Boomkat Product Review:
Houndstooth wield a strong debut album package from Marquis Hawkes with Social Housing’s 12 tracks of grittily soulful, optimistic and deeply ‘floor-friendly house variations.
If you’re even half familiar with current UK house sounds, you’ve no doubt heard at least some of Hawkes’ aces for Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Clone Jack For Daze, or, more recently Aus Music and Fabric/Rob Booth’s Houndstooth. And if you haven’t you really need to catch the f**k up.
With Social Housing he reaffirms his prowess with proper style and swerve, and all in the name of a socio-political cause, as he explains:
“Social Housing is named as such, because it's the environment I live in, the first thing I see every day when I walk out of my front door, and in effect, influences aspects of my life, including my music. Too often, particularly in the UK, the term is viewed negatively and equated with slum estates, broken windows and criminality. I want to show that something positive comes out of such schemes. The album Social Housing wouldn't have been possible to produce without the stability and security that social housing has given me and my family. "
Nice idea, and one that sits well with the record’s integrity and wide appeal, which blazes thru in highlights such as the super-infectious vocal banger, I’m So Glad (Satisfied Mix) featuring the big lungs of Jocelyn Brown, or the fruity keyboard work of Timothy Blake on Tim’s Keys, and particular the plush, psychedelic jazz strains woven into Wake Up, Baby! and the french touch of Fantasy.