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Review: Marcus Visionary – Carib Album (LNDBLP001D)


Marcus Visionary hailing from Toronto has been producing a sound for a while that he calls “Sub Soca” and has released two EPs riddled with it.  This album out now on Liondub International is the culmination, a collection of 27 tracks that range from the intense sub soca styles of “St. Vincent”, “Belize City” and “Surinam”, to wobbly dubstep tracks like “In the VIP”, or “London”, a 2step feel with “Left Food Skank” and some conscious dubstep vibes on “Nightfall” and “Coffee or Tea.”  The music on this album is what it’s all about in dance music for me currently: bass heavy, syncopated rhythms that just make you want to jump and prance.  Almost impossible for me to sit still while I write this.  This release is high quality and is worth buying regardless, but thanks to Liondub International you can pick up all 27 tracks for a wallet-friendly $14.  I’ve selected some favorites below or click the Juno link at the end of the post for full audio previews.

Marcus Visionary – St. Vincent (sub soca)

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Marcus Visionary – Belize City (sub soca)

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Noble Society – Mama So Divine (Marcus Visionary Remix) (sub soca)

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Marcus Visionary ft Satori – Flying Dubs (dubstep)

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Marcus Visionary ft Johnny Osbourne & Liondub – Coffee or Tea (dubstep)

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Marcus Visionary – 2012 (UK funky)

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Marcus Visionary – Carib EP (Liondub International)


Marcus Visionary comes with a different ting on the “Carib EP” out soon on Liondub International.  Included are three new bits and three tracks that are out on various singles.  This EP is a preview of what will be out on the longer, 23 track Carib LP out late this November.  The three released tracks (“The General” remix, “Black Panther”, and “In the VIP” out friday) are definitely worth a listen if you haven’t heard them yet.  “In the VIP” is when the so-called Sub-Soca flex comes in with whistles and a 4×4 beat under some growly dubsteppy synths.

This Sub-Soca style (first heard for me on the “Mama So Divine” remix) brings a whole new sound to the table.  Toronto’s Marcus Visionary has perfected it with the release of the Carib EP, likely to be expanded on the Carib LP.  “Left Foot Skank” has a nice, early dubstep-era wobble over a syncopated beat, but the shining track of the EP for me is “St. Vincent” when the wobble is thrown to the wind and replaced by upbeat claps, whistles, and cowbells.  Something about upbeat percussion always grabs me and I’m bubblin as I write.  Dancefloor in a club with this tune on is gonna be mobbed.  The third new entry is a collaboration on the roots dubstep tip with legendary vocalist Johnny Osbourne and production help from Liondub, feelin this one as well.

Marcus Visionary – St. Vincent

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Marcus Visionary – Left Foot Skank

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Marcus Visionary ft Liondub and Johnny Osbourne – Coffee or Tea

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If you’re enjoying this music you should also check out what’s coming out of Portugal, Spain, and Venezuela at the moment on the interface between Dubstep, Kuduro, Soca, and general excellence from people like Octa Push, Buraka Som Sistema, Relocate, Mr. Gasparov, Pacheko, Cardopusher, and more.  Peep the Chorizo Show on sub.fm for more of this flavor.

This EP is out soon on Liondub International.  Check Juno, Chemical, Boomkat and other quality music shops, I’ll update this when I see it drop.  For now, “In the VIP” is shipping this week at Redeye or Chemical.

 

Bombaman – Flower People bw 6blocc – Dead Flowers Remix


Rarely have I seen a video work as well with music as this Terminator Salvation trailer and this forthcoming La Dubstep Nostra release.  In fact, I think these tunes work dramatically better than the music in the actual trailer.  La Dubstep Nostra releases the darker side of dubstep with past work from Parson, Ultrablack, 6blocc, Monsta and more. On to the tunes..

Bombaman – Flower People

The first tune is like a militant robot waking up from a nap with the arcing electricity in the beginning and marching beat.  Once the robot wakes it… well you see the video…

Once that synth hits at 1:30 or so I’m skanking nonstop.  Make sure you hit that HQ to hear it in proper quality.

6blocc vs Bombaman – Dead Flowers Remix

6blocc minimizes the bass synths and transforms the feel of the original to a much sharper sound. The cut-up beat and percussion sounds are new and combine with elements of the original yielding a nicely done remix.

Get this bad boy starting with promos on 4/20 followed by a general release.  Big respect to La Dubstep Nostra, Bombaman, and 6blocc.