Series III Volume III // 17.12.20
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 III Volume III: Guest Wax hosts...
Over the past few years, MARRØN has been making a tremendous amount of noise with his mixing and selecting skills as a DJ. Always trying to exceed the outer limits of himself and the crowd, MARRØN utilises fast, yet extremely rhythmic sounds driven by his roots and is constantly inspired by the powerful strong-willed Marrons who freed themselves from slavery to live freely in the primeval forest of Surinam. Having started his musical evolution with Afro Deep characterised by its African beats, MARRØN uses these elements to connect deeply with techno music creating sounds that are powerful but atmospheric. Inspired by the likes of Ben Klock and Rødhäd, MARRØN seeks to tell a musical story by combining all his early influences. The freedom and diversity of techno first persuaded him to dig into the underground scene, fast becoming one of the most exciting emerging techno talents to date.
Whilst regularly mixing at high profile clubs, MARRØN is also a key component of EERSTE COMMUNIE, one of the most beloved and highly anticipated techno happenings in Amsterdam right now. With door tickets only, clearly vocalized rules and a team of close-knit friends, EC is dedicated to providing intimacy and unity for each and every partygoer. MARRØN is one of the eight resident DJs who keep the rave at full throttle with up-beat techno sets that last a minimum of six hours. Having started out with several small scale editions at Garage Noord, EC has grown into a fabulous community of open-minded people who are there for the music and nothing else.
Recently, MARRØN has released a mix for Awakenings. It is an hour of rhythmic bliss and shows exactly why he is one of the most sought after DJs within the scene right now. When events are back up and running, be sure to catch the Dutch DJ at some of the biggest events around. Watch this space and enjoy some of his breathtaking techno sets.
Guest Wax Takeover w/ MARRØN
1. Rene Wise - Spirit Molecule
Andrew Shobeiri AKA Rene Wise possesses an uncanny ability to create sounds that fuse hip-shaking grooves with a deep but modern touch. Wise breeds a deep sense of knowledge and maturity beyond what you’d expect for an artist of his age. His ear for infectious rhythm derives from a love of classic 90’s era techno, always being drawn to the relentless energy felt in faster tempos. These influences can be heard throughout his productions and selections as a DJ, including his strong 2018 digital EP on Mark Broom’s Beardman imprint and his very first official 12 inch release on the highly regarded Mote-Evolver label run by techno pioneer, Luke Slater. The record Loud Colours received a high level of support from the likes of Freddy K, Blawan and DVS1, and contains four DJ tools that will perk up any dance floor with their pounding drum programming and insisten, slightly disorientating synth grooves. Keep an eye out.
A2. Broken Motor
B1. Loud Colours
B2. Spirit Molecule
B3. Sapo Scream
[Released: 26.10.18 on Mote-Evolver]
2. Optics [Hitam] - Human Touch
Hitam, or formerly known as Optics, is a Dutch DJ who takes inspiration from nature, architecture and art. The fact that the symmetrical structures within architecture and the pureness of nature, when consciously observed, can be of such an impact on the mind that never ceases to amaze him. At the age of sixteen, Hitam became interested in producing electronic music and was influenced by various subgenres which led him to develop an interest in both dance floor orientated and experimental electronic music. After a while, he got in touch with the most admired techno labels such as Tresor, Ostgut Ton and MDR, and the rest they say is history. As Optics, he spent a lot of time designing kicks and bass to give his tracks a certain rolling identity. Part of this process is recording and editing samples to create complicated and intelligent sound texture which are part of his musical process. As Hitam, he continues his techno journey and is a regular at Eerste Communie, one of the most beloved and highly anticipated techno happenings in Amsterdam right now.
A1. Mike Parker - Necklace Dancer
B2. TWR72 - EXP19
A1. Juan Sanchez - Warthog
A2. Inter Gritty - 112
[Released: 19.02.18 on Format Records]
3. Developer - In Pure Form 14
Developer is one of a few active DJ/producers that emerged from the Los Angeles techno scene in the early 90’s. After ending his residency as a DJ on radio station 88.7FM kspc in 1995, Developer “Adrian Scandoval” became the import and export manager of the first dedicated techno distribution company on the west coast, which distributed established labels such as Axis Records, Reload Belgium, Plus 8, as well as a wealth of techno labels from Detroit, Chicago and around the world. Developer gained much of his acclaim and extensive performance history from his strong marathon sets and quick programming skills as well as the ability of playing 50 tracks per hour on three separate turntables. The Modularz label owner released a three part LP called In Pure Form, showcasing a wealth of work that he has been crafting over the course of a year. The album contains a large catalogue of music focussing on raw rhythms, strong tools and powerful funk fueled techno. It is not your average concept album with ambient and break beat type pieces, but instead a more straight to the point no filler type of LP.
A1. IPF 13
A2. IPF 14
B1. IPF 15
B2. IPF 16
[Released: 04.07.18 on Modularz]
4. Dax J & Chris Stamford - Programm (Shifted Remix)
There are few artists carving out a legacy for themselves like Dax J is right now. The London-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer has gone from pirate radio to magazine covers; from the backroom parties to headlining raves at every major techno institution around the world and all whilst staying true to the underground and his individual style of raw and uncompromising techno. His mix of pure passion and attention to high-end sound production has placed him at the forefront of the global scene and established him as a singular presence with the modern dance music scene. Joining Dax J on this Programm EP is British producer Chris Stanford, who launched EarToGround Records with Dax J in order to create a platform for releasing their own music and showcasing the best talents they could find. Of course, the duo went on to start further labels of their own; Dax J with Monnom Black and Chris with Prodigal Son. Released on EarToGround, the three-track killer EP Programm contains an original track from the duo and two excellent remixes from the UK heavyweights, Shifted and Truss. The Shifted remix is particularly tasty.
A2. Programm (Shifted Remix)
B1. Programm (Truss Remix)
[Released: 11.01.16 on EarToGround]
5. DVS1 - Black Russian
DVS1’s status as one of the world’s most revered DJs and prominent voices in the preservation of true club culture is built upon an all encompassing love of music, deep respect for his craft, and experiences in the 90’s midwest rave scene. His sets, powerful and high-energy affairs, honour these roots while evidencing a versatility, sensitivity and understanding for making people dance that comes only with years of commitment in pushing the boundaries of sound at the most renowned clubbing institutions, among them Berghain/ Panorama Bar, where he is one of few residents capable of working both floors. Whether spinning a rare house set or straight techno to pitch black rooms, the DVS1 experience is truly remarkable. Whether its label management, DJing or producing, DVS1 is an artist who stays true to his past without ever losing sight of the future. For his third EP for Ben Klock’s Klockworks label, DVS1 offers an excellent take on the label’s deep, pulsating mood. Released in 2014, the record is one of DVS1’s most famous and includes the housier gem of Black Russian, a track packed with warming piano chords, hissing hats and woozy kicks.
A1. Black Russian
[Released: 21.07.14 on Klockworks]
"This is basically how I present myself as a DJ. My mission is to show the listener how I would play when in the club or festival. Really dancefloor focused mixtapes. Each mixtape is a different story connected"
"I've kept this mix really close to what i believe in, which is groovy uptempo high energy techno. As i always search for sounds i feel are connected to my roots i’ve tried to keep this set very clean and rhythmic on a consistent basis."
Reclaim Your City
Mapping the confines of deep, hard-to-the-bone techno through damp and dim-lit corridors of sound, the EERSTE COMMUNIE co-founder serves up two hours of proper clinical hammering and nonstop rhythmic assault, paced to get your heart rolling over from one end of your chest to the other like a pinball caught in a magnetic storm.
Glamcult believe in music as a tool for transformation. With this belief in mind and at heart, Glamcult invites a kaleidoscopic blend of music artists to record sonic happenings that reflect their own vision on imminent (r)evolution.