Artist: Mark Henning
Label: Soma Records
Release Date: 31st July, 2015
Cat #: SOMA421D
01. Mark Henning – Joyride (Original Mix)
02. Mark Henning – Sideways (Original Mix)
03. Mark Henning – Dust (Original Mix)
04. Mark Henning – Mars Attacks (Original Mix)
Soma favourite Mark Henning makes a welcome return to the label after last year‚s smash, Titan, with the jacking Joyride EP. Mark has been busy in the studio this last while and drops 4 perfectly made, machine based weapons for your aural delight.
Title track Joyride kicks things off with a straight up 909 beat, complete with sci-fi sweeps and classic wood block percussion, quickly working its way into an very subtle groove with every element working effectively to keep it fully funk laden.
Sideways completes the A side of the release and gets going right from the beginning. Pumping percussion takes hold and hits the ground running before a perfectly weighted synth hook lashes over the top with Henning playing with the synths LFO to creative effect.
Dust takes things down a notch as swirling pads drape themselves over a series 909 beat. Henning lets this one loop out, letting the subtle variations in the synths do the work as the 909 holds the beat solid and reminiscent of early Berlin/Detroit dub techno crossovers.
Mars Attacks closes of the EP and does so in particularly fine fashion. A more broken beat affair this time from Henning and he really works his machines into a sonic warfare of bass tones and tweeked out synths that sear through the crashing percussion workout.
Mark is never one to disappoint with his Soma EPs and with Joyride, he delivers 4 varied, top drawer tracks.