Reviewed by Boomkat (Boomkat)
Based around a caps and hoody lairy-tale, 'The Work Related Illness' certainly has a narrative but don't worry about it being a clumsy device that'll get in the way of the tunes; it doesn't. Made up of 3 MC's and 1 DJ, Virus Syndicate's trump card is their producer Mark One whose music effortlessly shifts from the truly apocalyptic (the opening 'Slow Down') through to dusted, bleached beats and lazy scratching ('Get Money'). On top of the storming production are the
Reviewed by Maurizio Pustianazc (chain dlk)
This is an easy review. I could end it right now by saying that if you are into rough hip hop and you are dead tired of the Hollywood people (Eminem, Snoop Dog, etc) Virus Syndicate is the altenative you have to check. It would be too easy to say that even my wife, that don't know what the hell the word "grime" means, dug THE WORK RELATED ILLNESS immediately! The fact is that each track has got a different arrangement and if "Slow down" is based on gregorian choruses
Once again Mark One delivers some big beats and massive bass with a deep dark sinister atmosphere in the latest track from the Virus Syndicate camp. This track fuses grimey beats with a deep sub bass to good effect to set up the perfect foundations for the Virus Syndicate mcs to ride. Goldfinger, Nika D and JSD deliver their usual combination of raw lyrics with deep meanings. Set to be the front track off the new Virus Syndicate album "The Work-Related Illness", slow
Reviewed by scientist (Failme.net)
"I've only got sixteen bars, so you'd better listen up real good." Manchester's Virus Syndicate manage to weave pretty coherent, intelligent street lyricism amonsgt the sparse shards of dubstep. Mark One smartly merges sneering bass with bursts of Kubrick-esque medieval prayer. Giving everything here an epic filmic feel. Amazingly, the album is even sicker....
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- Various - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel