TOTD // 21/09 // Marquis Hawkes

Published: September 21, 2016, words by Undefined author

Part of the In:Motion takeover


We’re pumped to bring you today’s TOTD from a firm favourite over here at WTH HQ. Debuting just four years ago on the ever-brilliant Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, he’s gone from strength to strength, dipping his toes in to house, techno, acid, disco, and everything in between. Releasing on labels with some serious clout – DABJ, AUS, and Houndstooth to name a few -, he stands out as a truly unique producer.

After a run of excellent EPs, he dropped his debut album on Houndstooth earlier this year. Taking in far-reaching influences, Social Housing collated his vast range of sounds into one cohesive whole. It comes off like a broad retrospective of the best of the 80s-90s US house scene, but with his own distinct flair. And it works wonderfully. It warrants mentioning here that Hawkes has been a staple of Fabric’s Houndstooth, and if we want the future of the club and label to exist, then please help the cause by donating over here.

For today’s selections ahead of his performance at In:Motion for the BuggedOut! showcase, he’s picked three tracks which similarly reference house music’s formative years, plus one of his own for good measure, which we’re more than okay with.

In:Motion Tracks Of The Day Takeover

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KiNK

Valentine's Groove

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Kink dishes out real funky flavours here, which have an old school twist but new school production values. A slow burner which rewards patience. By half way through, hands in the air, guaranteed.”
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Hawkes & Blake

Love Precipitation

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I was a little reluctant to include something of my own here, but this is hands down one of my favourite tunes I’ve ever been involved in the production of. I guess I have a little distance from it as it was a collaboration with Timothy Blake, a very talented keys man, who also co-wrote a few of the tracks on my recent album Social Housing on Houndstooth. It was an emotional time in both of our lives which I think is very much reflected in the end result. Somewhat overlooked on its release, whilst it might not have the ‘big tune’ command of many more popular tracks, I think it has a staying power which is hard to match. I actually listen to this track almost every day, and especially if I’m feeling a little melancholy, the innate soulfulness of Tim’s performance always warming my heart.”
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Virginia

Funkert

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Coming over like an old Chicago Underground track but brought right up to date, this totally grabbed me when I first heard it. I had the pleasure of playing before Virginia at Panorama Bar over the summer, and was blown away when returning to the booth to pick up my record box, to see that she had stacked up two beer crates as a makeshift stage and was lashing out vocals live to a rapturous response from the audience, a moment I will never forget.”
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Floorplan

Music

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I love this record, but I’ll admit I was initially drawn to the flip side first as it was pulling at my rootsy heartstrings more, and I was a little put off by the synth in the breakdown, and the slightly clinical nature of the percussion. Yes, it is a bit big and obvious, but like all the best clichés, it has truth to it, and it’s grown on me enormously. I like to put my own twist on it and drop it over the top of Jamie 326 and Cratebug’s ‘Hit it & Quit it’, leaving it in the mix as long as possible, filtering out the bass of that track to just leave the high end percussion and searing vocals.”

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