by Courtney LaFavor
What up fam?! Made it back the pages of the interwebz I hope. Not really feelin’ the whole “going back to work” vibe that Monday is puttin’ on me today. Been fighting sickness for a few weeks now and this Jungle bird is about over it. Game plan is to hide in my cube and bump this week’s NAPCast on continuous loop for 8 hours. It is serious medicine for the soul. First listen powered me through a big yard project that would have been miserable if done in silence.
My dudes from Paranoid Inc dropped by the The Melody Inn in Sept to give us all a treat with some of the new tunes they’d been working on, but I missed that performance because….yep….sick. They were kind enough to toss this mix my way to fill that void in my life, and really all of yours too. Paranoid Inc is quickly making a Juke and Footwork fan out of me after years of flatly rejecting it. Too many times I’d heard mixes full of frantic squealing over those manic snares and I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. There was never any variety in what I was initially introduced to, so I steered clear of it at pretty much any cost. But these two have shown me the LIGHT. The 18 year old in me who first walked into a smokey bar to be saturated with Jungle riddims for the first time is excited once again by what Paranoid Inc is making and playing. NAPCast 122 is a lesson in those old school Jungle vibes and current jazzy Juke. An hour and a half of a playful journey that sets the two against eachother as often as they let them melt together. I know both have been hard at work in the lab to put out tunes that are alluring to the modern ear, and what you get to hear is two OGs putting all their history and soul into the music. It is freakin’ fantastic. With 3/4 of the year gone, I thought I’d heard my favorite mixes of the year, but this one grabbed top spot immediately. You get to hear just how “pretty” Jungle can be when it wants to be when it wants to be, and maybe it will make YOU a Juke convert like me!