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4hero

Morning Changes EP

(Milan; US: 1 Jan 2008; UK: 24 Sep 2007)

Dego and Marc Mac, together as 4hero, became instant legends in the late ‘90s drum-and-bass scene when their Mercury Prize nominated debut album Two Pages dropped. Since then, they’ve all but exterminated that high BPM aspect of their sound, instead focusing on more soulful, orchestral jazz. This EP takes the biggest song from 2007’s Play with the Changes, their third and most recent album, and castes it to four very different artists for a thorough reworking. Immediately, the Daddy G of Massive Attack and L.A.O.S. versions rise above the expected.


Daddy G reconstitutes the originally Curtis Mayfield like, string led “Morning Child” into a vintage trip-hop banger with a creepy guitar, menacing bass, and twittering synth work. LargeAmountOfSoul takes the cut back to 4hero’s classy jazz-and-bass roots so well, you wish they’d go back there themselves. That said, the Landau Orchestra remix is almost totally redundant, essentially stripping back the strings of the original and adding a few vocal tweaks, while the less said about the grease-ball disco house version supplied by Danya Vodovoz, the better. For a remix EP, though, two out of four ain’t bad, and there are a few instrumentals to satisfy the target market deejays for which this is truly intended. As such, it’s an all around winner.


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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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By Mark Szakonyi
1 Mar 2007
Burn out or fade away, just don’t release an overproduced and often dull electronic jazz-soul album.
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