Consistently reliable in its turnout of high quality techno, Mark Broom’s Beard Man opened the year with another stamp of approval from BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits when she made the imprint her “Label Mates” in January and a second EP from Germany’s Patrik Carrera, including a superb remix by Makaton (Rodz-Konez / Blueprint) in February. Now the king of the snakes, Mr Mark Broom heads into spring with his ‘Snake Eyes EP’.
‘Snake Eyes’ and ‘Witch’ open the EP in classic Broom production style. Immediately recognisable for vigorous peak-time action, the tracks are infused with tough tech funk and contagious grooves that make it clear why someone like Robert Hood has always been a constant supporter of his work.
The original version of ‘Upside Down’ was first released on Pure Plastic back in 2000. Here, the track receives two reworkings. The first is from Tabernacle and Mathematics man, John Heckle in his Head Front Panel guise. A fitting choice as Heckle enhances the raw Chicago-esque style of the original. The second comes from Mark himself with a deeper 2017 Mix that updates this classic track for a new audience of fans.
1. SNAKE EYES
3. UPSIDE DOWN (HEAD FRONT PANEL REMIX)
4. UPSIDE DOWN (2017 MIX)