The Berlin based producer and DJ Marquis Hawkes is next to take the baton for Creme Organization with another of his searing EPs. Before now Hawkes, about whom little is known, has released a diverse array of rough and ready, raw and ripping tracks that range from deep house to jacking acid, weird techno to freaky electro on labels like Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone Jack For Daze.
First up here is 'Tunnel', a slow and lazy house cut with rubbery bass drums and sharp edged hi hats making for an inviting groove. Starry melodies unfold up top like a classic night sky and deep, spacious synths flesh out the simple but effective track. Next cut 'Prince Among Men' is a much more prickly and synapse firing affair with random hits, stuttering drums and chopped up vocal samples all chucked together into one fierce brew of soulful analogue noise.
On the flip, 'Sofa Acid' is riddled with hiccupping 303 lines and proceeds at an inviting mid tempo pace, whilst closer 'October Blues' is a deconstructed house jam with rave whistles, cow bell pings, wooden hits and tinny drums all loosely glued together into a slow and sombre track that oozes a freaky late night moodiness. Overall, then, an EP that fits in perfectly with Creme and is another fine release from the man they call Marquis Hawkes.
"yes! MH gets better with each release"
Pieter Presk (Presk / Will & Ink, Amsterdam)
"Another solid release. "
Palace (Unknown To The Unknown, Hot Haus Recs)
"sofa acid is the one for me on here, thanks"
"solid release - tunnel and sofa acid are my favs!"
John Osborn (Tanstaafl Records, Berlin)
"Sofa-acid has this wink and subtile humor that I miss in most old school productions these days, nice one!"
Norman Nodge (MDR, Berlin)
"thank you for the music!"
Dj T (GET PHYSICAL MUSIC GMBH, Berlin)
Kong (22tracks - Studio Brussel, Brussels)
"cool release, Tunnel is the one for me !"
Mathieu Galvani (All In Electro, London)
"Floating and cosmic vibes in Tunnel. Great! L.L."
Antonello Marcigliano (Where Is The Club?, Salerno)
"Hypnotic stuff on Tunnel, solid EP all round."
Roman Lindau (Fachwerk, Berlin)
"prince among men and sofa acid, great stuff. also, the cover is quite nice :) full support, radio and clubs"
Jan Kinčl Zero (Radio808, Zagreb)
"Very nice melodies on tunnel."
Bambounou (50Weapons / ClekClekBoom)
"digging tunnel the most, great use of that sample. thx!"
Ben Sims (Theory, London)
"not for me..."
Kirk Degiorgio (ART, Ipswich, Suffolk)
Dj Deep (Deeply Rooted House, Paris)
"Great EP overall but jeeeeez that Sofa Acid is the dancefloor SMAAAAAASHEEEEEEER yoooooooo WTF :-D"
Dj Simbad (Various / Browsnwood Rec.)
"Great EP, super depth to the production - right up my street. "
"Nice use of Valley Of The Shadows in Tunnel. Prefer this to the Mistress and DABJ stuff actually. Is excellent, not much to fault at all."
Simon Whight (Data Transmission / Inverted Audio / Ibiza Voice, Ashton-Under-Lyne)
"great record! love the vibe on "prince among men" !!"
Dario Zenker (Ilian Tape)
"Pretty good. Not as immediate as other Creme releases but will download and see if it grows on me. Thanks."
Dave TTB (TOTHEBONE, London)
"Two thumbs way up for "Prince Among Men" and "Sofa Acid.""
Philip Sherburne (SPIN / RA / The Wire, Barcelona)
"Prince Among Men stands out from the crowd!"
"Tunnel & Sofa Acid are my favs here. Becoming a fan of marquis his productions!"
Nuno Dos Santos (Something Happening Somewhere, Utrecht)
"Ace. Tunnel & October blues stand out"
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)
"this guy is doing some great tracks!!! "
Serge (Clone Distribution, Rotterdam)
"Love this. Classic sample on Tunnel. Prince Among Men is my jam. Sofa Acid not far behind. :)"
Iron Galaxy (Audio Culture)
"cool EP , thanks."
Jonas Kopp (Traut / Manzel, Berlin)