Marcellus Pittman – Something Like (A Dream) [UNI1006]

Motor City veteran Marcellus Pittman has been in fine form since returning from a four-year hiatus in early 2018. This EP – his third of the year – is, of course, really rather good. Opener “Something Like (A Dream)” is particularly good, offering a perfect balance between the rolling, head-nodding, pitched-down lusciousness of Beatdown and the spacey, delay-laden warmth of more peak-time focused Detroit deep house. If you’re looking for something a little less smooth, check the low-slung, off-kilter, cyber-acid rawness of “Jamie 326 Tsot”. While rather good, it feels a little out of place next to the fluttering, stripped-back deep house tunefulness of “Breath Beat”, whose echoing chords are especially alluring.

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Marcellus Pittman – Something Like (A Dream) [UNI1006]

Marcellus Pittman – Sneak Attack / Random Acts of Insanity [UNI1003]

Amid whispers of a new album from Unirhythm boss and Three Chairs stalwart Marcellus Pittman, two tracks from his excellent debut LP Pieces finally get committed to wax. It’s a shame Pieces never got a vinyl release, but the chance to grip “Sneak Attack” and “Random Acts Of Insanity” on 12″ should not be passed up. This 12″ was actually released in ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ white label format in 2014, but finally gets a proper issue! For those that don’t have the LP, “Sneak Attack” is a curious concoction, with Syclops style electronics occasionally flowering over deep, dusty, intricately programmed rhythms. “Random Acts Of Insanity” feels a little bolder in approach, though its’ rich chords and odd, off-kilter rhythm track are contrasted with some notably bonkers electronic touches.

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Marcellus Pittman – Sneak Attack / Random Acts of Insanity [UNI1003]

Marcellus Pittman / John Cannon – 1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4) / J.C.s Groove

A modern boogie 7” on Unirhythm!? Yep, you heard right! Marcellus Pittman graces the A-Side of the disc on ‘1044 Coplin’ – a nice slice of mid west funk sure to appeal to all the boogie heads worldwide. On the flip we have the Unirhythm debut from Detroit’s own John Cannon. John C is a veteran producer and MC, most recently featured on the J DIlla album ‘Rebirth Of Detroit.’ No suprise there – we definitely hear some Dilla on ‘J.C.’s Groove.’

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Marcellus Pittman / John Cannon – 1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4) / J.C.s Groove

Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]

The long overdue 10 track debut album from Marcellus Pittman on his own label Unirhythm. Includes some tracks that were vinyl only previously, as well as about 5 new tracks, including a Jamie 326 edit. Pittman is one of Detroit’s hidden gems of production. A talent with an unmistakeable sound that is undeniably his own.

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Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]

Marcellus Pittman – Loneliness Leave Me Alone / Razz09 [UNI1002]

Two new house tracks twisted, chewed up and spat back out on wax by Marcellus Pittman on his own label Unirhythm.  This one is slightly smoother, jazzier, and still with that nice masculine Pittman groove!

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Marcellus Pittman – Loneliness Leave Me Alone / Razz09 [UNI1002]