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various / world of wonders - Purple Legacy: A History Of Purple WOW
This one's been a long time coming - a bumper collection that finally puts a spotlight on the Bristol-initiated purple wow sound. Initially used to describe the collision of UK dubstep and Southern US hip hop pioneered by Joker, Gemmy and Guido, the sound later began spreading its tentacles - even spreading back into the genres that it emerged from in the first place. Joker might be the most obvious success story, and many of his breakout hits are here - 'Tron' (which appeared on his recent 4AD full length) is the best known, but we also get treated to the genre defining collaboration with Ginz 'Purple City' as well as 'Play Doe' with Scottish retro fetishist Rustie. Elsewhere World of Wonders head honcho Gemmy shows us how it's done with the razor sharp 'Maroon Chant' and oldschool 'Jah Know', but the big stand out here is Guido's disarmingly downtempo 'Mad Sax'. It's a well known track for sure, but one that stands the test of time, sounding both cheesy and refreshing all at once. And isn't that just what purple wow is all about?