Always keeping the sexy barometer set on high, Mar and producer Full Crate join forces for his forthcoming EP Form, set to release on Bad Manor towards the end of the month. The first single “Man x Woman“ give us a different flavour with this house tune that skirts between full-on dance track to a downtempo smoothed out synths-based tune. From the sound of this new single, we anticipate Form exploring different sounds yet staying very to true to what both Mar and Full Crate have developed over the years. Head over to the Bad Manor Facebook Page for download.
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It’s finally here, Seeing Her Naked, which is written, produced, and performed by Mar! Hauntingly delicious vocals, where Mar‘s range and falsettos give such emotion. Seeing Her Naked sounds like Mar actually bared all for us; a truly emotive strong collection of down- to mid-tempo songs, drawing on the styles that are current in sound, such as the opening track “Some to Remember” then to “Understand the Game” which brings in an 80s groove with a 2012 flare. What Seeing Her Naked illustrates is Mar‘s talent not only as a singer, but also a composer. We will definitely be hearing from from this artist as he spreads his wings wider in the field.
You can stream the entire EP below or visit his website to download Seeing Her Naked. Also to learn more about Mar, read the Loop 21 interview where Muphoric Sounds‘ editorial director, Vanessa Warren talked with him about his work and creative process.
We’ve been waiting for this moment to come for a while now, and it’s almost here. With full endorsement from Wonderful Ear Records, Mar will be releasing his self written and produced debut EP, Seeing Her Naked at the end of the month. Not sure of the details, or if there will be any collaborations but the strategy to keep things to a minimum, as not to lose the element of surprise and anticipation, is the best way to go. The Mar Variations definitely kept us eager to hear more.
The first taste from the EP is “Our Attempt,” a sexy arrangement of bare drums, keys, and a haunting guitar that enters with a yearning that is ever-present in Mar‘s music. The accented break in the track adds a breathtaking silence; you can only imagine what can be done to this!!
Check it out below and stay tuned for link nearing release.
“Avril 14” is so beautiful; just rocked my world. The intensity of the music with Mar and UK singer Szjerdene‘s incredibly heartfelt delivery, will make you want to run up to the one you love and just hold them. The video documents a beautiful couple preparing for their first child—the excitement, and the love they have for each other is so pure. However, complications arise and shatters their bright world into something that is harrowingly painful. “Avril 14” is a variation of an instrumental by Irish electronic composer Apex Twin. Again, the music is left untouched and vocals are added to breathe more life and dimension to the original composition.
Back in March, we put you on to the sounds of Mar and his variations, with “Variations 1 + 2“, which were a combination of smooth new soul fused with jazz, and the grit of dubstep. The third variation is provided by DC producer Oddisee, a track of the same title taken from his West Coast Beat album. Though the music remains in its original form, the addition of Mar‘s vocals turn it into something deliciously sexy, as he dedicates the song to “the hard working girls” out in the world. Check out the equally sexy and suggestive video below and get your free download of the track HERE!
What is a Mar “variation”? It’s selecting an original instrumental, reinterpreting it to create another dimension—that then becomes an audible treat, a second time. Mar‘s vocals are warm, smooth, and chilled where these variations allow him to stretch as a vocal artist. He’s been on the scene for quite some time, lending his voice to a few Full Crate productions, including Conversations with Her (Melting Pot Music) and The Barb (Kilawatt).
“1st Session,” which is produced by Louis Bordeaux and was released in 2007 on the now defunct label Appletree, was fantastic in its first incantation, then adding Mar‘s sexy vocals transformed the track to create the perfect Mar variant. “Biopolar Friendship,” produced by Sir OJ, under his dubstep moniker, Orange Breakdown, takes us in a completely different direction, with its heavy bass lines and slapping drums, and Mar‘s monolithic intonations, working to further interpret the song. To maintain a bipolar friendship, has to be exhausting! Love the interpretations.
Check out the songs below and let me know what you think. Then head over to Melting Pot Music to pre-order (the tunes will be available from March 25). The cool video below describes the “Mar’s Variations” project in greater detail – it’s not only about the music, but the entire package. Check it out!
“Bipolar Friendship” (Produced by Orange Breakdown a.k.a. Sir OJ)
“1st Session” (Produced by Louis Bordeaux)
My first reaction to The Barb was, “YES! Broken beat is on the rise again!” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Broken Beat sound, it started as a small collective of producers based in London called Bugz in the Attic. They created a movement in music which became a staple in the underground dance scene, with a sound that was laced in soul, jazz, funk, and afro-beats, with extraordinary and original vocalists laid over the tracks. To this day, I never understood why this particular genre fizzled out.
So in comes Full Crate, hailing from Amsterdam, who is part of the Dutch music collective of beatmakers; he was responsible for the luscious track “She Was Fly” with Eric Robeson. His latest project, The Barb confirms that broken beat isn’t going anywhere. In fact, Broken Beat is wherever it’s kept alive. The two-song EP, features the beautiful smooth vocals of Mar—Full Crate‘s longstanding musical partner—with great instrumental sequencing, sprinkled with jazz, funk, hip hop, electronica, and soul, set to a tempo to make you move. I want more!!! The good news is, Mar is working on some projects with Full Crate; so stay tuned for more vibes like this from Kilawatt Music.
The Barb is available on the Kilawatt Bandcamp page, at a ridiculously low price, and is also available on vinyl. Only 300 copies have been pressed; so DJ’s better get on it!
Love this little promo for “Let’s Funk This Motherf*cker” as well…check it out!
Hailing from the Netherlands, Joya Mooi (meaning beautiful), got her start while completing an internship at theatre production company MC, where she caught the attention of Brian Elstak, who asked her to produce the soundtrack to the theatre play BH in the Netherlands. From there, she met with producers SirOj, Presto, Big2, Hayzee, Wan and Full Crate to produce Hard Melk. Covering a wide range of musical flavours, it is one of those unique gems that you’re so happy to tell your friends about as it encompasses so many styles, without the risk of sounding forced or even contrite. Featuring jazzy undertones, dub step, electronica, disco pop, and soul sounds, but if one had to make a categorical decision, it would be safe to classify Joya Mooi within the ranks of Little Dragon. Hard Melk is a tight production; ain’t no half steppin’ with this one!
You can hear the entire album on Naldisney.net (can’t seem to find a link for purchase but will update post once it becomes available). Listen to a couple of cuts off the album below and watch the video for “When I Take a Step Back.” And do let me know what you think of this Dutch beauty!
“My Day” feat. Mar