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28 Nov 11
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: You'd expect any collaboration between seasoned studio veterans Andre Crom and Martin Dawson to be suitably solid, and "Need U Back" doesn't disappoint. In fitting with many current deep house records, it looks back for inspiration, infusing its tech-tinged deep house grooves with bumpin' New Jersey bass and hypnotic, bleep-heavy riffs reminiscent of the NYC's finest mid-90s cuts. Homework's laidback remix adds some much-needed shuffle to the previously rigid beats, throwing some spine-tingling breakdowns into a delightfully spacious and heartwarming mix. If anything, it's better than Crom and Dawson's driving original.
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Played by: Bruno From Ibiza
16 Jul 12
Played by: G Rom
Review: Hypercolour look to further cement their reputation as hardest working label on the UK circuit with this Fat Controller EP which sees Cocoon regular Glimpse team up with both martin Dawson and Hypercolour's own Alex Jones - and there's a Roman Flugel mix too! It's Glimpse and the one armadillo Dawson who take the controls for the title track which a tilting tech houser that sits somewhere between the vocal led stylings of Detroit Grand Pubahs, Art Department and Sex Judas, whilst the Flugel remix naturally shifts the track towards a more organic sounding place and is finger snapping good! On the figurative flip Jones and Glimpse take it down the afterparty rabbit hole with the intense and abstract "Faulty Female."
04 Oct 10
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Review: The multi-faceted proprietor of all things deep, Martin Dawson goes back to his deep house roots and settles into the groove on his latest release on Also Ran. His debut album from last year explored a wide variety of styles and now he expands his sound even further by adding a new dubby feel to his current crop of productions.
Over the last few years we have seen Dawson developing his sound in a number of different projects. As King Roc, he established his name for having an astute ear for reinterpreting music from all ends of the spectrum. On his debut album under the same moniker, last year's Chapters, just like his preceding four EPs on Mutual Society, displayed that kind of diversity in one artist album. Dealing with trip-hop, ambient and chill out, Dawson made an album that strayed far from the ultra deep stylings of his Two Armadillos collaboration with Secretsundaze guru Giles Smith. Now, under his real name of Martin Dawson, we see him turning back to deep, infectious house for this EP.
Lead track "Dub Freedom" flies straight out of the blocks into driving, dubby, deep house designed squarely for the dancefloor. Organ keys lift up the tempo that is given added attention by the inclusion of some tight, high end percussion. The chunky beat and bodied bass pushes forward only lying down to temporarily allow atmospheric breakdowns infiltrate the mix. "Elephant" is more laid back, taking on more of a contented old school vibe. A simple bassline creates the backbone as warm synths and light guitars wash over the top to create the track's real hook. Finishing with "Jamaica," Dawson delves into ethnic territory whilst still keeping dub at the focus.
On his new "Dub Freedom" EP, Dawson has managed to create yet a new dimension to his sound whilst also putting his focus back on the dancefloor. Once again, the Londoner has proved that there is so much more to Martin Dawson than just deep house.
14 Jul 11
Played by: Santero
Review: Dawson steps away from his King Roc guise and takes time off from collaborating with Giles Smith to drop this no-nonsense release. The title track is a dense, tribal house groove, its repetitive, looped rhythm and insistent use of vocal snippets reminiscent of early 00s Terry Francis. The Namito remix veers more towards a contemporary feeling, as stripped back, hiccupping beats compete with nasty acid riffs and ominous chords. However, it's "Onital" that will win this low-key producer the greatest acclaim. Dawson again revisits the tribal tech-house sound of the early 00s, but with a difference. This time round, he has included a disco sample that sounds like the one used in The Bucketheads' "The Bomb". Only the utterly cynical will be able to dislodge it from their minds!
16 Mar 11
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Gigi D'amico, Paul Hazendonk, Leigh Morgan, Juno Recommends Deep House, Sccucci Manucci, Phasen, Matthew Kyle, Forteba
Review: Perhaps better known for his productions under the King Roc alias, Martin Dawson has enjoyed something of a second career in recent times as a purveyor of pleasingly melodic deep house. This full-length for Moodmusic shows Dawson at his upbeat best, laying down an entertaining selection of action-packed, dancefloor-friendly grooves. While comfy deep house remains his default setting, there are excursions into Detroitian territory ("Morning Glory"), skittering old skool bounce ("Sunday Smoking") and bleary-hours afterhours grooves ("The Return") - with a few tech-house and nu-disco flourishes thrown in. There's also a growling low-end groove in the shape of a free King Roc remix of "Blissful Ignorance".
20 Jul 11
21 Apr 11
Review: Amazingly, this is Moodmusic's 100th single release. And what better way to notch up a century of good grooves with the stand-out cut from Martin "King Roc" Dawson's recent album of the same name. It's arguably Dawson's most attractive single yet, a deep but driving fusion of classic house sassiness, bumpin' bass and the cleanest of rush-inducing piano riffs. Jay Shepheard continues on this old skool MDMA tip on his exemplary remix, which retains the retro bassline but drops the tempo and adds twittering electronics for maximum Balearic effect. Also worth checking is the cacophonous "Drum Chord", a dirty basement wobbler clearly designed to send late-night dancefloors into spasms of gut-wrenching delirium.
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30 Jul 12
Played by: Peter Edison, Audiojack, Kruse & Nuernberg, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Things Happen, Kito Jempere / Spdsc, Manhattan, Nhan Solo, Nicola Brusegan
Review: After an impressive recent outing on Compost Black Label, former Juno man Jay Shepheard returns to base for a four-track outing on his own Retrofit label with pal Martin Dawson. The undulating groovery, rave riffs and vocal stabs of "Kinds Of People" kicks things off in fine style, delivering a chunk of formidable deep house funk. The shuffling "Obey Your Aul" is deeper and quieter, whilst still boasting enough dancefloor chops to keep 'em moving, while "Cut A Hole" offers an attractive mix of acid bass, disco percussion and drunken electrofunk chords. A fine EP concludes with "Megaface 3K", a curious but rather brilliant slo-mo cut that sounds like the result of a ket-addled trip round the local supermarket at four in the morning. Tip!