Will Azada’s April 2012 – “It’s Gonna Be a Nasty Spring” – Top 10

To celebrate a milestone of three new releases so far for 2012, and because I’ve been so wrapped up working on music, I decided I’d treat myself to a small load of new records this month, outside of my usual frugal digs through Discogs. As much as I love new vinyl, it’s not a cheap passion if you’re interested in new releases. And it seems I always end up having to import most of my snags from Europe at a shipping & exchange rate premium, even from the US labels. I can’t get nearly everything I’d like to have, but for now, that’s the way it goes, and I’ll continue to make the sacrifice for exceptional music. Win some, miss some, it’s all part of the fun.

So here are ten of my picks (well, nine not including the new MYST-01) for April 2012. Commentary included, because I need another reason to procrastinate on 003′s video job.

Will Azada’s “It’s Gonna Be a Nasty Spring” April Top 10 Wax

1. Echo 106 – Winter Music – Lux Rec [LXRC08]

Double EP, 12″ + 7″ with two extra tracks. Excellent raw analog collection for Lux Rec. Nice variety of nasties and deepies, my mouth has been watering since I heard the previews on the label’s Soundcloud a month ago. Now I’ve got it.

2. Developer + Truncate Remix – Programma EP – Modularz [MODULARZ 005]

Released back in October, but I’m just now getting around to it. Evil “storm the warehouse” techno. Big kicks, nasty reverbs on all four tracks…can’t really pick a favorite of the bunch…and that’s a good thing.

3. Vinalog – Lost Patterns – Relative [RELATIVE 008]

Vinalog is back with their 4th cut, the third for me. Loopy grit house, covered in lo-fi tape saturation and cut loud on the wax. Love these guys. Check out Vinalog’s Relative 4, also…probably my favorite of the series.

4. Jackson Lee & Ben Jenkins – No Mind – Blank Artists [BLNK-24]

I’ve had this one for awhile, thanks to Jake and Ben, but just recently saw it on pop up on Juno, so on the chart it goes. All four tracks are fab, deep dub tech-house cuts with a smidge of classic dark prog vibe, but still meant to hit the floor when it counts. Track 2, “Emerson,” was meant for 33rpm slow jam, but give it a shot pitched up to 45 for use on a heated crowd…bitchin’ release.

5. Will Azada / Jackson Lee – Untitled (Easy Does It / Three Mile Island) – Mystical Disco [MYST-01]

Yeah, I’m proud of this one enough to list it! My track, “Easy Does It” is a slow, acid stomper and mixes real nice, especially with more percussive tracks that lack big bass. Jackson’s two tracks, “Three Mile Island” and “One November” round it off with a continuation of his excellent dub style. “TMI” is the floor track, but “One November” really stands out for those contemplative moments. Give it a listen in the rain at night. Oh yeah.

6. Michael Frosinone – No 2 – Unpredictable [UNPREDICTABLE 002]

Weird and gritty looper house, quite right for fucking your head up in the daylight hours. Favorite is Track 2, as its just a proper low-slung funk workout.

7. Solenoid – Colony EP – Graphene [GR 002]

Hellish, stripped-down, cavernous “oh fuck, robots are chasing me” techno from Thomas Hessler’s Graphene imprint. No frills stuff, but that’s what I like about it. “Colony” and “Pandemic” are my choice cuts.

8. Adalberto – House Party / Addicted – Acidicted [ACIDICTED 0.0BLACK]

Straight-up 6-tracker of to-the-point, jackin’ ass acid house. Adalberto isn’t reinventing the wheel, but he makes a premium one. All six tracks bang the box.

9. John Swing – Clint’s Theme – Relative [RELATIVE 007]

Another Relative release stealing spots on my chart. I’m a fan of the sound and it’s rare the label disappoints, what can I say? Funky, bumpin’ deep cuts, as that crew’s known for. Let’s get the funk down, yo.

10. WAX – No. 30303 (Remixes) – Wax [WAX 30303]

Shed pumps ‘em out on a regular basis, and once again, he gets it right. But this time he’s got one weird-as-fuck druggy long chugger from the Hey O Hansen guys, who are known for some weirdo and off-kilter tunes. The Shed remix is more of what you’d expect–warehouse stomp chord crusher! My pick for originality is the HOH remix, but both are tight.

You can buy everything listed here on Juno.

Of course, MYST-01 is also available through the Proper Trax Store. Shipping sometime in the next few days.

That’s it for April, folks. Although I have no doubt in my mind I’ll be stumbling across more, as always. And there are plenty I left off, simply due to the fact that I can’t get ahold of ‘em or can’t afford ‘em! Life of the wax DJ, eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trax Store Updated & Expanded – Mystical Disco [MYST-001] and PROPER-003 Pre-Orders Offered

The Trax Store is now updated with a total of four selections: PROPER-001, PROPER-002, PROPER-003, and MYST-001. What is MYST-001, you say? Well, it’s not Proper Trax, but it’s most definitely PROPER. MYSTICAL DISCO is a new imprint out of NYC, with the debut release featuring Will Azada and Blank Artists alumnus Jackson Lee. We help them, they help us, and you get easier access to more heated wax. In light of that development, we’ll also be working with other labels we consider proper in the future, to help spread the sound of the new global underground. MYST-001 will begin shipping late next week. Jump on it, because out of the 200 total copies available, we’ll have just 20…er, well, 19 now (thanks Joe).

As well as offering MYST-001, we’ve got discounted $6 pre-orders available for PROPER-003 setup for easy Paypal checkout (until April 21st), and as an added bonus of now having four releases to slang in the back alley of the Internet, US customers are eligible for free shipping if they purchase three or more pieces. We can’t quite offer the same deal to international customers, BUT we’ve lowered the price for additional records slightly, so you can get up to four for between $15 – $20 shipping.

GO BUY SOME STUFF!!!!!

The Support Update – Woods N Bass, Mystical Disco, and Bleepsequence

We’ve got a few things here that should be said, in light of recent developments regarding some of the artists associated with Proper Trax.

First up, Woods N Bass has established a new vinyl-only imprint, Woods N Bass Limited, that made its debut a week ago with the release of the Wet Feet EP by Will Azada & Piltdown Sound. It’s a belter of an EP, featuring three tracks, with the title track as a collaboration, and then a solo each from Will and Piltdown. Support has been diverse and wide so far, including direct play and chartings from the likes of DJ Deep, Seph, Jeroen Search, Raiz, Sammuli Kemmpi, Unbalance, Revy, Norman Nodge and Detroit Techno Militia to name just a few (ok, more than a few). It’s an exciting one, and we almost used “Wet Feet” for PROPER-002, but it wasn’t quite where it needed to be at the time…Glad to see our friend Santiago Merino @ Woods N Bass saw the potential it had though! Buy it now at Decks.de, although word on the street is that we’ll have a small stack available to sell direct as well, soon.

Next, and hitting shelves as we speak, is the debut of NYC/Memphis label Mystical Disco from Jackson Lee. MYST-001 is another split release, giving a taste of what’s to come for the label, with Will Azada’s ironically titled “Easy Does It” on the A-side, and Jackson Lee’s pair of dubtech/house thumpers on the flip, “Three Mile Island” and “One November.” Jackson Lee’s last release with fellow Memphian Ben Jenkins on Detroit’s Blank Artists is a diamond in the rough of dub-oriented house and techno, and personally, stands out from the glut of similar tracks with its live jam aesthetic and lowkey funk. Mr. Lee, we are sure, will be making his Proper Trax debut in the near future. Promo for MYST-01 has been limited so far, but we know Perc is on board with “Easy Does It.” It should be hitting record shelves worldwide soon, but can currently be found at Halcyon in NYC right now. We’ll also be receiving a handful of copies for direct sale for those interested. Previews on the link above, or click the pic.

Third, some news on the Bleepsequence front, a quality experimental/techno netlabel based in Pittsburgh, PA and run by Revy. Blpsq has been around for awhile now, and while all the music is free, it is one of the few that truly keeps a higher standard of quality on the digital front. Although neither are available just yet, both Piltdown Sound and Will Azada will be making separate contributions to the release schedule with their own EPs. Piltdown’s will be BLPSQ21, out next week, with Will’s following up likely in May. For now, check out the brand spankin’ new Bleepsequence Compilation I / BLPSQ20, featuring a heavy tracklist of music from the label’s roster.

Support.