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Album Review

BBE’s Kings series shifts to drum‘n’bass for its ninth volume, its mixing duties split between 4hero (as in Marc Mac) and DJ Marky. Unsurprisingly leaning toward the form’s earlier years, 1993-1995, Marc Mac's set is heavy on his own production work and releases from his and 4hero partner Dego’s Reinforced label. Over half the tracks involve him in some capacity, and while it could be seen as vain to squeeze out other crucial cogs — only one Moving Shadow track and no Photek, for instance — there’s plenty of sonic range, from the sublime to the foreboding, and the closing trio of tracks (Internal Affairs' “Find a Way,” Rufige Kru's “Terminator,” A Guy Called Gerald’s “Sunshine”) is duly riveting. DJ Marky delivers a comparatively speedy, rapid-fire sequence covering the late ‘90s through the present, little of which stimulates quite as much as the first disc’s content. The surfaces are smoother and the sounds are frequently automated-sounding, virtually nuance-less for extended stretches.

Customer Reviews

Loved it

Found this album and died and went to heaven - in the car , pre club , at a dinner party that got out of hand - it rocked all of them

Fresh sound.

Liking this album a lot so far. Has plenty of intelligently constructed tunes that will provide plenty of aural pleasure.

Outstanding!

Obviously shifty123 and I were listening to two completely different albums. BBE have gone out of their way to try and reignite the Drum & Bass compilation scene with a breathtaking double header from arguably two of the genre's greatest exponents both past and present.

Marky pulls out a trademark journey through the modern era of DnB with the usual ebbing and flowing of melodies and out and out roughness, whereas 4Hero delve into the crates for a look at some of the tracks that made the genre what it is today. The perfect album for those familiar and unfamiliar with the scene as there is a little splash of everything across both CDs.

If you're buying a compilation on musical merit this year, then this is the one!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Dollis Hill, London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Consistently on the front lines of the drum'n'bass battleground, the duo of Dego (McFarlane) and Marc Mac (Mark Clair) nevertheless failed to receive the exposure of luminaries like Goldie and Roni Size, mostly because they didn't release much 4hero material during jungle's crucial crossover years, from 1994 through 1997. Despite beginnings in London's hip-hop underground during the mid-'80s, the duo moved into the hardcore/rave scene later in the decade and recorded classics like "Mr. Kirk's Nightmare"...
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