Short pre-tease previews of all four tracks on the upcoming fourth release from Proper Trax, featuring two tracks each from Grey People and Chris Mitchell. Exciting.
Will Azada’s recorded set from his appearance at TV Lounge’s Night Turns To Day party on Memorial Day Monday in Detroit. If you weren’t there, you missed out…but since he’s on the ball with that portable recorder, you can still pretend you were sitting beneath a patio umbrella, on a dirty couch, in TV’s backyard, getting slathered with bumpin’ bass and fueled up with cheap Bloody Marys. Oh yeah. Download or stream the mix below, tracklist in the SC comments. Lots of goodies in there, including unreleased material from Proper Trax, Chris Mitchell, Will Azada, Grey People, and Jackson Lee…
Worth noting were the opening sets from Aran Daniels and the Northern Purpose crew bringing it deeeeep. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we missed out on DJ Spider annd the Jane Fitz / Jade Seatle B2B!
Thanks to Jane Fitz, Brendan Clark, Mr. Joshooa and the TV Lounge staff for making this happen and providing a proper atmosphere for Monday morning!
We’re going to start a new (usually) weekly feature here that’s been kicked around as an idea for awhile, called Proper Picks , where Proper Trax asks label artists, friends, fam, and fans to pick a few tracks they consider proper tracks worth hearing. Simple enough. To introduce the series, we’ve got our very own Grey People with a four-track selection of house jams:
I chose 4 tracks that best represent my current taste. These tracks are in no specific order or ranking; they’re all number 1’s to me:
1) Full House – Communicate (dub) [DJ International, 1986] – I picked this up on a whim at the local goodwill (people are itching to get rid of this kinda shit in Nashville apparently) for 50 cents and it’s slowly crept into the majority of my sets. Definitely a great track that’s both aggressive and emotive; snares that make you wanna beat the shit out of someone with vox that makes you wanna fuck.
I couldn’t find the dub mix on the tubes so here is the original that is just as good.
2) Superlife – Go Bananas (Steve Summers Remix) [Peoples Potential Unlimited, 2011] – This track is weird and quirky is all the right ways. Think Klein & MBO meet Cybotron. Makes me want to go banannners.
3) 2 Body’s – Body Drill [House Records, 1989] – Nasty acid, beast of a track. This is one of those tracks you can really lose yourself in, hypnotic, pumping, sexul tension. This track still stands the test of time after all of these years.
4) Tang – Ominous [Emphasis Recordings, 2007] – This track is gorgeous, reminds me of getting lost driving in the suburbs while I was a teenager and listening to WNUR’s Sonic Sunset but losing the signal every 5 minutes. Pure fucking nostalgia….
Sonic Sunset archive: http://www.sonicsunset.com
Check out Grey People’s latest mix, Strange Feelings Vol. 1:
Obviously, it’s a big news day…or maybe we’re just slow with the updates. Busy making those new joints, yo. But we’d like to spread the word about Will Azada’s latest podcast, this time for Los Angeles-based Droid Behavior and their heavy-hitting D-NODE podcast series. Although Mr. Azada is known for his housier outings with Proper Trax, he’s also getting some attention for his more techno-oriented material. After receiving a smattering of support from Droid’s techno-bro duo Raiz for PROPER-002 and the new shit on Woods N Bass, he was asked to do a podcast for the prestigious label’s long-running mix series, which also features the likes of Chris Liebing, Drumcell, Speedy J, Alland Byallo, Aubrey, and Perc to name a few of the established guys, in addition to up-and-coming artists like Dead Sound, Daegon, Francois X, and Harvey McKay.
This mix is a bit different though. Will focuses on his own material for the majority of the mix, showcasing mostly unreleased techno tracks from his archives, along with a number of remixes and originals from some close associates, and a couple heavy hitters to start things rolling. It clocks in at 105 minutes, with 27 tracks, and rolls around from broken beat electro cuts, to ball-smashing dirty south techno, chilling out by the end with a series of deeper cuts. It’s a good introduction to the other side of his sound and what was previously mostly unheard material. Also featured is one of Vanguard Sound’s Chris Mitchell’s upcoming Proper Trax cuts slated for PROPER-004, two tracks off MYST-001 from Will and Jackson Lee, and a special dubplate remix of “Let’s Get Tight” by Grey People. Big shit!
You can stream and download the mix at Droid Behavior. Tracklisting and extra info is also listed.
We are happy to announce that Proper Trax fan and supporter, Cc_ aka Chris Powers, of Hunger ATL has organized a Proper Trax gathering with Will Azada, Grey People, and Piltdown Sound at the Garage at Biltmore in Asheville, NC on March 24th. This will mark our second appearance at the Garage as a group, and if its anything like the last, it should be a load of fun. Check it out, bring some friends, keep it proper.