Secretsundaze tribute Speed at the Mars Bar

Following on from the success of their debut release ‘Baia 2012’, hailed by influential critic and blogger Philip Sherburne as one of the top 50 records of the year so far, secretsundaze resident and co-founder James Priestley and studio partner Marco Antonio return with ‘Speed’, for their second release on the ever-evolving London based secretsundaze stable.

Much in the same way ‘Baia 2012’ did, ‘Speed’ harks back to a legendary time in club land, but this time much closer to home, to Speed at the Mars Bar in London, where the likes of LTJ Bukem were resident in the mid 90s and spun their ‘deep and beautiful rollin drum and bass’. As many of you will know, atmospheric strings, techno inspired basslines and amen breaks were the order of the day. Amen.


James Priestley

‘Speed’ pays homage to those times, but updated for the dancefloors and headphones of today, essentially as a patient, restrained, synth-layered and organic, percussive techno record. A tight 909 kick, Prophet 5 pads and sampled Maracas and shakers, make way for an incessant bassline and nostalgic vocal sample, the same one used by Bukem himself in his landmark track, ‘Horizons’.

Marcus Intalex aka Trevino, as a spear head of the liquid drum n bass scene still to this day, with his newly christened Trevino alias, who has quickly risen within the UK House ranks in 2012, was an obvious choice to step up on remix duties. A jungle inspired tribal loop, a rude yet refined bassline, plenty of shaker changes and a super patient and smooth arrangement makes for our favourite offering of his to date, as it heads in more peak time territory, whilst maintaining the broodiness and ethos of the original.


James Priestley & Marco Antonio

All in all, another essential release from the secretsundaze label showing the production prowess of one of it’s founders James Priestley, alongside partner Marco Antonio, rounding off what has been a great year for the label as well as the parties here in London and around the world. In the words of Maya Angelou, ‘the horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change’. Here here..

Support from Deetron, Sasha, Ame, Craig Richards, Sebo K, Gerd, Skudge, George Fitzgerald, Ben Sims, Surgeon, Will Saul, Ashley Beedle, Vince Watson, Kiki, Karotte, Midland, Paul Woolford, Marcus Worgull, Michael Reinboth, Eric Duncan, Jimmy Edgar, Matt Tolfrey, Clive Henry, Adam Marshall, Ethyl, Flori, Arkist, Guy Andrews, Cottam, Eric Cloutier, & Catz N Dogz.

‘Speed’ is out now on Secretsundaze.


James Priestley


Marco Antonio