London-based DJ, producer, electronic music artist and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Marr is an internationally recognized artist, who has released a number of critically acclaimed singles through renowned electro pop/dance music/dance punk label DFA Records. His two best known singles “Brown Sauce,” was released earlier and was named in Pitchfork’s Tracks, while “The Music,” which appeared in the film, Pusher landed at number 3 on Spin’s Best Dance 2013. Adding to a growing international profile, Marr has regularly spun DJ sets at Berlin’s world famous Berghain/Passenger Bar.
The EP’s first single “The Trouble With Us” pairs Murphy’s soulful crooning about a dysfunctional yet emotionally and sexually charged relationship with a slick, club-banging production consisting of angular Nile Rodgers-inspired funk guitar chords, a sinuous bass line reminiscent of Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” Boulevards‘ “Got To Go” and Michael Jackson‘s “Burn This Disco Out,” and a ridiculously infectious and sensual hook. Granted, Murphy has a reputation for crafting incredibly sexy material; however, this particular single may arguably be the sexiest and most straight-forward, club-friendly song he has released.
The recently released official video was directed by the Barcelona-based collective Kinopravda and it explores the central theme of the song’s lyrics — a romantic couple that meets cute and becomes increasingly dysfunctional and self-destructive as they continue on. Additional versions of the couple appear and continue to repeat the same actions and mistakes over and over and over and over again. It’s trippy and yet points out how quickly relationships can bring out the worst in us and become increasingly dysfunctional without you ever recognizing what happened.