4hero is an electronic music group from Dollis Hill, London, comprising producers Mark “Marc Mac” Clair & Dennis “Dego” McFarlane.
While the band is often cited, the name is presented as “4hero” on their own albums and websites.
Known as early pioneers of breakbeat hardcore and drum and bass music, the group obtained a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their 1998 album Two Pages.
More recently, on their 2007 album, Play with the Changes, have experimented with downtempo and nu-jazz.
Marc Mac and Dego continue to produce music as well as a variety of other aliases they’ve developed over the years.
They had a radio show on Sunday nights on Kiss 100 FM from 1 am to 3 am called R Solutions, which ran from 1998 to 2001.
4hero’s style was initially uptempo breakbeat, house and techno, and has progressed to breakbeat hardcore, old school jungle, and drum and bass.
Comparisons have been drawn between them and East London band Shut Up and Dance, with both bands evolving in the early 1990s as a rapprochement between the breakbeat-driven African-diasporic musical structures of hip-hop and reggae, and the dark, European reconstruction of the techno sound.
Popularised by the likes of Joey Beltram, CJ Bolland and Mundo Muzique. 4hero both embraced the dynamics of populist rave culture and maintained an avant-garde status as innovative and experimental producers.
They trailblazed genre-crossing studio techniques such as time-stretching and pitch-shifting.
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