Proper Trax and Pangaea Fabriclive 73

Pangaea Fabriclive 73

Hessle Audio’s Pangaea pounds out the latest in the Fabriclive mix series and Proper Trax is pleased to be on board with Alex Falk’s “PTR” from the Terse EP. It’s a great mix, and if you like what we do, you’ll probably dig Pangaea’s style, too. Due out this month, here’s the relevant info:

With the last few years having inarguably paid witness to the most transitional, and potentially divisive period in the history of the UK’s much fawned-­over hardcore continuum, Kevin McAuley has become a voice synonymous with a singular brand of off-­kilter, sub-­heavy dance music. Under the name Pangaea, he has released on some of the most reputable labels to emerge in recent times, as well as the Hessle Audio imprint that he helms alongside long-­time friends, and fellow FABRICLIVE contributors, Pearson Sound and Ben UFO. As a trio they’ve been at the forefront of a scene that’s accelerated at an unprecedented rate as of late, making their enviable ability to stay ahead of the curve all the more impressive with a roster that boasts the indisputable talents of James Blake, Peverelist, Blawan and more.

Having grown up in a rural area of the South West of England, it was a move to Leeds that was to see McAuley’s early interest in music develop into something far more substantial, becoming engrossed in the emergent sounds of dubstep and co-­founding the city’s first ever night to be dedicated to the genre.

In 2007 he helped establish the Hessle Audio label as a means with which to draw together original and boundary-­pushing music that wasn’t being represented elsewhere, and after appearing as the imprint’s sophomore release he has gone on to craft eight more critically acclaimed EPs, including appearances for the esteemed Hotflush and Hemlock Recordings, as well as his own more recent Hadal series.

“I’ve never been happier with where I am and where I’m going as an artist. A lot has changed musically in the past few years, and having felt adrift at times it now feels like all my musical experiences have led naturally to this place.” Pangaea

It’s here, four years after his first appearance in fabric’s third room, that he steps up to deliver a mix that’s as visceral as we’ve come to expect from the prodigious youngster, and one that exemplifies the fiercely unique approach he’s taken towards his work thus far.

With his productions having traditionally shared an affiliation with the darker end of the sonic spectrum, it comes as no surprise to find the confrontational palettes of Psyk and Shifted sitting alongside the gauzy textures of Lee Gamble and distressed junglism of Pev & Kowton, over the course of a compelling 76 minutes.

Pre-order at the fabric store:

Of course, there are still some copies of the Terse twelve floating around out there, but you can always buy the digital direct at our Bandcamp shop.

Midi Deux Podcast #112 – Will Azada [Proper Trax]

Will’s got a brand new bag for ya to shake booty to for the end of 2013 with this diverse vinyl-only offering of proper jams for Midi Deux. Two-and-a-half hours of music spanning funky breaks, house, disco, acid, techno, and more. Check it out below:

Podcast #112 – Will Azada [Proper Trax] by Midi Deux on Mixcloud

Keeping It Proper On Rinse.FM With Will Azada In The Mix, Mix, Mix, Mix….

“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.

Proper Placement

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]

Now Available: Alex Falk – Terse [PROPER-005]

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.


Proper Picks 003 With DJ Deep

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.

Matti Turunen – Elokuu [Muhk]

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!

Markus Schatz – Smoking Wild Album Sampler [Salon]

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.

Claudia Anderson – Hysteria [Singular]

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.

Will Azada – Easy Does It [Mystical Disco]

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!

LIBRAH – 2BWU [Parkwest]

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.

Will Azada’s “Floor Freakers” October Chart (w/ commentary)

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.

Will Azada’s Floor Freakers! [October 2012]


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.

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]

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.

Now, click here to peep ‘em!

-Will Azada

Will Azada in the mix for Northern Purpose

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.

Keep it sticky…Proper Trax photo contest in gear for a test copy of Proper-004

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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Proper Picks – 001

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.

Full House – Communicate

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.

Superlife – Go Bananas

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.

2 Body\'s – Body Drill

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….

Tang – Ominous

Sonic Sunset archive:

Check out Grey People’s latest mix, Strange Feelings Vol. 1: