Murkage continues to defy easy categorisation. Born out of dissatisfaction and inspired by the ‘do it yourself, do it different’ spirit hanging over Manchester, the 6 year long revolution in club music began to evolve into a new form. A band with a truly unique creativity and philosophy and a sound built on a truly unique platform.
Murkage has been the subtext to some of the most exciting new UK acts; Madam X, Star One, Acropolis Sound were swords also forged in the weekly Murkage Club fires. Now it’s time to be explicit – As uncompromising as rap and punk, Murkage are ready to step out of the shadows and shoulder the responsibilities of the UK urban music culture and do battle with the status quo, holding a promise that you’ve never heard anything like this before.
Lead single ‘La Plage’ was recorded in a day in the same week as the featured Bipolar Sunshine was credited with the ‘hottest record in the world’ by Zane Lowe. However don’t let that be an indication of the tone. What ‘La Plage’ does indicate is how Murkage draws inspiration from their physical and creative surroundings, touring with the legendary 1995 in Paris rubbed off, and this summer Murkage brought La Plage to the 1xtra stages of Reading and Leeds with great success. Aggressive, but positive - the track is intensely lyrical with a hook; offering something new and unparalleled in UK music with every listen.
Practically, ‘doing it yourself’ for the Murkage album meant converting a one bed room apartment into a studio, a hat tip to Murkage Dave’s UK garage roots. Up to 6 people collectively blurred the lines between their lifestyles and their musical output. This is why The Guardian, The Quietus, MEN, The Fader and MTV have talked about ‘authenticity’ and ‘honesty’ in previous reviews. Spiritually, when Murkage celebrated the completion of the album (getting a few drinks from a nearby shop) and happened to bump into the elusive ‘statue’ of UK urban music Wiley, having booked him for raves in previous years - it felt like prophecy. With features from French superstars Nekfeu and Orelsan and the fact the Murkage Club now has monthly beacons in London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam this is not a movement that knows its UK urban music limits. This album is a marker for growth.