He inadvertently taught me to mix Drum and Bass, along with Andy C on the old One Nation tapes. Those old Ram Records tunes when paired up with old Swift tunes were devastating. Charge recordings is his label and releases like The 1 and Mission are timeless.
I first noticed Italian born Parisian, Marina P when she featured on the Mungo's Hifi track 'Divorce L'Italienne' which is awesome. She sings with French band Surviv'all, has done a great 'In Your Eyes' cover and she works on lots of other projects too. Hunt her down.
Old Skool original dappa don Million Dan. He started out in London Hip Hop crew Demon Boyz in the 80's and has been rolling solo since they split. He comes with a Ragga flow and spits over a broad range of beats. Dogz and Sledges is arguably his biggest tune. He's got the same chain as me.
A keen band of nutters who like getting their kit off and making people dance. Dropping gypsy, samba, ska, dubstep, swing and anything else you care to mention into their sets along with a filthy undertone of sleeze meaning they cater for one and all. No brainer party protagonists.
He makes the most infectious blends of Reggae, Hip Hop, Dancehall and Ska and every tune he puts his hand to goes off. He's like a very friendly version of Benny Page. He made his name with Mashups, namely 'Message to ODB', and now records live and remixes a lot and his DJ sets are always floor fillers.
Mungos Hi Fi
Mungo's came in to the Reggae and Dub scene in 2000 and they have been pushing serious bass weight consistently since. They bring so many artists into the mix and provide such a good platform that they could be seen as the leading force in Dubwise music for the UK. Listen to their LP's, Sound System Champions and Forward Ever. They have a fat travelling sound system too!
UK Hip Hop's biggest smile comes from Mysdiggi aka Mystro. Positive messages, cheeky delivery, great beats and some fresh ideas. What Type Of Drug Is Mystrogen is a free EP that's a wicked introduction and also the album Mystrogen.
Live Dubwise styled music with some strong Funk and African elements. Delivery is finely tuned and always sounds tidy. Positive vibes from Finsbury Pary. The tracks 'Cold Town' and 'Badman' from the self titled Natty LP should definitely be heard, and the colab 'Around Here' with The Ragga Twins is wicked too.
The world's tightest Drum and Bass producers who have kept it raw and techy and consistently make large tunes for the dancefloor. They are like the anti-Pendulum-even though they've got huge they haven't started making shit music. They can turn knobs for any genre too, proving this with Gutterpump and all their work re-launching Foreign Beggars.