Marquis Hawkes' debut for Dixon Avenue Basement Jams last year was one of our favourite releases of 2012; thankfully the follow up is everything we hoped it would be and more. Arriving this time on marbled green vinyl, the EP features the same kind of steady but deep take on the Dance Mania template as previous his first release, "Higher Forces" kicks off with some simmering vocals, spring loaded metallic percussion and thick analog stabs, while "Automatic" provides a strung out basement jam whose elastic synth bass and finely chopped samples offer a fresh take on the well worn formula of low-slung disco. On the flip, "I Want You" offers more shimmering disco deconstruction pushed forward by a raw, stripped back house beat and a savage bass undercarriage, while closer "Divine Intervention" pairs flanged percussion and a deep acid bassline gently interleaved with sun kissed pads. If Tiger & Woods and Parris Mitchell collaborated, the end result might sound something like this EP - which is no bad thing.
OOFT!, Domenic Cappello, Rob Gribbin, Mimi, Rosenhaft (Killing Sources), Will Azada (Proper Trax), Brothers' Vibe, Juno Recommends Deep House, Marsman, Ali Renault, The Tortoise, Joe Bonez (Burek), 7 Citizens / Praterei, Mr Beatnick, Volta Cab, Meschi, Detroit Swindle, Cecil (artfuldivision), Anaxander, Marquis Hawkes, Phuturelabs
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