So Vancouver is in for a treat this weekend as Canada’s number 1 drum & bass heavyweight, Marcus Visionary, stops by the Red Room this Saturday January 7th for the Suave Assassins 3 year anniversary party, put together in part by Digital Motion events – who were responsible for bringing Hatcha, N-Type & Crazy D to town last month. Best of luck winning a free ticket (details near the end of this post), but if you want to ensure entry, I’d buy a ticket here.
Visionary – “Soundboy Burial”
For those of you that don’t know the name, DJ Marcus has been deejaying since ’93 or so in Toronto, starting with all things hardcore & rave, before becoming one of the seminal jungle DJ’s alongside names like Sniper, Medicine Muffin, Ruffneck & Mystical Influence. Marcus linked up with Dave Whalen to form the production duo Visionary around 1996, who boasted an impressive number of releases mainly on local labels such as Vinyl Syndicate & Hustlin’ Beats, as well as L-Double‘s UK-based Flex Records. Most of the material they were releasing was techy drum & bass, through ’til around 2005, when they honed in on their signature steppy ‘dub-rock’ sound, really striking a chord with their release “Soundboy Burial,” on Shy FX‘s Digital Soundboy label – a collective that Marcus still calls home, alongside British Columbia-native B. Traits.
Visionary ft Camp Souljah – Change (VIP mix)
In the later 2000s, Marcus parted from his long time collaborator and started releasing tracks under the solo alias of Marcus Visionary, venturing into dubstep and UK funky territory – including his hugely popular remix of Jahdan Blakkamore‘s “The General,” which appeared on 2010’s full-length album Carib, a 27-track foray into this fresh realm of bass music.
Jahdan Blakkamore – “The General” (Marcus Visionary remix)
Jahdan Blakkamore – “The General” produced by Liondub
Marcus Visionary – Carib LP sampler mini-mix
Marcus has gone on to endorse a renaissance of true ragga jungle, bringing back the classic tough drum loops and heavy basslines, which he showcased on his 2011 album Humble, which featured Johnny Osbourne & the late Sugar Minott, among others.
Marcus Visionary ft Jahdan Blakkamore – “Bounce” from Humble LP
Now then, time for the free tickets to the show happening at the Red Room in Vancouver on Saturday. If you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday January 6th at 8pm and tell me the name of Marcus’s radio show, now in its 16th year of operation, I will select two winners at random who will each win a single guestlist spot for the show on Saturday night. If you need a hint, I’d suggest starting by looking at his blog.
Also, if you are in Whistler – take note that Marcus will be up there the following night on Sunday January 8th for a $5 gig at Tommy Africa’s, care of DJ Phroh & the Whistler Junglists crew – full info here.
In summation, I suggest keeping up with him on his facebook fan page, twitter, and his soundcloud, where you can find this preview of his remix of Tippa Irie‘s “Wicked & Wild,” available here as a free download via Curtis Lynch’s Necessary Mayhem imprint.
Tippa Irie – “Wicked & Wild” (Marcus Visionary Jungle remix)
And just for fun, I’ll leave you with this video of Marcus’ appearance on Electric Circus in 2001, I remember being pretty stoked that he dropped “Planet Dust” on MuchMusic. Looks like someone’s tracking on their VCR needs a fix up on this clip though.