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"Jungle!" The word alone conjures up images of mystery. On one end, the ecosystem is a composition of endlessly variable and interconnected species intertwined over an impossibly long time frame. The genre of the same name is similarly complex. With a storied history beginning in London at the beginning of the end of the last century, Jungle became the anthem of class struggle for an increasingly restless proletariat. It is the embodiment of pure emotion set to the beat of a heart racing not with happiness, but purpose. No further history lesson can be required or achieved for this music, it is as famous as it is revered, the intricacies of its formation could fill volumes. Because of the history, it can be nigh impossible for an artist to make any meaningful contribution, to add their name to the story, to be a part of the movement. How could an American producer in 2015, the age of trap, capture the emotion of a genre that at once calmed the fractious masses, and inspired them to create?

Course static and smooth melodies begin the journey, a false flag meant to deceive the audio onslaught you will soon face. As the second track fades in you are transported to a world where break beats underscore the unusually upbeat track that is "Woop." You are enticed to lower your guard, you will be unprepared for the remainder of this journey, a blank canvas, an unfinished tome. Echoes surround you as synthesizers betray the true intentions of this E.P. You will witness the world as it really is, not how it wants to be seen, not how you want it to be. The ethereal highs of the synths are balanced as much as there are emboldened by the brutality of dangerbass and all that it embodies. "Brave Souls" carries the torch from the previous tracks, but then evolves into a string of jazz beats which make the Amen break feel strangely at home in a foreign landscape. The track pulls you into a trance-like state as it removes any bias about what Jungle is supposed to be, and paints a portrait in a new light. As the next track fades in structures in the melodies appear. Preconceived notions are abandoned in favor of new understanding. A new story could never be told on a marble tablet, so a new tablet must be made. As jazz and ambiance swirl together with recognizable influence you become aware of a new order. The emotion is there, but it feels different now, a new horizon has been observed, and there can be no going-back, not now.

"They can't identify, 'cause they came up different." The format is new, but class struggle is eternal and jungle has always been the acoustic medium through which it is empowered. You may feel comfortable, but be sure that this is not a time to rest on your laurels. New beats and melodies begin to construct new understanding, "8004" is academic in its introduction of new concepts and compositions. Tempos seems to shift and change even as you whisper to yourself: "that isn't possible..." Calls from beyond are heard, either real or imagined, you cannot be sure anymore. Things have changed, and that's alright. The piano returns, but its voice is no longer the same, this isn't the familiar tool of the past, it's the foundation of a new realm. Break beats and chords sync in ways that you never imagined. The genre you once knew seems more like a fever-dream than a relic of a bygone age. But new ideas have never risen from monotony, and in your mind a revolution unfolds to the beat of the hi-hat. Simultaneously new and recognized sounds echo through the chasms of your mind as the E.P. fades, confident in its intent and message.

How do you leave your mark on an accomplished story? You can never overpower the history that lead you to this point, nor can you ignore the combined efforts of everyone who came before. Your

mark must be indelible, a contribution earned by the embattled who know the struggle as it was experienced, not as a Vista viewed from on-high. You must write a new story.

?-© Multilux Recordings 2015

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