DJ Marky-Influences Vol. 2.

Label: BBE.

DJ Marky has come a long way since he started DJ-ing in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil over twenty-five years ago. He made his DJ-ing debut at the age of the tender age of twelve. Little did he know that he had just made his first tentative steps in what would be a long and illustrious DJ-ing career. 

Nowadays,  DJ Marky is regarded as one of the world’s leading DJs. Night after night, audiences worldwide are wowed by DJ Marky’s eclectic DJ sets that include everything from traditional Brazilian music, disco and acid jazz, to early house and drum ’n’ bass. However, DJ Marky isn’t just a DJ. Since 1999, he’s been releasing mix CDs and has also released several compilations. This includes Influences Vol. 2, a compilation album and DJ mix which was recently released on BBE. Influences Vol. 2 is a two CD set which showcases some of DJ Marky’s favourite music and his mixing skills. It has taken over twenty-five years to perfect.

It was in 1992 that Marky Mark as he was then known, started spinning drum ’n’ bass with a hardcore edge. The only problem was that this didn’t have the same widespread appeal as the more mainstream sound. Marky Mark was so disheartened that he almost gave up. However, he carried on and was determined to make a career as a DJ.

Gradually, things started to improve for Marky Mark. His popularity grew and soon, he was regarded as one of the rising stars of Brazilian DJ-ing. This resulted in Marky Mark being asked to compile a compilation for a São Paulo based label. In 1996, Marky Mark Any Time a compilation of drum ’n’ bass was released. For Marky Mark it was the first of many albums he would be involved in.

Two years later, in 1998, British DJ Bryan Gee spotted Marky DJ-ing in a club in São Paulo in 1998. Bryan Gee watched as Marky Mark showcased his incredible scratching skills. It was then that he realised that Marky Mark was a cut above most of the DJs he saw week-in, week-out.  After Marky Mark had finished his set, Bryan Gee invited Marky Mark to play in London. This was the start of the rise and rise of the man born Marco Antônio Silva.

When Marky Mark started playing in London, dancers and DJs were impressed by his vibrant, melodic and eclectic sets. This was the shot in the arm the British drum and bass scene was needing at that time. It had started to stagnate, but the arrival of Marky Mark raised the bar.

After his successful DJ-ing debut in Britain, and the success he was enjoying at home in Brazil, it was only a matter of time before he recorded his own mix album. This was something many DJs were doing at that time. Not only was it a profitable venture for many DJs, but it raised their profile.  Marky Mark decided the time was right to record his first commercial mix album.

To do that, Marky Mark didn’t head into a top club or even a recording studio. Instead, he chose a pile of albums and set up two turntables and his mixer in his house. When he was ready, he pressed record and recorded what eventually became Working The Mix. With the mix complete, Marky Mark decided to see if a record company would release it.

He took it to A&R executives at Paradoxx Music, in São Paulo, and they were won over by his selection of songs and elaborate mixes. Paradoxx Music agreed to release Working The Mix in 1999, which became his first commercial release. When it was released the album was a commercial success. However, things were about to get even better.

Later in 1999, Marky Mark was crowned the Best New DJ in Britain. By then, Marky Mark well on his way to becoming one of the top DJs in Britain and Brazil. Marky Mark had come a long way in seven years.

As the new millennia dawned, Marky Mark was busier than ever. His services as a DJ were constantly in demand. Despite that, Marky Mark found time to record a new mix album and compile a new compilation of drum ’n’ bass. When the Audio Architecture  mix album was released in 2000, Marky Mark was now billed as DJ Marky. His other release in during 2000 was his second compilation, Flash Drum ‘N’ Bass By DJ Marky Mark. The newly rebranded DJ Marky had just enjoyed one of the busiest years of of his career so far.

There was no sign of DJ Marky slowing down in 2001, and he released two more mix albums. This included The Brazilian Job, a drum ’n’ bass mix album, and Audio Architecture: 2, which was a  more eclectic mix. It featured drum ’n’ bass, broken beat and jungle. Both albums were welcomed by DJ Marky’s constantly growing fan-base.

Three years passed before DJ Marky returned with another new mix album. This was Bingo Sessions Volume 2, a drum ’n’ bass mix which was released in 2005. It was followed by The Master Plan another drum ’n’ bass mix in 2007. By then, DJ Marky was well on the way to becoming one of the most successful DJs in the world. 

Despite living the life of a globetrotting DJ, DJ Marky still found time to compile the first instalment in the Influences’ series for BBE. The two disc set featured a compilation and DJ Marky’s most eclectic mix, which  featured disco, drum ’n’ bass and funk, to house, jazz-funk and Latin music. When it was released in 2008, it was to widespread critical acclaim. Influences was by far, the best and most eclectic and compilation mix album of DJ Marky’s career.

Two years later, and DJ Marky was back with not one but two mix albums, including Fabriclive 55. The other release was a  new compilation and mix album for BBE, where DJ Marky hooked up with 4Hero, an old DJ-ing friend he met in the late-nineties. 4Hero + DJ Marky released The Kings Of Drum and Bass to critical acclaim on BBE in 2010.

After the released of The Kings Of Drum and Bass in 2010, DJ Marky’s career continued to reach new heights. Still, though, he knew that there were things he hadn’t accomplished. This included releasing his debut album. Eventually, in 2015 My Heroes was released. Since then, he’s spent most of his time DJ-ing, but found time to compile Influences Vol. 2 for BBE.

Influences Vol. 2 is a two CD set, with CD one featuring an eighteen track mix by DJ Marky. His mixing is absolutely flawless as he mixes  his way through eighteen songs. This ranges from acid jazz, Chicago house,  disco, drum ’n’ bass,  funk, jazz-funk, Latin, jazz and  traditional Brazilian music. It’s a seamless mix that showcases DJ Marky’s musical taste.

CD One-Mixed.

DJ Marky’s mix opens with the soulful sound of William DeVaughn’s 1974 single on Roxbury Records, Blood Is Thicker Than Water, which gives way to the soulful disco of Maryann Farra and Satin Soul’s You Got To Be The One. This was the title-track to their 1976 debut album which was released on Brunswick. After that, DJ Marky drops The Pasito Allstars’ Cosa Nostra, which is an irresistible slice of soulful, funky, Latin music. It’s followed up by a track from one of the leading lights of the acid jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies featuring N’Dea Davenport. Dream Come True originally featured on their 1991 debut album The Brand New Heavies, but DJ Marky has chosen the Joey Negro Reality Mix. It’s the perfect addition and is followed the funky disco sound of Benelux and Nancy Dee 1979 single Switch. Gradually, the mix is building as Clyde Alexander and Sanction’s 1980 disco single enters. By then, it’s obvious that DJ Marky has impeccable musical taste.

From there, it’s time to jack as DJ Marky remembers the early days of Chicago house. He’s a picked a trio of classic tracks, staring with Phortune’s 1991 single on String Free on Hot Mix 5 Records. It’s followed by the K and T Dance Mix of Maurice’s This Is Acid, which was released on Vendetta Records in 1988. The same year, Easy Street Records released Hardhouse’s Check This Out. After this journey into early house, DJ Marky seamlessly mixes into Galaxy 2 Galaxy’s Timeline which was released on Submerge in 2006. So was Laurentius’ deep house single Karate Samba. Suddenly, the mix is building thanks to this laid-back, mellow slice of musical sunshine. This is a signal that things are about to change.

The tempo rises The Manuel Azevedo Quartet’s Futebol De Bar which was released on Freestyle Records in 2015. It’s four irresistible and uplifting minutes of Latin jazz. From there, the tempo continues to rise on Double Dee featuring Dany’s house anthem Found Love. It was originally released as a single in Italy on Five Record Indipendent in 1990, and in 1991 featured on the album Dee Dee. Briefly, DJ Marky allows dancers to draw breath before  Manfredo Fest’s 1979 single for Bluebird Jungle Kitten bursts into life. By then, Latin jazz and jazz funk melt into on this hidden gem. Soon, though, DJ Marky is changing direction again.

is, the mix heads in the direction of drum ’n’ bass. First in a quartet of drum ’n’ bass tracks is  Skanna’s Find Me, a track from the Find Me (The Remixes) EP, which was released on Skanna in 1995. Seamlessly this mixes into a Remix Pt I of Origin Unknown’s Truly One, which was the B-Side to their 1998 single on Ram Records Valley Of The Shadows. The two songs are like a musical yin and yang, and mix perfectly. DJ Marky’s track selection is peerless, as he pieces together what’s akin to a musical jigsaw. As the tempo continues to rise, he adds  DJ Die Gnarly Mix of Roni Size Reprazent’s Watching Windows is added. It’s taken from the Watching Windows EP released on Talkin’ Loud in 1997. Having mixed his way through seventeen songs, DJ Marky reaches for his last selection Influx Datum’s Meant Love, which was the B-Side to Dayz Of Glory which was released on Headquarters in 2002. Fittingly, this is another slice of drum ’n’ bass, which DJ Marky has spent his career his spinning. However, Meant Love has a soulful and melodic sound, and ensures that DJ Marky’s eighteen track mix ends on a high.

CD Two-Unmixed.

Only twelve songs feature on the CD Two, the unmixed disc. They’re all full-length tracks unlike on disc one, where sometimes, DJ Marky mixes before the end of the track. This isn’t unusual, as DJs are always looking for the perfect mix out point. Seven of the eighteen songs from CD One feature on CD Two including: Benelux and Nancy Dee’s Switch, Clyde Alexander and Sanction’s Got To Have Your Love, Influx Datum’s Meant Love, The Brand New Heavies featuring N’Dea Davenports’ Dream Come True, Manfredo Fest’s Jungle Kitten, Skanna’s Find Me and Lars Bartkuhn’s Karate Samba. They’re joined by five new tracks.

The first of those is Esther Williams’ Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had A Ball). This is a track from her 1976 album Let Me Show You, which was released on the Friends and Co label. It’s a soulful slice of disco that forty-one years later, still sounds as good as the day it was released.

The Armed Gang were an Italo synth-funk band, who released Are You Ready as a single on Musix Records in 1983. It was popular not just in Europe, but in Brazil. Later in 1983 The Armed Gang released their one and only album The Armed Gang By them, they were billed as Kenny Claiborne and The Armed Gang. Without doubt, the finest track on the album was Are You Ready?

Given DJ Marky’s love of early house, it’s no surprise to see Jack Frost and The Circle Jerks’ Clap Me included. It was released on the legendary Chicago house label Trax Records in 1988. Clap Me is a reminder of the early days of the house revolution. So too is Cultural Vibe’s 1986 single for Easy Street Records, Ma Foom Bey. It’s Chicago house with a spiritual twist.

Closing CD Two of Influences Vol. 2 is Rotation, a techno track from veteran producer Dave Angel. It was originally released in 1993 on Rotation Records, as part of the Royal Techno EP on Rotation Records. Rotation is just another example of how eclectic DJ Marky’s musical taste is on Influences Vol. 2.

DJ Marky has chosen twenty-three tracks for Influences Vol. 2, which was recently released by BBE. It’s the long-awaited followup to Influences, which was released back in 2008. Nine years later, and DJ Marky is one of the world’s top DJ. That is no surprise, given his performance on the mix on CD One,  shows just why he is one of the world’s leading DJs.

He takes eighteen tracks and seamlessly mixes them during what’s a flawless performance during an eclectic mix. DJ Marky takes the listener on a musical journey, full of twists and turns. During that journey, DJ Marky plays Acid Jazz, Chicago house, disco, drum ’n’ bass, funk, jazz-funk, Latin jazz and Philly Soul. As the journey unfolds, DJ Marky makes some difficult transitions, but manages to find the perfect play to mix in and out it. However, everything falls into place as the mix builds, and eventually, DJ Marky reaches his destination Influences Vol. 2.

Then on CD Two, which is unmixed there’s twelve tracks, including five that weren’t in the mix. There’s more Chicago house and disco, plus Italo synth-funk and techno as DJ Marky showcases his eclectic and impeccable musical taste. He’s obviously someone who has a passion for music, and not just the type of music he spins.  Instead, DJ Marky seems to enjoy a wide range of music, and wants to share his love of music on Influences Vol. 2.  

It features a mixture of familiar faces, new names and hidden gems. Influences Vol. 2 is sure to appeal to a wide range of music fans. That isn’t always the case, as nowadays, many compilations are genre specific, and only appeal to people who enjoy that type of music. However, given the eclectic nature of Influences Vol. 2, DJ Marky’s seamless mixing and impeccable musical taste, it’s a compilation that’s guaranteed to appeal to a wide range of music fans. One listen and you’re sure to agree.

DJ Marky-Influences Vol. 2.

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