Mark Broom dropped his latest EP, Make Me, at the beginning of June. The Waveform Transmitter’s Jack Threlfall takes a listen to the 3 track EP from BEK Audio.
Make Me begins as a punchy, percussive exercise in raucous house. Snapping open hats and jittering snares dance around the kick drum to create an inviting rhythm. Before long, Broom slowly opens the filter on a syrupy disco string sample and a catchy vocal hook, which injects an uplifting dynamic to the track. This particular Broom release showcases just how eclectic and tasteful he can be with his productions. With the majority of his back catalogue resting firmly in the techno genre, it is always so refreshing to hear the veteran producer display his more soulful taste in music. Make Me is a prime example of why Broom can be considered one of dance music’s most consistent producers – his ability to fully understand and drive the current musical zeitgeist should be lauded.
There are some in the scene that refer Mark Broom as the British Robert Hood, and it is easy to see why with the b-side, Fun 18 Mix. This track further explores the disco house aesthetic with a rolling, brass-orientated arrangement. The bassline is an intriguing element to the production as it, almost paradoxically, creates a simultaneously driving and relaxing groove. The repetitive brass trumpet stabs seem to swing across the soundscape, whilst the sparing vocal sample of “can you hear me” positions the production as the perfect mix between danceability and listenability.
Mella Dee’s Raw Traxx Mix of Make Me is an interesting addition to the EP. This remix is a driven purely by its infectious use of percussion. The foundation of the track rests firmly on the repetitive use of a processed sample from the original track; it doesn’t stop and serves as the anchor point for the percussive variety that ensues. Mella Dee showcases his creativity with tom drums to create an enjoyable, makeshift bassline bounce while hi hat stutters and open cymbal skips are used with subtlety and ingenuity to create an extremely funky composition.
Take a listen to Fun 18 Mix, below.