If you know jungle, you know V Recordings. Established way back in 1993 by Jumping Jack Frost and Bryan Gee, and with its iconic sun face logo, the label has truly been a major part of the foundation upon which modern drum and bass was built. Never afraid to forge its own path in the scene, it has featured an intriguingly diverse range of artists, with Roni Size, DJ Krust and DJ Die, Dillinja and Lemon D, Artificial Intelligence, Nu:Tone and D Bridge all having had releases across both the main label and its sister imprints, Liquid V and Chronic.
In celebration of V Recording’s long and rich history comes the latest in their ongoing Retrospect series, gathering together standout tracks both old and new. Clocking in at a generous 21 tracks for the stupidly low price of £8, this entry in the series features work from across the labels two-and-a-bit decades.
I’ll spare you the tedium of a track by track breakdown. Standout moments, though, include the heavy oldskool jungle pressure of Roni Size – All The Crew Big Up and DJ Die’s Play It For Me, the brand new Prophecy by Future Cut, the latino licks of DJ Suv’s Suenos Different, expertly remixed by Commix, and the frantic amens and bass of Nu:Tone’s remix of classic Roni Size anthem Strictly Social.