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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

BUNKER BEATS <004> Mafs (2023)

Let's start off today with a cool sounding mix. And it comes with a rather weird and bizarre looking image. I'm not a kitchen expert nor do I cook, but isn't that a thing that mashes potatoes? A masher? Whatever it is called, it's weird to see on an image. But that's the only weird thing about this mix. From the start of this mix it is just pure bliss and madness, presented (and obviously mixed) by Mafs. I've never heard or seen the name Mafs before, but from now on, he's gained a follower, and you might see more mixes like this one on my website.

Bunker Beats. Sounds so ominous. So dangerous. So underground. And that's what this is. A mix focussed on Drum & Bass and Jungle from around 1993, and the tracks are considerably darker. These tracks were mixed on 1210s, to quote Mafs : ''as god intended''. Don't know if god was a fan of 1210s or a fan of Drum & Bass/Jungle, but if he is, then he's definitely cool as fuck!

Unfortunately I know nothing about DJ Mafs, but I do know a bit about Drum & Bass and Jungle from around 1993. I'm still learning though, as I was mainly into Techno and House and Hardcore back in the day, not DnB or Jungle. The only jungle I listened to, was the songs from the Jungle Book.

But it seems that Mafs dug deep and found some hidden gems. Some commented on his mix stating they had never heard certain songs before, and that's what makes a mix more interesting. Dig deep and find those hidden gems, and get them into a mix. But you can imagine that the general gist of the listeners is positive, and I've got to add myself to the list of fans of this mix.

  1. 4 Hero - Angry People

  2. Foul Play - Open Your Mind (Foul Play Remix)

  3. Tango - Make Me Feel 93

  4. Sound Of The Future - Fearless Wonder (Remix By Neil Vass & Jim Polo)

  5. Secret Squirrel - Coming On Dark

  6. Hopa & Bay B Kane - Hoppa

  7. Gwange & Spinback - The Execution

  8. Mad Dog - Monged Out

  9. Bizzy B - Total Amnesia

  10. Beyond The Future - Mystery Ride (Flatline Mix)

  11. Desired State - Killer Beat

  12. Douple Dipped & Dr.G. - It's Emerging

  13. FBD Project - Breakin Up (B Boy Remix)

  14. Intense - The Quickening (D.O.P.E. Remix)

  15. DJ Peshay - Gangster

  16. Secret Squirrel & A.J. Flex - Come Rudeboy (Remix)

  17. Smith Inc feat Simon Bassline Smith - Palomino

This looks alien to me. I really don't know around 70 to 75% of the artists in this mix. Secret Squirrel? Double Dipped? Bizzy B? Weird and funny names, but it's all about what kind of records they made, and what kind of impact it has on those on the dancefloor or at home.

So instead of focussing on the names of the artists, let's focus on this mix. And the mix flies by before you know it. DJ Mafs' mix is tight as fuck, and it flows very nicely. They are so damn cool, I've had this mix on repeat since 6am, and I'm still loving it. His selection blends all together very nicely, and the tracks are all super dope.

I've never heard most of these songs before, so it's all new and exciting. And Mafs keeps me on my toes, dancing around my office. Couldn't care less if anyone sees me. I'm having fun.

His selection is indeed a tad darker compared to most Drum and Bass and Jungle from around 1993, but not the darkest of dark. There are darker tracks out there, but not today: wanna keep it a bit lighter.

His selection is great. Really enjoyed it. Bunker Beats, and DJ Mafs, you've gained a follower! More of this kind of mixes please.

And to end the review with: what an opening track! Seriously mind-blowing!

DJ: Mafs

Genre/Style: Drum & Bass, Jungle, Hardcore, Breakbeat

Mix Info: BUNKER BEATS <004> Mafs

Length Mix: 01:02:23

Tracks: 17 (seventeen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 142 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2023

More Information: DJ MAFS - Soundcloud Channel

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