Dillinja is the guv'nor. Anyone with even a passing interest in UK dance music will have raved to one of his wild, percussive explosions, from Metalheadz classics Deadly Deep Subs and The Angels Fell, to the insane pitched mayhem of Twist Em Out, the bass pressure of Grimey and It Ain't Too Loud right up to Time For You - his recent excursion into soulful vocals and clattering rhythm. The key to Dillinja's sound has always been his past steeped in soundsystem culture. It was this past that inspired him and Lemon D to build their Valve Soundsystem- officially the world's biggest drum n bass soundsystem, and, in one of it's earliest incarnations, far and away the loudest rig this scribe has ever heard. However, this soundsystem heritage doesn't only show itself in Dillinja's ownership of his own collection of speaker boxes - his music is steeped in the bass of reggae, the melody of 80s soul, and the robot percussion of electro. It comes as no surprise that these genres make up the tracks on his influences list, as Dilly picks 9 tracks with the blueprint for the British dance culture pulsing right through them.
You can catch DIllinja teaming up with that other jungle legend Congo Natty, dubstep pioneer Mala, and Scottish reggae selectors Mungo's Hi-Fi, at the Soundcrash Autumn Showcase, at the Forum on October 25th. More info and tickets are over here
Mantronix King Of The Beats 12 Inch
This one was a absolute treat for all breakbeat lovers.