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Album Review: Fox – Juice Flow

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hiverad

published October 25, 2019

 

Fox, Foxy, MC Fox, The OG Mr Fox Shiddleywoi, and whatever else he may go by, is a legend not only within the Manchester scene but in the wider soundsystem and bass music scene. Whether you’ve seen him hosting a Swing Ting night, MCing for Lenzman or on stage with the entire Levelz crew, Fox transitions seamlessly between tempos, genres and moods. His mix of Manc twang, Yardie flow and his characteristic singing gives him much to draw from while he’s on stage.

 

 

I first heard Fox on Dub Phizix’s “Never Been” (2012) on which his tone and intonation fit perfectly on the skippy half-time track. Despite sitting on many different genres so well he is clearly influenced by Jamaican Dancehall the most and twists and turns the dancehall flow however he sees fit. Since picking up on him I’ve seen him on every other rave flyer as well as on countless features, so I’m surprised it’s taken him up until now to release his debut album. 

 

 

The album starts quite fittingly with the track “Day Ones”, produced by Swing Ting (Samrai & Platt), in which he gives thanks to his friends for supporting him on his journey and having his back. This is also a nod to the highly collaborative Manchester scene that he’s been able to thrive in for so long. The production on this track is crisp and uplifting and starts the album off in a warm, friendly manner. The production throughout the album is also relevant as no two songs are produced by the same person and each is credited as a feature.

 

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Soo…beautiful ppl, I been working on an album project and it's dropping very soon on the @swing_ting label. I hope u like it but even if u dont, im gonna need and be grateful for any and all support, posts, reposts, purchase, or plays!! ????Here's a little clip of a track from the album with Sinjin from @fractalfantasy and @rtkal as played by @dj_sharda , pull up by @finnmccorry on @keephushuk ????????

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I was unsure about the main single, “Poseidon Ride” (Feat. RTKal & Sinjin Hawke) on first listen but in the context of the album, I really enjoyed it. The contrast of the bubbly chords in the intro with the abrupt horns and wobbly bassline work really well and mirror the albums lighter, more self reflective tracks sprinkled between the harder hitting dance tracks.

 

 

 

I keep repeating myself about production, but it really brings the album to life. Channelling artists from other labels (More Time, RKS, Fractal Fantasy, etc) also pushing this Funky/Dancehall infused percussive sound makes all of the standout bangers on the album sound completely different. This keeps the album fresh throughout and makes it an easy repeat listen. There’s something for everyone on this album and I can imagine it going off at many future Swing Ting events to come.

 

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