Mark Grantís Sound Advice-Sound
second in Om Records' mix series Sound Design finds producer/remixer/DJ
Mark Grant doing the hard work for fans of the more eclectic,
underground house and dance scenes. With his mix clocking in at just
under 74 minutes, the suave Windy City deep house specialist tracks
down those hard-to-find house numbers with a triple turntable
attack, assembling his choices for an easy-going but vibrant club --
or carnival -- soundtrack.
Though certainly house-based, Grant's heady selection takes in
horn-laden Latin and jacked-up funk, adds a breezy splash of light
jazz here and there, and just enough vocal play to give either an
ethereal soul touch, or a Solar-sound disco feel.
Wherever and whatever, though, the mood never dips from positive.
Post-Chic deep bass drives Electrik Soul's "Supreme Soul Team
Remixes" and Freak Sensation's futuristic, horn-inflected rumba, "Kickflip,"
which follows. Elsewhere, Grant makes direct interplay, uniting
Inland Knight's playful, spacey dance track "Feel This Way" with
Artist Formerly Known as Technique's more assertive rhythm feat,
"Clear (Acapella)." Another cool line-up is Masters at Work's remix
of Atmosfear's Latinesque, jazzy spree, "Dancing in Outer Space,"
segued with A Man Called Adam's equally vivacious "Que Tal America
(Horn a Pella)."
Unlike many mix discs,
with Sound Design Vol. 2, there's no build-up of passion and
pace that gives way to ponderous ruminations; no pause for thought
or places to chill. Much more even-keeled with an upbeat vibe --
from the opening, bare techno pulse of Kaskade's "What I Say" to the
classic disco sound of the ending MAW remix of British vocal quintet
the Pasadenas' "Round and Round" -- Grant keeps a keen eye on the
road less traveled and his foot on the gas.