Despite an aversion to the spotlight, Mark Hawkins is one of the fastest-rising names in house music. A string of 12″s for labels such as Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Clone and Aus preceded a trio of exceptional EPs for Houndstooth, which won him swathes of new fans, from the DJ booth and the radio studio to, of course, the dancefloor.
Now he presents his long-awaited debut album ‘Social Housing’. Inspired by and named after his surroundings, 'Social Housing' is a sonic celebration of the positive impact that living in not-for-profit, association-managed social housing in Berlin has had on Hawkins’ life and music.
"Social Housing is named as such, because it's the environment I live in, the first thing I see every day when I walk out of my front door, and in effect, influences aspects of my life, including my music. Too often, particularly in the UK, the term is viewed negatively and equated with slum estates, broken windows and criminality. I want to show that something positive comes out of such schemes. The album Social Housing wouldn't have been possible to produce without the stability and security that social housing has given me and my family.
" Mark Hawkins
Made up of 12 brand new and unreleased tracks, showcasing and transcending Mark Hawkins’ penchant for soulful vocal cut-ups and jacking drum-machine jams, this stunning debut LP represents over two years of dedicated creation. Tracks including ‘Apple Of My Eye’ and ‘Tim’s Keys’ feature input from Hawkins’ regular collaborator Timothy Blake on keys whilst ‘I’m So Glad’ features the soaring vocals of one dance music’s most recognizable voices, Jocelyn Brown.
Leaving no artistic stone unturned, Hawkins commissioned his friend, illustrator and fellow musician Alan Oldham (aka DJ T-1000) - a member of the Detroit collective Underground Resistance who’s renowned for his graphic novels and cover artwork for labels such Transmat and Djax Up-Beats - to provide us with the visual manifestation of his creation. The cover artwork was drawn from a photo taken by Hawkins’ wife in the area of East Berlin that they live.
Available on 3xLP, CD and download. The vinyl is cut & mastered by Matt Colton. Buy vinyl from this store to receive free WAVs upon release.