Review: E Versions is a brand new edit-focused offshoot of Merc, seemingly allowing label boss Mark E an outlet for some of his unreleased reworks. Given the title, the spotters out there might easily guess what the source material for "Kahn" is, and it immediately calls to mind all those great reworks the Midlands-based producer did for Jiscomusic, Running Back and Golf Channel in the pre-disco edit flood era. It's complemented by the B-Side track "Mingo" which is much more indicative of the brand of hypnotic machine music Mark E is currently specialising in, and will appeal to fans of drums!!!
Review: Earlier this year, Mark E returned to the re-edit scene in which he made his name with the first E Versions 12". For those who remember his brilliant early work on Jisco Music and Golf Channel - all hypnotic disco loops and slow-house attitude - it was something of a surprise treat. Here he delivers more clandestine reworks in a similar vein, delivering two deliciously hypnotic, drawn-out grooves that transform familiar favourites into wide-eyed Balearic chuggers. "Magazine" is particularly potent since it slows down and smacks out Madonna's "Vogue", in the process turning the track into a creeping endorphin blast of epic proportions. "Xam" ups the tempo slightly, building the action around baggy accordion samples and rising and falling melodies.
Review: Mark E turns over duties on the latest E-Versions 12" to one of his most celebrated and respected namesakes, Mr Mark Seven! Fans of the Parkway Megamix from Mark Seven should be eminently familiar with "Dial Theory (Tony's Slice)", which is where Mark E first heard it. "A lot of telephone conversations, a lot of pleading, digging, sweat and tears" later and Parkway's Mark revealed to MERC's Mark it was an attempt to recreate a live mix by Tony Humphries he heard on Kiss cutting 2 copies of the phone conversation back and forward forever. All this talking has led to the track featuring here, a serious edit from MKVII indeed! The flipside acid cut, "Case Study 9" is just as potent too!