Delsin has been on top of its game for over a decade now. The Dutch label never puts a foot wrong, largely thanks to owner Marsel’s unparalleled A&Ring skills. This latest release is a reissue, but it provides an insight into the music that inspires and informs Delsin’s selections. On one side there’s the timeless deep house of Marc ‘MK’ Kinchen’s “Mkappella”. This twenty-year-old track sees Kinchen bring together sensuous flute-playing that’s not too dissimilar to Bobby Konders and the kind of wide-eyed piano keys that featured on some of Chez Damier’s releases for KMS from this period. Add to this robust dubby beats and the sound of the dawn chorus warbling away in the background and the inspiration for Newworldaquarium’s own textured house or his Ross 154 ambient project is audible.
Marc Kinchen occupies a singular space in electronic music lore; on one hand he is revered by two generations of producers and house music aficionados, and on the other he has carved a lucrative career as a producer for a cast of pop musicians ranging from the risible to the revered: Diane Warren, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull and Will Smith to name just four.
His early – and often overlooked – career in Detroit included collaborations with friend and mentor Kevin Saunderson, before a move to New York in the early 90s saw him rise to fame alongside Kerri Chandler and Masters At Work, pioneering the city’s house and garage sound. His underground pedigree is undeniable: Julio Bashmore is one of many DJs still dropping the MK dub of “Freakin You” to wild shrieks, and earlier this year Omar S reissued 1994 classic “Given” on FXHE.
Indeed it’s difficult to underestimate Kinchen’s influence: Todd Edwards, known to many as the godfather of garage and a hero for producers on both sides of the Atlantic, is quick to credit Kinchen as a key influence in developing his sound. A true innovator of the dub mix in house music, his distinctive basslines and mastering of the cut-up vocal melody ensure MK dubs still burn brightly in 2011. Following a recent DJ tour of Europe to promote his new label (launched in conjunction with his brother Scottie Deep), we thought now was the perfect time to catch up with a certified house music legend.