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!!!!!

Strictly Heat [PROPER-003] by Will Azada is Almost Here – Pre-Order until 4/21/12

Hadn’t realized that previews for PROPER-003 were not available on the site itself, so let’s fix that little problem…

Will Azada makes his solo vinyl release debut with STRICTLY HEAT, on Proper Trax. Test pressings and promos are out and about, with the final shipment of wax slated to hit shelves in late April / early May. Featuring three floor-focused tech-house (are we allowed to use that term or is it a dirty word?) tracks to bang in the spring…properly.

We’re not too keen on circle-jerking ourselves with track-by-track self-analyses, so have a listen yourselves. For those interested in pre-ordering a copy we’ll give you a limited opportunity to get it by release day for just $6 +S&H. Now that the catalog has expanded for the Trax Store, we’re also going to offer free shipping to the US for purchases of 3 records or more (and we lowered the additional price per record for international orders). We will also send along a limited CD of some new unreleased material that may or may not see the light of day, but it’ll be tight anyway.

Pre-order offer expires on April 21st. Records will be mailed the day we have them, which will likely be about a week or two before it starts hitting the shops.

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Hunger ATL presents Proper Trax at The Garage in Asheville, NC – March 24th

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.

Keepin’ it Proper in Kentucky with the Derby City Bad Kids…

This Thursday, March 8th, Alex Falk (Piltdown Sound) and Will Azada will be making the trek to Louisville, KY to perform for the Derby City Bad Kids and their Pitch night at Zanzabar, for a special Proper Trax night. Local residents Jason Shelton and Lady Carol will be holding it down as well. We’ll have records available for sale, and plenty of killer music ready to unleash. If you’re nearby, come on by. Pitch @ Zanzabar

Pitch @ Zanzabar

Will Azada featured on Paraplan Radio podcast #41

Russian blog and party promotion crew, Paraplan Radio, has featured a live mix consisting of mostly vinyl (with the exception of a few unreleased testers) by Will Azada. Needless to say, we’re honored to be included here, with the likes of Vanguard Sound’s Amir Alexander, Unbroken Dub of Rawax, DJ TLR of Creme Organization, and load of other great DJs. The mix clocks in at 2 hours and 24 minutes so prepare to sit back and getcha groove on for awhile!

Paraplanraddio Podcast #41 by Will Azada

Will Azada’s Proper 12 to Begin 2012 Chart

2011 was an exceptional year for house and techno music, with too many underground artists and labels sprouting and establishing their posts for the future. We believe 2012 is going to be even more notable, judging from the landscape. Not only does Proper Trax have an absolute killer schedule set up to fill the pipeline, featuring upcoming EPs from Will Azada, Grey People, and Vanguard Sound / Plan B Records’ Tampa talent Chris Mitchell. But there have been a number of raw-as-fuck labels hard at work blazing trails over the past couple years, and we’d like to highlight some of the newer (and older) cuts that are blowing some minds with their gritty and fresh approach to house and techno.

Will Azada starts it off with his Proper 12 to Begin 2012 (which just so happen to be all 12″s, har!)

Will Azada’s Proper 12 to Begin 2012 Chart

1. D’Marc Cantu – Fallen [Creme Jak / Creme Org]
2. I:Cube – Lucifer En Discotheque EP [Versatile]
3. The Raw Interpreter – A One [Warm Sounds]
4. Traxx / JTC / D’Marc Cantu – The Definition Of Jak The Definition Of Hope [Lux Rec]
5. The Analogue Cops & Blawan – Cursory EP [Vae Victis]
6. Phil Weeks – Jack To My Groove EP [Robsoul]
7. Marieu – Urban Heat Island EP [Enchanted Wax]
8. Amir Alexander / Chris Mitchell / DJ Spider / Hakim Murphy – Vanguard Sound Vol. 3 [Vanguard Sound]
9. Villan X ft Naughty Wood vs Jonny Quest / JTC ft Rodger Devine – Prototype Substance EP [Nation]
10. Locked Groove – Rooted [Hotflush]
11. CCO – The Secret Life of a Transistor Bassline [Lux Rec]
12. Drumman – The Quasar EP [Lux Rec]

Yeah, three shouts to Lux Rec in one chart–these guys are doing it right. Slept-on heat. Analogue Cops, Marieu, and Blawan and the whole Restoration / Relative / Live Jam / Appointment / Enchanted Wax label orgy of greatness are also heavily repped and easily drained our lunch monies for the year on 12″ after 12″….and continue to do it for 2012. The Vanguard Sound / Plan B crew continues to bring the raw heat, this time shying away from the deeper sounds (although, they’re always deep) by bringing some fucking jackers to the start of the year with Volume 3, and officially establishing the Vanguard Sound label in the process. The Raw Interpreter is a new arrival, whom was just stumbled across during the dig–it’s like a dirt sandwich of Disco Nihilist and the aforementioned Relative crew, but with its own twist. Previously-dubstep/futuregarage/bass/whatever-focused Hotflush surprises with this mean release of warehouse stompers from Locked Groove. I:Cube brings the recharged vintage HEAT with his new release on Versatile (who dropped a lot of excellent cuts in 2011, most notably the Argy cut). Veteran Phil Weeks puts himself back in the spotlight, with the properly-titled Jack To My Groove EP. The previously unheard-of Nation (to me, at least) gets JTC on with dirtbag of his signature acid, along with an A-side of some psychedelic acidic excellence. And finally, D’MARC CANTU and his new LP on the venerable Creme Organization absolutely SEALS THE DEAL. The whole album is teeming with dirty-as-fuck Chicago-styled industrial/hard house/acid tracks that could have easily been commodified into three or four separate EPs and made those boys some LOOT. But Creme Org keeps it real and gives it all at once. 200 copies worldwide from what we hear, so get it quick. Available digitally, but really, this shit was meant for wax.

Of course, we have to mention our own end-of-the-year EP, Split Personalities II, which fits right in with its own take on raw–and begins the year with some love from Ostgut Ton’s very own Ryan Elliot, who charted it at #4 for January! Dopeness abounds.

Let’s get fucking tight, keep it proper, and blow it up in 2012. Thanks to EVERYONE who supports the international underground. Oh, by the way, buy some Proper Trax wax direct in January, and we’ll include a CD of some unreleased heat, so GET ON IT.

Piltdown Sound mixes for the CONDUIT Podcast

Piltdown Sound's guest mix for the CONDUIT Podcast

Piltdown Sound provides an hour of mixed originals and remixes for Vinyljunkie & 530Techno’s CONDUIT Podcast. It’s a furiously driving mix, layered with Piltdown’s signature sound, and includes the two latest cuts from the Proper Trax Split Personalities II EP.

// Tracklisting //

piltdown sound – sweete [digital release coming soon on herbst und musik]
will azada – dont trip (piltdown reduction)
piltdown sound – bom [12" available thru proper trax]
piltdown sound – toro (acid only mix)
piltdown sound – KS01 [digital release coming soon on herbst und musik]
piltdown sound – rmbl
piltdown sound – ooo [digital release coming soon on bleepsequence]
piltdown sound – otherness (take 2)
centrikal – elephants (piltdown remix) [digital release available thru subsensory recordings]
piltdown sound – flottetnzn
piltdown sound – this one
piltdown sound – doppler [digital release coming soon on bleepsequence]
grey people – mirrors (piltdown dub)
piltdown sound – xanderplatz [12" available thru proper trax]
luis armando – verkday (piltdown redux) [digital release coming soon on release musiq]
tomas rubeck – juicy (piltdown remix) [digital release available thru landed productions]
sys-hex – moral imperatives (piltdown remix) [digital release coming soon on release musiq]