REVIEW: Congo Natty’s “Jungle Revolution”

 photo CongoNatty_cover_zpsd2c0288e.jpg Hearing about a release by Congo Natty, I wanted to check it out since I’m into a bit of jungle. Reading the bio, I was surprised to discover that this guy is someone I knew of in 1990 as Rebel MC, creator of the track “Rebel Music”. I knew Rebel MC had done one or two more songs before fading out of my scope. I had heard of Congo Natty before but was not aware that he and Rebel MC were one and the same, and on top of that, he has released music under a number of other names. This means I have a lot to catch up, but for now, my focus is on Congo Natty.

If you were a fan of the jungle movement from England in the mid to late 90’s, you’ll be happy to know that Congo Natty continues up with the vibe by pumping some incredible sounds that is sure to move dance floors and cause it to melt, including tracks like “UK Allstars” and “Get Ready”, with the kind of Daddy Freddy-style toasts that is sure to make everyone smile. “Revolution” is neck deep in the reggae dub stylee, where entering its mentality will lead to much deeper mentalities of the smokey variety. “Jah Warriors” has that jungle beat but also is a slight throw back to the days of hip-house, while keeping in hints of reggae and ska.

Essentially, Jungle Revolution (Big Dada) not only celebrates the majesty of jungle, but also the influence of the many offshoots and sub-genres England has helped to create in the last 25 years or so, where one style of music coming in helped to spawn 20, 40, or 200 others. Congo Natty has chosen to create this music under this moniker, but regardless of what name he uses, it is a part of the moving musical capsule that allows him to move forward with subtle hints of the past, along with powerful lyrical wisdom, in order to keep it going for the next generations,