Eighteen months after serving up his debut LP "Fallen", D'Marc Cantu returns to his other home from home, Crème 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, it’s 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.
"Speed Freak pitched-down to oblivion. Love it! "
Paul Woolford (Planet E/Hotflush, Leeds)
"love the sound of size and shape!"
Osunlade (Yoruba Records, Imerovigli, Santorini)
"Tazakuro has to be the taker for me here. Great track. "
"Straight Shooter yeeeeeeah ! Charting too thnx"
Dj Simbad (Various / Browsnwood Rec.)
"tazakuro is the one ...great melody "
Dave Ellesmere (Graphene / Belief System, Berlin)
"Raw stuff - and very good! "
Pawel Gzyl (Nowa Muzyka, Krakow)
"nice... size&shape for me!"
Oliver Kapp (Raygun / Indulge, Hamburg)
"alternative frequency!! and titanium control arm!! "
"I'm not really digging all the tracks but i love size and shape. great melodies and vibe"
"If there were more tracks like Straight Shooter and Speed Freak out there everyone would be playing 160 bpm sets again."
"Retro retro. Dig the emotional tracks."
Josh Wink (Ovum, Philadelphia)
"Retro retro. Dig the emotional tracks."
Josh Wink (Ovum, Philadelphia)
"Something for everyone on this ep I guess..Titanium control arm is my pick, but every track sounds pretty unique."
Alex Downey (Split / [covert] / Fear Of Music, London)
"Fantastic producer, really mental stuff!"
ike_release (EPISODES, Chicago)
"nice and diverse ep. Tazakuro iand speed freak are my favorites. thanks!"
Brent Roozendaal (DriftOmTeDansen, Amsterdam)
"Great vibes on this Tazakuro comes across as random Kenny Larkin gone through an arp, will play."
"will download. thank you for good music!"
Dj T (GET PHYSICAL MUSIC GMBH, Berlin)
"Strait Shooter and Tazakuro are great. full support!"
Dimitri Kneppers (Dj Dimitri, Amsterdam)
"'titanium control arm' rocks"
Enrico Crivellaro (Archive/Neroli, Verona)
"love the drug infused Titanium Control Arm but not the track title ;)"
Vince Watson (Bio Music, Amsterdam)
"very diverse ep from the never disappointing d'marc cantu, love it "
"Was positive I left feedback but clearly not... Killer record, I play Size&Shape and Tazakuro every time."
Cosmin TRG (50 Weapons, Berlin)
"dope ep, particulary like the faster tracks. straight shooter is the standout for me. "
A Made Up Sound / 2562 (When In Doubt, Utrecht)
"'Alternate Frequency' & 'Titanium Control Arm' are the gems here. Not following any trends whatsoever and just doing their own thing. Good stuff."
"I like Alternate frequency"
Ksoul (Ksoul & MuteOscillator , TORINO)
"whooosh! experimental shizzle. LOVE IT!"
DJ Lady Aida (Rebelbass, Eindhoven)
"I like the urgency going through this and the odd harmonies... I will definitely play out "Tazakuro"."
Guillaume Heuguet (In Paradisum, Paris)
"size & shape"
Marko Nastic (Radio B92 / Exit Festival, Belgrade)
"classy stuff, size & shape is my fave, thx!"
Ben Sims (Theory, London)
"straight shooter and tazakuro are the ones for me. "
Fred Deepsounds (Deepsounds.fr
Dj Deep (Deeply Rooted House, Paris)
"size and shape"
Domenic Cappello (Sub Club)
"size & shape is my favorite. also like speed freak :)"
Electric Indigo (indigo:inc)
"ah man I FUCKIN LOVE THIS !!!!!!! so up my street !!! 10 out of 10 on this "
Marco Bernardi (Take the Elevator, Bristol)
"titanium Control Arm & Size & Shape are my favs here. Exciting tracks!"
Nuno Dos Santos (kollektiv, utrecht)
"Size & Shape is brilliant - love it. Will play on August's radio show. Thanks."
Dave TTB (TOTHEBONE, London)
"Yeah! Let's rise the BPMS!!!! Very nice and different EP, love it all around. "
MuteOscillator (Ksoul & MuteOscillator )
"this is a really cool record! i love the fact that there are six tracks on it. more labels should understand that this is not only soundwise a perfectly viable option, but that it can mean a surplus value for the listener/dj which definitely is the case here). i can't even name a favourite track. the music is so varied, there's something for many different situations. good job!"
"great ep, tazakuro is fav!"
"Booooy what can I say... bit intimidated by this release... Titanium and AF are great headphone listening but it's Straight Shooter and Speed Freak that are actually grabbing my attention... Always wanted to make something deep and fast but never really had the cojones, so a bigg salute to D'Marc's balls "
Mosca (BBC Radio 1)
"That EP has more styles than my local hairdresser :) "
"As always with mister Cantu this stuff is deeper than the Mariana Trench and rougher than the North Sea during a western storm. AF being my current favorite. "
Rene Passet (Dj Broadcast / Oor / Kindamuzik.net
, Den Haag)
"geflipte shizzle... daar moet ik een gepaste party voor vinden :)"
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)
"Nice sounds here, will keep my eyes open for the wax."
Norman Nodge (MDR, Berlin)
"Nice one. Tazakuro is especially cool."
"nice & unique retro sound from mr D'Marc Cantu. 'Alternate Frequency' my fav track, thanks!!"
Angel Molina (Sonar Music, Barcelona)
"this whole thing is a sonic, and soul, workout. loving it!"
Eric Cloutier (The Bunker NYC | TANSTAAFL, Berlin)
Tim Thaler (BLN FM, Berlin)
"Wicked set of Freak 'n' tweak jams. Size & Shape + Tazakuro got me at the first listen, definitely an interesting brew. "
Owain Kimber (Dessous Recordings / Littledetroit, Cardiff)
Answer Code Request
"another creme & d'marc for the collection. Tazakuro & Titanium for my sets. Nice work overall"
Delta Funktionen (Ann Aimee, Berlin)
"LOVE this. Will definitely be playing this out. Thanks much."
Andrew Duke (Andrew Duke In The Mix/Cognition Audioworks, Halifax NS)
"Classy future retro stuff again from Mr D'Cantu think Titanium control Arm is my fav on first listen but sure to find some more gems on future listens "
Paul Mac (Stimulus Records, Brightlingsea, Essex)
"Great ep. "Alternate frequency", "Tazakuro" and "Titanium control arm" stand out. Love "Alternate frequency"."
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show, Rijeka)