Thursday, 20 September 2012

Andrew MK – Stop/Listen/Repeat EP

Andrew Mk Stop/Listen/Repeat Dance Through Life
Sorry there were no reviews last night, I was… doing summat else. But here we are now… and there's some damn fine house music to tell you about as well.

Starting with this EP from a new name to me, Andrew Mk (not to be confused with the MTV rock dude Andrew WK), which comes on US label Dance Through Life. With eight original tracks I'm not going into each one individually, but the general theme is contemporary-sounding deep house with a jazzy twist, lots of wonky piano loops and, notably, a penchant for sampling classic vocals.

We'll assume this has been done as deliberate concept/theme, of course, not that he just couldn't think of any other ideas! But yeah, Bad Habit gets the treatment on Never Say Never, Jovan's garage classic Make My Body Rock is used on Trip The Guitar alongside a cheeky, plinky-plonky nod to the Satisfaction riff, The Insatiable Piano samples Junior's Get Your Hands Off My Man while the standout of the EP for me is Touch The Piano, a slow, techy, dubby throbber topped off with the Candi Staton I Know vocal (as sampled by Altern-8 and Bowa back in the ravey davey gravy days).

The latter's frankly an astoundingly good piece of house music but the cascading jazz ivories of A Lot Of Love also deserve a special mention, and generally speaking the EP's a bit of a winner all round. No idea who Andrew Mk is but let's hope we hear more soon.

Out: This week

About: You can find Dance Through Life on Soundcloud or Facebook

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