“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)
It’s been another long wait for the next edition of our Proper Picks feature, but what better way to kick off 2013 than to present the the man behind Deeply Rooted House, DJ Deep! Cyril Etienne’s impeccable taste and mixing skills have helped solidify him as a stalwart veteran of the French house and techno scene. With his brand of boundary-blurring “deeply rooted house,” and imprint of the same name, he’s helped revitalize contemporary dancefloor sounds with an inspired run of releases from a variety of house/techno veterans and new blood. Capturing his “DJ diary” of 2012, he was invited to kick off Tresor’s KERN mix series, introducing a broad base of listeners to some the favorite tracks of his career.
For this Proper Picks, Deep wanted to highlight what he considers to be five underrated and overlooked gems of 2012 spanning the sounds of house and techno. And after having heard them (with the exception of “Easy Does It” — I promise I did not put him up to that!), I can understand why he curated these particular records! Without further ado, Proper Trax presents DJ Deep and his Proper Picks.
A promo of this was sent to my house which is something that does not happen anymore for me. I absolutely love the title track “Elokuu.” It’s definitely a deep track with a bassline reminiscent of classic Chicago house, but it has a lot of personality, and I find myself touched by it’s unique vibe. I feel lucky to have received a promo record that I feel so much!
I absolutely love this record. Since I got it, it’s stayed in my bag. It somehow reminds me of the early days of Deepside and St. Germain. Not that it sounds like them, but the structure of the tracks have a feeling that is close to that era. My favorite from the sampler is “Deep X” but the flip side is also very nice.
Marcelus’s first release on his Singular label is by a young Austrian female producer, and I have to say the track “Falling Lines” really grew on me. When I first heard it I thought it was perhaps very inspired by Marcelus’s EP1 on Deeply Rooted House, but I realized after playing it that there was more to it, and I got hooked on “Falling Lines.” I think it takes a little time to really appreciate this record.
This one is stuck in my record box, and I even had to buy a second copy, which is the same thing that happened with Zadig’s “Manic Mansion.” It’s got a unique feel that for some weird reason reminds me of Armando but it has no element in the track using any of Armando’s signature sounds. It’s “classic” feeling but not retro in approach, which shows Will has a great talent for showing respect to the early days of House, but brings something new and personal to the table. This is one of my favorite records!
I guess man is made of contradictions right? On the one hand I am sometimes a slightly disappointed how people copy their mentors or push their nostalgia so far that they do carbon copies of past tracks by House heroes such as Kerri Chandler or Ron Trent. On the other hand, I like this record which definitely pays tribute to the original House
creators, but I also like the fact it’s somehow fresh and naive—at least this is the way I hear it!
For more insight into the mind of DJ Deep, check out his recent interview with Juno Plus.
Proper Trax is proud to present the first in a series of mixes that is geared toward the past, present, and future works of the label’s artists.
The first volume is a two-hour showcase of the straight-up, body-bumpin’ shit we do.
Volume 2 to follow early next year, with a taste of the darkness.
Mr. Chris Mitchell is blowing the lid off the Proper Trax Soundcloud account with a load of fresh listens coming through for the exclusive mix he did for us. We’re not sure if it’s our exceptional keyword tagging skills in honor of his penchant for azngrls or a supercool blogger trying to get street cred, but we’re happy to see the influx of heads looking for something good to listen to. Whatever, it doesn’t matter, we’re just happy that someone appreciates the dopeness on display!
Here it is for those that haven’t heard it: