Mark Laird – Fly EP

Irish talent Mark Laird debuts on Madhouse Records this September with his four-track ‘Fly’ EP.

A rising name that will be familiar to followers of Houseum, Donegal producer Mark Laird is the latest emerging talent from the blossoming house scene that looks set to make his mark on proceedings across Europe and beyond. With releases to date via Bellisima and Hopera Records, the home of ‘Funk That’ which has now racked up over two million streams on YouTube and support from the likes of Cinthie and Mall Grab in the process, and here we see further evidence of his development as an artist as he makes his debut on Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records with a slick four-tracker in the form of his ‘Fly’ EP.

Title cut ‘Fly’ opens proceedings with authority as Laird combines jacking percussion with resonant stabs and sharp vocal interjections, before the lively ‘Sneakin’ utilises bright piano chord melodies amongst punchy kicks and crisp claps. Next up, ‘Rhythm Track’ brings a slice of soul fusing organ melodies and two step percussing arrangements, with the driving ‘Times Up’ shaping up the package with filtered funk-heavy bass licks, infectious vocal hooks and a snaking low-end groove throughout.