Brazil's DJ Marky is one of those guys who, despite being something of a trailblazer in his musical genre of choice, Drum & Bass, transcends the usual musical boundaries in which many selectors find themselves contained.
There was a freshness of approach, a broadness of appeal, that when he first began to break internationally in the late 90s onwards, even hardcore 4/4 heads couldn't resist spicing up their sets with selections that he was championing. And when I say broad, I mean that in a positive, accessible way - not generic or middle of the road. His music was irresistibly positive and sun drenched. He landed at a time when creativity within Drum & Bass scenes was exploding and he got me digging deeper into the genre's myriad permutations and producers than ever before.
A little further along the line, the mighty BBE Records, tapped him up to do some crate digging for an mix of 'Influences' - an absolute marvel of disco soul grooves, samba, funk, house and a dusting of classic D&B. It's mix that I've regularly returned too, whenever I've needed a mood boost and one which I've routinely pilfered tracks from for sets of my own - the Masterjam album cut 'Any Love' by Rufus & Chaka Khan for one, is pretty much a set staple for me now.
I was thrilled to discover recently that a follow up was in the can, released today on BBE, and it holds it's own against volume 1, maintaining that sun dappled shimmer that will ensure it stays on the deck for the rest of the summer and beyond...
DJ Marky: Influences Vol 2 is out now on BBE Records, catch the man in person at their London store on Saturday 27th May, details HERE