BB maintains the Montreal-Melbourne connection with this new one from Ennio Styles’ Heard and Felt label. Also based in Melbourne, Jonny Faith has been more known for hip hop and broken beat in recent times, featuring in Gilles Peterson’s Best of 2020 with music from his ‘Night Lights’ EP. Now Jonny takes one of the tunes from that EP and reframes US MC Lady K’s slinky soulful rap and hooks with a funky junglist groove. This new version is from ‘On Lock’, surprisingly Jonny’s first full jungle/D&B EP, despite having roots in the music going back to 1990s Edinburgh, and putting out a variety of beats since the early 2000s. He even shared labels with Peshay, Om Unit, Reso and Kid Drama along the way.
Elsewhere on the EP ‘Open My Eyes’ sounds like Amerie’s ‘1 Thing’ gone jungle, ‘Create’ is atmospheric drumfunk for the headz and ‘Nuthin’ But a Jungle Thang’ is a vinyl-only flip of a G-funk era classic. The scene has emraced Jonny Faith’s take on jungle/D&B, with love from Hospital Records, Rupture (Rinse FM) and René LaVice (BBC), as well as his previous supporters like Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp Weekly) and Rob Luis (Tru Thoughts).