You ever had that feeling that, when a new band or group comes around that you've never heard of before, and you're instantly drawn to them, whether it be their sound or the way they conduct themselves? You get an overwhelming feeling that you're cottoning on to something special?
Thats exactly how I felt a few years ago when I first came across Murkage, a group who based themselves in my city, Manchester, England. Well, a couple of years down the line, and a few lineup changes to boot, we finally have the debut album from the Murkage boys, Of Mystics & Misfits. If you're a regular EARMILK reader, you might have seen me crowning them as the new UK sound, a title which I don't throw around lightly, and they certainly deliver on that with their full length debut. Of Mystics & Misfits is an eleven track deep, body of work that contains rawkus, rowdy anthems, to the more mellow and laid back tones that really show the spectrum of the Murkage sound. Combining electronic synth lines, with live drums and instrumentation really adds another dimension to what has become known as the 'Murkage' sound, and lays the perfect base for Murkage Dave, Two One and Gaika to lay down passion drenched bars.
There is guest production from the likes of Acropolis Sound, Star One, Klepto and Amat Amas Amo, as well as some guest bars from French emcee's Nekfeu and Orelsan and a a nice, spine tingling vocal melody for Ursa Minor, Of Mystics & Misfits truly encapsulates the raw hunger and emotion of the group as they've built themselves from the ground up to become one of the most formidable groups in the UK.
You can stream Of Mystics & Misfits below, and you can pick up a physical copy (CD & Vinyl) from HERE and you can also buy it on iTunes via the link below. Keep your eyes and ears locked onto EARMILK for a full review of the album coming later this week!
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Of Mystics & Misfits
- Archetype/Bleu Citron
- 28th April, 2014