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Album Review

Though listeners might guess (correctly) that Ming + FS belong to New York's illbient scene from the cover and album title, the production duo comes off in a similar manner to Japanese producers like Fantastic Plastic Machine and Pizzicato Five. While FS takes on the turntables for most tracks (in addition to occasional keyboards), Ming plays guitar and Moog. The pair's productions are tight, very tied to breakbeat jungle but with plenty of old-school hip-hop flavor. Ming + FS scatter guest rappers throughout the album with care, using BLESTeNATION for the jump-up jungle of "Unison" and an appropriately darkside dub slant to the streets-is-watching track "CLS" featuring Mack and Youngblood. Ming + FS have dozens of good ideas on Hell's Kitchen, and they never repeat themselves on this excellent debut.


Formed: 1996 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York City drum'n'bass duo Ming + FS pioneered their own self-described "junkyard" sound, deftly mixing and matching elements of old school hip-hop, jungle, electro, turntablism, and live instrumentation. Ming + FS met in 1996 while the former was spinning trip-hop sides at a house party, and after teaming weeks later to collaborate on a series of breakbeat tracks, they signed to the Brooklyn Music Limited under the name Leadfoot. In 1997, the duo also opened their own recording studio, Madhattan,...
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