D’Marc Cantu started working on Jakbeat and Acid House in late 2000. Using both modern editing techniques and classic drum machines/synths he was able to recreate the sound that he loved. Although rarely playing live when he does it is a house purists dream as he stays true to the history of house using classic drum machines with a modern feel.
Not long after his debut full length, Michigan resident D’Marc Cantu serves up his next album on the ever-excellent MOS Recordings. Though essentially a house and techno producer, he often goes further than most, calling on a world of influences to ensure his jacking productions are as far away from standard as possible, yet still do damage on the right dancefloors as have previous EPs on this label, Nation and Crème Organization.
His latest offering, A New World, aims to capture, detail and relay many different stories from within the re-born city of Detroit. Across the course of eight tracks, many different moods and styles are explored from dark and abstract to more synth lead and serene. There are plenty of squelchy acid lines and frantic percussive workouts, but so too are there pockets of slower, deeper, dubbier introspection that speak of mystery and intrigue as does the city of Detroit itself.
Says D’Marc of the album: “Detroit, MI has a rich history and is filled with amazing people and I wanted to capture what I feel every time I go there. With every song there’s an evolution that leads you to a new yet familiar place. These songs all have a story and each revolves around the concept of growth, community and rebuilding. “Spirit Form”, “The First Planet” and “Genetic Script” all drive the idea of rebirth, utilizing dreamy pads and primal rhythms as they dig at the soul, while “Good”‘s levity reaches at the heart of what I love about living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It continues to inspire me, with its many amazing artists and diversity.”
Despite all these conceptual ideals, the album will not disappoint existing fans, as so too does the album deal in the sort of thing that people have come to expect of this considered producer. Tracks like “Green Bike Seat” and “Mobile Communication” aim to encapsulate the honesty and decaying beauty of urban life, never allowing you to forget the reality of life in a sprawling metropolis. A true journey of investigation, realisation and re-discovery, A New World is far more than just another house album, but instead demands and rewards the close attention of anyone listening.
D’Marc Cantu End Of Summer Chart:
01. Actress – R.I.P
02. R-A-G – Black Rain EP
03. Jack Curtu – Senza Via D’Uscita
04. Nancy Fortune – Remain Human
05. Trackman Lafonte & Bon Qui Qui – Pacific House EP
06. JTC – The Controller
07. Perseus Traxx / Aroy Dee – Hope EP
08. Chicago Shags – The Family Album
09. Alex Israel – Front Butt Ep
10. Theo Parrish – Any Other Styles
11. Jared Wilson – For Professional DJ Use Only