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Mark E – White Skyway review

Artist: Mark E
Title: White Skyway
Label: Under The Shade
Genre: Disco/Nu Disco
Format: 12″, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Mark E is a producer who knows how to lay down a decent groove. His slow, disco infused house music has brought him to global attention over the last five years and “White Skyway” serves as yet another reminder of why the Birmingham native has forged such a lofty reputation for himself.

Last year’s limited MERC compilation of collected works from 2005 – 2009 distinguished Mark E as being a class above the rest when it comes to nu disco and disco house. Whereas others who attempt to make the same kind of elongated, synth-heavy disco cuts end up sounding boring and unimaginative, Mark E always manages to keep things interesting as well as the energy moving. Released on David Griffiths‘ Jisco Music offshoot, Under the Shade, “White Skyway,” is the perfect example. It uses the simple combination of a straight forward guitar hook, funky bassline and light percussion to create over nine minutes of dreamy, cosmic-laced disco. A slow burner with a leisurely feel, Mark E puts on the groove propelled cruise control and takes lush beats for a stroll through atmospheric synths and subtle electronics. The vocal break finishes the track in emphatic style, leaving a lasting effect on the spirit.

On the b-side, Mark E ups the BPM with the more dancefloor orientated “Nocturn.” Keeping much of the same vibe as the A side, the track again utilises soft synths but this time backs them up with a quicker beat and more resounding kick drum. With its arpeggiated synth line, the track takes on a more of a techy persona whilst still retaining the stretched out, comfortable atmosphere that tends to reside in Mark E productions.

Review: Tom Jones