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Ming & Fs

Hell's Kitchen

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In an genre plagued by more sameyness than AM radio in the late 70s, it’s always a revelation when an act like Ming & FS come along and show the world it’s still possible to do something new in drum’n'bass. Hey, this New York City duo has even gone one better. Using drum’n'bass grammar, they’ve built on an impressive array of old school hip-hop beats and lush, techno soundscapes. As if to highlight this multi-genre plundering, Ming and FS label their sound Junkyard. Hell’s Kitchen sports some of the most rock-hard jungle beats you’re likely to hear combined with a true sense of song structure, meaning that Ming & FS could do for drum’n'bass what the Chemical Brothers did for techno.

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