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Soundman EP: Inner City Jungle, Vol. 1

  • Artists Marcus Visionary, Bandit Emcee, Keon Love
  • Release Date 2013-11-11
  • Labels Inner City Dance
  • Catalog ICD011
  • Description The Soundman EP (Inner City Jungle Vol 1) showcases 6 tracks of Marcus Visionary's uncanny ability to fuse the vibe and elements of vintage Jungle music with bang up to date Drum & Bass production, creating his unmistakable trademark sound. "Sound Dead Tonight" features the sound killing vocals of Toronto veteran Bandit Emcee over a studio one inspired riddim drop. Lashing drums and fat production all around have already made this a firm favorite. "The Sound Killing Tune" featuring Keon Love does exactly what it says: murder all sound systems and dance floors with in ear shot! Keon sings of the way things used to be and questions if that has all faded away. Don't worry, with Marcus's vicious amen switch junglism, and chest rattling skankers bass anchoring Keon's vocals, we assure you, if that old feeling has indeed faded away, this tune will most certainly bring it back for you! "Good Vibes VIP Dub Version" is an updated retouch of Marcus Visionary's first collaboration with Keon Love on Inner City Dance last year. This dubplate version features tougher production and weightier bass giving the original vocals a fresh take for the dance floor. "Soundman Dub" sees Marcus going deep into Dub territory with a masterful combination of reverberated wood blocks, rim shots and keyboard skanks giving a sense of space to the tracks rugged Drum & Bass template. The rig crushing bass line locks you in so that the ridiculously catchy lead synth melody can burrow itself into your memory where it will stay for weeks after you have heard it. On "Cold Sound (Blue Note Tribute Mix)" Visionary reminds all doubters that if you thought he couldn't pull his claws out and get nasty you thought wrong. This track is actually a Drum & Bass remix of a previously released 140 bpm Garage hybrid that Marcus gave away for free a few months ago. "Blue Note Tribute mix" tells you right away the vibe Marcus was reaching for. Think classic Metalheadz at Blue Note era Grooverider and Randall sets but referenced though Marcus's imitable Jungle style. The cinematic Grime synths and lethal Dred bass of the original mix are retained and transferred over to a Hard Step drum palette creating the same sinister building tension. Filtered amen edits and break fills crash in and out toughening it up even more while manic mentasm stabs twist and turn on top adding to the darkness. Supported heavily on dubplate by Bryan G and Friction. Rounding out the EP, "Dubwizer" shows Marcus going even deeper into the spaced out Dub music that so profoundly influences all of his musical output. Half Step tribal beats and stark motor city pads give way to distant synthesizer arpeggios before dropping a massive natty bass line. Extra congo's and percussive elements fill out the beats while soundman toasting clips shift back and forth over top taking you further and further down the rabbit hole of Dub originally dug by Lee Scratch Perry and the Mad Professor.

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