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Part of the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams takeover
Liverpool born Mark Forshaw has been a prominent DJ since the late 90s, but in more recent years he’s turned his attention to his production aliases. As Casio Royale, he’s become one of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams‘ most featured new producers – and last year he made a huge impression playing sought-after unreleased material at a Glasgow Boiler Room event alongside DABJ, Denis Sulta and Big Miz.
Featured on both Dixon Avenue Basement Jams’ In Basements compilation, and with a recent contribution of ‘The Rhythm’ for their All Stars Volume.3 compilation – his 20 years of time served on the decks has payed off in his ability to produce dancefloor bombs. Using an impressive collection of analogue synthesisers and classic drum machines, his music is a strong combination of chaotic disco cuts, authentic Chicago-style bass drives and Roland 303 heavy acid-house. He’s previously released under different monikers on top labels like Mathematics, Berceuse Heroique and Computer Controlled. As a DJ, he’s been playing at clubs like Rye Wax, Glasgow’s La Cheetah and Hackney Wick’s Number 90 over the past year – and he’s also due to play at the Bangface Weekend in March as part of a line up hosting names such as Nightwave, Sherwood & Pinch and Machinedrum.
Mark Forshaw is also part of the Liverpool acid-techno collective the Phantom Planet Outlaws alongside John Heckle and Binny, but after the recent material as Casio Royale we’re hoping we’ll see more soon under this alias. We’ve been lucky enough to take a glimpse into Mark Forshaw’s 20-years-in-the-making record collection – here he’s picked four of his top tracks from producers of Chicago, pioneers of the sound he’s become so well respected for.
“Here are four of my favourite tracks from the Windy City. There has always a place in my record bag for this gear. Some of these records are older than most clubbers, but would still easily destroy any dance floor.”