Mark Henning

“Pusher Ep”

PFR158 scanZoom inLabelPoker Flat
Cat. No.PFR158
Orders fromMon, 23 Feb 2015
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Tracklisting: A1. Mark Henning: Pusher A2. Mark Henning: Swingers B1. Mark Henning: Triple 13 B2. Mark Henning: Satin Info: Poker Flat capture Mark Henning in a rich vein of form for this EP of deadly deep and intense tech house. For almost a decade, the Anglo-German, Berlin-based DJ has turned out consistent releases on an array of underground labels, but here his trademark combination of darkness, swing and technoid funk reaches new levels. “Pusher” is a modern masterpiece: tough, crisp and fine-tuned for deployment on Stonehenge-sized speaker stacks, it’s a tune that envelops you, the introduction of each individual element staggered for maximum effect. “Somebody let me get my sh*t,” the repeated vocal declares: a request the tune responds to magnificently. The kinetic shuffle of “Swingers” follows a similar trajectory, overwhelming the listener with its relentless energy. Through the simple yet spooky Hitchcockian device of a single repeated piano note “Triple 13″ hypnotises, a trippy snatch of processed vocal providing a hallucinatory edge, while “Satin” explores dreamier territory with a reverberating New Age synth motif. All four tracks are masterclasses in restraint from a producer who can combine deceptively simple elements to make a resounding and inimitable emotional impact. Aptly named, this 12″ is simply the only drug you’ll need.

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