Reviewed by Plan B
The last few years have seen Manchester's MRK1 - formerly Mark One-swing from hollowed-out bass to brackish urban grime as the musical facet of Manchester crew Virus Syndicate. 'Copyright Laws' is perhaps the flipside to the burial album's hauntological, washed-out feel-still minimal, but muscular and fully corporeal, a ribcage-rattling prescence rather than a faded memory. Dubstep has a history of surfing ethnic sources for the atmospheric sonic, but MRK1's sourcing is too smooth to feel lazy: sitar and tabla ride the undulation of 'Caveman Boogie', while the appearence of Sizzla on 'I Got Too' walks the metaphysical flyover connecting cobwebbed kingston dancehall to Manchester multi-storey. Most of all though, theres the bass. It sounds like the 'Jaws' theme engineered out of low-end - seismic shudders that, whacked up loud, even on these speakers, tremble the floor like sonic sharks are trying to break the surface.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify