20-Mar-11, 09:36pm #1
MURK (Ralph Falcon and Oscar G) to Celebrate 20 Years of MURK RECORDS
Things have been quiet on the MURK front for a while and virtually dead on the MURK RECORDS front for about three of four years now*. For some reason I can’t talk about these guys without giving some serious context.
There was a two year stretch where they hardly seemed to play together and other than the Murk Made in Miami Radio show the Murk partnership didn't seem to exist. It had become very hard to stomach because in recent times it doesn't look like anyone books Oscar to do anything other than play crowd pleasers while Ralph has been in a fascinating space somewhere between the old garage movement, deep house and minimal techno but without any sort of national or international profile for far too long. Thankfully "Falcon" has appeared on more flyers in the last 6 months with and without Oscar.
My view on Falcon is a results of the way I see his releases (such as The Dig, Break You, Whateva (Dub) and the great parts of his album) and the string of excellent DJ mixes for the Made in Miami radio program fitting together. In fairness to Oscar he is really exploring both ends of the house scene’s spectrum. At one end, is the residency at Pacha NYC and the touring to similar spots throughout the US (you should also have account of, and I say this without remorse, the predominantly shithouse remixes of his recent works which I think gives the best indication of what this side of Oscar is aimed at). At the other end, is TROPICASA which is a sort of “Back to My Roots” night based on a fusion of Afro-Cuban and house music^.
Come 19 March 2011 the theme is one of constant frustration. Oscar’s own releases just keep getting cheesier (Innov8 and DJ had seriously high quality moments but the latest release has somewhat lost the plot – I didn’t even bother to get it), Ralph is slowly re-emerging from the shadows from which he has been limited to the dropping of bombshells about every 18 months and the production arm of Murk is practically defunct while the two never really seem to play under the Murk banner.
Yesterday I was bored and was looking for something new from Ralph which took me to the Oscar G facebook page. Motivated by the reference to Ralph’s Tropicasa closing sets in the video embedded below I thought I’d go through Oscar’s wall (or whatever the hell it is called) to see if there was anything of interest. Come February 8 2011 I found:
Check it out:
Dark wailing vocals complemented by a deep, heavily grooving bass line. It is the sort of thing that is crying out for “Murk Goove remix” similar to their brilliant rework of Liberty City – If You Really Love Someone. The Made in Miami brand has really developed over the last few years (mainly as a club night) and Oscar is starting up a label of the same name. Although the initial release of Amame will be on Nervous NYC it is unclear which label the new album will be released on. I just hope that if they don’t keep the remixing duties in house, they at least give the honours to some of the genuinely talented Miami locals like Lazaro Casanova and Stryke.
So far so good because there is also a sample of the first remix by Casanova and it sounds great.
MURK Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Murk
MURK RECORDS Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/label/Murk+Records
MURK Myspace: www.myspace.com/murkmiami
Oscar G Myspace: www.myspace.com/djoscarg
Ralph Falcon Mypace: www.myspace.com/ralphfalcon
From the little there is available I think that there is genuine cause for lovers of this style of house music to be very excited. A genuinely deep and soulful groove coming out of Miami would do wonders for the house world in general.
* The last time the label was in action was for the 2007 release of Ralph Falcon & Oscar G - Classics Volume 1 (MURK 010) and the 2008 release of Ralph Falcon and Oscar G - Classics Volume 2 (MURK011) in 2008.
^ Tropicasa is a fairly highly regarded night in an intimate club environment they say is usually infront of 100 people. Running order is an opening set by Lazaro Casanova (who is basically one of the few Miami residents along with Stryke and anyone else on the Three-O-Five digital label that I would bother with), Oscar G feat. some Cuban dudes on vocals, drums and other instruments, with a closing that is now provided by Falcon.
I have heard a few clips of the live project that I really enjoy and some that I am not convinced by. It isn’t necessarily my style of music, but, I have to give credit where its due and OG gets a shit load of it for going back underground and blurring the boundaries between the traditional DJ/Live PA set and band performance. It is this creative/experimental mindset that gives me the faith that the brilliant moments, in particular those of the 90s can be recaptured.
Falcon’s DJ sets sound like the ones has was releasing for the Made in Miami radio show. I will post links for all the shows I have.
Last edited by carramrod: 20-Mar-11 at 10:13pm
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