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Grime may have hatched in East London, but three boys from Manchester are carving out a new place for the dark, dubstep sound. Virus Syndicate is the project of MCs Goldfinger, JSD, and Nika D, and producers MRK1 and Plasticman. When Planet Mu Records released Virus Syndicate’s debut album Work Related Illness in 2005, UK hip-hop wasn’t all that grimy. The crew’s choppy, off-centered beats and syncopated garage-tinged rap sounded fresh. But now it’s six years later, and grime is so expected from the Brits it verges on stale. Yet the group’s recent Breakout Trilogy has been lauded by the BBC, particularly tracks “Talk to Frank,” and “Move It,” which samples Reel 2 Real’s ear worm “I Like to Move It.” Get infected with Mancunian lyricism and chest-pounding bass when Virus Syndicate and MRK1 stop in at Get Low at the Vagabond this Thursday.
Thu., Jan. 13, 10 p.m., 2011

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