Session drummer extraordinaire steps outside the box.
Gang of Four drummer and all-round renowned skinsman Mark Heaney has pulled off a spectacular coup on his first solo album, laying down loops samples from various sources to great effect. It’s not just flash chops and nifty percussion (although those elements are there in abundance):
Heaney has created a tasty combination of trancelike atmospheres, sinister samples, earth-shaking grooves and beats from all areas of music.
There's chill-out (get around them) world music vibes (Istanbul and Flying Kick) Arena-sized industrial experimentation (tone) all over the album:
a clear demonstration that drummers solo albums don’t just have to be about drums.
(JMI) “Rhythm Magazine 2010.”
A reflection of our times both musically and technologically.
Heaney creates Atmosphere and Mystery
(Drummer Magazine 2010)
I just got a copy, but I'm already hooked. Heaney is a serious player throwing down plenty of Vinnie inspired “what the heck was that?” moments. But there's a heavy dose of DJ Shadow-style production trickery on this record too which makes for all-round great listening.
(Mike Dawson MD Modern Drummer)
released February 3, 2014
Mark Heaney - Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Rhodes, Samples, Loops, Programming, Percussion.
All tracks written by Mark Heaney
Recorded at Pulse Rehearsal Rooms Walthamstow 2009
Engineered, Mixed, Produced by Mark Heaney
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