Marcus Marr - Familiar Five 12" EP
DFA is proud to present the long-awaited debut EP by London’s Marcus Marr, Familiar Five. Influenced by classic soul, rock, disco, and acid house, the multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and producer makes spacy dance music, often including percolating synths, funky bass guitar, and vocals. A regular at Berlin’s famed nightclub Berghain/Panorama Bar since 2014, the lifelong music obsessive’s first encounters with dance music were acid house records, which grew his vinyl collection of rock and soul, and attending all-night parties under Brixton’s St Matthews Church. At last, Marr returns to DFA with a collection of elastic bassline stompers, reminiscent of early Daft Punk. The title track “Familiar Five” originally began with a rock riff, which he later repurposed as the backbone of a piece of slow, dark, dance music. Inspired by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Faust, and Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Marr explains that he wanted to make something spooky and simple – a song utilizing “very few elements, with a throb and synth vomit.” On the flip side, lead single “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 vocals from collaborator Nandi Bhebe. “Love Release” and “Rocketship” are both equally effective tracks built for the dancefloor.