D’Marc Cantu – Alternate Frequency EP [CR1265]

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18 Months after serving up his debut LP ”Fallen”, D’Marc Cantu returns to his other home from home, Crme Organization. He’s back with a six track EP, Alternate Frequency, that sees him explore the same prickly analogue house and techno that has made him into the revered producer he is today. The title track opens up the EP with fizzing analogue synth lines and a nervous, howling melody before acid, muffled vocals and coarse claps all get chucked into the dense sci-fi mix. ‘Size And Shape’ is a more propulsive and dancefloor facing track. Surfing along on a lively kick drum, repeated vocal phrases interact with choppy percussion, glowing pads light up the backdrop and a delightfully lively melody runs amok at the centre of it all. Like an old school garage house track in overdrive, its full of charm. ‘Straight Shooter’ is then a zithering, 100 mile an hour piece of skeletal acid techno that grows ever more frantic and ‘Tazakuro’ is a lively analogue brew of cowbells, freewheeling synths and tumbling drums. Titanium Control Arms lurks deep in outer space with the humdrum of intergalactic space travel gurgling all around the central melodic motif and ‘Speed Freak’ is just that, a hyper-driven bit of electro with frantic percussion and riddled with unnerving synth lines that makes you want to jiggle every bone in your body.

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D’Marc Cantu – Alternate Frequency EP [CR1265]

Beau Wanzer – Beau Wanzer [LIES031]

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Chicago’s Beau Wanzer known for his work with Mutant Beat Dance and Streetwalker makes his debut on L.I.E.S. with his first solo EP. Wanzer who has been involved in the underbelly of American electronic music for many years, cut his teeth working at Magas’ now defunct Weekend Records and Soap. Through that time Wanzer constantly worked on music amassing a sizable studio where he worked in various electronic strains creating an impressive body of work. These tracks come from different points of his career and are stripped down functional pieces made for the dj even if that was not their initial intention.

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Beau Wanzer – Beau Wanzer [LIES031]

Jordan Fields – It’s More Than That [K002]

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Chicago native Jordan Fields drops an awesome 4 Track EP for those who love Chicago sound. “A Tape Called 1990” this lost track was created 2 decades ago.. The “Just An Illusion ” re-work feels like the soundtrack to a break dance movie.

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Jordan Fields – It’s More Than That [K002]

TX Connect / CT Trax – DABJ Allstars Vol.1 [DABJ1207]

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Dixon Avenue Basement Jams present their first various artists release, the self-explanatory DABJ Allstars Vol 1. Two unheralded names share the billing for this one, TX Connect and CT Trax; the former delivers “TX Acid”, a tuff 303 jam for sweaty basements, and “Ghetto 972”, a slamming piece of house with its eye on the more raucous end of the 90s, while CT Trax presents “Redline”, a driving techno belter filled with phased synths, and the standout “Jack Attack”, which distils classic Dance Mania down to its most primal rhythmic elements.

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TX Connect / CT Trax – DABJ Allstars Vol.1 [DABJ1207]