Let’s get one thing straight; Chris McFarlane aka Potential Badboy is no new kid on the block. Since day one Chris has been a pioneer of Jungle, under various aliases, in more projects than you realise, always favouring pushing musical creativity over chasing the limelight.
His first release ‘Autoload’ with Noel Barnes (Studio 2) in ‘91 led him to link with Paul from Ibiza Records, who took him under his wing and kick started his career in the early days of Jungle. In 1992 C.M.C was born and ‘Greetings’ was unleashed followed by the birth of Potential Badboy with ‘New Style’. With knowledge and confidence growing, Chris started up Limited E Edition records under the Ibiza banner where his underground hit Work The Box (Let’s Go) took the scene by storm. As Chris’s influence in Jungle strengthened he joined SOUR Records in 1994 and worked with the likes of Jason K (Top Buzz), Shy FX & T-Power.
The following years brought great success for Chris with his Forward LP being released in Japan and receiving a Gold Disk for his remix of Greater Love on Jungle Mania 2. But with all this going on Chris wasn’t settled, constantly being creatively restricted in the Jungle scene he turned his focus to the Garage world working for MCA on official remixes for Shaggy, Mary J Blige, Nelly, Estelle and more under his 3rd Eye Productions name.
In 2003 called on DJ Hype for his next step and in no time he had kitted out studio and a new home with Playaz. His first release ‘Play It Kik It EP’ was on Ganja and many more releases followed in the Playaz collective including the seminal You’re Mine / Girlz VIP. Chris was now settled and where he needed to be to lay the foundations for his second studio album.
2015: Potential Badboy LP. This is not a collection of singles but a body of work. A showcase album giving a detailed insight into what Chris is all about (and has always been about). Bursting with Reggae & Dub infused Jungle that crosses all manner of moods that’s just as comfortable on the dance floor as it is on radio.
This 16 track game changing album kicks off with Revolution feat Demolition Man & Show Stevens, a positive vibe Jungle roller for all the sing along massive. Ready to get your head down for some serious feet stomping then Natty is the one for you. Getting the VIP treatment is Gangster feat Junior Dangerous – watch your subs on this one, this will fill stadiums. Start Moving feat MC Fats brings the swing to Jungle in a perfect combo of the two styles. Take a While feat Josh Bevan & Hazel Soze edges into the crossover world with eclectic vocals over rolling liquid beats.
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