Enzo Siragusa – Sagamore
‘Truly the tune that first got me into the darker and more minimal side of dance music. The subby low end and hypnotic chord stabs make for such a moody vibe, absolute classic. Distinctly remember enzo dropping it at the first fuse party I attended, safe to say it went off.’
Djebali – Juicy Street (Mandar Remix)
‘One of the first vinyl’s I purchased and would still rate it in my top 3 prime time tracks. The bassline, yet so simple, grooves along perfectly alongside the analogue style FX that make the tune so memorable. Large.’
Moi 04 – A (Untitled)
‘Probably my favourite record that I currently own. Moi (aka iO mulen) is one of my all-time favourite producers, and this record perfectly sums up his style: skippy drums with a strong bassline with spacey pads and chords progressing throughout. The vocal sample that echoes throughout the background of this tune is what really does it for me, takes it to a new level. The B side is also incredible, but this one just pips it for me.’
Awanto 3 – Pregnant
‘If I had to put one track forward as your go to warm up track, it would be this one. The slow tempo is counteracted by the unique kick pattern, which makes the track seems a lot quicker than it actually is. The chords are perfect, and when the vocal creeps in it ties the track together superbly.’
iO Mulen – Bird’s Eye
‘One of my favourite break-beat style tracks, iO Mulen does it again. When that bass comes through on a club system you will definitely know about, and paired with the haunting pads and FX, it makes it a memorable one.
Havantepe – + –
I wish there were more up-tempo dub techno tracks such as this, as it shows how well it can be done. Havantepe uses spacey pads and reverb laden chords to create a real interstellar mood, with the slight progressions driving the tune forward.
R10 – Banana D
‘A true party starter, this track combines a high tempo drum beat with a wobbly, analogue bassline to great effect. The pitch bended synth that occurs throughout the track is the aspect that keeps drawing me back though, never heard anything like it.’
T-Power feat Blade – Dangerous (Sons of Mecha vs Digital Pimp Remix)
‘Unashamed to say I first heard this tune during Omar’s set at Houghton. Another true wobbler, the extremely hard-hitting drums and detuned saw wave bass sound make for truly a memorable interlude during a set.’
Sweely – A Bit Too Much
‘Couldn’t possibly make a tracklist and not include a sweely tune. Quickly becoming one of my favourite producers, his sound is so distinct and unique and brings huge energy with every release.’
Moony – 3 Days
‘Had to finish off with some 2-step. Garage-style sample cutting used to great effect, moony utilises old school style string samples with a heavy bassline to make a straight banger.’
Various Artists – Comma Traxx Vol. 1 (Comma Traxx)
Various Artists – Comma Traxx Vol. 1 (Comma Traxx)
Comma Traxx kicks off with a debut EP from four fast rising talents in the form of Mehlor, Jake Flory, Matt Wills and S.ONN who take a track each on this digital and vinyl release. They all have their own unique takes on minimal, house and tech, and the tracks have already been supported by the likes of De Walta and Cosmjn.
Comma Traxx is a London based label and events promotion team founded in July 2018. The label aims to find artists across the UK who are fresh and innovative. “The idea of the label came from being inspired by the ethos of the early days of dubstep” say the team behind it. “The music being a very family oriented cultural movement within local clubs, DJs and music lovers coming together to celebrate and embrace the new sounds being created.” Like the party of the same name and their Soundcloud Podcast series ‘CommaCast’, the label will deal with in a range of musical styles and will kick off with a launch party on 5th April 2019, at Cell 200 in Kings Cross, London, with all artists playing.
Doncaster based Mehlor is first up, an arist with eight years in the game behind him and several solo EPs with a number of established labels. His deep delight ‘In Detroit’ oozes the machine soul of tracks from the Motor City, with future facing synth work, perfectly reduced drums and a fluid sense of machine funk of the highest order. Jake Flory is a music fanatic who has a big social media following already, is releasing on iO (Mulen)’s Hoary imprint and is working on a new live show for 2019. His ‘Try This’ is another classy and spaced out bit of stripped back house. Swirling pads, punchy kicks and astral atmospheres make it prime dancing material with a real sense of character.
Matt Wills is another up and comer with a burning passion for underground music. His ‘Timepiece’ is a brilliantly programmed affair with busy but subtle drums, metallic hits and a microcosm of neon synths that are as cerebral as the drums are physical. Finally, S.ONN—a DJ with live show plans for the future—marks his first ever release in style with ‘B Baby.’ It’s a brilliantly chunky track with kicks that make you move. It oozes a slick minimal house style that rules in hotspots like Berlin, with deft synths really permeating your soul.
Various Artists – Comma Traxx Vol. 1 (Comma Traxx) Released: 1st March (Vinyl)/12th April (Digital) Cat No: CT001 Format: vinyl, digital