Publication: The Stranger
Article: Speaker Freak/The Electronic Beat Mark Grant
Author: Nicolae White
Reference: January 9, 2003/ Page 37
Here we go with another great release by that Bay Area label, which happens to be the follow up to the Sounds of OM vol.1 (Marques Wyatt). This cd is one cd that once you pop it in the player, it just makes you feel good inside. The arrangement of nice vocals to the dubby percussionist tracks really makes this cd a pleasure to listen to. I would highly recommend this cd to anyone that digs Mark Farina, DJ Heather or Miguel Migs. Overall this cd is phenomenal. You can expect this mix to be one of the titles on my top 10 cd’s of the year.
When does the Chicago house onslaught stop? There isn’t enough space in this column to write about all the talent the Windy City has spawned, but once again Seattle is being treated to another respected Chicago house fixture.
Mark Grant first garnered attention for his work with Cajual Records label, founded by Cajmere (AKA Curtis Jones, whom many also know as Green Velvet, the flamboyant, costume-adorned acid house/techno DJ). Grant and Cajmere released “Dancin” under the name Chicago Connection; the track featured a sample from the Stephanie Mills song “Put Your Body in It,” and quickly became a house classic. Next Grant mixed the Cajual sampler A Taste of Cajual, which secured him recognition on a national level. Though Cajual suddenly folded in 1997, Grant’s work with the label set him in motion for a productive career playing out, remixing, and producing. “Jazzy Kinda Sum’n,” a smooth deep-house cut with that characteristic Chicago kick-drum thump and snare skip, found its way onto Ben Watt’s first Lazy Dog album, as well as a handful of other international mix compilations. Grant can still be found in his weekly resident slot at the Red Dog club for one of Chicago’s finest house nights (with Lego, who recently rocked the fuck out of a Life party in Seattle), which he sandwiches within a rigorous touring schedule.
Recently, Grant paired up with San Francisco’s Om Records. He says his Sound Design Vol. 2 for the label was designed to be the “perfect” mix compilation, showcasing his current ear for a variety of tracks. The album explores an array of styles-from classic and soulful to jazzy to Latin and bangin’, catering to listeners and DJs who like a smooth, mature style (and to anyone who admires world-class house mixing). Grant also has two recent tracks out: “Hey You” (also on Om) and “MG’s Groove” (on Deep Funk Records’ The Inner City Experience Vol. 2 EP), both of which represent his love for funky, jazz-inspired productions.