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Virtigo : Mercury Retrograde

If this was like, a journey, man, it'd be through a very, very dark tunnel with little bags of sunshine hanging from the roof...

Let’s not even call this drum'n'bass. Hyper fast fashion changes in dance are all very necessary for ushering in the nu-style, but as the cutting edge ploughs on it leaves behind great things, stuck with a label that 'the industry' has given up on. So even though North London bass psychos Virtigo are clearly coming from a d***'n'b**s angle, lets re-market this as 'Mill Hill Terror Bass'. The four Virtigos are, in any case, far from being purist. 'Mercury Retrograde' succeeds brilliantly in splicing together very scary movie style keyboards, military weapon-grade pulses, a sweet and

soulful 'ethereal' vocal and mathematically dissected beats sharp enough to make Photek retire. If this was like, a journey, man, it'd be through a very, very dark tunnel with little bags of sunshine hanging from the roof. Any pirate radio, or musically upright legal broadcaster who fails to play it should have their licence minced.

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Roger Morton

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