I'm So Glad (feat Jocelyn Brown - Satisfied mix) (5:00)
Summer Memory (7:29)
Six Sixty Groove (5:20)
Locked Out (5:29)
Feel The Music (6:21)
Wake Up, Baby! (6:04)
Something In Yr Head (6:36)
Apple Of My Eye (feat Timothy Blake) (5:33)
Review: Such has been the rise of Marquis Hawkes in recent times that this debut album must mark as one of the most anticipated house sets of 2016. Happily, Social Housing is a superb showcase not only for Hawkes' talents, but also his understanding of house music in its' many myriad forms. The album does include, of course, a sprinkling of jackin' workouts, but these are outnumbered by such thrilling chunks of loved-up positivity as the Tiger & Woods style loop funk of "Fantasy", the Theo Parrish-ish jazz fuzziness of "Summer Memory", and the cheeky, Todd Edwards style cut-up garage of "Something In Yr Head" [sic]. The album's most potent moment, though, is "I'm So Glad", a collaboration with Jocelyn Brown that already ranks among 2016's most potent tunes.
Review: Despite being born and raised in Detroit, Luke Hess is rarely mentioned in the same breath as his Motor City peers. Then again, his brand and dub-infused techno doesn't fit neatly into the futurist narrative. This latest full-length flips the script slightly. While it has plenty of dub-flecked moments (see "Overcome" and "Humility"), there's a greater reliance on melody over mood. While this could be a reflection of the involvement of collaborator Omar-S, it's more likely an indication of Hess's development as a producer. Moving from hypnotic deep house to robust techno via beatless interludes, Keep On is Hess's most accessible set to date.
Review: Given his length of service, it's rather surprising to find that this is officially his debut album. If we were being picky, we'd say it's more of a compilation, featuring as it does a range of hard to find, in demand classics from the Motor City producer's vast discography. These have all been re-mastered to guarantee louder cuts. It's naturally packed with highlights, from the luscious minor key chords, jazz-funk bass and sneaky vocal samples of "The Jazz Republic" and thrilling peak-time stomp of "Dance", to the jazzy piano flourishes, loose-limbed beats and starry electronics of "Groove Box". Also worth checking is the fireside heat of bongo-laden beatdown shuffler "Mathematics From The Jazz Republic" and the sax-laden disco-house bump of closer "Flashback '78".
Review: It's over to Groningen. Netherlands based producer Duke Hugh for the latest outing on Bradley Zero's always impressive Rhythm Section International; what a way to present a debut LP! He follows up some impressive releases by the likes of Earth Trax and Hidden Spheres, so he sure does have his work cut out for him. Be assured he does indeed deliver, starting out with the latin infused charm of "Butterflies" or the smooth lo-slung soul boogie business of "Church In The Wild". There's a wide variety of moods and grooves on here, such as the rather Theo Parrish sounding deep house of "Home" or the sultry, broken, nu-jazz excursion "Your Number" reminiscent of legends like Atjazz or Phil Asher.