The second the needle hits a Serial Killaz record you know it’s them. Rabble-rousing ragga vocals, bubbling bouncy bass, cut-throat beats, undiluted positive vibes: to have such a distinctive sound in today’s talent-packed game is a rare, rare asset. But with two careers that can be traced back to the earliest stages of rave, what do you expect?
Their back story has been told too many times: do a little research and you’ll find the names Tera and Vital Elements scrawled all over the scene’s history books. Now found scrawling Serial Killaz over the very same pages, the duo quickly established themselves as THE jungle and reggae legends’ remixers of choice since forming in 2005. From Cornell Cambell to Marvellous Cain, Wayne Marshall to Peter Bouncer, Damian Marley to Daddy Freddy, the Serial Killaz back catalogue is steeped in authenticity, joining the dots between classic soundsystem sizzlers, rave culture and the future.
Jungle’s very own Trojan horse; every kilo of their success can be put down to their well-chiselled sound: At a time when artists seem to be trying every genre under the sun, Tera and Vital Elements have stuck rigidly to their dub pistols amassing respect from all corners of the scene… Zane Lowe regularly supports them on his primetime Radio 1 show while Toddla T has requested bespoke productions for his own live show. They’ve had the honour of remixing Nas and Damian Marley’s ‘Land Of Promise’ and, bizarrely, their version of Toddla and Skream’s ‘Streets So Warm’ was so well received it was sync’d to cult sports show Soccer AM!
Naturally their trademark skanks and chubby bass spirit bubbles over from their dubs to their DJ sets. With such a heavy international tour schedule, Tera and Vital Elements are often found DJing on separate continents each weekend. From Canada to Croatia, Boomtown to Outlook, the duo are famed for tearing up the dance… And seldom leave without a repeat booking.
Whether you find them knee deep in studio science, nurturing new jungle badboys on the block such as the Run Tingz Cru or behind the decks, the second you hear them… You’ll know exactly who you’re dealing with.