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.

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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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.

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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