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Mark E (Spectral/ Merc) Winter Special photo gallery
Line-up /Mark E (Spectral/ Merc) extended set
Jac The Disco, Neil Thornton (Lasermagnetic) Arkhive London
After a storming set earlier this year Mark E (Spectral/ Merc ) returns to the Horse & Groom for a special extended Saturday night set
The music of Mark E is overwhelmingly deliberate, and in that sense it’s quintessential house—unswerving, mechanistic, intoxicatingly simple. And life imitates art: the Wolverhampton-reared, Birmingham-based DJ/producer has had a slow, steady ascension to his status as one of the genre’s most natural talents.
Mark E’s love affair with electronic dance music began began early, as an adolescent, when Manchester was Madchester and the irreverent attitude of rave culture swept through England. His first record? Bizarre Inc’s exuberant, piano-loaded “Playing With Knives,” a fortuitous introduction to the hypnotizing powers of house. As Mark got older, he dove headfirst into the surprisingly fertile Wolverhampton scene, tasting house at the hands of legends like John Kelly and Frankie Knuckles before a move to Birmingham for University also installed him in a larger club scene.
Mark’s first forays into production were, naturally, edits—warm, understated, and interestingly mellow, with tempos hovering somewhere between 105 and 115 BPM. (Or thereabouts.) Once “Scared,” a ten-minute rework of Womack & Womack’s “Baby, I’m Scared Of You,” found the ears of influential selector (and, more importantly, BBC radio DJ) Giles Peterson, it was on, and a solid string of memorable, vinyl-only releases introduced the world at large to this humble, devoted househead. Slowly (again), Mark went beyond edits and into original production, starting his own label, MERC, and honing a sound that was uniquely blue collar and utilitarian—classic, almost industrial house, with a tinge of disco warmth. A stellar remix for Matthew Dear’s “Little People (Black City)” introduced him to the Ghostly/Spectral fold, who are now releasing his first artist album, Stone Breaker. It’s as defining as anything he’s done, a symbol of his unique spot in the global club music landscape, sounding simultaneously familiar and unique like few others can
Jac the Disco- Formed in 2006 Jay Rossi is not unfamiliar with throwing a shindig once in a while.
With a former club night under his belt which has welcomed the likes of fabric’s finest - the Filthy Dukes, Frenchman Brodinski, Duke Dumont, Riton, Nadia Ksabia, Serge Santiago, Damon Martin, Das Glow, Jean Nipon & many many more.Previously billed with the likes of Hot Chip, Ray Mang, Padded Cell, Villa, Pyschemagik, Mystery Jets, Digitalism, Rory Phillips, Juan Maclean, Greg Wilson, Friendly Fires amongst others.As Resident DJ & Event programmer for 'My Heroes Killed Cowboys' he made a debut appearance at Fabric in 2010 for Kill Em and since then he's been non stop.Expect to hear anything from Chicago House to Italo Disco, via stripped down house music and back again.
Upstairs -Hosting the revered attic space up the creaky staircase are regular H & G party hosts Arkhive London. These guys have been throwing shapes around the capital for the last 18 months, bringing the freshest house/ techno cuts alongside the finest aural vintage from the treasure chest of yesteryear... they've hosted the likes of Shur I Kan (Freerange), Huxley (Hypercolour), Sketchy/ Another Amit (ManMakeMusic) and Jon Brooks (Artful Division) in recent times and look forward to throwing down some insatiable grooves to keep a lid on the hedonistic rough & tumble going on downstairs.