Big Dada Records
Congo Natty is the latest in a long line of aliases offered up by Michael West – best known perhaps as Rebel MC; best known too for his early group Double Trouble and, after stepping out away from the group, a series of albums in the early 1990s.
Jungle Revolution is his debut for Big Dada Records as Congo Natty but exactly what kind of revolution he thinks he’s having or starting is unclear. For the most part this sounds like jungle music from the mid/late 1990s, with a bit of toasting and boasting sprinkled atop and around; no progression, no real excitement and certainly nothing new – despite a bevy of names that should entice: Adrian Sherwood, Daddy Freddy, Tenor Fly and Benny Page among them.
Big squelching bass farts dominate and it all feels like a surreal hangover from the student flatting daze.
This return to the Congo Natty name sounds dated and often close to ghastly. Sure, I’m not really the target market for this kind of malarkey but I still feel entitled to declare this largely awful.