Series II Volume III // 25.09.20
At Dance Wax we always unearth the best old records and new releases. We constantly speak to artists in order to get an exclusive lowdown on what they are listening to as well as their recent movements. Nothing formal, just an insight into what your favourite producers are jamming to. Rules are simple, we ask our guest for their current five favourite records.
Series II Volume III: Guest Wax hosts...
Exos is one of the most experienced and respected techno producers in the world, having been active within the scene since the mid-nineties. Hailing from Iceland, the techno stalwart has produced more than twenty vinyl records and recently released his fourth album. Having catalogued his breakthrough EP Green Beat on the highly regarded Thule label as a teenager, Exos followed up by releasing a series of twelve EPs and three LPs in just eight years before taking a long break from producing. However, in recent years, Exos has returned stronger than ever and has mounted some extremely exciting projects, including the founding of his very own Planet X label.
Having captured listeners' hearts in 1997 with his debut release, Exos delivered a rather splendid album four years later that goes by the name of My Home Is Sonic. Recently reissued by Dutch mainstay Delsin Records, this particular album is lauded as a classic of modern dub techno and was in fact voted album of the year in 2001 by ‘mbl.is’, a prominent newspaper source in Iceland. More recently, Exos made a strong resurgence in 2013 and used this time to renew his established career with new material and lost classics on Nina Kraviz’s Trip label which Exos joined in 2014. Recognised as one of the most popular techno labels around, it was clear to see that Exos was well on his way to becoming a staple name within the techno movement once again. A couple of years later, Exos released another classic single called Downgarden, followed by an international ‘Downgarden’ tour throughout America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Now firmly back in the game, Exos decided to set up his label X/OZ for versatile music at the deeper end of the spectrum, whilst launching Planet X for the harder versions of Exos.
Most recently, Exos has released classy re-renditions of a classic club banger originally released fifteen years ago. Do Not Sleep is the fifth release from the Planet X label, and is a carefully orchestrated legitimate club banger and an unusually hard track from Exos who is more recognised for his finely-crafted dub techno anthems. It is fast-paced, hard-hitting and relentless. The 2020 version is a crafted acid-infused voyage that slowly, but efficiently reels you in until you reach some form of sonic eargasm. This versatility of style and sensitivity both in the studio and on stage has been key to Exos’ appeal. Not only does he possess an innate ability to transfer from the most experimental compositions to the most elegant soundwaves, but the Icelandic artist always sticks to a particular sense of harmony which results in the highest quality of total techno.
Top Five Wax Takeover w/ Exos
1. Jon Hester - Converge Part I
“Simply the best album so far. Very unexpected way of expression from Hester where he uses a feel of live instruments fused into techno and house at its finest. Pianos and saxophones are used in a perfect way and the arrangement of tracks just float forward in a perfected way"
Jon Hester grew up in the Midwest US, living in Chicago and Minneapolis whale taking musical cues from Detroit. Having hosted his own events, held residencies and worked in a record shop, Hester now brings his physical rhythms and adventurous drums to his productions, with output on respected labels such as Transmat, Deeply Rooted, Dystopian and Klockworks, not to mention multiple appearances on Radio Slave’s very own Rekids. For his latest release, Hester showcases eight signature house and techno fusions full of his trademark directions across four sides of wax. Converge Part I contains warm grooves and soul that stretches out to explore a wider range of sounds, instrumentation and ideas that will keep dance floors moving. The A-side offers synth modulations and sci-fi atmospheres in the form of Sending Signals, which swiftly transcends into tracks with taught kick drums and synth tones heard on the likes of Haze. The flip side features loopy punches and pulses from Dreamstate, whilst follow up songs offer deep electro cuts or robust kicks that will no doubt get you moving. Every track is a winner and finding a favourite is an impossible task. Hester is back with a bang.
A1. Sending Signals
[Released: 25.09.20 on Rekids]
2. UF095 - Popularity Is Overrated
“UF095 is here with a nasty, wicked, fast and furious album containing 150BPM tracks that wake up the evil inside but in a humorous way. This will be played in my set forever. Can’t wait to hear more from this amazing artist. Remember the name of UFO95”
UF095 is a French electronic music producer who finds his roots in 90’s techno, UK jungle and also through IDM, creating a unique tribal sound which is transferred into his dynamic and hypnotic live sets. His debut LP comes on Mama Told Ya, an enigmatic label headed by Paris-based DJ and producer, Anetha. Pushing artists out of their comfort zone to new heights of experimentation and creativity, the collective yields progressive results that challenge and intrigue. The latest instalment comes in the form of a kaleidoscopic first release from UF095 and is called Popularity Is Overrated. The record is beautifully eclectic and has the effortless feel of a live set from an emerging producer. Containing tracks that are melodic, hypnotic and effortlessly colourful, the LP is fully immersed with playful and addictive kicks that would make any dance-floor move. It’s easily acknowledged that the future for UF095 is very bright, as the French artist is set for big things.
A1. Sun S4Lutation
B1. On/ Offline
B2. Shoould I Go
[Released: 25.09.120 on Mama Told Ya]
3. Tadeo - Curiosity / Terrence Dixon - Galactic Halo
“The almighty Jeff Mills releases two serious albums on his label Axis Records, the most influential techno label ever. Tadeo and Terrence Dixon deliver spaced out, trippy and mind blowing music that takes anyone into the stargate of X factors"
Axis Records is a label established in 1991 by the one and only Jeff Mills. Whilst releasing most of his own records, the label has served as a platform for serving the very best techno cuts around and recently it has been the turn of Tadeo and Terrence Dixon. The Madrid-based DJ, producer and label manager, Tadeo, has continually challenged himself with daring experiments both in the club and during sets that have redefined the meaning of electronic music, in particular techno. His releases continually prove his visionary sounds that combine a classical with filmic approach that equates to an otherworldly listening experience. Similarly, Terrence Dixon possesses a radical, raw and minimal type of music that leaves people wanting more and has propelled him to the very top with records coming on Tresor and Utensil Records in Detroit to name a couple. Both iconic DJ’s with inspirational albums on Axis Records which attract deserved recognition. Listen to Curiosity here and Galactic Halo here. For now, find Tadeo's latest mix in the Soundcloud link below...
A1. They Comes!
A2. And Action!
B1. Energy Building
B2. Running Circle (The Wheel)
[Released: 21.06.19 on AD 93]
4. System Revival - For Beirut, The End Of Corruption
“A compilation as a fundraiser for the people of Beirut. Released on System Revival and put together by Michael Feghali who is from Lebanon. Gathering artists such as Gotshell, Legowelt, Nur Jaber and myself with all kinds of music. Everything from raw techno to the finest experimental ambient. All proceeds go directly to relief and support organisations on the ground in Beirut”
In the aftermath of an explosion at the city’s main port exactly one month ago, there was an unthinkable amount of damage to the city of Beirut, displacing hundreds of thousands of innocent people. As well as this, there was the huge destruction of infrastructure and buildings throughout the city, including many cultural spaces such as heritage sites, museums, hospitals and studios. Of course, not only this but there were many civilians left injured, homeless and hungry who now act in survival mode. The amount of support for this project has already been immense. It contains a mix of music from a whole host of artists residing all over the world with the sole purpose of raising as much money as possible for people on the ground, volunteering day in day out with international organisations to support the people most affected in Beirut. Featuring 31 fantastic tracks, the quality of artists within this compilation is mesmerising and includes very exciting names such as Manni Dee, Nur Jaber, Charles Green, Scarlit Port and Huseyin Evirgen. Support and enjoy here!
A1. Arad - AChers of Pain
A2. Charles Green - Cloudless Sky
B1. Charlton - Endless Year
B2. Cocktail Party Effect - Watershed
[Released: 03.09.20 on System Revival]
5. Exos - Do Not Sleep 2020
“My latest EP includes DJ Rush and Major Rush remixes. I am not going to write anything about it here, instead I will leave words written by Perc himself; ‘I like the whole release but the Major Rush remix is one of the best tracks I have heard all year”
Iceland’s very own techno stalwart, Exos, delivers classy re-renditions of a classic club banger originally released fifteen years ago. Having been at the forefront of the Icelandic techno movement for the last 23 years, the techno maestro has delivered a number of high quality records on well established labels such as Trip, Delsin, Mosaic and his very own X/OZ label. Do Not Sleep is the fifth release from the Planet X label, and is a carefully orchestrated legitimate club banger and an unusually hard track from Exos who is more recognised for his finely-crafted dub techno anthems. It is fast-paced, hard-hitting and relentless. The 2020 version is a crafted acid-infused voyage that slowly, but efficiently reels you in until you reach some form of sonic eargasm. Following up, the Groove Magazine’s Reader’s Choice for most popular DJ in 2001, the legendary techno pioneer that is DJ Rush, offers a couple of treats for the ears with his shuffle techno signature sound.
A1. Do Not Sleep 2020
A2. Do Not Sleep 202020
B1. Do Not Sleep (DJ Rush Remix)
B2. Do Not Sleep Major Rush (Bonus Beats)
[Released: 28.08.20 on Planet X]
Do Not Sleep
Do Not Sleep is the fifth release from the Planet X label, and is a carefully orchestrated legitimate club banger and an unusually hard track from Exos who is more recognised for his finely-crafted dub techno anthems. Click on the image to listen and buy!
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