The chronicles of Murk are as eclectic as the duo's home city. After fifteen years together, several different aliases, countless remixes, international residencies, and hit records, Ralph Falcon and Oscar G hold a Sunday-night residency at Mansion Made in Miami a salute to the origin of their success. Murk has been more than a decade in the making, and just as the moniker suggests, the music is dark and enigmatic, with vibrating beats and haunting vocals that leave you anticipating the brewing house-music storm. Their June 2005 single Doesn't Really Matter (Murk Extended Mix) resounds with rich tribal drums and a thumping bass line.
Perhaps part of Murk's success can be traced to the old adage Two heads are better than one. An extra pair of hands doesn't hurt either. It's so much easier and so much more fun when you play with your partner. When you play a set [individually], you have to plan it out hours ahead. With [Murk], I can just go off of Oscar's momentum, Falcon says of trading off DJ duties throughout the night. Another Murk trademark is a fusion of underground house and popular music in remixes. From Top 40 regulars Seal, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez to more obscure artists such as Yoko Ono and The Scumfrog, the variety of songs that have received the Murk shot of adrenaline are not limited by genre borders.
Murk has just finished wrapping up a new production. Expect a bunch of new music [for WMC]. This time of year [DJs] go nuts getting records ready for conference. I spend most of my day going through new stuff, says Oscar G from a restaurant in Montreal. Conference partiers can expect a few nights of pulsating progressive beats from the two guys who put Miami on the house-music map.
Murk performs Saturday, March 18, at Space, 34 NE 11th St, Miami, with Cedric Gervais and Ivano Bellini (tickets cost $30); Friday, March 24, at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, with Mark Farina, the Utah Saints, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero, and other guests (tickets cost $35); and Sunday, March 26, at crobar, 1445 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, with Victor Calderone and DJ Vibe (tickets cost $45).
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1. Funky Green Dogs, "Reach for Me" (Murk)
2. Depeche Mode, "John the Revelator (Murk Mix) (CDR)
3. Murk, "Doesnt Really Matter" (Murk Extended Mix) (Tommy Boy)
4. Yoko Ono, "Hell in Paradise" (Murk Mix) (Tommy Boy)
5. Lee Coombs, "Shiver" (Azuli)
6. Pet Shop Boys, "Liberation" (Murk Deepstrumental Mix) (Parlophone)
7. Technotronic, "Pump Up the Jam" (Kurd Maueruch Mix) (White Label)
8. Yoko Ono, "Everyman ... Everywoman ..." (Murk Space Miami Mix) (Twisted)
9. Jennifer Lopez, "I'm Glad" (Murk Miami Mix) (Time/Sony)
10. Superchumbo, "Dirty Filthy" (Twisted)