Boomkat Product Review:
Commanding house and techno from Michigan's D'Marc Cantu on Delsin's M>O>S imprint, the follow-up to last year's excellent Fallen on Creme Organization. Though he favours old-school techniques and tonalities, Cantu's approach to the past feels well-earned and above all interesting - the influence of Mr Fingers, Virgo et al looms large on tracks like 'The First Planet', but then so too does that of Chris and Cosey's proto-techno work as CTI. More often that not his material is reminiscent of the moody, cerebral British rave music that emerged in America's wake in the early-mid 90s - 'Genetic Script' is so early Aphex/Autechre it's unreal, while 'Try Me' sounds like a less rigid LFO. The 80s Chi-town jack-factor is vividly invoked on 'The Other Side Of The House', 'Green Bike Seat' and the brilliant 'Try Me', but you can't dismiss this stuff as retro, any more than you could dismiss, say, Legowelt for the same reason. Like Danny Wolfers, D'Marc Cantu is a producer whose understanding of and feel for the past is deep-seated and heartfelt, allowing him make music which for all its nostalgic tint is undeniably fresh, undeniably original. Really nice LP, this.