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Various Artists: Law of the Jungle (Moonshine Music);Various Artists: Speed Limit 140 BPM Plus Five (Moonshine Music)

Simon Reynolds, Vibe, March 1995

AFTER YEARS of lamely aping U.S. rap, Britain has finally come up with not one but two responses to hip hop. There's trip hop, also known as ambient rap: eerie, down-tempo mood Muzak infused with bluesy desolation by artists like Tricky and Portishead. And then there's jungle: an even more bizarre hip hop mutant that evolved when rave DJs/producers turbocharged techno with accelerated breakbeats, dub-quaking bass, and weirdly warped samples.

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