It’s 2018 and judging by the surge of interest worldwide, it could also be the year of Jungle music. For an artist who’s spent 20+ years on the road, released 100+ tracks, collaborated with every soundman and pushed the Jungle sound to its absolute limits, Jungle Pioneer, Aries’ album is something of a lifelong ambition – it’s the summing up of his journey.
If somehow you don’t know Aries and the Jungle scene, he honed his self-taught skills whilst living in Birmingham, London and Bristol. His first major release was Herb Smoke in 2006 which is sat comfortably on 3,000,000 Youtube views at time of press – something of an anomaly for Jungle.
His LP Jungle Style travels across the spectrum of the Aries sound and – true to form – features many of his nearest and dearest friends. From one angle it’s a who’s who of the A-list Jungle scene that all wanted to come and pay homage to the Aries legacy by being part of the project, and from the other side it was most definitely directed by Aries himself for it’s signature sound. The album was written, recorded and produced across 8 studios in Birmingham, Slovenia, Paris, London and Jamaica then finished off in Bristol, and that isn’t including where some tracks were part-produced with friends from other far corners of the world. It’s difficult to pick out the highlights as the diversity really does shine through which means there is something for everyone so long as you like it rough, tough and dangerous.
Off this groundbreaking album, we are super stoked to premiere ‘Sundays’ by the man himself and one the purveyor of soulful drum & bass, Random Movement. Pioneering Jungle, drum & bass in their own ways, Aries and Random Movement have built an institution dishing out their own styles and ‘Sundays’ is the prime example of these styles combining in the most unmistakable manner. If you are looking for a majestic take on Liquid Jungle, look no further than ‘Sundays’. Peach of a tune.