Mark Reeve makes his welcome return to the Drumcode fold with a powerful three-tracker ‘Far Away’.
In recent years Mark Reeve has become a pivotal member of the Drumcode crew. His 2015 EP ‘Run Back’ was a standout, before he backed it up strongly with ‘Nine of You’, his collaboration with Adam Beyer that featured on A-Sides Vol.5, ensuring his place in the hearts of DC fans. As further evidence of his importance to the collective, Beyer has selected him to suit up for the inaugural Drumcode Festival happening this August in association with Awakenings.
Harking back to formative times in the ‘90s when he’d frequent Sven Väth’s legendary Omen in Frankfurt, the title track to Reeve’s ‘Far Away’ is a timeless beauty, driven by a celestial melody line and emotive bass notes that lobs it into the kind of laser-kissed territory that would make even the most jaded of raves throw their arms skyward.
‘Far Away’ is euphoric and a real classic rave track, and you can hear it exclusively below.
‘Far Away’ is out on April 2nd, so don’t forget to pre-order here.
Mark Reeve: 5 Raves I’ll Never Forget
Whether as a punter or DJ Mark Reeve has had his share of mind-blowing rave experiences. As a perfect match to his fantastic laser-kissed new EP ‘Far Away’, he shares a few of his favourite memories.
Catch Mark Reeve at Drumcode Festival on 18 August in Amsterdam at NDSM. Ticket and info here.
1) Probably one of my most exciting raves was in 1996. I was 16 and was totally into techno after moving to Germany in 1995. Everybody was talking about the Omen in Frankfurt am Main and how good it was. So I ended up going there obviously under age but with a forged moped license. I could not believe the atmosphere there it was fantastic seeing Sven Väth and Richard Bartz live at the time. At that moment I knew this was gonna be my way of life.
2) After all the Omen experiences and the closing in 1998, we all started going to other clubs and I really started to make my own sounds and play at my own parties. I will not forget a grill party rave in Odenwald Germany. The party was supposed to be for 20 people then 200 showed up and it turned into a massive rave in the woods. I played as 12 hour set, which was awesome.
3) Another unbelievable memory was at Sankeys Tokyo 2016. It was my first time in Japan and I was totally new to Asia and didn’t know what to expect. I arrived just after midnight as my set time was 2am, just as the club was getting full. I will never forget how the people were raving to more harder sounds. After every track, you could feel the energy on the dancefloor. It was just fantastic and really something to remember!
4) I have to mention a rave organised by two Dutchmen in Amsterdam. The special moment was in 2016 when I played Drumcode ADE in Amsterdam in the famous Gashouder. This was a big moment ofr me and will stay in my mind for a long time. Not only playing alongside greats like Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Sam Paganini, Alan Fitzpatrick and others, but also being in that amazing stadium. It was a dream come true.
5) The most recent rave that left a special impression on my was Balaton Sound in Hungary, last year. I played after John Digweed and I remember the thousands of ravers in front of me enjoying every moment. It was just perfect for an outside performance – the stage and sound system were out-of-this-world!
I guess there have been many more highlights than just these five of them over the years and hope there will be many more to come! – Mark Reeve