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The FabricLive series reaches number 55 with DJ Marky. The Brazilian’s name is reappearing in the British orbit in the midst of the wavering of drum'n'bass, submerged in the shadows of a few “bassments”, surviving in the shadow of brilliant dubstep for unconditional purists (many of them potheads as well). Although the name of Marco Antonio Silva doesn’t raise heart rates the way that it did in the mid-90’s and until 2004, the year of his peak in the northern half of Europe with “LK (feat. Stamina MC)”, one of the songs that packed the most people onto the dance floor to sweat to them, lately he’s been holding on with remixes of hits like “Wile Out” by Ms Dynamite, or inviting his friends to put together “The Master Plan” (2007), an album for those who resist abandoning the beauty of drum'n'bass. His most recent incursions, which date back to the recently finished year of 2010, link him to S.P.Y., another jungle survivor who, as chance would have it, is with whom he begins this “FabricLive 55”, specifically with “By Your Side”. In fact, this session includes three of their most recent productions together: “Yellow Shoes” (which deserves a score of 10), “Brainstorm” and the last track, “Mystic Sunset”, all put out under the name Innerground. Therefore, DJ Marky continues to fill the genre’s listeners’ ears with a ton of hits of his very own, as well as helping out various artists who have released good material during the recently-finished 2010 along the way. Who knows whether the dance floors will once again fill up with worn-out souls? One thing is clear, the artists are still putting out high-quality drum'n'bass.

After an introduction that is as smooth as his technique, Marky slips in a second track that looks to be one of the catchiest tunes in the history of drum'n'bass, “Rolling Times” by dRamatic & dbAudio, in part thanks to a kick-ass sample that would have been a knock-out during the golden age of the genre (there’s a prize for whoever can guess where it comes from). “Will You Still Love Me?” by Klute, is the turning point in the mix toward somewhat more melodic lines, a drum'n'bass with a little more liquid, even soulful groove, which materialises in songs like “Even If” ( Calibre), “T1” (8-Bits & Q-Project’s) or Marcus Intalex’s “Steady”. But perhaps the name that is the most surprising in this hodgepodge of accelerated breakbeats is Skream, who slips in with “Motorway”, a song that is 100% drum'n'bass, constituting a rethinking of the expectations of the genre, and which might recapture some dissidents, the same ones who in their day backed dubstep all the way, burying the hyper-speed of bass forever.

Since he started with his legendary jungle parties in Sao Paulo, and continuing with his settling as a living club institution in London (and up to the present day), DJ Marky has consolidated himself, along with people like Goldie or Roni Size, as one of the all-time greats of drum'n'bass. This session only reminds us of the magnificent pieces that the genre continues to offer, even when the scene doesn’t appear to be in very good shape. The final result is a solid compendium of songs that might be better enjoyed on the sofa at home instead of burning up shoe leather on the dance floor, on an album that speaks of the maturity of an adult genre and brings out the most brilliant in itself, even at this stage of the game.

Ariana Díaz

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