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Mark Hawkins
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Aus Music
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May 5, 2023


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Mark Hawkins’ early releases on labels such as Djax Up Beats and Ugly Funk lit flares in the world of underground techno, with a sense of humour and tougher- than-thou sonic palette enforced via his jacking live sets. Across the following decades, Mark has delivered razor sharp cuts that encompass pretty much anything that has an electronic heart - leaving his own unique trail for others to follow via his work for labels as diverse as Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Sonic Mind, Mistress Recordings, Houndstooth and Aus. With his latest album, it feels like Mark has pushed ahead with a change of direction he started with 2021’s ‘The New Normal’. ‘Venn Diagram’ carries on this journey into uncharted lands; molten, distorted drum assaults weave around glistening melodies, kitchen sink soul glides below fractured sound pools. Opener ‘Verblex Oscillos’ immediately demands your attention grabbing, with a so-happy- it’s-sad melody spirallin around a cascade of tough-as-fuck dance floor destroying beats, along with ‘Isolated’s urgent combination of strings, acid and chicago-tough electro beats. Other cuts on the album share a similar approach, ‘Maladayfun Friction’s restless energy derives from a fusion of skittering drums and deranged synths and ‘Still Have Time’s dreamy super saw pads and plaintive vocal espouse a kind of wasted elegance, roaming the city nightlife in a Gucci dress and Doc Martin boots. ‘Nlasckhdsjk’ and ‘Frederikalstublieft’ propel forward with such a sleek and effervescent aesthetic, recalling fast drives along picturesque European highways or heady take-offs to unknown urban territories. The aesthetic becomes more elegant on the album’s centrepoint tracks ‘Rebula Conundrum’ and ‘Nlasckhdsjk’, where optimistic bleeps, bass and 707 drums underpin jazzy chords and soaring leads. Other tracks show the arc of Mark’s direction of travel, with soulful vocals that share a well of deep-rooted optimism that was so evident on his breakthrough 2016 Social Housing album. ‘L.O.V.E.’ breaks into post-Sophie territory with a catchy modulated vocal joyfully two-stepping across to the nightclub bar and ‘How Do I Know’ providing a heart rending torch song for 6am kicking-out-time refugees to help them find their way back home.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Verblex Oscillos 5:57 Buy

    Verblex Oscillos

  2. 2 How Do I Know 3:37 Buy
  3. 3 Frederikalstublieft 5:21 Buy


  4. 4 Siegfried Benaultibaum 4:40 Buy

    Siegfried Benaultibaum

  5. 5 L.O.V.E 3:45 Buy
  6. 6 Rebula Conundrum 3:18 Buy

    Rebula Conundrum

  7. 7 Nlasckhdsjk 4:54 Buy
  8. 8 Hakelifjell 3:30 Buy
  9. 9 Still Have Time 3:11 Buy

    Still Have Time

  10. 10 Isolated 4:21 Buy
  11. 11 Maladayfun Friction 3:23 Buy

    Maladayfun Friction

  12. 12 Alone In My Kitchen 3:27 Buy

    Alone In My Kitchen

Mark Hawkins

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Electronic and Electronica

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