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Mark One feat. Virus Syndicate – one way

Posted on: November 13, 2008

Mark One’s “One Way” from 2004 is one of the first full length grime albums that has received a lot of attention outside the UK. Grime (or whatever you like to call it, Reflex records says on this topic: “In the 80’s, maybe it was House, Techno and Electro. In the 90’s it was UK-G, Drum and Bass, Breaks or whatever. Now there are so many terms for it that the journalists can’t pidgeon-hole it any more.”), has been getting a lot of attention in the UK and Europe, but I fear it’ll pass America by as so many other styles. Mark One himself has decribed Virus Syndicate as producing “something between Garage, Breakbeat, Dubstep, Tech Step, Drum and Bass, Breakstep and whatever else you can think of…”, definitively that whole scene is one of the most interesting things happening in the electronic sector, from UK-Garage to nowadays Dubstep.

This album features a slew of different takes on the grime feel, and stays largely instrumental and brings you tons of bass frequencies, melody and energy. The music tends to be trudging and dark, with a real attention to detail. The three tracks that do feature MC’s are tasteful and well done, especially “Stand Up” with JSD, while others seem to revel in oppressive, paranoid beats and orchestral-stabs worthy of mid-period Cabaret Voltaire: you can almost hear the surveillence-cameras whirring as they track your progress through grainy archive-footage of burning, boarded-up city-centres. The vocals featured on the three tracks are overall much less aggressive than those of London MCs, both in content and delivery. The Manchester based Virus Syndicate crew is a sign that these young sounds were already spreading out of London to other sprawling urban areas around the UK, and alternative takes on it were very welcome in 2004. Fans of bumpin’ bass everywhere need to take heed immediately.

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4 Responses to "Mark One feat. Virus Syndicate – one way"

Hi dude!!! How are you?
Thanks a lot for your coment. I will put the urbanology’s link in Sacundin, ok?

Sorry my english is so so (laugh)

Best wishes!!!

This is soooooo dope! Thanks!!!

hi marcel, I also added you to my linklist

and also hello to amp, if you like this one, you´ll love one of the next posts from me, watch out

[…] “Mud VIP” seem designed to make your entire body judder. Elsewhere, Manchester’s Virus Syndicate crew are spectacular on “Dead Man Walking”, all rapid-fire distortion and frenetic […]

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