Boomkat Product Review:
Virus Syndicate are the first vocal grime outfit to sign to Planet Mu, and they consist of producers Mark One and Plasticman, and MCs Nika D, Goldfinger, and JSD, from sunny Manchester. "Slow Down" remixed by Plasticman is a rapid fire vocal track, employing what sounds like Orff's Carmina Burana and submarine sinking warpsignals - "I don't make friends cuz I'm not a friendmaker" shows the most forgiving side of our natures in the blessed north, and the vocal styles here court an impressive originality, delivered like they really mean it. B-side "Devil Boy" is an instrumental, based on a remixed version of the "Slow Down" rhythm, utitlising some deft scratching for an original overlay on the bassline, and a ruffing riddim which invites the lyrical masters amongst you to get busy on the mike in the seclusion of your own homes. Massive rhythm, no doubt. Virus Syndicate caught the attention of the blogosphere in 2004 after featuring on Mark One's critically acclaimed "One Way"album, and consequently appeared on many end of year charts, and this twelve is sure to swell their audience in good style. Ruff!