The producer, real name Marco Sterk, first appeared on the Juno Plus radar with two EPs of spectral disco on his own, now defunct Hand Of God imprint back in 2010. However his talents were truly unveiled with last year’s beguiling Nonono 12” for the New York based ESP Institute label run by Lovefingers. Both the title track and “Darwin In Bahia” shimmered with a melodic warmth all too lacking from house music these days, and belied a predilection for sweet, minimalist percussion - not too dissimilar to what a Steve Reich house track might sound like.
This was preceded by an appearance on the Amsterdam All Stars compilation from Dutch imprint Rush Hour – where Marco works full-time as a designer – and an appearance on another Dutch label, Studio Soulrock, in collaboration with Tom Trago and Awanto 3. This year has seen Sterk settle down as a member of the ESP Institute family, first remixing Melbourne-based producer Michael Ozone’s “Hetrotopia” to hypnotic effect, before returning last month with another solo outing, Video Days, which further demonstrated his ability to deliver music that doesn’t quite fit into neat categories.
Marco’s Juno Plus mix takes us on a journey through all manner of instrumental oddities, and he was kind enough to respond to some questions we fired at him via email, revealing news of a debut album slated for 2013 in the process. Check it out here: http://www.junodownload.com/plus/2012/11/07/juno-plus-podcast-47-young-marco/
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