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Wednesday, Dec 20 2006 | 12:06

You know when talent stares you in the face … But that talent just can’t see it themselves … As MIST:I:CAL, the trio of Marcus Intalex, Calibre and Lee ST Files play the whole thing down in their own modest fashion on their myspace site …

“We are 3 blokes who drink beer and moan a lot whilst occasionally making music. Through the haze of many a hangover we have astonishingly and quite fortunately almost finished an album … its gonna be called “The Eleventh Hour” because we do everything at the last minute and for other reasons also.”

Those other reasons need to be discussed over a refreshing beverage; strong German lager the tipple of choice. “The Eleventh Hour”, the title track and killer intro to the album, is a lot more than the heaviest, fluid, drum rolling, broken up beat-fest – it’s a sonic statement that really sums up their frustrations as to what has happened to their beloved music. Alongside their resident MC and one half of broken English MC DRS they have written a track that really tells the truth about a scene which is losing its integrity at an astonishing rate.

With over 15 years in the industry and a combined age of exactly one hundred years!! it’s astonishing to think “The Eleventh Hour” is a debut album for messrs ST Files and Marcus Intalex. Especially considering the reputation they have within the scene and the amount they spend djing their sound out in Asia, Europe and the States. That’s arguably why this project has taken so long to come to the fore!

With strength in numbers the trio demonstrate throughout a fondness and love for a melting pot of sounds and styles; Calibre has probably the biggest record collection the World has ever seen?! Beats and bass are pivotal to their sound and songwriting; it’s the elements that surround this that sets them a class apart from the rest. They may be tainted but certainly remain unblinkered.

Tracks such as Memory Jog exemplify where their sound is at and it’s unifying capabilities. There’s a clear nod to the logical progression sound alongside the feel and strings of Detroit Techno. Not an easy marriage for any producer, but it is carried off superbly. From Bukem through Funkadelic via Carl Craig it’s this knowledge and musical awareness, executed so subtly, that gives this album a real edge.

Drum and bass became the most progressive music genre when it first hit the airwaves in the ‘90’s. It’s great that the likes of MIST:I:CAL are still out there maintaining the love and taking the music by the scruff of it’s neck. Not so much lazy pub goers, just reluctant stars who speak through their music.

Why the mainstream djs ignore this sort of sound and choose to favour the cheaper rave nonsense is out of their hands. (Perhaps a £100K video!?). But the if they continue to cross-pollinate the leftfield and the hip hop sounds they love with what they know and try and spend more time infront of their Macs then the musical world in it’s integrity is their oyster. Just don’t leave it so long next time fellas …

The album MIST:I:CALThe Eleventh Hour” (Soul:R) is going to be released February 05, 2007.

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