Just when you thought you had figured out how Marquis Hawkes was going to play it with Houndstooth, he flips the table over to reveal his rougher side, scattering playing cards, drinks and finger-snacks all over the floor.
The aptly-titled 'Raw Materials' sees Hawkes making a welcome return to the more primitive house rhythms for which he first became known on his early work for Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Highly influenced by house originators like Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt and Roy Davis Jr, 'Raw Materials' updates the form with modern production techniques whilst simultaneously preserving authenticity.
The title track eases us gently into Hawkes' more edgy side, with dreamy vocals, dusty pads and deep 808 beats. The flip however takes no prisoners with two cuts of raw drum machine clatter flanked by strained vocal cuts on '‘Ave That', and primal analogue tones on 'Jerk U Later': deadly dance floor destroyers designed to drill straight to your core.
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