There are a handful of artists whose vision and sound tends to align with our own so well we couldn’t have dreamt it up any better. One of those people happens to be Toronto’s Mark Penner, known musically as Cyclist, which is why we were so overjoyed to have the chance to go tandem with him for a brand new feature. With a more than impressive track record which includes a winning remix on DFA and more for the likes of Shindu, Anoraak and Rogue Vogue, a handful of highly successful originals, two sizzling monthly’s in his home city, and an overall affinity for producing tracks brimming with an infectious funk vibe — it’s really no wonder he’s got our, and many others, attention.
Over the past week we got together with Mark, between his international wanderings and analog daydreams, to get the details on what’s been happening in his world. Catch our interview below full of highlights surrounding his new label with Karl Kling of RAC, some recent mixing of work and play down in Mexico, and the inspirations of funky music. Of course, we couldn’t leave you without some jams to enjoy, so Mark has put together a gem-filled mix for us as well, which will surely have you moving and grooving in no time.
Check it out after the jump!