Definitive Findings

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,
Will Azada

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.

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Will Azada Featured on Droid Behavior’s D-Node Podcast

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.

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.