Listen: MK goes house-heavy in grand return to the Essential Mix
Last week on the Essential Mix, listeners were treated to a different – dare we say deeper? – side of Tiësto. This time around, mix privileges were handed from one dance music pioneer to another, as MK returned for the first time in nearly twenty years.
The Detroit-bred DJ and producer, also known by his full name Marc Kinchen, is considered a staple in house music; his accomplished career reaches back to the late 80s, when the then-teen caught the eye of Kevin Saunderson. From there, success was almost guaranteed, as songs like Always, Love Changes and a 1994 remix of Scottish act Nightcrawlers’ Push the Feeling On dominated international music charts, rendering him an unstoppable force.
The only force to slow the momentum was Kinchen himself, who voluntarily pulled away from dance music in 1995 to pursue other projects. When he made his big return in 2011, it was almost like he never left, as he dove into remixes for Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey and, most notably, Storm Queen, with a remix of See Right Through that placed him right back at the top.
This two-hour Essential Mix represents of the fruits of Kinchen’s labor since he found his way back to house music, focusing largely on his recent work, with older tracks sprinkled throughout to direct his newer fans to his vast catalog. Highlights include MK remixes of Disclosure and AlunaGeorge’s White Noise, Hot Natured’s Reverse Skydiving and a world premiere remix of London Grammar’s Hey Now. Also included is Kinchen’s Pleasure State project with Hot Natured member Lee Foss and vocalist Anabel Englund (of Reverse Skydiving fame). MK pulls from multiple genres – rap, indie, R&B, pop and drum ‘n’ bass – before giving them the classic house treatment, utilizing his expert mixing skills to create a cohesive, dancefloor-smashing mix.
Check out the Essential Mix and full tracklist below to wade through a mixed version of MK’s extensive career.
1. Jane Child – All I Do (MK Dub)
2. Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Girls (Shadow Child Remix)
3. Angel Haze feat. Sia – Battle Cry (MK Remix)
4. Reese & Santonio – How To Play Our Music
5. Danny Tenaglia – Bottom Heavy (Danny’s Bottom Heavy Remix)
6. Tim Baresko & Tee Dunky – In The Morning
7. Florrie – Little White Lies (Shadow Child Remix)
8. HAIM – If I Could Change (MK Regrets Dub)
9. Shadow Child feat. Takura – Friday (MK Medicine Dub)
10. Jodeci – Freek ‘n You (MK Dub)
11. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
12. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise (MK Remix)
13. Luxury – J.A.W.S
14. Honey Dijon feat. Dajae – Until The Day (Alex Kenji Remix)
15. K.E.L.S.E.Y. – This Way (MK Deep Dub)
16. The Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On (DJ S.K.T 2013 Remix)
17. Sam Smith – Money On My Mind (MK Remix)
18. Hot Natured feat. Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving (MK Remix)
19. Victor Ruiz & Dashdot – Obey
20. Thee Cool Cats – Hand On The Pump
21. Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You (MK Remix)
22. Pleasure State – Ghost In The System
23. ID – What You To
24. Le Youth feat. Dominique Young Unique – Dance With Me (MK Remix)
25. Happyhead – Digital Love Thing
26. Reese & Santonio – Truth Of Self Evidence
27. Sub Focus feat. Kele – Turn It Around (MK Remix)
28. Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix)
29. London Grammar – Hey Now (MK Remix)
30. Lancelot feat. Anthony & Cleopatra – Givin’ It Up (MK Remix)