18 for 2018, #11: Fourth Kind

Much like his former 4hero partner Dego, Marc Mac has been steadily ploughing his own personal furrow through post-broken-beat music, from the politicised hip hop of his sample-driven ‘beats & knowledge’ mixtapes to the organic Detroit-inspired techno of his long-running Nu Era project.

This year’s Fourth Kind album is a hard-to-pigeonhole blend of tight live drumming, warm synths and vocoders, with jazz fusion influences aplenty – perfect late-night listening. Standouts for me are the uptempo Take Me to Your Sky (at 11:15 in the embed below) and the downtempo cover of Heatwave’s super-smooth The Star of the Story. Cop a copy on Bandcamp.

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