Why do I like Juke? I guess because I like Chicago house! When Addison Groove did Dumbshit (Footcrab‘s B-side) two years ago, it was a revelation. I remember back then, I still was skeptical about most post dubstep music, but the review mentioned 808 and 909 beats, so I checked it out. It sounded like the most successful mutation I’d heard in a long time. I was already getting mad energy from the Chicago resurgence with Traxx, JTC, D’Marc Cantu & co, but this took me by surprise as I wasn’t that much into the faster Dance Mania joints, too hectic for my tastes, mostly. Addison Groove slowed down the juke to 135-140 BPM and put it on the map, making it mixing friendly in the most noble way : you can mix his stuff with disco, 135 BPM, the origin of all house! But going back a little, I can also see a few other loves of mine, like Miami bass, the quest for a fully accomplished track with nothing but a drum machine, dancing with your mind off and your body on, looking like a fool but not carrying the slightest as long as your feet touch the floor 135 times a minute. Spinn and Rashad are the current gods of juke/footwork (thanks to the attention Addison gave them), but it’s already going further then expected with the Shangaan electro going 175-180 BPM and embracing a similar minimalistic aesthetic, basically a testament to house’s versatility. Anyhow, here’s a closer examination to the phenomenon, a less subjective one. Be thankful, you got both!
D’marc Cantu appreared to our ears some five years ago on a 12″ that set the tone for the future of house music at least up until now. This early incarnation of the new holy trinity of jackin acid house put together Melvin Olihant (AKA Traxx), Tadd Mullinix (AKA James T. Cotton/JTC/Dabrye) and namely the very young mister D’Marc Cantu.
Under the X2 guise, the trio offered us this monster of a track :
That’s also when we realized he’d already been encountered alongside James T Cotton under the 2 AM/FM guise to great success on Spectral.
A coupla years later, he still sit by JTC’s side on his seminal second LP
He’s since appeared on numerous Creme Organisation EPs with amazing grace
With his first album set to debut next year, his name sure is ready to stand on its own as one of the most exciting name within dance music of recent memory if not further.
Until then, here’s the full version of his latest track we played a week ago in the show, 10X As Stong, which came out on the ever interesting Lux Rec. Buy it there!
Ash Ra Tempel / Manuel Göttsching – Sunrain – LP – New Age Of Earth – Isadora (1976) Night Angles – Aerodynamour – 12″ – Aerodynamour – Force Majeure (2011) D’Marc Cantu – 10x As Strong – 12″ – V/A: The Definition Of Jak The Definition Of Hope – Lux Rec (2011) Bruce Gilbert – Net In The Feather – CD – The Shivering Man – Editions Mego (2011) Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Papa Vata Vuya Rini – 12″ – S/T – Honest Jon’s Records (2011) Nuove Proposte Sonore – Insiemi – LP – Nuove Proposte Sonore 1965-1972 – Die Schachtel (2011) Art Department Feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade – We Call Love (DJ Harvey Remix) – 12″ – We Call Love – Crosstown Rebels (2011) Neville Watson – One Four Green – 12″ – Split with Apiento – World Unknown (2011) Pursuit Grooves – Clueless – 12″ – Frantically Hopeful Sampler – Tectonic (2011) Gustaph – A Chicken Lips Malfunction! – 12″ – Same Thing – Regalia Recordings (2011) R/S (AKA Marcus Schmickler & Peter Rehberg) – Chicago I - LP – USA – Pan (2011) Christophe – The Force (Julio Bashmore Remix) – 12″ – The Force EP – Futureboogie Recordings (2011) Sir Stephen – Move That Body – 12″ – By Design E.P. – 100% Silk (2011) LA Vampires featuring Matrix Metals – So Unreal – LP – So Unreal – Not Not Fun Records (2011)
Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Time + Space Machine Remix) – 12″ – Alphaville Remixes – The Vinyl factory (2011) Bastards Of Love – Rituals (LJ Kruzer Remix) – 12″ – Rituals – We Rock Like Crazy (2005) Keiji Haino – Un Autre Chemin Vers L’Ultime - CD – S/T – Prele (2011) Ellen Fullman – Through Glass Panes – CD – Through Glass Panes – Important Records (2011)
Full Moon Ensemble Featuring Claude Delcloo – Samba Miaou On “Renvoyez-Les” – LP – Crowded With Loneliness – CBS (1969) Jim O’Rourke & Christoph Heemann – 1 – CD – Plastic Palace People Vol. 2 – Streamline (2011) Rich Reason & Fantastic Mr Fox – Fall – 12″ – Fall – Black Acre (2009) Dolphins Into The Future – On The High Seas – LP – …On Sea-Faring Isolation – Not Not Fun Records (2011) Björk – Bath (with Akira Rabelais) – LP – The Music From Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9 – One Little Indian (2005) Gruppo D’Improvvisazione - Soup – “Nuova Consonanza” – Cinevox (1975) Traxx – Juz Jak (Feat. James T. Cotton & D’Marc Cantu) – 12″ – Mysterio – Nation (2007) Peaking Lights - Marshmellow Yellow – LP – 936- Not Not Fun Records (2011)
Second show in a row with a broken turntable (Aligre FM is poor), which means it was done with one turntable and the welcomed return of my Helpimacop of a co-host and his CDs!!! Yeah… I hate CDs, but in that case I can’t complain.
So here’s a late brunch of Kid Creole influenced dub & codeine party music, abstract guitars, jak, heavenly and hellish drones, hockey bitch anthems, breaks and deep bum shattering grooves, Helter Skelter.
Traxx – To The Beat Bizarre! – 12″ – To The Beat Bizarre! – Lumberjacks In Hell (2011) Andrew Pekler – On – CD – Cue – Kranky (2007) Agoria – Mark E Simple Version – 12″ – Heart Beating – Infiné (2011) Hecker – Speculative Solution 1 – CD – Speculative Solution – Editions Mego (2011) Addison Groove – Minutes Of Funk – 12″ – It’s Got Me – 3024 (2011) Ducktails – Porch Projector – LP – III: Arcade Dynamics – Woodsist (2011) Pollyester – Indian – LP – Earthly Powers – Permanent Vacation (2011) Jim O’Rourke & Christoph Heemann – #1 – CD – Plastic Palace People Vol. 1 – Streamline (2011) Smackulator – Hockey Girl – 12″ – Kicked Toda Curb EP – Bunker Records (2005) Fovea Hex – Cup Of Joy (Colin Potter remix) – CD – Three Beams – Janet Records (2011) San Soda – Cocomo – LP – Immers & Daarentegen – We Play House Recordings (2010)
Our friend Traxx from Chicago is releasing a brilliant record on the already cool Lumberjacks In Hell label.
You get an in depth exploration of his custom Jak-Beat excellence throughout two lenghty tracks.
Check the previews here, but be sure to buy the record in a couple of weeks when it comes out!