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Mark Knight: Untold Business (Toolroom)

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UK release date 25.06.2021

The soulful sounds of clubland past have long influenced and shaped Maidstone-born Mark Knight’s career, spanning nearly 20-years now and, with it, a wide sweep of the house music spectrum. Never more so than last year when lockdown radio hit “All 4 Love”, a furiously feel-good mix of Brick samples and contemporary beats earned him worldwide success.

That song appears on uplifting new album “Untold Business” but, as the title suggests, there is a broader story to tell; one that reflects Knight’s unfettered love of funk, soul, jazz and house across the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, and channels that love into an original collection of musically-focused, powerfully upbeat and dancefloor-toolled songs.

Lead single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, featuring Beverly Knight and the London Community Gospel Choir, sings in every sense, as does string-swept Michael Gray collabo “Love Is All We’re Waiting For”. Knight’s forays into afro-shuffle (the twinkling “It’s A Wonder”), raw Eighties house (“Pass It Up” – moody, compelling, Robert Owens) and terse, synth-soul (“Fire Burning”) all exemplify his commitment to the kind of organic, emotive, human song-craft that many of today’s computer-programmed producers forget.

Mr V, Gene Farris, and Laura Davie & The Melody Men contribute on other highlight tracks but then “Untold Business” is a highlight in itself – beautifully made, truly intended, thoroughly relevant and resonant in these challenging times.
Words BEN LOVETT

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