Makkathran [Top Drawer Digital]
This track fits perfectly into the TDD style, a dark opus of subtle stabs and amens from one of the scene's hidden gems, the ever so talented Beagle
Curious-Sky High [Bad Habit Muzik]
Simply a massive tune tune from Curious, rolling 140 Jungle with infectious pads, anthem status!!!!
King Yoof-Soundboy Love [Sub Slayers]
King Yoof turns out yet another amazing track with the dub reggae 140 Jungle vibes of 'Soundboy Love', a timeless summery riddim
There were plenty more highlights in 2014, once again, big ups to every artist, label, DJ, promoter and fan who has supported the scene this year!!!