It stems partly from his diverse musical upbringing. "I started playing piano when I was six, played the drums for eight years, also in a school band, sung in a choir, went to parties since I was fourteen." But it's more down to the fact that he's been around records for the better part of his life, finding a little record store in his hometown of Wuppertal that stocked the best in rare soul, jazz, hip-hop and house called Groove Attack.
Nowadays, Worgull owns that store, now based in Cologne. And, although the constraints put on him by his touring commitments only have him in the shop once or twice a week, he still remains diligent on sorting through everything—new and old. He works in classics "all the time, especially at the moment with the old stuff from 10-15 years ago."
Some of those newer tracks, of course, are his own productions. But not many. A notorious perfectionist, Worgull has only released three EPs over the course of the past eight years. Nonetheless, his attention to detail has been worth it: "Dragon Loop," for instance, sounds as fresh today as when it was released four years ago—a rarity in the world of here-one-minute, long-gone-the-next electronic dance music.
RA caught up with Marcus in Miami and then tracked him down again by email in Germany, Spain, Australia and seemingly all points in-between to talk about the ten records currently in his box.
Visti & Meyland - Yes Maam (Henrik Schwarz Rmx) [Eskimo]
It is impossible for me to make a list of my actual top ten tunes without mentioning at least one track of Mr. Henrik Schwarz. Nearly all of his releases have one special moment and a unique groove. His remixes transform some "nice" originals to pure gold, and the bassline of this one is funk at its best. The chords here remind me a bit of some old Prescription records. All this, combined with the female military choir from the original, repeating "All night long, all night long," portray a perfect example of how Henrik is able to combine essential, more classical, musical elements with modern club music, which sounds nowadays sometimes way too technical and bloodless.
Ronnie & Renzo - Me, Myself, Good (QV Voodoo Ritual Dub) [King Kung Foo Records]
I recently heard the story about the younger brother of a friend of a friend, who got really excited, because he just got the info that a new delivery of Rhino K entered his town and would be ready to rumble on the following night. As you might know, K stands for Ketamine and is an anesthetic for horses that is said to "help" some people to enjoy music late at night and early in the morning. So Rhino K is the same thing, but for: Rhinoceroses! This comes to mind while trying to describe the atmosphere of this—super slow and totally dubbed out—Quiet Village Remix. I love their extraordinary sound and the kind of formula that they implement in their remixes. This music is perfect to start a night and then raise the tension from there on. The only problem? Why isn't there more like this out there?
Kerri Chandler - Pong (Ben Klock Rework) [Deeply Rooted House]
Although this one was released a while back, and it seems everyone is only interested in the new, unreleased material, I nevertheless have to mention it here. All the elements in Ben Klock's Bones & Strings Rework don't reinvent the wheel. However, the sound of the strings and the percussions is so strong and to the point, that I'm sure it will be turn out to be a future classic. It is not easy to find a track like this, which combines such a raw sound with a perfect and powerful structure.
Unknown - Bitshit 2 [For Disco Only]
At certain points of the night I like to play some edits or versions of songs and tracks, which you don't get to hear in an average house or club set. This edit just picks out the line "Bang, bang, bang on the door, baby" from The B-52's "Love Shack" and boosts it over the top. The live feeling caused by the voices in the background gives it a very vivid, Moodymann-esque touch. I would love to hear more edits in this direction as everybody seems to do something like this these days, thanks to programs like Ableton Live. However, compared to this "banger," a lot of the releases are a bit boring.
Teulé - Drink On Me [Profile]
I discovered this record a bit late, to be honest, exactly 18 years after its release! I found it during one of those autistic sessions, when you get lost on YouTube and in blogs, discovering a lot of interesting music, although you wanted to be doing something completely different. "Drink On Me" is a very early Kerri Chandler production, in conjunction with T. Brown. The "Original Version" and the "After The Rave Mix" are perfect songs and dubs created long before someone would have deemed it "a house track." I think it was conceived and released at a time when tracks like Adamski's "Killer" appeared and nobody realized how big this sound would be in the future. A timeless pearl.
Stimming - The Loneliness [Diynamic]
I met Martin "Mr.Schlimming" Stimming while touring Australia together a couple of weeks ago. We listened to his new album, Reflections, in a hotel room and he explained to me a lot of the details in each track. "The Loneliness" blew me away completely! The syncopated rhythm, his own style of making the claps and the fact that he uses a mouth organ, which is really rare in a club track, make this tune a real lonesome desperado. When this one is played out in the right moment, it has the power to transform the dance floor into one big goose bump!
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Runaway Rmx) [DFA]
I still play the original from this black LCD Soundsystem LP quiet often. The remix by Jacques and Marcos cuts out a lot and doesn't try to keep the beautiful disco-ish retro vein of the original. But it has this typical heavy groove that the two Runaways have became really famous for over the last few months. Once I heard this in a DJ mix in a car on the way to work, I couldn't get it out of my head.
Mark Broom vs. Brothers Vibe - Mind/Feeling (youANDme Hirsch Edit) [Platzhirsch Schallplatten]
I just got this a few weeks ago from Tobias Becker, who is the head man at such respected labels as Platzhirsch and Kahlwild. He gave it to me with the words "Give it a try, people go nuts!" He said the same when giving me one of his latest releases from Don Melon under his Je Dàvu moniker. I have to admit that Tobias is right: This one is a big raver! A simple loop, consisting of one piano-chord, some bass notes and a snap, treated with effects weave throughout the whole track. For me, this is an absolute peak-time track that can drive it to the limits.
Tokyo Black Star - Caballero [Innervisions]
This will be the next 12-inch release of the Tokyo Black Star album, Black Ships. The 12-inch version is a bit longer than the one on the album and the mixdown is done by the mighty Andi Schorpp from Karlsruhe, who is responsible for the sonic razor blade that sometimes hit your ears while listening to an Âme track. It is a very simple, yet effective tune, that builds and builds and builds and the enhancing dub elements can lead the dance floor into a complete different direction.
Kiki - Good Voodoo (Visionquest Remix) [BPitch Control]
Visionsquest are Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, and Seth Troxler. Seth has been responsible for some really good releases during the last months. This remix of "Good Voodoo" combines a lot of well-known clichés, concerning the arrangement and the melodies. But they seem to work and work and work. The whole track reminds me of some early '90s records and the voice of Chela Simone, which is used very wisely here, absorbs you more and more with each bar.