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Items & Things boss Marc Houle mixes the coveted MOTW.
Growing up in Windsor, Canada meant Marc Houle always had a close association with the Detroit sounds of the 90s. Now in a new century, it’s the man himself who is a leading light of the modern scene thanks to his quality techno work for Richie Hawtin’s Minus powerhouse. Known for both a high quality and quantity of tracks, a love of authentic, old school sounds and of new wave and analog synths, Marc Houle has, together with fellow Minus vanguard Magda and Troy Pierce, entered a new chapter by resurrecting their Items & Things imprint earlier this year.
A label outlet for the weird, experimental and beautiful sounds that the label-heads discover on their travels, it releases a wide remit of electronic sounds from experimental to techno, bringing together (and releasing) the eclectic tastes of the three music lovers who run it, as well as a tasteful selection of others.
As a live artist Marc threads together emotive soundscapes with powerful techno, always playing large amounts of his unreleased material, as you can hear in this exclusive live recording for Mixmag. Fusing brand new material with a couple of standout Houle classics, it cruises through techno before entering the much darker, familiar territories of sci-fi minimal and guttural basslines.
Marc will line-up alongside Magda and Troy at many of their own Down & Out events in the coming months.
You can catch him next for Tictactoe at the Arches, Glasgow, together with Davide Squillace Friday November 11. Tickets here