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D'MARC CANTU : MLK Liveset 15th January 2010

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I'm really loving D'Marc Cantu's stuff at the moment, though sadly he hasn't released that much (under his own name at least), just 2007's single-sided, very limited No Control 12" (you'll find it on iTunes) & the current Another Number EP, both c/o Creme Organisation. Dubby, druggy & pointedly low tech, it's exactly the kind of minimalist dancefloor-directed electronica I wish Cabaret Voltaire had experimented with in the wake of 1983's The Crackdown (Micro-Phonies struck me as such a massive missed opportunity that I still find it depressing to listen to!). Cantu's Another Number 12" is peculiarly good - dominated by slippery acidic sequentials, a clattering drum machine, & what sounds like a very overworked Space Echo, it's 5 opaque productions veer gloriously close to visceral, Detroit-indebted perfection. It's "Hungry For People" is, without a doubt, one of my favourite techno tracks of the last few months (just so you know).

As his 2 official releases are both still easily obtainable, here's a link to a way too brief Cantu live mix from Jak-Nation instead (it's podcast #5, scroll down slightly & right click). Recorded on Martin Luther King's birthday (you'll understand why that's significant when you listen to it) &, crucially, a showcase for his own productions, it starts out pleasantly enough but, rest assured, shadows begin to gather as it progresses....
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2 comments:

  1. this looks cool dont know any of this... dubby and drruggy sounds up my street especially the gathering shadows that you speak of too...

    cheers

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  2. The mix is good, but a little polite compared to his 12"s. Definitely track down the Another Number EP, it's fantastic... x

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