We’re pleased to place one of our favourite house producers of recent years, Marcellus Pittman, in the driving seat for FACT mix 201.
Pittman has collaborated with virtually everyone worth their salt in contemporary Detroit, first coming to prominence with a bunch of Theo Parrish co-productions released across two 12″s on Parrish’s Sound Signature label in 1999 and 2002. He arrived at his own distinct sonic identity with the M. Pittman EP for Omar-S’s FXHE label – unapologetically soulful and observant of the Chicago house tradition but unusually stripped, raw and minimal – and not long after founded his own bespoke imprint, Unirhythm. The Midwestern Advocates EP Part One is a modern classic, the austerely jacking B-side ‘Chicago Nights’ simply devastating, while this year’s Loneliness ‘Leave Me Alone’ / ‘Razz ’09’ has a more obviously Detroit beatdown flavour.
While his solo release schedule is relatively relaxed (and the quality control high), Pittman has plenty of other ventures on the go; he’s a member of the Three Chairs production team that also numbers Rick Wilhite, Kenny Dixon, Jr. and Parrish, has collaborated with Parrish and Omar-S as the T.O.M. Project and is part of the sprawling Rotating Assembly collective.
But what brings Marcellus to FACT today is his reputation for rugged, intense DJ sets. Londoners can catch him spin in the flesh when he headlines the next party of Joy Orbison’s Doldrums label at Plan B in Brixton on November 20, with support from Joy, Braiden, Krystal Klear, original jungle master Nookie and more. Get your tickets here.
FACT mix 201 has a real lo-fi crunch to it, a quality with which fans of Omar-S and Kyle Hall will be intimately acquainted. It’s anchored with classics, including tracks by Louie Vega, Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson, Ron Trent and ESG, but look out too Theo Parrish’s recent ‘Space Station’ and two heavy-duty productions from Pittman himself.
Scott Grooves – ?
Larry Heard – Washing Machine
KC Flight- Planet E(loop)
Marcellus Pittman – Loneliness Leave Me Alone
An-2 – Lazy Sun
Louie Vega ft. Arnold Jarvis – Life Goes On
Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream I Can’t Stop Dreaming
Chez & Trent – KMS054
Marcellus Pittman – Razz 09
ESG – Moody
John Consemulder ft. Lex Express (Piranhahead remix)
Marshall Jefferson- Step By Step (Ron Trent remix)
Lil Louis – ?
Theo Parrish – Space Station