Various Artists

King of the Jungle, Vol. 3

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The third in Instinct's series of jungle mix CDs, King of the Jungle, Vol. 3 is actually a live recording -- a full set mixed by DJ Ruffstuff and originally broadcast on an unnamed pirate radio station in London. With vocal contributions from MC Stamina, DJ Ruffstuff spins an extended meditation on the state of the art in underground drum'n'bass, and finds himself returning repeatedly to several motifs, notably the artistry of Capone, whose "Tudor Rose" samples lines from Shakespeare before veering off into brain-rattling jungle territory (and who makes several other contributions as well), and also that of the 5th Assassin, who contributes the dark drum'n'bass excursions "Perimeters" and "Interface." Other artists featured include Souljah ("Fade to Black"), Techlevel 2 ("Tracker"), and Decoder, whose "Defender" is a masterpiece of claustrophobic funk. Recommended.

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