After impressively debuting in late 2012 with his Cabrini Green EP for the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams imprint, mysterious producer Marquis Hawkes had an even better 2013. Operating anonymously from his home base in Berlin, he issued two more EPs, Higher Forces at Work and Sex, Drugs & House, and continued to deliver raw, ghetto-house-influenced sounds. Still, even after speaking with Hawkes at length for a Bubblin’ Upprofile last March, and subsequently naming him one of 2013′s Best New Artists, we have to admit that we still don’t know all that much about him. Anxious to remedy that situation—and also curious to hear the man at work behind the decks—we’ve asked theBubblin’ Up alum to come back for Bubblin’ Up Week 2014 and deliver the first XLR8Rpodcast of the year. Hawkes’ own productions are often compared to the old-school sounds of Chicago, but on this exclusive mix, he pulls much more heavily from Detroit’s musical coffers. His selections may be short on polish, but they’re full of rich, soulful rhythms that touch upon numerous pockets of house music’s past and present. Though many of his personal details remain in the shadows, Hawkes has previously admitted that he’s been active in the dance music world for at least 15 years. Listening to the quality on offer here, it’s clear that he’s putting all of that experience to good use.
01 Moodymann “Black Mahogany” (KDJ)
02 Tarantulaz “Stop the World (Marquis Hawkes Re-Edit)”
03 Inland Knights “Fields Ahead” (Drop)
04 Rick Wade “I Feel Good” (Robsoul)
05 Ron Trent “Manifesto (Bewe Effect)” (Future Vision)
06 Alden Tyrell “Work It” (Clone Jack 4 Daze)
07 Marquis Hawkes “Tunnel” (Creme Organization)
08 Jay Daniel “Brainz” (Sound Signature)
09 Omar-S “Set It Out” (FXHE)
10 Omar-S “The Shit Baby” (FXHE)
11 Deetroit “Deetroit” (Unknown Detroit)
12 Hardrive “Deep Inside” (Strictly Rhythm)
13 Kerri Chandler “Rain” (Nervous)
14 Motor City Drum Ensemble “Raw Cuts #6″ (MCDE)
15 Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie “Limehouse” (Karlovak)
16 Borrowed Identity “Feel Like Making Love” (Quintessentials)
17 Leon Vynehall “Step or Stone” (3024)
18 Recloose “Parquet” (Rush Hour)
Gowentgone – Burning Flowers – Vidab
John Dimas – Inside Your Soul – La Vie En Rose
Bobby Konders – Nervous Acid (Jay-J’s 2004 Remix)
Mike Huckaby – Baseline 87 – Sushitech
Dana Ruh – Nebouxi – Brouquade
Italojohnson – Untitled – Italojohnson
Aruba – Déjà Vu – Stay True
Rene Breitbarth – Dynamo (Falko Brocksieper Remix) – Deep Data
Sylvie Foret & Jerome Sydenham – No Shade – Ibadan
Counter Plan – 90 Degrees (Dj Q Mix) – Soma
BLM – Chemisty – Secretsundaze
Djebali – This Ultimate Dare – Djebali
Boo Williams – Eternal Mind – Rush Hour
Roman IV – Outro – Sister Midnight
Pepe Bradock – Path Of Most Resistance – Atavism
After a highly successful 3rd Birthday party in the capital in which, with your help, we managed to raise £1600 for charity, Flux will be returning to London on April 25th to throw another intimate party, this time at Hoxton’s 300-capacity Basing House. Joining us will be the intriguingly secretive Berliner, Marquis Hawkes, and eclectic Dresden-based talent, Cuthead, alongside the always exciting Robert Cary.
Robert Arnold aka Cuthead is the leading hip-hopper of the Uncanny Valley stable. His crew, Kunst:stoff Breakz, was renowned in Dresden for wild parties at varied locations and the altercations with local authorities! He had initially been in a strictly hip-hop posse but when he ultimately moved on this was nonetheless reflected in his development as a producer and MPC-wizard. His special recipe of combining “dirty samples and a good groove” has changed in the sense that his beats have become straighter and his sounds more electronic, but he does not restrict himself to a single genre, producing everything from wonky, dub, techno and house to IDM/ electronica – all of which can be heard on his highly varied and innovative album, Everlasting Sunday, and in his sets, as seen in his Melbourne Deepcast mix.
It’s amazing how many assumptions are made just by withholding information, as Marquis Hawkes has discovered over the past year. Yet in an era of data overload, where knowledge of everything is readily available, right down to what someone had for breakfast, it’s refreshing to still have a few quantities which are unknown. Is he from Chicago, Glasgow or Frankfurt? A fresh faced new player to the game, or a seasoned hand with his irons in the fire for over a decade? Is Marquis Hawkes even a He? What is clear however, is that this is an artist with some firm ideas about aesthetics and execution who came to observe current trends align themselves coincidentally with the kind of sounds he had been interested in listening to for some time.
Four EPs later for Glasgow’s infamous “Dixon Avenue Basement Jams” imprint, and Hawkes’ sonic manifesto has become clear, each record having sold out in quick succession, undoubtedly helped by major DJ support of big hitters Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Martyn, Boddika, Optimo and Ben UFO to name but a few. The attention of Creme Organisation luminary DJ TLR was caught early on, leading to a request for a remix of Neville Watson’s “Against The Tide”, and onward to a full solo EP for Creme to be released in 2014. Likewise Hawkes’ came into his own when remixing Studio Swiss’ “Falcon’s Pass” for a limited edition Crow Castle Cuts vinyl run which went on to be featured as the opening piece to Move D’s Boiler Room set recorded at Dimensions Festival.
However, in a move making it very clear that Hawkes’ is no one trick pony whilst at the same time wishing to maintain a distinction between his different interests, his “Juxta Position” project was unveiled in late 2013, giving him a platform for his colder, darker and more precise sounding output. This was inaugerated with his first release under this moniker, “Vol. 1″, the second release for DVS1′s “Mistress Recordings” label. Despite this backdrop of concentrated studio creation, Hawkes’ original motivation remains as a DJ, in which capacity he always seems to tune in to what an audience wants to hear, without falling to the lowest common denominator, whilst managing to throw a few curveballs along the way. Look out for further new releases to be announced throughout 2014!
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Based on the idea of conveying a story through music during a short period of time, Synopsis is the realisation of Half Baked profile Greg Brockmann and Sami Daik and is the product of many years of partying and playing alongside each other.
Taking place every two months in the intimate settings of East London’s Basing House, widely renowned for its soundsystem and dimly lit roof garden, Synopsis aim to showcase well-established international artists as well as close friends, who are all versed in the art of presenting a narrative through music.
Making music that charms a warped early morning dance floor is relatively easy if you know how – doing that whilst retaining musical elegance and expertise however, is something quite different. Producer and Live artist James What appears to have mastered the two, and his Live Shows, projects with Dan Berkson and continuous stream of highly lauded releases play testament.
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Our most recent event on Sunday 13th April was without doubt one of our favorites to date and we would like to say a massive thank you to all that came and brought the good vibes. The music the venue and the people were all quality! So we are very excited to announce our next event is another ‘Awake In The Day’ just around the corner on Sunday 27th April at Basing House running from 4pm until 12.30am.
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Fresh from collaborating with the likes of Ashley Beedle (as Yambee) and producing for classic disco acts such as Imagination and Odyssey, London based Yam Who? recently laid down this exclusive set for Mixmag, live from a Mixmag night in East London.
Yam Who? runs the ISM and Midnight Riot labels that have featured heavily in the disco pages ofMixmag and his Leroy Burgess inspired work as Questlife (pictured above) with Parisian Tom Laroye is a must for those with a love of classic boogie.
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