Mix Master Jaguar Skills Teams With Virus Syndicate For ‘Karate Man’
Karate Man EP Mixtape by Jaguar Skills X Virus Syndicate.
The genre defying talents of Jaguar Skills have kept him in high demand for many years now and with his recent addition to the Capital FM station and BBC Radio 1 shows his profile is about to get bigger than ever. Throw in the hardest working MC’s on the circuit, with tracks and appearances on some of the scenes biggest labels, and their new mixtape is seriously going to blow the roof off.
Manchester’s most uncompromising MC crew; Virus Syndicate have transcended their grime roots since emerging in 2005 on Planet Mu. Infiltrating all aspects of hip-hop and electronic music with their bruising beats and precision mic-battering word play, their relationship with Jaguar Skills began with a series of bespoke freestyles for his BBC Radio 1 show.
Firm friends outside of the ring, deadly foes when the studio bell rings, in 2012 the two acts started working on a series of original productions. What began as a single track soon became five. Each track referencing tens of influential agenda-setting releases. Each track featuring sharp samples from some of the coolest cultural commentators of our times. Each track ripped to shreds by Nika D, Goldfinger and JSD’s fierce and firing flows.
The end result is this incredible mixtape. More potent than a one-inch-punch. Deadlier than a lead-boot drop kick, not only does it showcase Jaguar Skills and Virus Syndicate at their sharpest, savviest and slickest but it also paints a picture perfect scene of where both rap and electronic music are at right now. D&B, Garage, classic Hip-Hop, Trap and beyond: ‘Karate Man’ is rampant with so many riffs, hooks and elements from all corners of the dance, if you tried to count every single source you’d drive yourself insane.
‘Karate Man’ pays homage to some of our generation’s biggest legends. From big screen to the big ring, Eddie Murphy, Chuck D, Frank Bruno, Bill Cosby and Bruce Lee are all name-checked with the same respect and repertoire as the samples in the tracks themselves.
This December though you can catch them on their tour of Switzerland and The Alps. Check out this Virus Syndicate Live Tour Video as a taste of what to expect.
Karate Man EP Mixtape by Jaguar Skills X Virus Syndicate is a free download.
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