Since Greco-Roman arrived into our lives a decade ago, they’ve never failed to deliver on their motto: “We make colourful music because we dance in the dark.” Throughout the years the independent has introduced us to a swarm of dance music, well beyond your typical dry EDM expanding the realms of electronica to nu disco to down tempo and the latter.
It’s these attributes that have been finely packaged in a collection of fourteen songs to showcase this exact diversity, merging together some of the label’s greatest feats. Take for instance the servings of electro R&B provided by Tirazh’s ‘No Romance’, the drum machine-littered indie-dance of ‘Garden’ by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs or the heady dubstep of ‘Close’ by Hackman. With exclusives such as the perfect two-stepping track ‘Show’ being put forward by LA Priest & Lxury and the elegiac opulence of Kate Tempest that features smattered over the computerised nuance of letthemusicplay’s ‘Our Town’.
Ranging from a BPM of 104 to 142, ‘Marathon, Not A Sprint!’ is a finely curated piece of artistry made for dance floors, but one that also sits comfortably outside the confines of a dark, sweaty and clouded room. The songs follow one another with ease, each possessing an edge of cool without being overly pretentious. Opening and closing the record, Joe Goddard’s ‘Taking Over’ mellow subdued rhythms gently pulls you into the mix, while ‘Home’ details his progression into more disco-fuelled sounds and fittingly cements where his true abode is, though he has issued releases through various imprints.
This is a record that pays testament to the clear vision that founders Alexander Waldron, Joe Goddard and Dominic Bastyra have stuck with, the legacies they’ve made and the promise of so much more ahead.
Words: Lois Browne
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