Creative Loafing -
MARK GRANT Sound Design, Vol. 2
Records earned a stellar reputation by releasing smooth jazzy house
compilations mixed expertly by some of San Francisco’s top jocks,
including Mark Farina and Garth. Now Om continues its series of
meditations on deep house by turning to Chicago – the original home
of Om star Farina and current home of Om rising star Mark Grant.
Following up a mix by Marquest Wyatt, Chicagoan Mark Grant
contributes Sound Design, Vol. 2 to Om’s catalog. Grant
first gained notoriety working with Chicago’s Cajual Records – home
of eccentric, schizophrenic underground house hero Cajmere/Green
Velvet – before moving to Guidance, among other labels. Holding
down a six-year residency in Chicago, Grant now lays down a
74-minute set of the types of tracks that earned him his reputation.
Sound Design, Vol. 2
is a seamlessly mixed set of funk and Latin-tinged house. Mixed on
three turntables, with a capellas over transitioning tracks,
Sound Design, Vol. 2 follows in the spiritual footsteps of
volume one, showcasing several productions by premiere Latin jazz
house producers Masters At Work, among others. But Sound Design,
Vol. 2 is more consistent, forgoing diva theatrics for
percussive frenzy, and for all its swirling madness. Anchored by a
thumping 4/4 beat, it never forgoes soul.