Marc Antona inducing Red Faces on Highgrade

Words by: smac
Posted: 28/5/09 10:58

Highgrade isn't perhaps the first label that springs to mind when you think of Marc Antona.

But then 'Red Faces' isn't the sound that you expect to hear either. Kind of like Robbie Williams dipping briefly into a death metal phase, Antona has produced the kind of energetic, and aggressive track that fairly bleeds out of the speakers and makes you wonder if he's going through some personal crisis or other.

It's his first release on Highgrade and even they have been heading housey of late. But like a giant beast that we never suspected lurking into the shadows of Antona's mind, even once 'Red Faces' gets it's groove on, the dark growling persists and the insistent beat just never lets up.

'Wheel of Chance' continues the theme; angry, relentless and quite possibly even more noisy. The ricocheting  synths alone are balanced on that cusp of merely jarring and purely painful.

It's not until B2, 'Hustle' that you begin to feel on familiar territory. Smooth, infectiously groovy and distinctly easier on the ear. I almost breathe a sigh of relief once the wiggle has nicely settled in. Back to Antona 'Light' again. It's seems that there's a lot to be said for a warm rounded sound and a comfortable clickety-click.

After a few listening 'Red Faces' does lose it's urgency slightly and becomes more palatable on the ear, and there's a lot to be said for an producer's range and variety. But with the sun just beginning to come out of hibernation and festival season around the corner, it's surely not wrong to expect a little less darkness on the dance floor, at least for the next few months. And we support from the like of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Josh Wink, Dubfire to namebut a few, be ready for it on the dance floor.


Artist: Marc Antona
Title: Red Faces

Label: Highgrade records

Red face
Wheel of chance
Bonus track (digital only):

Our rating: 7/10

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