The producer's next album is inspired by his hometown in the West Midlands.
Mark E has a new album on the way called Product Of Industry.
The record will see release on April 28th via Ghostly International offshoot Spectral Sound (the US label also put out the debut Mark E album, Stone Breaker). The producer himself describes Product Of Industry as "grinding, continuous, heavy, relentless," albeit with "soulful and delicate" touches too.
The title is a nod to Mark E's upbringing in the UK industrial heartland of the West Midlands. "The name lies in the manufacturing past of the area I grew up, and the manufacturing past of my family," he says. "It references how the decline of industry in the Midlands changed the landscape physically and socially—I'm now a music producer and DJ, and this is totally different to my grandparents who were truck drivers and sheet metal workers. The title discusses how things have changed, and it's also about how I came to be in this position, due to the current global financial situation. I lost my job due to it, [which led to me] trying out music—and here I am, a product of industry, both currently and historically."
Mark E says his approach on Product Of Industry differed significantly to Stone Breaker. Whereas his debut album was "100 percent digital," this new LP was mostly produced with analogue kit. The links to the Mark E's home extend deeper than the title: several tracks contain "vocal snippets of the language and accent of the West Midlands." You can listen to album cut "Bog Dance" in full via the SoundCloud player below:
01. Kultra Kafe
04. Being Hiding
05. Bog Dance
06. Myth of Tomorrow
08. Image Monitor Learn
09. Leaving Osaka
Spectral Sound will release Product Of Industry on April 28th, 2014.