Protest To The M1 EP

by Max Romeo

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"An excellent, inspiring release from a label that has an important part to play in the future of the ever-mutating bass music scene" - The Fat Blog

Support from RSD, Baobinga, Juakali, Octa Push, Monkeysteak, Jon Carter

Following a chain of rumours round the backstreets and estates of North London somehow Senseless found themselves sitting in a garage studio with Max Romeo in early 2010. That’s the same Max Romeo who first caught people’s attention with ‘Wet Dream’ before we were born, the same one who provided the Prodigy with their most recognizable hook. The studio was Blacklindy, an unsung hero of the UK dub and reggae scene for years. If you listen to any of the
Reggae stations up and down the country then you’ve heard their output.

It shouldn’t have come as surprise from one of reggae’s long-standing innovators that he had his ears open to new sounds but it was still a shock when he agreed to record a track for us.

This EP takes a brand new vocal recorded exclusively for Senseless in London and matches it with the full spectrum of international bass frequencies on a set of remixes. The vocal itself is a rallying cry in some of the toughest social and economic times the country has faced in living memory, sung from the heart of a true artist who’s been reflecting society in his music for almost half a century.

Keeping things international like Senseless do the first mix is from Venzuela’s Pacheko, hot off the back of the Zarbak EP this is some deep tropical garage business blending dub atmosphere with the insistent Latin percussion that’s his trademark. Next up DeVille’s mix blends UK funky drums, pitch-bent electro synths and deep pads with a restless carnival energy that suits the vocal perfectly but takes it somewhere totally new.

Bass royalty Rossi B & Luca step up next with a high energy 140BPM mash up of dubstep and grime driven along by a 4x4 beat and cold, metallic synths. This one’s already become a staple of their legendary DJ sets. From Berlin via Cardiff Stagga’s mix is easily identifiable, featuring the producer’s trademark lopsided drums and disorientating synths - its easy to see where he gets his name. Computer game FX and snatches of hardcore breaks complete the picture; a leftfield jump up killer. Finally Sasquatch turns in a menacing beat with a minor key intro giving way to a vicious but understated drop. Minimal, menacing madness. Roots meets future, two cultures clash 2010 style.

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released November 1, 2010

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