There has been a sort of MK revival amongst house heads lately. An interest in returning to a more soulful but still very bumpy sound. Lord knows those two things right there were Marc Kitchen‘s trademark.
Although I wasn’t there to enjoy it at the time, the early to mid 90’s US house is my favorite period in House music because it was soulful, those basslines but most importantly those swinging drums. People like Mood II Swing, Masters At Work, Kerri Chandler and MK were all at the top of their game and it is that sound which directly inspired the early years of UK Garage.
Recently, Defected put out a great MK compilation called House Masters, it’s a must for all the MK heads and the newbies too. Probably tons of stuff in there you didn’t know about!
It’s funny, Mark Kinchen actually went on to become a pretty prolific R&B producer in the later part of the 1990s. He helmed hits for the likes of SWV, Tevin Campbell, 702, MC Lyte, Before Dark, Marc Nelson and LV. His reinvention from a NYC deep house savant in the first half a decade into a chart-aiming R&B songsmith in the other half of the decade is pretty interesting to say the least!
Ahhh! Great comment. I didn’t even know that!