‘#Back of the stack’, catching up with artists in the scene every 2 weeks and reminiscing on some of their favourite tracks from back in the day. No real rules, just sharing some musical knowledge and reflecting on the past….
This week we caught up with Mark System. He’s an artist that started out in the scene as a MC, but over the years he’s made the transition over to the world of production, and he’s done it with some style. I’m sure many of you will be with me when I say he’s been responsible for some of my all time favourite tracks; titles such as: ‘Optix’ ‘A Diver’s Dream’, ‘Observation Point’, ‘Sound Man’ & ‘Waiting For A Meaningful Title’ instantly spring to mind.
It comes as no surprise that Mark System is a name you’ll find in the back catalogues of some of the finest labels in the genre, with Warm Communications, Digital Soundboy, Exit Records (Debut album), Dispatch, Subtitles, Integral & Metalheadz all playing host to his unmistakeable style. Looking to the future we see no signs of a let up in his high quality production; word is he’s currently working on a new EP for Exit Records dropping in 2017. But he’s joined us today to take a look back. Here’s what Mark had to say when we caught up with him…
Polar – Mind Of A Killer (CERT1842 )
The art of ‘musical story telling’ was not lost to Polar in this new millennium release. He shows off his exceptional ear for detail and skillfully utilises tension and suspense.
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Mouly & Lucida – Inertia (DJ017)
Celebrated British skateboarder Alex Moul, was an absolute icon of the early 1990’s. I remember my reaction when I discovered that he was also “Mouly”. Some people seem to have the midas touch.
Bomb the Bass – Pressure Point (4687742)
Back in the 1980’s, “Pressure Point’ did a lot to inspire both the MC and producer that I would become.