Keep The Fire album cover
Keep The Fire

Maximum Style , JB Rose

SMEJ Associated Records

It’s maybe surprising given how much of the early jungle scene featured rare groove and lovers rock vocals — either sampled or performed — that more singers never attempted a full jungle project. However, we do have this gem, released in 2000 on a Japan only CD, but from the sound of it mostly made in the mid-90s. Maximum Style is Marc Mac of 4Hero’s more junglist guise, and JB Rose is a South London singer, songwriter and lately playwright and director. Together they made a record that is perfectly in the very British tradition of Sade and Soul II Soul, but merges it seamlessly into those rolling jungle breaks from start to end.

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