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]
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)
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.
The state of house, despite all the mediocrity and commercial saturation, is decidedly healthy from my perspective. 2011 was a truly memorable year, but three-quarters through 2012 and I’m feeling like this will be the best yet. Unfortunately, it’s also been my financially toughest year personally, so I’ve done my best to stick my head in the sand to numb the pain of missed records. Nonetheless, I am first and foremost a DJ and fan of music, so I can’t help but hunt, dig, and snatch up the best of the best as often as possible. With that said, here’s a snapshot of 11 releases that have been jacking my jock for the last while now.
1. PROPER TRAX 4 – Chris Mitchell & Grey People [Proper Trax]
This should be obvious, but I’m extremely proud of the fourth Proper Trax release. How could I not be, considering some of the tracks have been in my own DJ rotation for nearly a year or more at this point–and yet I never tire of them. Huge thanks to Chris and Alex for believing in the label and offering up their skills to proper it up.
2. TWENTY-THREE – Marco Zenker [Ilian Tape]
I like to think I have integrity and do my best to avoid tit-for-tat support of music for the sake of relationships or the continuation of free promos. Too often have I come across charts that are slathered with that mentality, and it is frustrating. I’ve been knocked off promo lists for giving honest feedback that may not be what was expected, because a lot of labels and artists are too caught up in their own greatness to accept that while I may appreciate gifts, I’m not going to kiss ass for them. However, when Marco sent me this EP a couple months back, I knew it was gonna be a fucking smasher from the first notes of “Anisa.” Each track here has its own distinct vibe, and it’s obvious that Mr. Zenker put his most into presenting a properly cohesive EP, the way it should be done. It doesn’t rely on big name remixes or filler garbage–it’s just one carefully crafted selection of top-notch techno. One of my favorites of the year!
3. EARTH CALLS – Joey Anderson [Deconstruct]
Even though its catalog is still in the single digits, Deconstruct has yet to do less than floor me with each release, and Joey Anderson’s latest is absolutely no exception. It’s rare I buy doubles, but in the case of this one, I was on top of it from the moment I caught Halcyon’s alert. Both tracks here are simultaneously tough, thoughtful, sexy and tense–the last of which is a staple of Anthony Parasole and Levon Vincent’s release mentality. Only kick out the best, and only when the time is right.
4. IDIOT SAVANT MASTERPIECES – Amir Alexander [Vanguard Sound]
Real. That’s all you gotta know about this one. “Realest of the Real” and “Sonic Weaponry” are my favorite jams here, but the whole thing, as with most of my favorite EPs, is a journey from start to finish. “Real” is just plain nasty, and sure to be rinsed for years to come. Driving, funky, and proper techno-house. Amir is on a roll!
5. ATLANTIC AVE – Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa [The Corner]
“Atlantic Ave” is one (well, two) of those tracks that doesn’t really snatch your attention with a big hook or particularly polished sound design when previewing or listening on small sound. But when you take this fucking record out and put it in context…watch out! Both versions of the title cut are pure, unadulterated mindfuck jams that WILL melt faces when dropped at the right time. They’re particular beasts, and as is typical of Mr. Parasole’s (limited) discography, the time must be right…but when it’s that time, you will know. “Ocean Bottom” is a fine textural piece that I’ve not played out, but could see being just right for when you want to stir some shit up. Experimental, inter-dimensional techno that will fuck you up!
6. WHO CARES WHO WINS – Dense & Pika [Dense & Pika]
Awwww yeah. My kind of sleazy, trashy, shitty machinefunk techno-house. Hadn’t heard of these guys before, but got tipped off recently by Ste Roberts and received this one to preview. I like ‘em dirty, and this one does not disappoint with its degraded sound design and “fuck it, let’s roll” attitude toward arrangements. Just a selection of three proper fucking tracks, no bullshit, no dicky tricks.
7. NV ELECTRO – 2400 Operator [Tartelet]
Boss classic-tipped electro jams here from the one and only 2400 Operator, brought to you by one of my go-to labels for off-kilter dance tunes. Title track is my favorite, but once again, this whole EP has a cohesive quality to it that makes it worthwhile as a whole. It’s a little retro in approach, but to my ears it is skips out on the reverse-engineered retro revivalism of so many others and has no qualms presenting a polished piece with contemporary flair. Goddamn, that sounded like such a douche RA reviewer line. Tight shit, buy it.
8. MUSIC FOR COSMONAUTS – CCO [Lux Rec]
NEW CCO, NEW LUX, FUCK YEAH! If you’ve followed my ramblings/charts/mixes over the last year, you know I’ve got a boner for all things Lux Rec. Those motherfuckers have yet to fail, and this is another one of those must-have acid jams from CCO. His first for the label has stayed in the crate since I found out about the label in late 2011, and I’d wager this one will be honorably serving my cosmic-acid-love needs for the next!
9. CRITICAL DISTANCE PART 2 – Tom Demac [Hypercolour]
This one’s been making the trend tossers all hot ‘n’ bothered recently, but with all my hipster foresight, my recognition of this one’s curb appeal was immediate upon receipt. Wonky vocals that sound like Thom Yorke on (more) drugs veering into a huge-as-fuck bassline that will make even the most ignorant brostep/moombatron/trap kiddie a house convert…all while keeping the bar high in “legit factor,” if you know what I mean. Could have done without the remix, honestly, as it kinda ruins the surprise factor of the original. Nonetheless, a dope track that makes me happy and still keeps the crowd on their toes.
10. OUTTA SIGHT – Mr. G [Phoenix G]
MISTER FUCKING GEE BITCH. PROPER TECH-HOUSE GOD. RAW AND NASTY. I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS IS #10 AND NOT HIGHER, EXCEPT THAT I FEEL LIKE I’VE CHARTED AND PLAYED G’S BEATS SO MUCH AND FOR SO LONG THAT I TAKE HIM FOR GRANTED. DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE LIKE ME. FOR HE IS TRUTH.
11. LET YOU IN THE SKY – Lando Kal [Icee Hot]
“Let You In The Sky” is just…just fucking great. The rest is aight, but honestly, I keep going back to A1 and forgetting to listen to the rest. One day it will be that record that I flip over and go “oh yeah, I totally slept on this B-side.” Featuring a remix from Anthony Shakir. But don’t ask me what it sounds like, cuz I’m too busy listening to the title.
Will Azada is stirring it up at London crew Northern Purpose, with a new mix of proper heaters and beaters, including two from the forthcoming Proper Trax 004 from Chris Mitchell and Grey People. Jam-packed with 21 low-slung “tech-house” jams in 77 minutes, it makes for a good look into the deeper, darker side of his style. Give it a listen.
Here’s the tracklist for those that may be wondering:
1. Will Azada – Sleazin’ [Unreleased]
2. Washerman – Basement Dub [Drumpoet Community]
3. Amir Alexander – Realest of the Real [Vanguard Sound]
4. Will Azada – Drunk Sequence [Proper Trax]
5. Grey People – Grim Premonition [Unreleased]
6. The Minister – Untitled [Creme Organization]
7. Echo 106 – Native Ancient Ritual [Lux Rec]
8. Mae – 665 (DJ Spider 6651) [EDEC]
9. Sawlin – Techno Dumping [Ann Aimee]
10. Vinalog – Pattern 2 [Relative]
11. Wax – 30303 (Shed o San Remix) [Wax]
12. DJ Spider & Hakim Murphy – Concrete Canvas [Plan B]
13. Analogue Cops & Blawan – Sickle [Vae Victis]
14. Claro Intelecto – Day [Modern Love]
15. Chris Mitchell – Fury [Proper Trax]
16. Will Azada – Pump That Shit [Proper Trax]
17. Lola aka Dakini9 – Shamanic Echoes [Supreme Scyence]
18. Grey People – Land Drum [Proper Trax]
19. Eduardo De La Calle – Untitled A1 (DISCO004) [Analogue Solutions]
20. Will Azada – My Restless Love [Unreleased]
21. xxx – xxx [xxx]
Length: 77m 11s – Recorded at the Proper Trax studio, July 17, 2012.
In preparation for Proper-004, Proper Trax is holding a photo drawing. Take photos of either Proper Trax stickers in strategic, public locations or Proper Trax records on the decks of a proper party (preferably with the crowd and/or DJ in the shot) and share it on our wall. For each unique location, you’ll get one entry into the hat for a free pre-release test pressing of PROPER-004, which will feature two tracks each from Chris Mitchell and Grey People. Shipping is on the label. Contest ends on August 4th. No bullshit photos of unstuck stickers in your mom’s basement or records at a sad party featuring your girlfriend and cat. Keep it proper!
There have been a few submissions already that were removed from Facebook, thanks to its spybot censorship. So instead, submit your photos to proper [at] propertrax (dot) com and they’ll be added to this site instead, to avoid takedowns and other horseshit.
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