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Sound of 2014: Part Five

A new year and a whole host of new music. In this week long series, a selection of PressPlay writers give you a run down of their recommendation for 2014.

A new year and a whole host of new music. In this week long series, a selection of PressPlay writers give you a run down of their recommendation for 2014. The penultimate recommendation for PressPlay’s Sound of 2014 is Marquis Hawkes.

The beginning of last year Marquis Hawkes grew out of his shell into the – Glasgow based – label, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. His releases are perfectly formed, classic house anthems; each of them timeless weapons on the dance floor.

Late 2013 saw the birth of Juxta Position, an alias of Hawkes’ that allows him to experiment with his deep love for techno. Juxta Position’s debut slides haunting vocal sampling in between claps, snares and hi-hats to create something beyond special – matching seamlessly to DVS1’s already intriguing label, Mistress Recordings.

Hawkes likes to leave a sense of anonymity around his work – to avoid music imposing on his private life – but not enough for it to draw the attention away from the music. His precision in production is flawless, DJ sets awe-inspiring and is one of the most pioneering, progressive producers currently in the music business.

Words: Kirstin Valente

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