Review: "Oranges" remains one of the most enduring tracks to feature on Stone Breaker, Mark E's debut album released on Spectral Sound last year, finding favour with a broad spectrum of DJs and even being complemented by a deft Jacques Renault edit. In order to satisfy those rueing their decision to invest in an "Orange"-less vinyl edition of the album, Spectral have given it a deserved single release, with a complementary "Space Dub" from Mr Evetts himself. This release provides a welcome chance to re-familiarise yourself with what is a sumptuous example of house music at its most simplistically effective, those warm synth tones proving just as delightful to your senses all these months on. In essence, the "Space Dub" is a pretty apt title - launching in the manner of a rocket skywards through a cosmically charged array of fizzing machine textures and piston heavy rhythms, sounding like a completely different track until Evetts slowly teases through those familiar melodic elements.
Review: While he's barely put a foot wrong in his career to date, there's an argument to say that Birmingham producer Mark E has recently lost some of the quietly soulful sparkle that made his early productions so essential. It's pleasing to report, then, that "Being Hiding", his belated return to Spectral Sound, is a definite blast from the past. Operating at a headnodding, toe-tapping 115 BPM, "Being Hiding" laces an effortlessly soulful vocal over a warm, tactile, analogue-rich groove, with just the right amount of sweet pads and subtle synth melodies to keep things fresh. It is, of course, deliciously deep, but there's a pleasing warmth and bubbly feel to the production that's extremely engaging. Good work, Mr E.
Mark E - "Bog Dance" (Alvin Aronson remix) - (6:53) 114 BPM
Mark E - "Being Hiding" (Laszlo Dancehall remix) - (6:42) 125 BPM
Review: Following three E-Versions EPs for his own Merc label and the Product of Industry album, Mark E returns to regular haunt Spectral Sound with a fresh EP exploring deeper house territory. There are pulsating sessions of throbbing cosmic disco with the futuristic "Molyneaux" and spacey "Avion Central", whereas the gritty rhythm of "Clares Gate" sounds almost like an old Marcel Dettmann production, albeit offset with airy synths and lighter atmospheres. "535" is more classic, laid back Mark E gold, as is the sweet, pumping groove of the Laszlo Dancehall remix of "Being Hiding" and deep revision of "Bog Dance from White Material affiliate Alvin Aronson.
Review: Mark E has spent the last few years re-tracing his loopy edit roots with the E Versions project, while exploring Balearic pastures with brother-in-law Nat Woodcock as Project E. Those who've always enjoyed his more peak-time productions will love this new two-tracker for Futureboogie, as it sees him applying his love of loop jams to suit darker, sweatier dancefloors. "Basement Trax 1" sets the tone, looping vintage, Twilo-era organ motifs over a tactile but chugging, nine-minute groove. "Basement Trax 2" is a little more musically expansive, with dreamy chords and similarly ear-catching organ motifs slowly building over a punchy house rhythm and undulating synth bassline.