Jungle is heavily indebted to reggae and dancehall music, overlaying triple-time breaks and caroming bass lines with the toasting of Jamaican vocalists like Cutty Ranks. Soundmurderer -- a.k.a. Todd Osborn, who runs Detroit's Rewind Records label and also records minimalist house music as Osborne -- draws heavily on these older productions, playing half-speed dub cadences before releasing jackhammer snares.
Wired for Sound brings together 60 tracks from acts like Remarc, Shy FX, Tek 9 and Krome & Time, but picking out the individual pieces is hardly the point. Tracks spin by in a dizzying whirl of drums and speaker-shaking bass, while the nimble- fingered Soundmurderer picks his way through jungle's golden era. Air horns blare, chants of "Murderer!" pan across the spectrum, drum fills collapse into back-spinning rewinds. The energy is unmistakable and irresistible. Whether Wired for Sound signals the beginning of a return to ragga jungle or is a captivating one-off born of one skilled selector's obsession, resurrection never felt so raw.