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Five For The Funk: Mark Radford (Audio Rehab)

Mark Radford digs deep to unearth five records that have played a big role in the Audio Rehab sound.

Mike Warburton

Date published: 11th May 2015

Photo: Mark Radford

Having conquered the clubbing landscape in London and received many props from the press along the way, Mark Radford's Audio Rehab empire has had a huge influence not just on the musical persuasion of the capital's underground dance fans, but across the country.

On the 16th of May, Audio Rehab release Audio Rehab Volume Two, with a launch party landing at the brand's place of residence Ministry of Sound. Amongst the guest selectors heralding the new work will be Carnao Beats, Low Steppa, Dale Howard, Syap and of course Radford himself, laying down a fitting soundtrack for the compilation's release on the same day.

Ahead of the incoming deep tech masterclass, we caught up with the man himself to find out five of the pivotal tracks that have shaped his, and in turn Audio Rehab's revered musical aesthetic. Read our previous interview with Mark Radford here.

Rhythim Is Rhythim 'It Is What It Is'

Transmat 1988

This is where it all began for me. As young kid who grew up listening to hip hop, my first taste of electronic music came via Mr Derrick May. His music defined my taste from early on and his influence can be heard far and wide within all forms of dance music to this very day.

Booka Shade 'In White Rooms'

Get Physical 2008

This is without a doubt 'thee' track that opened my ears up to the sound that I love and have been pushing over the last half decade. Hearing it for the first time at an after party in central London around eight years ago had a huge influence on the direction I took musically.

I fell in love with the emotional electronic sound these guys where creating. Hypnotic melodies and huge monster basslines were what I had always loved, and this was the blueprint for where I wanted to go with my music.

Azari & III 'Hungry For The Power' (Jamie Jones Remix)

Turbo Music 2011

I feel that this is the track that opened up a lot of peoples ears to the house sound of now. Whenever I used to play this track the whole club would erupt, then before you knew it, it was everywhere. People that where never into house before loved this track.

No Artificial Colours 'Girl You Know' ­

Petfood 2011

These guys injected some much needed funk back into things which their huge basslines and definitely stood out as another influence on the direction the music was going around 2011 just before we launched Audio Rehab.

Luke Larrell & Victor Reid ft Verse 'Serious People'

Audio Rehab 2012

The track that launched our label and has helped shaped the sound ever since. The first time I heard this track it captured everything that I love in music and the reaction it was getting whenever I played it was amazing... bassline London house at it finest!

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