TOTD // 10/03 // Casio Royale

Published: March 10, 2017, words by Elle Clark

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.”

via youtube

Jaquarius

Love Is Happiness (Acid Rain)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“
Pure madness from Rodney Bakerr. Coming off like the work of a deranged genius, the acid lines are heavily phased and seemingly slipping out of control. I’ve never heard the TB-303 sounding quite so off it’s tits as in this.”
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The Traxxmen

Emergency (Muzique)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Completely uncompromising frequency abuse. Climbing the walls material. Likely to bring on serious vomiting if played at the wrong moment!”
via youtube

James 'Jack Rabbit' Martin

Only Wanted To Be (Westside)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Intense acid bass and freaky detuned stalker vocals are always a deadly combination to scare the shite out of a crowd late at night.”
via youtube

Glenn Underground

Cloud Burst

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“There were so many good tracks released on Relief Records in the 90s. I’m a massive fan of that fat rugged sound. It’s never really been bettered. This one is quite possibly my fave out the lot. In- the-red slamming pots n pans drums, mad fills all over the place and THAT bass line. Absolutely no restraint whatsoever! So much party energy here.”

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