2AM/FM / JTC – Dope Jams NYC Vol 1: 2005-2012 Addendum #1 [DJ581]

Two floor-smashing highlights from the gnarliest corner of the Spectral Sound library get a welcome reissue on the first limited addendum 12” to the Dope Jams NYC Volume 1: 2005-2012 compilation. Tripping back to 2005/4 on a raw, machine funk flex, Dope Jams track back over Todd Mullinix’s earlier chapters with two immense slabs of future tech. First up, his 2AM/FM project with D’Marc Cantu with “Poison Dart” a gritty late night Berlin lazer-fest. It’s followed by the wily, unpredictable data charges on “Bizarre Carnival” on which you can almost hear the machines hissing in meltdown. This is what flashbacks were invented for.

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2AM/FM / JTC – Dope Jams NYC Vol 1: 2005-2012 Addendum #1 [DJ581]

2AM/FM – 2AM/FM Album [BOP003]

After over a decade of music on pedigree labels like Spectral, Nation, M>O>S, and Creme Organization 2AM/FM offer their debut LP on Bopside. Based in Ann Arbor and raised in the Detroit area, D’Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinix are charged by a lifetime of midwestern soundwaves and the reinforcement of contemporaneous area innovators like Carlos Souffront and Traxx. Again, they join forces but with this monumental excursion into the ether of their very own techno/house universe. Sounds herein are cast from debonair techno funk, rumbling house grooves, italo acid, galactic swing – offering a diverse array that’s perfect for the album experience.

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2AM/FM – 2AM/FM Album [BOP003]

2AMFM – The Doomsday Initiative Part 1 [NATION016]

The Doomsday Initiative is a musical concept that the end of the world was here and doom was plunging to terrible sadness. Selected artists 2AMFM ( D’Marc Cantu & Tadd Mullinix) produced and created ideas of this planet we live on in an ideal landscape of doomsday.

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2AMFM – The Doomsday Initiative Part 1 [NATION016]

2AM/FM – Starfist Lazerbeam / Passion Of A Nigh [VOS01/MOSDEEP022]

Interesting collaborative release between powerhouse labels MOS Deep and Creme Organization. The artists behind the two tracks are Michigan duo 2 AM/FM aka JTC & D’Marc Cantu. ‘Starfist Lazerbeam’ is the first cut and is a slow, purposeful house track run through with a slithering, laser like synth that constantly changes shape. Muffled, filtered vocals are hidden behind and the arpeggiated line eventually lets up and gets a little funky as the icy percussion ticks on. Its a real pressure-building track with curveball melodies that are as beautiful as they are weird. On the flip, ‘Passion’ has raw analogue drums, ticking his and trippy melodies all dancing round each other in old school Chicago fashion. A nimble bassline also dances around the mix, bring with it lots of energy, stylish funk and a real sense of playfulness.

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2AM/FM – Starfist Lazerbeam / Passion Of A Nigh [VOS01/MOSDEEP022]

2AM/FM – Fusion Daze [SIG.MMXIII.XII]

From the shores of the Great Lakes comes a 3 track floor filler from MI duo 2AM/FM aka JTC & D’Marc Cantu. Confronting the canons of Techno & House head on, this 12″ takes you beyond the dance. Best experienced loud though, preferably in a darkened smoke filled room.

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2AM/FM – Fusion Daze [SIG.MMXIII.XII]

2AM/FM – Desolate Cities [MOSDEEP004]

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After their collaboration with Traxx on a previous MOS-release, James T. Cotton and D’Marc Cantu team up as 2AM/FM for more serious Chicago House roughness. ‘Desolate Cities’ has all ingredients we love to hear in proper dark house track, this very reminds us to the best works by Phuture. ‘Give This World’ goes more on the melodic tip, and reminds to classic tracks by Virgo, Ron Trent and G-Strings.

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2AM/FM – Desolate Cities [MOSDEEP004]