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Old 02-12-2009, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think we brits have to resign ourselves to not having produced many top quality Hip Hop acts, however the 90's Bristol band Marxman are definitely overlooked. I got into them about ten years ago and own their debut on CD (it's quite rare too) and today I managed to find their second album (only an E.P followed) after years searching and it's just as damn good. Their lyrics were very socially conscious and they also had a few tracks with trad. irish music creeping in due to a band members birthplace. If you are into bands like A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets then you may like them. I think they are damn good and it's a damn shame that they never made it big. Up's are available.

Drifting (from the debut album):
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have this bookmarked so I can check it out later...don't despair.

Edit: Of course, I'd accept an up so I can check it out in it's entirety...if you would be so kind.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You betcha

Except an up in the next hour. Anymore for anymore?
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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An up for me too?

The production on the youtube clip was great, very mellow. I think I would have preferred a slightly harder delivery, but it does fit with the music.
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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An up for me too?

The production on the youtube clip was great, very mellow. I think I would have preferred a slightly harder delivery, but it does fit with the music.
PM sent. There isn't a huge amount of youtube footage and that's not one of the better tracks on there.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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K, I downloaded 33 Revolutions a Minute and it's pretty good, but hasn't grabbed me straight away, their choruses/hooks are weak.

My initial perceptions from the youtube clip haven't changed, I'd still prefer a harder edged delivery, especially when they pick up the beat (Spot on My Nose), the vocals tend to get buried. Some tracks, like Droppin Elocution strike the right balance.

The production is good, but not all that varied. The Irish folk influence is interesting, it doesn't always work but on Dark are the Days it's brilliant.
I'm going to let this sink in more, but right now my favourite tracks are Drifting and Demented.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for listening. They are quite mellow in parts and their follow on release is probably even more mellow but I think because they were a part of the Bristol (U.K) electronica scene in the 90's I have an affinity with them.
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Sounds pretty interesting, I'd love to hear more Jackhammer.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i am not uncomfortable with the gamut of socialism obviously and hokey communist imagery is always a great bonus - this is cool, sounds like Tricky or the rapping bits of 'Blue Lines'... British hip-hop is a very disparate and mixed bag but there are some great records out there by the sounds of it (have you heard of Blak Twang?). Thanksch for the tip! (<sean connery voice)
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