Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Congo Natty: Revolution

Pioneering UK drum & bass artist Congo Natty is back. Headed by the enigmatic and spiritually motivated Mikail Tafari (a.k.a. Rebel MC), Jungle Revolution (out July 9 on Big Dada) will be Congo Natty's highest profile release in years.

Congo Natty is one of the foremost innovators of "ragga jungle," a sample-heavy and reggae-influenced strain of drum & bass. The new album features guests spots from Tackhead member Skip McDonald and MC Lady Chann plus production assistance from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and drum & bass architect Benny Page.

"Revolution" starts with a flowing, reggae-dubstep hybrid rhythm, before changing into a drum & bass beat. It's a mission statement of sorts from one of the most influential UK producers of the '90s and '00s.