Ahead of a new LP, UK Techno mainstay Mark Broom releases 4 classics cuts ‘Fast Fünfzig’ on Rekids
Just in time for the peak of summer, UK techno mainstay and all round top geezer Mark Broom releases ‘Fast Fünfzig’ on Rekids. A finely crafted EP comprising of 4 cuts that give more than a nod to this talented producer’s roots and make you take note, whilst also signalling the arrival of a full LP ‘Fünfzig’ for Radio Slave’s prized imprint.
A hugely respected artist with a legion of fans across the globe, Broom has never strayed too far from the studio, the Dj booth or the sounds of the underground since he first found his feet during Acid House and Techno’s explosion in the early 90s. One of those people who has grafted every step of the way to earn both respect and his stripes, it’s testament his music has found home among the likes of Robert Hood’s M-Plant, Warp Records, Ferox, Bpitch Control, Ostgut Ton, Ifach and now Rekids, alongside his own Pure Plastic and Beardman imprints. Several hundred solo releases aside, his collabs are of equal repute with groups such as The Fear Ratio, Rue East, Baby Ford & The Ifach Collective, Kingpin Cartel counting as favourites.
In celebration of quite a big personal milestone, ‘Fast Fünfzig’ sees Broom goes full flex and draws on years worth of experience to gift this seriously HOT 12” comprised of 4 masterful cuts. Leading with ‘Fingers’ on A1, there’s no surprises for guessing the references here as he toys with rubbery twang of a 106 bassline whilst injecting a huge sub to chunked up percussion. Sweeping pads turn this jam into irresistibly buoyant track that will find favour among house and techno heads alike. Following suit, ‘Slow’ brings another dose of low end theory into play as a metronomic beat and slowly evolving lead are interspersed with shards of shimmering synthesis – eerily reminiscent of early Autechre atmospherics in its simple elegance.
On the flip, Broom continues the movement and dives into off-kiltered electro territory on B1 ‘Wild Style’, tying together unruly arpeggiated synths with growling bottom end to whiplashed beats. The ebb and flow only grows with intensity as you fall into the breakdown: vocal chops stagger as cutting pads throw out into the void. Last but not least, the soothing tones of ‘Facteur’ bring you back to a more comforting space inhabited by the likes of Aphex and Plaid in more upbeat moods. As he adds a reflective touch courtesy of emotive chords and mechanically constructed hits that bring you to those early morning moments and usher in new light, don’t let this one pass you by as it’s sure to be sought after in years to come.