'Footcrab' producer joins the jungle renaissance with mixed results
Jungle, the older, rougher cousin of drum’n’bass, is currently experiencing a revival among forward-thinking artists like Zomby, Lee Bannon and Special Request. Addison Groove – he of 2010 anthem ‘Footcrab’, a brilliantly relentless floorfiller that represents Britain’s best contribution to Chicago’s juke genre – joins this jungle renaissance with his second album ‘Presents James Grieve’, a release packed with bangers and choppy breaks. Not that his sound is entirely retro: at his best, as on the sleekly ominous ‘11th’, Addison fuses the frenetic drum machine scramble of juke with the bass menace of jungle, much like Dream Continuum and Phillip D Kick (no, not the writer) before him. Elsewhere, largely thanks to some vanilla vocals, things sound a little too polite for a collision between two of the grubbiest forms of dance music, despite a guest slot from Bristol drum’n’bass don DJ Die on the bleep-laden ‘167 Blast’.