Having rinsed most of Kid Lib’s tunes and seen him play some ferocious gigs in recent years, I was delighted to hear he has a new release out on none other than Irish label Foxy Jangle, a sub imprint of Rua Sound. Whereas the latter focuses on the more bass heavy side of things, Foxy Jangle delivers straight up jungle. And, with this as a premise, there’s no better person than Kid Lib at the helm for your first release. He’s a producer that has released some of my favourite jungle records the past while, so I suspected this was going to be class. And I was right.
Opening track Blue Dreamers lifts from atmospheric pads and classic stretched jungle vox to some heavy hitting amens. The production is so tight on this, I love the way he constantly brings in and out elements, all the while leaving the hectiness of the snares – one of my favourite elements of jungle and Kid Lib has it down to a tee.
Second track That Special Way suitably follows with vocal lines playing off each other before he delivers another a amen assault this time nicely interspersed with more lush pads and rolling percussion.
This is honestly such a wicked release – so good to hear proper jungle business. So great as well that it’s come out on an Irish label. With Rua Sound already making waves throughout Europe and the UK, I fully expect Foxy Jangle to do the same with releases like this.
Vinyl and digital is out on 27 October. Head over to the Rua Sound Bandcamp to pre-order.