Hessle Audio’s Pangaea pounds out the latest in the Fabriclive mix series and Proper Trax is pleased to be on board with Alex Falk’s “PTR” from the Terse EP. It’s a great mix, and if you like what we do, you’ll probably dig Pangaea’s style, too. Due out this month, here’s the relevant info:
With the last few years having inarguably paid witness to the most transitional, and potentially divisive period in the history of the UK’s much fawned-over hardcore continuum, Kevin McAuley has become a voice synonymous with a singular brand of off-kilter, sub-heavy dance music. Under the name Pangaea, he has released on some of the most reputable labels to emerge in recent times, as well as the Hessle Audio imprint that he helms alongside long-time friends, and fellow FABRICLIVE contributors, Pearson Sound and Ben UFO. As a trio they’ve been at the forefront of a scene that’s accelerated at an unprecedented rate as of late, making their enviable ability to stay ahead of the curve all the more impressive with a roster that boasts the indisputable talents of James Blake, Peverelist, Blawan and more.
Having grown up in a rural area of the South West of England, it was a move to Leeds that was to see McAuley’s early interest in music develop into something far more substantial, becoming engrossed in the emergent sounds of dubstep and co-founding the city’s first ever night to be dedicated to the genre.
In 2007 he helped establish the Hessle Audio label as a means with which to draw together original and boundary-pushing music that wasn’t being represented elsewhere, and after appearing as the imprint’s sophomore release he has gone on to craft eight more critically acclaimed EPs, including appearances for the esteemed Hotflush and Hemlock Recordings, as well as his own more recent Hadal series.
“I’ve never been happier with where I am and where I’m going as an artist. A lot has changed musically in the past few years, and having felt adrift at times it now feels like all my musical experiences have led naturally to this place.” Pangaea
It’s here, four years after his first appearance in fabric’s third room, that he steps up to deliver a mix that’s as visceral as we’ve come to expect from the prodigious youngster, and one that exemplifies the fiercely unique approach he’s taken towards his work thus far.
With his productions having traditionally shared an affiliation with the darker end of the sonic spectrum, it comes as no surprise to find the confrontational palettes of Psyk and Shifted sitting alongside the gauzy textures of Lee Gamble and distressed junglism of Pev & Kowton, over the course of a compelling 76 minutes.
Pre-order at the fabric store: http://www.fabriclondon.com/store/fabriclive-73.html
Of course, there are still some copies of the Terse twelve floating around out there, but you can always buy the digital direct at our Bandcamp shop.
Will’s got a brand new bag for ya to shake booty to for the end of 2013 with this diverse vinyl-only offering of proper jams for Midi Deux. Two-and-a-half hours of music spanning funky breaks, house, disco, acid, techno, and more. Check it out below:
Definitive Findings is our first digital-only compilation, featuring 16 trax from as many artists (a lot of which are fresh faces to the label), that we wish we could have pressed and presented on our preferred format of choice: vinyl. Instead, we figured it would be a good way to wrap up 2013 and give ya’ll something to munch on, considering the last Proper Trax release was in February with Alex Falk’s TERSE. Raw as ever, even the artwork, here’s what I originally wrote for the press release:
Twenty-thirteen. It’s been a year filled with glory and growth, followed by trials and tribulations. For Proper Trax and the tight rep it built from the previous two years’ jams, exceptional tunes from unexpected corners of the globe became the norm. With plans drafted to step up the number of record productions for 2013, other circumstances ($$$) jacked that shit and torched hopes for PROPERs 006 through 009 for the year. Slightly disappointing, right?
Fuck it, we don’t let shit get us down! The ruckus churned by cult jams like Alex Falk’s “NARNAR,” Chris Mitchell’s “Drum Trax,” and Grey People’s “Abrahadabra” opened a spigot of dopeness, but that bitch we know as Cash Flow was just too tight to get it all out. It was time to take a breath and temporarily alter course for the binary realm. Thus, the House of Proper would become a haven for all trax cut from a particular cloth, and selectively groomed as Proper Trax tried and true. The result of which is now known as Definitive Findings.
Keep it proper,
To help celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new chapter for Proper Trax, here’s a website-exclusive discount code for 50% off Definitive Findings until January 1st, 2014.
“USA STAR, er, well maybe not star…” Will Azada makes his first mix appearance on UK terrestrial radio with an offering chock-full of all that is Proper. Featured on Hypercolour’s Friday night Rinse.FM spot hosted by our friend and upcoming Proper Trax contributor, Mr. Ste Roberts. Thirty-five minutes of current and upcoming trax, it begins around the bottom of the first hour and goes on from there. Get it? Got it? Yeah.
113 minutes of Papa Proper doin’ his thing.
Off the cuff 2-hour excerpt from a recent 6-hour studio mix session.
01 – Paul Maslin – House! [forthcoming Proper Trax]
02 – Will Azada – Cliche [forthcoming CGI]
03 – Will Azada – Strapped [???]
04 – Grey People – Panik Mode [Proper Trax]
05 – Chris Mitchell – Drum Trax [Proper Trax]
06 – Ste Roberts, Will Azada, & Dick Darling – Ann Summers [Initials]
07 – Will Azada – Self Control [???]
08 – WA – Lemme Plaaay! [Initials Red]
09 – Alex Falk – NARNAR [Proper Trax]
10 – Jackson Lee – Three Mile Island [Mystical Disco]
11 – Will Azada – Contrast [Finale Sessions]
12 – Will Azada – Unintentionally Sadistic (The Whip) [forthcoming CGI]
13 – Will Azada – Endless Journey To The Inner Crust [???]
14 – Will Azada – A Night In The Life Of Mr. Dirtbag McDiscopants [Hypercolour]
15 – Will Azada – It’s, Uh, Like This [Initials]
16 – Will Azada – Pump That Shit [Proper Trax]
17 – Will Azada – Michalski’s Theme [forthcoming CGI]
18 – Will Azada – For The Floor [Proper Trax]
19 – Will Azada – Mysterious White Powder [Hypercolour]
20 – Will Azada – Easy Does It [Mystical Disco]
21 – Grey People – Tempo Planet [forthcoming Proper Trax]
22 – Alex Falk – HSTL [Proper Trax]
23 – CC_ – L’Danque Cave [forthcoming Proper Trax]
24 – Chris Mitchell – Fury [Proper Trax]
25 – Ste Roberts – Louie Mate [forthcoming Proper Trax]
26 – Grey People – Abrahadabra [Proper Trax]
27 – Oliver Dodd – Untitled [forthcoming Proper Trax]
28 – Alex Falk – PTR [Proper Trax]
…if it even exists…it doesn’t matter either way…everyone’s obsessed with ideas of keeping it real and fronting originality and artistry…but it’s all part of a method of targeted niche marketing. often intentional, and usually subliminal…the real victims are all of us that buy the hype and swallow the bitter bile of fad-chasing journos, zombie fans, and hopelessly blind, deaf wannabe romantics vying to be the next best thing since kurt cobain (but sure as fuck ain’t). in reality, they’re just a bunch of cunts banging out some preset chords and tutorialized, paint-by-numbers standards.
kissing ass, playing charades, fucking smiley-faces and deleted social media, “big” and “established” motherfuckers (you know who you are) that think they know it all and wanna tell you all how to do it and what to be and how to approach the world as if they somehow aren’t just riding by the tip of their dicks, blowing up the next bubble so they can ride the tide to their next faddy hypetrain to cash-in, all while waving a sweatshop-manufactured flag of cheap-ass, flimsy plastic claiming to represent humanity’s equality and environmental sustainability. broken bottles and mysterious powders, 120dB of ear-shattering schlock, propped up by horseshit gimmicks.
fuck that shit. that’s not real. there won’t be a deal if you mask your true feelings, methods, desires, results. what’s the goal? of course it isn’t about the money, but we sure as fuck can’t live off goodwill and chill vibes, cuz it’s “all about the underground.” no more looking to the past for the answers, because to dwell makes the present AND the future unwell, remember? measure your approach, dare to over-analyze or you might stagger, and the result will be a face plant and a total loss of swagger. there’s gotta be a happy medium, but first we gotta conquer all these new media.
here’s to all ya’ll out there that might be suffering
we don’t keep it proper for nothing
If you weren’t aware of our fifth record, you are now. Proper Trax number five comes from Alex Falk–someone who has been here since day one, playing no small part in providing his own flare to the label’s aesthetic with his Piltdown Sound contributions “Bom” and “Xanderplatz” on Split Personalities II, as well as his thoroughly detailed opinions on the arrangement of Will Azada’s hi-hats. We’re proud to announce Alex Falk’s debut solo effort: TERSE
After sweating out the winter heatwave generated by Chris Mitchell and Grey People with Proper Trax 4, Alex Falk distills a purified form of techno from the often unnecessary complexities of the style. Terse—the fifth limited twelve from Proper Trax–further solidifies the label’s unflinching commitment to the rough ‘n’ tough sounds of the southern US underground. Don’t sleep, as this one is aimed to take its place in the record bags of the globe’s in-the-know heads.
Available since late February through the Proper Trax grapevine, copies are now making their way through distribution channels and should be arriving at a record shop near you within the next week. If you don’t want to wait around, or just prefer to deal directly with us (and receive the WAVs), you can hit the shop on the sidebar and order copies from the label instead.
Stacked to the brim with proper tunes, here is Will Azada’s March chart for Juno, a broad selection of “Twenty Trill Trax.”
Well, we blew through the original run of Proper Trax 4 and decided to repress 150 copies due to the demand. Once those are gone, this run is done and we’re moving on to PROPER-005! You can order it direct from the label on the sidebar, or check out retailers like Juno.
You can also catch Marcel Dettmann dropping “Drum Trax” on NYE in Amsterdam in this video (timestamp 4:20:00)