The Frankfurt-dwelling Brit producer returns to Adam Beyer's label
Mark Reeve has become a pivotal member of the Drumcode crew, and here he returns to the label with an excellent three-track drum-laden release.
Taking inspiration from his formative years at Sven Väth’s legendary Omen Club in Frankfurt, the title track Far Away starts with a massive kick and a click. These take you to the main body of the track, which has an arpeggiated synth riff and ever-changing percussion, then hits you full blast with another, foghorn-like synth riff that stands out for all the right reasons. As the track continues the two synth riffs vie for your attention, and the effect is extraordinary.
The second track, Fragile, is anything but. It starts with another humongous kick and shakers, before introducing deep bass tones that are augmented with other synth stabs. There's a breakdown which loses the kick and adds a single-note synth line for tension, and then it's back into the organised aural chaos. The final track, Redemption, is introed with a kick, hi-hat and other minimal percussive shots. We're then treated to a sinister synth riff which gives way to a different pattern that gets bigger and bigger as the song progresses. Another powerhouse of a tune.
If you like your music futuristic, drum-laden, technoid and jam-packed with sinister hooks this release does not disappoint. My favourite is Fragile but it's a closely fought battle.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8