Our recent throwback to the making of The Politik made me reassess things that a few things have been missing from my life and a big one is the music of Mark de Clive-Lowe. Midnight Snacks is a new series on his homegrown Mashibeats label; Volume 1 has that soulful connection that I’ve been missing and maybe you’ll like it too.
“Joyful Resistance Part 1” starts with a plain piano, rolls up into jazz and eventually bursts out into flush of mind-bending riffs and earth-bound downtempo beats. “Created at the peak of last summer’s social uprisings in the US and around the world,” it’s a triptych of mourning, awakening and revolt with, as the name implies, more to come. MdCL as an artist has driven down deep roots in his immediate environment — Los Angeles these days — but his work maintains that indelible connection to the motherbeat that governs nature, mankind and the world as a whole. That’s what I’ve been missing and what we need right now.
“Blue Hour” is the record’s big-bottomed center, with swaying chords and twinkling keys giving way into a raging deep house jam. It’s hard to compare an individual Mark de Clive-Lowe track to anything but other Mark de Clive-Lowe tracks, but this one sets out on a steady course of capturing exhausted but exhilarated daylight and bottles it up.
Mark de Clive-Lowe: Midnight Snacks Vol 1 (Mashibeats / April 2021 / 12″ Vinyl / Digital)
A1. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Joyful Resistance Part I
A2. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Blue Hour
B1. Mark de Clive-Lowe: 37,000 feet
B2. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Thanks Given
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo on behalf of the label.