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More Fire Crew: More Fire Crew C.V.

Simon Reynolds, Uncut, April 2003

SOMEONE'S GOTTA COIN a snappy name for the genre represented by So Solid and the hordes of MC crews who came in their wake. UK garage doesn't cut it any more — it's misleading. Listen to this debut from Leyton crew More Fire and you'll hear hardly a trace of house'n'garage. 2-step's swing and sensuality is banished in favour of hard-bounce riddims and punishing textures. More Fire's primary producers, the Platinum 45 team, draw on the most anti-pop, street vanguard elements in black music history: electro's angular coldness, jungle's bruising bass blows, ragga's lurch and twitch.

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