With his Familiar Five EP, London-based producer Marcus Marr has taken his darkest and most thrillingly outré turn yet. Recorded through the long dark nights in the splendid isolation of his Brixton studio, lead single “Familiar Five” is a tale of bizarre transformation that points up the fragile boundaries between dreams and reality.
“Familiar Five” feels like an outsider anthem. “It’s about being a freak and accepting it – being happy to be a freak,” notes Marr. He narrates the song with his finest deadpan lip-curl, managing to make the lyrics sound suggestive, malevolent and wildly empowering all at once. “It was sounding quite sinister as I was making it, and I thought a voice would sound good on it,” recalls Marr. “I was reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kafka’s Metamorphosis as well,” he remembers. Other diverse influences setting the track’s fabulously unnerving tone include Marr’s readings about “familiar spirits” – the occult animals believed to assist medieval witches in their nefarious deeds.
The other songs featured on the Familiar Five EP include “Love Release,” which taps into the energy and live power of his DJ sets; “High Times,” a track that’s influenced by his love of early 80’s dance music (“I was definitely thinking of Nile Rodgers in 1979, 1980, there… I have a bit of a thing for that period at the beginning of the ‘80s before drum machines took control of dance music.”); and previous single “Rocketship.”
“High Times” is the new single from London-based producer and DJ Marcus Marr, due for release October 27 via DFA Records.
A crowd favorite from Marr’s live set, “High Times” channels the electric guitar stylings of Nile Rodgers circa 1979, and makes good use of the producer’s trademark whizzing synths as well as additional vocals from Nandi Bhebhe. “Once I had come up with the guitar parts I then added all the other instruments one by one ‘til I had an arrangement I liked,” Marr says. “I’ve been playing it out for ages and it always works.”
DFA Records are excited to share London-based Marcus Marr’s new single, “Rocketship”, out today. The deep groove crowd favorite was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1. Regarding the track, Marcus says:
“Rocketship is a tune I’ve been playing out for a good while now. It always gets a good reaction. It started life as a guitar and bass groove that I put together in my studio here in London. Then it received the wisdom of Damian Drammaticus (the deep voice). Then I laid on the other elements.”
“It’s a DJs record really – I wanted to something for the DJs again.” Get it here.
Marcus Marr is a London-based artist, producer and DJ. Marcus was introduced to dance music via all night parties under Brixton’s St Matthews Church. A regular at Berlin’s famed nightclub Berghain/Panorama Bar, the lifelong music obsessive augmented his already robust vinyl collection of rock and soul with acid house records. He then saw DJ Harvey play one of his legendary extended sets, and knew that dance music was his calling.
After signing to DFA Records, he released the acclaimed 2013 track “The Music” (#3 on the “Best Dance Tracks of 2013” list by SPIN Magazine) and 2015’s “Brown Sauce”. 2015 also saw Marcus release the Chet Faker collaboration EP “Work” on Detail Records. The 4 track EP featured the tracks ‘Birthday Card’ (Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 first play, #1 Hype Machine) and ‘The Trouble With Us (#1 Hype Machine, #5 triple j hottest 100).
DFA is pleased to announce the long-awaited followup to Marcus Marr’s acclaimed 2013 single “The Music”.
A music obsessive all his life, Londoner Marcus Marr’s first encounters with dance music were acid house records which augmented his vinyl collection of rock and soul, and attending all night parties under Brixton’s St Matthews church. Traveling to the south of England to watch DJ Harvey play a lengthy set, he saw the kind of power a DJ can wield over a willing crowd.
“The Music”, was featured prominently in the 2012 film “Pusher”, starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Dean. The single’s B-Side “Pleasure Moon” was used to open the 2014 Versace show in Milan. Additionally, it was placed at #3 in Spin Magazine’s “The 40 Best Dance Tracks of 2013”, bested only by Daft Punk and Todd Terje.
These two new tracks are a taste of what we can expect in the future from Marcus Marr, who will be releasing his debut album on DFA in 2015. Preorders are available for the 12″ Vinyl, WAVs & 320kbps MP3s.
Already being hailed as their best album yet, Röyksopp released ‘The Inevitable End’ on November 10th 2014, followed by first single ’Sordid Affair’ on November 24th. ‘The Inevitable End’ is their final and most personal album to date, and their second in the space of 6 months, following the critically acclaimed mini album and sell out tour ‘Do It Again’ with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn. The album features Jamie Irrepressible, Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.
The band has now shared the Marcus Marr (DFA Records) remix of “Monument Dance” featuring Robyn. Check it out below. Röyksopp will also play London DJ show on November 19th 2014.