There's just the one mix, but it's all you'll need
Once upon a time, there was a genre of music invented called house, which since its inception has been divided and sub-categorised so many times that no one individual could count all of them, let alone name them!
This is something that hasn't gone unnoticed by Mark Knight, who for his latest release wanted to get back to basics and make a house record... simple as that, with no pigeonholing or subcategorisation needed. His other mandate for the track is based around his love of the White Isle, where he has played and visited many times in his career; he wanted, he says, a tune that would help bring back some of that Balearic spirit of old.
The release has just the one track, which builds through vocal pads, simple percussion and a developing string line to a simple breakdown with a retro piano sound, claps and snares, then moves onwards with an added funky bassline. There are no mad sirens or crowd samples and the beat is a simple 4/4 with little or no syncopation. The track is over eight minutes long but never seems to drag, and it's fair to say Knight has succeeded in his mission to create a simple but highly effective house track. I for one salute him for his idea and his endeavours!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8