Marquis Hawkes, the alias adopted by longtime electronic mainstay Mark Hawkins, has shared the first track from his EP, ‘Don't U feat. Ursula Rucker’. The lead single also features on his upcoming second album, set for release later this summer 2018 and with more details coming soon, it will follow his critically acclaimed debut ‘Social Housing’ for the label in 2016, and a string of releases on Will Saul’s AUS Music label.
Lead single ‘Don’t U’, an intuitive high-energy club track that wears its heart on its sleeve, features American spoken word artist and activist Ursula Rucker who captures a moment of divine elevation on the dance-floor. The EP also features three more dance-floor focussed, DJ friendly remixes from Hawkes himself.
First emerging as Marquis Hawkes in 2012, after being sought out by the founders of Glasgow label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, and having previously been heavily involved with the free festival soundsystem culture, the London born artist’s iconic sound has taken shape with the influence of house and techno from cities like Chicago, Detroit and New York alongside the UK’s underground dance scene.
Back with a bang, ‘Don’t U’’s effortless marriage of classic slamming house and grittily soulful optimism is sure to become an instant dance-floor epic, which will pave the way for Hawkes’ much anticipated second full length later this summer.
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