4hero / DJ Marky

The Kings of Drum + Bass

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The Kings of Drum + Bass Review

by Andy Kellman

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.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
4hero / DJ Marky feat: Random Movement 06:11 SpotifyAmazon
2 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Marcus Intalex 05:49 SpotifyAmazon
3 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Lynx / Lynx & Maple / Maple 04:32
4 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Calibre 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
5 4hero / DJ Marky feat: A-Sides / Makoto 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
6 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Marcus Intalex 05:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Krust / Logistics / Roni Size 02:10
8 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Shimon Alcoby / Andy C. / Scorpio / Shimon 04:21
9 4hero / DJ Marky feat: S.P.Y 01:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Subwave 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
11
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4hero / DJ Marky feat: The Upbeats 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
12 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Nu:Tone 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
13 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Bachelors of Science 03:16
14 4hero / DJ Marky feat: S.P.Y 02:32
15 4hero / DJ Marky feat: S.P.Y 03:38
16
4hero / DJ Marky feat: Twisted Individual 02:10
17 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Q Project / Q-Project 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
18 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Rogue Soul 03:59
19 4hero / DJ Marky feat: Stunna 07:21 SpotifyAmazon
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