by Visioneers


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London-based DJ and producer Marc Mac got his start as half of a duo called 4Hero; after a decade of producing beat-based electronic music, he now records under the name Visioneers and seems to be getting increasingly interested in vintage hip-hop, soul, and jazz, though his passion for breakbeats and turntable manipulation remains. On Hipology, he indulges all of his various musical interests with generally pleasing results -- though the frequent digressions into hip-hop history lessons (via spoken word reminiscences from central figures in the music's early development) and the sometimes surprisingly smooth surfaces of the jazzier numbers (like "Rocket Man [Afrolatin Joint]" and the horn-rich but ultimately tedious "Funky Fanfare") sometimes undermine the impact of the powerful grooves that are generated elsewhere (as on the nicely sentimental "Back in Time," which features Baron and TRAC, and the excellent "Shine"). But there are moments when those two tendencies converge beautifully and offer an intriguing glimpse at what this album could have sounded like if the fusion were more consistently maintained: the best example of this success is the brilliant "Oil & Water," a slice of smooth and jazzy hip-hop featuring excellent tag-team rapping from Notes to Self. More of this kind of thing, with fewer generic hip-hop samples and many fewer shout-outs to Marc Mac himself, would have quickly tipped this album from "good" to "excellent."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Label: Bbe
UPC: 0730003117626
catalogNumber: 176
Rank: 174504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Visioneers   Primary Artist
Simon Nixon   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Rob Harvey   Trombone
Ian Richie   Tenor Saxophone
Marc Mac   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,solina,fender rhodes
T.R.A.C   Rap
Luke Parkhouse   Guitar,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Vocals
Hillside Connection   Strings,Horn
Jimetta Rose   Background Vocals
Notes to Self   Rap
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra   Horn
John Robinson   Rap
Duncan Fraser   Trumpet
Support Brass   Horn
Pete Williams   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ahmad Jamal   Composer
Tim Gane   Composer
Jerry Lordan   Composer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Keith Mansfield   Composer
Marc Mac   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
J. Santiago   Composer
Jimetta Rose   Hook
Johnnie Pate   Composer
Johnny Flamingo   Composer
DJ Dopey   Cut
Lee Bright   Management
Julia Deimann   Management
Ali Augur   Sleeve Design

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