MK feat. Alana – Always (MK Club Mix + Route 94 Remix)
When North American trailblazer MK and long serving British house imprint Defected Records unite, the end product is seldom short of game changing. In the wake of unprecedented chart success for his remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through,” Marc Kinchen employs the handiwork of budding UK protégé Route 94 to help assert that a little time in spotlight hasn’t knocked this consistent club mogul off point.
The bassy undertones and perky key work of MK’s own club mix of “Always” bring the sound of early Chicago house to a docile yet distinct juncture, proving a welcome reflection of the nostalgic yet composed club fuel currently dominating the underground sound waves. For British peer Route 94, a signature take on the contagious grooves and subtle melodic elements propels the relative newcomer in the wake of his lower-key remix for “Look Right Through,” keeping with speculation that there is a very good reason why the once mysterious producer has fallen into the spotlight for 2013.
“Always” might not have the commercial viability we have come to expect from MK’s moment in the sun, but the dexterity of both mixes points to a promising future for modern house music and two artists flaunting a pretty fluid grasp on its lifeblood.