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Parkway Rhythm – Working Girl review

Mark Seven is rightly revered amongst the more serious disco lovers, and to reference his superlative and highly limited triple CD mix A Salute to the Men of Vauxhall or his Claremont 56 Originals compilation barely scratches the surface of a DJ and production career enviable to most. Indeed it feels slightly overwhelming to consider the fact Mark Seven’s crate digging endeavours stretch as far back as the fledgling Balearic days, when this reviewer’s musical tastes were in their infantile stage.

Seven was responsible for one of last year’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it delights in the shape of “Swept Away”, a piano heavy slice of disco thump for Endless Flight which rightly didn’t stick around anywhere for anytime long. Studiously quiet since then, no doubt occupied by his daytime duties at Jus Wax and a busy DJ schedule, word came through the disco grapevine a few weeks ago that Mark Seven was readying a new label in the shape of Parkway Records.

The first release on the imprint arrives and it’s an all round delight. Those looking to start a new label proffering modified material from the disco era onwards should definitely use this twelve or maybe the recent Hiverned 10 inch as a reference point of how to get it right. Working Girl is nothing but wondrous, with Mark Seven premiering the Parkway Rhythm moniker and effortlessly rewiring a lost remnant from Francois K’s time at Studio 54 with 21st century potency three times over, whilst the vinyl is thick set and housed in a lovely screen printed sleeve.

The A Side Club Mix is a weapon for sure, as Mark Seven expertly teases and rhythmically flirts with the vocal hook, sending it cascading across the mix. The laser guided neon synth flutters are the kind of joyous melodic aspects that will immediately hook the dancefloor, and it makes for seven minutes of dance music at its most simplistic yet sophisticated. The track is given a Deepa Dub revision befitting of play in the Dalston Superstore basement on the flip, all expertly dubbed Linn drum delays and searing synth patterns, whilst the Club Dub expertly turns the A Side inside out.

Tony Poland