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Marasco – The Effect

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SF10-Digi-Art-V2.jpgLabel: 8/10Score: Surface 

Italian ex-pat Marasco is well known for the hypnotic stirrings which are laced throughout his music, and such avid sensibilities are again brought to the fore on his latest release for Surface; the Californian label with a vehement house agenda. On The Effect EP, we’re greeted to a delectable five tracks, two of which come from the main protagonist himself. Equally exciting is the presence of ex LFO member G-Man, who turns in two takes of Marasco’s original.

Indeed, it’s ”The Effect” which is first up. A bruising, uncompromising record, it sticks out from the crowd thanks to its effervescent synths and a firm, no messing around ethos that’s packed with clever drums and spiky sheens. It’s enough to leave you in a bit of a haze, but it’ll definitely find its place on the floor, that’s for sure. Another Italian, Carola Pisaturo, then contributes a remix of the latter, and her take on the track is just as fluid, if not more stripped back. Minimal techno at its best.

”This Is Me” is an unsurprisingly more introspective effort, but it’s the last of the remixes of ”The Effect” which really helps things roll along at a nice, strident pace. G-Man’s ‘sparse’ remix is infused with mounds of acid and attitude, and is far more bellowing than its title lets on. On an EP full of welcome contradictions, it’s the ‘Full-On’ remix which closes – amongst another series of well produced, uptempo flair. The G-Man has lost none of his potency in the years since we last saw him.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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