Honey Soundsystem: Mark E

Sun Jul 21, 2013
Holy Cow
9pm - 2am
$5 - $10
Clubs, Music
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We are honored to welcome back to Honey Soundsystem, Mark E. (MERC / SPECTRAL, UK)

The music of Mark E is overwhelmingly deliberate, and in that sense its quintessential houseunswerving, mechanistic, intoxicatingly simple. And life imitates art: the Wolverhampton-reared, Birmingham-based DJ/producer has had a slow, steady ascension to his status as one of the genres most natural talents.

Mark Es love affair with electronic dance music began began early, as an adolescent, when Manchester was Madchester and the irreverent attitude of rave culture swept through England. His first record? Bizarre Incs exuberant, piano-loaded Playing With Knives, a fortuitous introduction to the hypnotizing powers of house. As Mark got older, he dove headfirst into the surprisingly fertile Wolverhampton scene, tasting house at the hands of legends like John Kelly and Frankie Knuckles before a move to Birmingham for University also installed him in a larger club scene.

Marks first forays into production were, naturally, editswarm, understated, and interestingly mellow, with tempos hovering

somewhere between 105 and 115 BPM. (Or thereabouts.) Once Scared, a ten-minute rework of Womack & Womacks Baby, Im Scared Of You, found the ears of influential selector (and, more importantly, BBC radio DJ) Giles Peterson, it was on, and a solid string of memorable, vinyl-only releases introduced the world at large to this humble, devoted househead. Slowly (again), Mark went beyond edits and into original production, starting his own label, MERC, and honing a sound that was uniquely blue collar and utilitarianclassic, almost industrial house, with a tinge of disco warmth.


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