'Fifty Fathoms Deep' is Marquis Hawkes' debut record for the Houndstooth label. Hawkes lays down some house fundamentals for his tunes before breaking them into genre fragments, from funk to jazz and back to disco. Many of these tunes have yet to be heard on record, while some of them are already favourites in DJ sets from acts like Ben UFO.
Vinyl 12" £7.99 HTH028
180g vinyl 12" EP on Houndstooth.
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- Fifty Fathoms Deep by Marquis Hawkes
Marquis Hawkes has been recommended a number of times by buddies but his EPs (primarily from Dixon Avenue Basement Jams) tend to fly out the door and rarely get the in-house review treatment or listening station attention they may (or may not) deserve. His debut EP for Fabric's in-house imprint Houndstooth is the first conscious listen to the artist and I'm surprised by the straight forward, club friendly approach.
Opener 'Can't Find A Reason' would have no problem filling a dance-floor, it's inviting yet inventive production complete with incessant vocal cuts and propulsive beat being the very antithesis of a House music at it's most robust. Stee Downes pops up on deep house cut 'The Way' bringing with him an effortless and accommodating R&B vocal. Spacious, warm and rhythmically satisfying, it's the best of the tracks presented here.
Flip it and 'Fifty Fathoms' gets all ambient and jazz infused. It's a little too spacious for my liking and brings to mind the potentially endless waiting period associated with in-house weed dealers. I'm drifting off. Thankfully 'Fat Man' counters the blurzz with a classic electro-party jam complete with late 80's soul vocal samples and exceptionally crisp 909 beats rife for Carlton dancing.
MH effortlessly impresses without making life hard for the listener presenting four takes on his style that suggest diverse tastes and sensibilities. Certainly no bad thing. I'll look forward to exploring his work further.
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