• Virus Syndicate - The Work-Related Illness

    Reviewed by Aquarius (aquariusrecords.org)

    <b> Virus Syndicate </b> - The Work-Related Illness

    Boy do we love Grime!! But we're getting a bit frustrated at the relative dearth of grime stateside. We can only listen to our Dizzee Rascal and Wiley records so many times. Plus to be honest, as much as we dig those, we're sort of hankering for something a little more, well, you know, grime-y! Overseas, you got Kano, Lethal Bizzle, Lady Sovereign, More Fire Crew and loads more but it's taken forever for any of their records to make it over here. But in the meantime,
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  • Virus Syndicate - The Work-Related Illness

    Reviewed by Luca Maini (igloomag.com)

    <b> Virus Syndicate </b> - The Work-Related Illness

    After a glimpse of their vocal skills on Mark One's One Way, Virus Syndicate are back with a full album. Some friends of mine who never liked hip-hop find MC's boring, but I thought that those vocal tracks were very effective, especially "Ready For It" with the infamous line "get ready for the sickness." This time Mark One keeps the production even more minimal, the beats are punching but without any kind of percussion, and the samples are kept to a few instantaneous
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  • “Gunchester” crew rap brutal-and-British lyrics over techno rhythms

    Virus Syndicate - The Work-Related Illness

    Reviewed by Simon Reynolds (Blender)

    <b> Virus Syndicate </b> - The Work-Related Illness

    Although grime is undoubtedly the U.K.’s answer to hip-hop, the scene has been overwhelmingly concentrated in London. But now, with the emergence of crews like Manchester’s Virus Syndicate, this brash genre is spreading to other multiracial towns across Britain and finally becoming a truly national sound. No one would accuse rappers JSD, Nika D and Goldfinger of dramatically expanding grime’s thematic range. But their North-of-England accents give the
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  • Virus Syndicate - The Work-Related Illness

    Reviewed by Sarah Zachrich (Splendid Zine)

    <b> Virus Syndicate </b> - The Work-Related Illness

    Music has an amazing, Gremlin-like ability to spawn subgenres. Remember when UK garage was the next hot sound from over the pond? It never quite caught on here -- we Yanks were too busy playing with our 505s to pay much attention -- but the genre is currently in the midst of its sellout burnout. From its ashes has sprung Grime, a title that's rather controversial (critics complain that it stereotypes its often poor and minority purveyors) and sort of lame, but
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