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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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Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF – First Episode!


I did my first show Monday on Dubstep.FM and it went off!  I had so much fun, massive respect to all listeners both in the chatroom and silent.  Posting this here with a tracklist like I’ll do for all these shows, and I’ve set up a podcast-style feed on the site just for these Dubstep.FM broadcasts.  To subscribe in iTunes go to Advanced, Subscribe to Podcast… and enter this URL:

/index.php/category/steppin/feed/

This will of course work in other readers besides iTunes also.  I should also say that I’ve got loads of new material for dubstepped, so expect a flurry of posts soon come!!!

I should also say that the mic I have at the moment is complete crap so please excuse any inappropriate mic noises  :)   I’ve got a new one on the way currently so this should be solved in the future.

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Check the tracklist (59 tunes, 2 hours):

Distal – Attempt at Yellow (unreleased)
Djunya – Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
Jus Wan – Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Brackles – Rawkus (Planet Mu)
2562 – Narita (Tectonic)
Shortstuff – Relapse (Formant)
ID – Nine Tree Hill (Mata Syn)
Hyetal – Gold or Soul (Soul Motive)
Kromestar – Skaredem (Dubstar)
Ital Tek – Chemical Temple (Atom River)
Outlaw Producer – Time Chamber (unreleased)
Phaeleh – Lounge (Surface Tension)
Blackheart – Jupiter (Brap Dem)
Deleted Scenes – Terminate (Deleted Scenes)
El Diablo – Rollin With My Crew (MalLabel)
Joker vs Seal Paul – So Fine Remix (whitelabel)
L.V. ft Errol Bellot – Don’t Judge (Fantastic Mr. Fox Remix) (2nd Drop)
Mungo’s Hi Fi – International Roots (LD remix) (Dub Police)
Silkie – Step Aside (Cloqworq)
Matt U – Jump (Wheel & Deal)
Kid Simple – Fresh Like (forthcoming Double Drop)
Shortstuff – Progression (Formant)
Ikonika – We Could Be Ikons ft Eero Johannes (Planet Mu)
Dusk – Focus (Soul Jazz)
Moderat – A New Error (Headhunter’s Answer Remix)
DJ Madd – I know Its You (Black Box)
Deleted Scenes – Stutter (Deleted Scenes)
Wedge & Shadz – Running Away (Guido Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
BD1982 – Space Boots (Slugabed Remix) (Seclusiasis)
Playdoe – Freeze Step (Starkey Remix) (Rwina)
Major Lazer – Hold the Line (Numan’s Zapper Remix) (bootleg)
LD – The King of Kong (Dub Police)
Marcus Visionary – St. Vincent (Liondub International)
Planas – Agbekor (Ranking)
Relocate – Dot Dot Dash (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) (Iberian)
Randomer – Scapegoat (Med School)
Distal – Serengeti (unreleased)
Blackheart – Dazed (unreleased)
Kromestar – Technique (Dubstar)
Zeno – Lazer Wolf 2010 (Brap Dem)
Kryptic Minds – 768  (Tectonic)
F & Headhunter – Dedale (Transistor)
Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) (bootleg)
Untold – You Didn’t Win the Holiday (Soul Jazz)
Zeno – Clish (unreleased)
Vaski – Get Down (Rottun)
Dubsworth – Roll On (forthcoming Brap Dem)
Cardopusher – Youthman Dread (Tigerbeat6)
Cluekid & LD – Don’t Wanna Cry (Bullfrog Beats)
Dread Foxx & BMC – Dready or Not (unreleased)
Outlaw Producer – Left Hand Side (unreleased)
Sully – Shanks (LD Remix)
Scuba – Reverse (Hotflush)
Autopilot – She Says (Uncle Smutfist Remix) (free online)
Sigha & Spherix – Separation (Immerse)
FBOM – Vordai (unreleased)
Luthor – Some Place (Haunted Audio)
Distal – Speed of Right (unreleased)
Marcus Visionary ft Liondub & Johnny Osbourne – Coffee or Tea (Liondub International)

 

Dubstepped Radio 005 featuring Distal


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Oh gosh!  This episode is off all chains and hooks.  Introducing here Atlanta producer DISTAL with a boatload of unreleased tunes and the standard complement of fresh releases and unreleased tracks.

Not gonna waste any time on the intro, get this in your ears:

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Tracklist:

01 – FaltyDL – Must Sustain (Planet Mu)
02 – VVV – Linder Years (unreleased)
03 – Nate Mars – Higher to the Bass (forthcoming ‘Concentric Circles’)

– Distal Feature (all unreleased) –
04 – Distal – Attempt at Yellow
05 – Distal – Post-Soul Persona
06 – Distal – Heaven’s Blowback
07 – Distal – Serengeti
08 – Distal – Speed of Right
09 – Distal – Gun Confetti

10 – Vaski – Get Down (Rottun)
11 – NTRLD & Thurgood – Ghetto Fabulous (unreleased)
12 – Kid Simple – Fresh Like (forthcoming Double Drop)
13 – Dev79 – In Ya Face (Pharoah & Peach Remix) (Seclusiasis)
14 – EZ$ – Iron Breath (Get Money)
15 – Playdoe – Freeze Step (Starkey Remix) (Rwina)
16 – Sainttex – So Many Bits (unreleased)
17 – Zeno – Reboot Funk (unreleased)
18 – Jaybird – Work Dat Box (Kraken)
19 – Marcus Visionary – St. Vincent (forthcoming Liondub International)
20 – Noah D & Roommate – Street Sound (Thought)
21 – Jahdan Blakkamoore – Get Hustlin (Gold Dust)
22 – Heavy Heights ft Gina – Want and See (Intager Dubhouse Remix) (unreleased)
23 – Marcus Visionary ft Liondub & Johnny Osbourne – Coffee or Tea (forthcoming Liondub International)

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Introducing: Distal

I first heard Distal tunes a bit ago on the Sub.Traction radio show on Dubstep.FM and when I finally got around to checking out his tracks I immediately contacted him.  The production quality on all the songs is really high, from sound design to mixing to rhythm and diversity.  Detailed in the interview below he has extensive musical experience so in retrospect this makes sense but you can hear it even when you listen to the tracks for the first time.

If you want to learn more about Distal check out this mini interview:

snf: First off, where are you based now and what’s going down that people should know about?

Distal:

Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta Dubstep was formed 1st quarter of 2009, and has consistently been doing big things for the city. We have a monthly even called “Sub.Traction” at El Bar , and for the ‘recession proof’ price of 200 pennies you can catch local dubstep acts. The best part of Atlanta Dubstep is that we run in a very large group, so we are able to cater to everyone’s tastes whether it be more house influenced stuff or tear out wobble. We also host a bigger one off night once a month at various venues featuring international and domestic talent. We’ve had 2562, Appleblim, Ramadanman, and Noah D through so far; all have done exceedingly well. Atlanta is starting to make a ruckus!

Be on the lookout for Embassy Recordings, a forthcoming Atlanta based label run by myself, and partner Mite (www.myspace.com/mightystep). Our main goal is to build a bridge between slow Southern Crunk , the plastic-like drums and lush synths of Techno, and also the twisted bass of early Jungle and Drum & Bass. We just got a distribution deal with ST Holdings, and our first release should be out shortly.

Lastly I’m involved with a smaller promotion group ‘Heat Promotions’ run by Matt “Inferno” Heat’s goal is to bring up and coming international minimal and techno artists to Atlanta.

S: Tell me a little about yourself, how did you get into production & music in general?

D: I started dj’ing about 10 years ago when I was 16 under the alias ‘Proximal’ At the time I was playing Hardcore / Freeform. It was a very niche market, so I actually had a lot of opportunities stateside, and in Canada to do my thing. That’s where I picked up the etiquette of the beast. Later on in my dj’ing career I started getting into breakcore and the creative possibilities that came with breaking the formula. I began to mash everything I enjoyed (acid techno, jungle, rap, bmore, old country) into one set, and my mixtapes became a novelty act on the Internet.

I also spent a good deal of my time in college studying music theory and classical piano with other musicians. I studied the science of music, and its effects on sensation and perception. My senior research inolved the study of synesthesia or ‘the confusing of the senses’; specifically how pitch / timbre effected your visual perceptions of the world.

I first heard dubstep back in 2005 while shopping for breakcore; sites selling breakcore always carried an eclectic supply as long as it was quality. And more eclectic labels like Planet Mu started to put out dubstep. I began to notice. I bought Darqwan – Stargate 92 on vinyl in 2006, and I fell in love.

It’s cliché I know, but its true 140bpm was the perfect median to experiment and keep the audience. The sound is so ambiguous you can go in so many directions.

Something clicked like it never had before. I looked at all the ammo I had collected throughout the years, the theory I had learned, the science I had learned, and realized how expansive the canvas now was at 140bpm. I opened my laptop, got serious, and haven’t looked back since.

Distal

S: There are elements from all sorts of music in your songs.. hiphop, Berlin techno, reggae, 8-bit nintendo riddims, maybe even indie pop..what are your musical roots?

D: I’ve been influenced by a wide array of sounds throughout my life. I love good melodies and grooves no matter what they are. Last ride in my car I remember hearing Tammy Wynette, Project Pat, Fugazi, David Pajo, and 808 state. Being able to appreciate and understand other and all works for what they are helps you grow as an artist, and along the way you’ll notice it leak into your output. Now the challenge is ‘how do I use what I love and turn it into what I am doing’? Computers and software definitely make the process an easier one.

But I must say I have a soft spot for early acid techno and breakbeat hardcore. It doesn’t get much better than 4Hero, Mr. Fingers or sleezy D (anything off Trax records) from the late 80’s. Hearing dance music that early on always brings a smile to my face. That analog sound has so much warmth and depth to it, it’s like looking at an old photo. Plus you have to admire those guys making it back then, they were doing something big, and they didn’t have it as easy on any front (communication, process, tools, digital distro etc.). They are the real explorers.

S: You tend to produce both more aggressive tunes and deeper ones, do you find it hard to go back and forth between the vibes? This is something that happens often in good DJ sets, mixing all vibes of music, but what’s it like from the production perspective?

D: It all depends on my mood really. I think I’ve found the aesthetic I want to get down for ‘Distal’. I want people to know it’s a Distal tune regardless of the style its in. We’re humans, our emotions and actions change constantly, but it’s always US at the controls, the same applies with the creation of sound.

But I definitely have a sound I’m leaning towards at the moment. Some people are calling it ‘future garage’ some people are calling it ‘future step’. The sound is characterized mainly by its slightly syncopated rhythm, and influence from garage, house and soul music. I know it’s just human to want to categorize things like were on the Galapagos, but at the end of the day it’s all just good mid-tempo bass music.

S: What producers are on your radar that people should know about? What future things are coming from you?

D: Right now I’m ALWAYS happy to hear a new Untold tune. When Hessle Audio released ‘Kingdom’ last year it changed the way I think about music. It challenged me. I love it when a producer successfully challenges the dance floor. Secondly MAYHEM, another ATL homie is just cranking out excellence. He’s making more crunk-influenced stuff. Guaranteed a rewind. His engineering skills are air tight, check out “4th of July Jam” on my latest mix !Embassy Recordings

Anything off of Apple Pips is also going to be a treat. Those guys know how to do things proper! Their quality control bar is set so high! I’m also feeling a lot of stuff from ‘Shortstuff’ his release on Formant Recordings was huge, every time I play ‘Relapse’ people run to the laptop to see what’s going on. I’m also big on DJG right now, his tunes have so much tension behind them; it’s like a good thriller film. Joy Orbison… enough said. Lastly SINES from Texas … he sent me this new bit the other day ‘gravity’ wow so funky and smooth. Def. check him out. So many others I can list right now I could do this all day.

Be on the lookout for a few of my plates to be released on Embassy Recordings by 1st quarter 2010. I also am working deals out at the moment to sort out a good portion of my catalog with a few big labels. Wish I could say who, but I can’t at the moment !

 

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.