D’Marc Cantu’s tracks are primers in quality electronic music production, with moments of blinding flash but also subtle effects that make you question your own abilities and inspire dreams of being this fucking good.
There’s a moment in “Recognizably Invisible” when I thought I heard the sound of construction floating in through the window, in perfect time with the shaking percussion and the cold, sweeping synths coming from my monitors. It took longer than it should to figure out that was actually part of the track, the sound of scrap metal coming in like a whisper and glowing intensely. All of this happens in about 10 seconds, in a place that precedes the point where DJs might mix in. Music that breaks down the environment around you is an occult art and it’s an occult art in which Cantu excels.
The Future Has a Silver Lining Vol 3 is a new release by Cantu with Danny Passarella (of Passarella Death Squad fashion), released digitally in July on Passarella’s in-house label. I don’t mean to slag off the co-producer without mentioning him: the entire EP is exquisite, filled with those bits of producercraft that come off like magic. “Recognizably Invisible” ramps up the energy from a quiet atmospherics to eclectic stomp before you know what’s happening, like helium gas that fills a room and, on “Un-Searchable,” escapes out of the ionosphere and into outer space. The mutant retro computer funk of “Void” has the analog shape and textures reminiscent of artists like Hakim Murphy or Amir Alexander.
D’Marc Cantu & Danny Passarella: The Future Has a Silver Lining 3 (Passarella Records / July 23 2021 / Digital)
1. D’Marc Cantu & Danny Passarella: Recognizably Invisible (06:25)
2. D’Marc Cantu & Danny Passarella: Un-Searchable (06:00)
3. D’Marc Cantu & Danny Passarella: Void (06:11)
4. D’Marc Cantu & Danny Passarella: Without Shape (06:41)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo by EPM.