4hero / DJ Marky

The Kings of Drum + Bass

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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
6:11 Spotify
2 5:49 Spotify
3
feat: Lynx / Lynx & Maple / Maple
4:32
4
feat: Calibre
2:43 Spotify
5
feat: A-Sides / Makoto
2:32 Spotify
6 5:05 Spotify
7 2:10
8 4:21
9
feat: S.P.Y.
1:27 Spotify
10
feat: Subwave
3:37 Spotify
11
feat: The Upbeats
3:59 Spotify
12
feat: Nu: Tone
2:10 Spotify
13 3:16
14
feat: S.P.Y.
2:32
15
feat: S.P.Y.
3:38
16
2:10
17 3:16 Spotify
18
feat: Rogue Soul
3:59
19
feat: Stunna
7:21 Spotify
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