The album format doesnʼt lend itself to four-on-the-ﬂoor electronic dance music. Thereʼs no recreation of the seamless,intoxicating thrill one ﬁnds in a night out dancing, and less savvy folk might ﬁnd the idea of listening to an hours worth of repetitive, seven-minute- plus, machine music to be, frankly, boring. But they probably havenʼt listened Mark Eʼs Stone Breaker, which is riveting in its primal simplicity. From the opening, gut-punching kick drums of “Archway” through the ecstatic triplets of closer “The Day,” Stone Breaker means business. Itʼs a record of pace and determination, full of classic house touchstones and steady, almost militant tempos, a reminder that electronic dance music is supposed to be forceful, if not altogether mean. Not once does it break its step or err from its course—it owns you, your body, and your mind from beginning to end.