Dungeon Kru is at it again.
After topping UK download charts and receiving wide-ranging support for their “Genesis” EP, Liondub unleashes the second in a series of EP’s from new signing, Dungeon Kru. Perpetually on the hunt to uncover the next coveted dance floor weapon, enduring Toronto-based audio collective Dungeon Kru return with even more inspired music. Welcoming Manchester, UK’s Visuals to the fold, founding members DJ Slick & Willy Gyalis are poised to leave an indelible impression on the Drum & Bass landscape. On this 2nd EP “Forward”, Dungeon Kru continue to set a very high standard for dark and hard-hitting productions unlike any others. This is unique, next level Reggae & Dancehall inspired Jungle Drum & Bass music.
Dungeon Kru has this undeniable sound that just emanates darkness and holds immense weight. This 2nd EP “Forward” provides pure madness coming from a team of dancefloor technicians. This release is straightforward business pulling no punches with no frills whatsoever.
From the very first track, “No Sound“, you understand that Dungeon Kru can deliver a powerful message while sticking to very few elements. It is this focused execution that makes their music so memorable and fun to listen to.
“Sedative” is a groovy roller with a more pensive and airy feel. It is reminiscent of their earlier chart-topping hit, “Pushing” with that warm bass synth driving the melody throughout. My favorite part of listening to these tunes are hearing the drums and basslines develop as the tune progresses.
The collabs on this release absolutely smash it to bits. With Convoy, we get this dark and deep head nodder of a track with wompy bass and creepy vocals called “Body Parts“. This is the swampy and gross Dungeon Kru that I love to hear. Also, the Master Error remix of “Shake Ya Bumpa” is just ridiculous and I would describe it as vomit-inducing. I would not be surprised if this is the tune that makes the neighbors come knocking.
“Impossible” was a favorite of mine on their last release with Liondub and the “Impossible VIP” does not disappoint! The snare is cracking while the bassline is being grounded down to a fine dust. The vocals check in every so often like a dark passenger giving orders over a walkie-talkie. It is not for the faint of heart, but if it doesn’t get the room shaking and grooving, they might not have a pulse.
“Shut Ya Mouth” has a sweet intro with the most shredding distorted wickedness afterwards. It is absolutely savage. I really question the sanity of this team they call the Dungeon Kru. The madness of this track makes you want to lose your head! An absolute dancefloor weapon. The release wraps up with “Dis Sound” which comes in on a nice, cool, calm and collected tip, then bangs out with massive, buzzy stabs and a funky, driving 808 bassline.
Dungeon Kru is made up of founding members DJ Slick & Willy Gyalis along with Visuals. I got to ask a few questions to them about the release and learn about how they came to be.
How did you start making music?
How would you describe the music you make? What influences your sound?
Which song on the release is your personal favorite?
Why is it your favorite?
What inspired your name?
Tell me about your musical process. How do your songs usually come together?
What is most important to you when putting together a tune? (What do you focus on the most?)
Tell me about your latest release.
What’s the DNB music scene like in your area?
Tell me about your relationship with Liondub and how has your experience been working with the label, Liondub International?
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