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Ben Marc - Glass Effect

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Ben Marc - Glass Effect

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Producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Marc, who's emerged as a key figure of London's cutting edge jazz scene, has just announced his debut full length, a follow up to last September's widely acclaimed Breathe Suite EP (heralded by NPR, Pitchfork, The Wire, The Guardian, and more). Glass Effect is an assured and accomplished 13-track realization of a singular vision that unifies a multitudinous profusion of influences (free-jazz, broken beat, hip-hop, electronica and beyond) into a sublime whole, underscoring the evolution of his quest for a distinctive sound: lambent, low-key, and yet dizzyingly intricate.

It's a rare talent that can link Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Afrofuturists Sun Ra Arkestra, and grime legend Dizzee Rascal, but Marc has long blurred musical worlds and criss-crossed boundaries. One of the reasons that he started writing Glass Effect, says Marc, was going to nightclubs in Ibiza and experiencing the heady sun-dappled euphoria of a summery dancefloor, as well as the beat-driven production of artists like Four Tet, Bonobo, Machinedrum, DJ Shadow, and Madlib.

"it's full of strength, beauty and speaks to the future" - NPR

"The music swirls and floats past like a multicolored cloud" - STEREOGUM

"swirling arrangements-which synthesize jazz, hip-hop, neoclassical, and electronic" - PITCHFORK

FOR FANS OF: Bonobo, BADBADNOTGOOD, Four Tet, Caribou, Flying Lotus, Cinematic Orchestra

Released 16 Jun 22. 

Side 1
1. "Way We Are" (3:15)
2. "Sometimes Slow" (3:18)
3. "Dark Clouds" (3:25)
4. "Straight No Chasing" (2:54)
5. "Give Me Time" (4:40)
6. "Glass Effect" (3:09)
Side 2
1. "First Batch" (2:50)
2. "Jaw Bone" (3:12)
3. "Keep Moving" (3:42)
4. "This Time Next Year" (2:51)
5. "Sweet Nineteen" (2:50)
6. "Mustard" (2:47)
7. "Make Way" (3:05)