Congo Natty - Jungle Revolution (CD Bigdada)
This is a fun album, merely as it acts as a time capsule, 20 years straight back in time. And although it is merely nostalgia, the authentic character justifies its existence as being sort of cum laude thesis researching and documenting the early nineties underground movement of Greater London. The high intensity and high speed jungle rhythm’s (kind of dubstep, as we would now call them) combined with the dancehall and Reggae influences (think in the end that’s where it was born out of) on this album come very close to the eclectic underground dance Reggae that was popular during a brief period of the early nineties.
The red line throughout this Jungle Revolution is a thin line, telling of a small and narrow-minded world, and here London is the background scenery where the battle takes place. Revolutions often start with small things, local arguments as the seeds for something bigger. The seeds get as rough and real when two people are arguing (this is my fucking country, lady). And all this anger, circling around big themes of racism and suppression remain relevant, sounds authentic and just shows how relevant this remains. I guess that as long as these micro-battles can be dealt with by music, things are just fine, however not all comes across as defiant. The subversive lyrics of (‘Sing me a song of) Revolution’, calls for contemplation rather than riots. But supporting all this should of course not be the primary reason to buy this record. The reason should be the freakout jungle rhymes and from that perspective it is absolutely value for money. PvdG.