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: Fabric's offshoot label, Houndstooth, has reached the dizzy heights of a century of releases. Fittingly, they're marking the occasion with a new album from Marquis Hawkes, which is also his first since hyped 2016 debut full-length Social Housing. It's an attractive and punchy affair full of good-time grooves, joyous house workouts, bumpin', Chicago-influenced fare and the kind of luscious, loved-up, garage-influenced deep house goodness that sounds like aural sunshine. While there are a couple of woozier downtempo moments, for the most part it's a deliciously floor-friendly affair, with Hawkes serving up seriously listenable cuts that work both at home and in the club. We actually think it's better than Social Housing, and that was pretty darn tasty.