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The Animators – Marvellous

Tue, 2012-01-10 18:29 -- lop3z

Dublin collective The Animators are back with a video for their latest installment, the track Marvellous.

If you don't already know, the collective consists of eight members, a mixture of emcees, producers and vocalists ;

Mango, Dizzy, Smokey Jay, Alan Newman, RV, Woody, Mr. HighSpeed and Leiko and who are all based in and around Dublin.

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The track is produced by Mathman, who also hosts the show Breakonomics with Adam F on RTE Pulse. The track itself begins with a nice soulful horn sample with a bass and kick that gets filtered into the track as an intro and when it peaks you can feel the real soulful vibe. It utilises the sample simply but ideally and with a rhythmical kick, laced with a snappy, punchy snare over the top that drops tight, timed hats that open every four bars so as that you really hear their splashiness when they do. You also get the epic addition of old cinematic strings that hold the hook together as they glide over those horns.

First in on this is the unmistakable vocal of Mr. HighSpeed with his unique flow and style of taking lines and single word phonetics as he intertwines them into his own twisted magical flow. His approach to wordplay is “left of field”, especially here as he breaks down his bars on guitarists strumming, vs. the plucking style of Stairway To Heaven

Thats a shame, shook shudder,

from a snuked up gutter, cow udder butter,

mush, gush, make guitar strummers blush,

stairway to heaven on through the outdoors,

zip zappin Led Zepplin in a space suit, wonderin' what takeaway im getting

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Marvellous ....everybody says thats true

Marvellous ....everybody says thats true

Marvellous ....everybody says thats true

Do do do do, do do do do

Next up is Mango and his easy recognisable deep vocal as he puts his twist on the track dropping tight to snap, precision rhymes as he gives his positive outlook from the negative times we're in

Like I care, shoulda woulda good times

Adolescent dirt bag get dough like the good times

So fuck you and your recession

it's a bit a fun messin and I never learn my lesson

The final slot taken by RV is an in-depth but masterful journey, as he drops a top quality verse that really stands out for me on this track. He visually and lyrically ties each line in a constant forward motion while wrapped in a tight, on cue flow, creating a descriptive and visual verse

Fanfares blazin marks the return of the renegade

march on the city like I ownin' to levitate

mind out of body I refuse to be boxed in

watch how I auto-pilot people and zone in

Overall this track has captured a seasonal time-frame as it gives a warm Wintery feel to it, shout to Mathman for that and Alan Newman for the beat selection. But that is a quality The Animators seem to do well as they did with the Summery vibed How Does It Feel,check the review here . There seems to be a lot of good moves coming from these guys and they are to perform Marvellous live on The Saturday Night Show on RTE 1, this coming Saturday 14th January from 21.40pm. They will also be releasing the video for Redemption, another Mathman produced track in the next week or two. Big Things...! [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"121","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"350","width":"425","style":""}}]]