It was a long time coming. Dublin native Marcus Lambkin finally proves why he’s been called the “the Godfather of DFA Records” by his record label peers which include James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
Lambkin has been a staple on the dance circuit for a good few years (OK, 20) but only the Todd Terje remix of ‘Simple Things (Work it Out)’ peeked out above that occasional impenetrable scene in recent times. From the Cradle to the Rave proves why it’s always a good idea for dance producers to make an album. The format has allowed Lambkin to establish and solidify his own sound which draws from the rich heritage of electro, house, techno and disco in the last 40 years.
Add a deliberate pop side and From the Cradle to the Rave becomes anything but an album just for dance nerds (though it is that as well). This could soundtrack any party – from the Kraftwerk-esque electro of ‘Tuff Enuff’ to the early ’90s piano house thrill and album version of ‘Simple Things (Work It Out’) to the gentle electronica of ‘Losing My Patience’ featuring Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. Other guests include the always-welcome Nancy Wang, The Juan MacLean, Planningtorock, Ian Svenovious of the Make Up and Saheer Umar of House of House. Elsewhere, Lambkin adds an extra dimension with his own gruff vocal delivery, like on the seven minute minimal disco tune ‘I Found Love’.
Throughout From the Cradle to the Rave, Lambkin shows that 20 years of listening, DJing and record collecting has taught him just the right synth, the right beat or the right breakdown to go with. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 20 years for a followup.