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With an exclusive and extended evening of un-earth musica from 4 different and unique individuals..
TRAXX- NATION, M>O>S, RONG MUSIC
Traxx is a lover of music — one with a passion so intense that it overcomes genre divides to weave an altogether original, exciting, and multi-textured musical fabric which envelops both the avid clubber and the home listener, as well as everyone in between. Not content to be labeled as merely a DJ, a producer, or even
a DJ/Producer, Traxx is a self-described “artist of sound.” A sound that is distinctive and highly emotional which defies classification and invites analysis and discussion. From eclectic and avant-garde tunes to old school jack tracks and far beyond, Traxx hears and makes it all without discrimination, pretension or elitism.
Traxx has released music on numerous underground labels in the US and Europe including Gigolo,
Relief, Muzique, M/O/S, and Crème. His music has come to the world under a bucket load of alias'
including Dirty Criminals, XX Art, Mysterio, ViLLan X, Saturn V (with Tadd Mullinix), X2, and more.
He's also collaborated with the cream of the underground including acts like DJ Hell, Green Velvet,
Legowelt,Mount Sims and many more to shape his unique definition of Jakbeat that's been created
amongst James T. Cotton and D'Marc Cantu in the early years between 2005- 2007.
In 2009 Traxx stepped out into the light with his first full length 'Faith' album under his own name
for his Chicago based imprint Nation which recieved positive response and feedback from around the globe.
Traxx's earliest musical memory is his being a young boy spinning 45 records on his toes.
His mother has the picture proof. His first instrument was a handmade flute in elementary school,
music it seems was just always going to be on the books for Traxx.
Like many in Chicago, Traxx was drawn into house music through the legendary WBMX radio shows
and two trips to see Ron Hardy at the legendary Music Box. Describing his first experience with house,
Traxx recalls "nothing could compare, things were being discovered..this period stays with me because
of the intense energy that was applied - it's a feeling, an emotion, a mental state of transcendental connection -a spiritual force with the higher being through the physical vessel of the body."
His first release appeared on DJ Hell's Gigolo label in the early 00's under the collective alias
The Dirty Criminals. The Dirty Criminals was a Chicago based collective that featured mainly
the work of Melvin working with collaborators like Charles Manier, William Torres, Daryl Cura,
Brendan M. Gillen, Matt Nee, Josh Werner, Stephen Hitchell and Tadd Mullinix plus early on
work from Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being.
In addition to a number of 12"s Dirty Criminals released two albums very well received in Europe -
2004's "Organized Confuzion" and 2006's Collision Between Us And The Damned" which featured
a cover of an early unreleased version of "Acid Tracks" by Phuture that was played around Chicago.
Traxx also contributed vocals to the track "Let No Man Jack" on Hell's "NY Muscle" album.
But it is perhaps on his many mysterious 12"s that Traxx has set the ground work for his first solo album
in the last five years where there's been a constant stream of them burning up dance floors with their wild
new Jakbeat that's shaping the scene by releasing an 'Adjustment Production' for Gavin Russom of
DFA's LCD Soundsystem for a sombre tingling cosmic, deep disco brilliance concept, also releasing
with New York label Rong Records adding the quite excellent Mutant Beat Dance to their
roster with this excellent release Another World/New News Is Old News to releasing a stunning
solo-project on MOS Deep Under The Poetic Painter M pseudonym, with a frenetic yet hypnotizing
house track that echoes memories of downpitched Newbeat material and the hooky coldness of
new age following thru with incredible support and feedback in 2012 with a solid production
analog Chicagoians Traxx and Beau Wanzer team up for another Mutant Beat Dance release for the
Rush Hour label that have produced arguably 'the best 80s Chicago house record NOT made in the 80s.
-inspired by the early days of house music-
the latest 12" label has been met by the grimacing visages of two Jakbeaters,
Traxx and DxMarc Cantu, for Disparate Implementations.
is the horror, the blasphemy and the misanthropic of Jak.
pThe Keya is the shinier side, the more digestible, but with a decent wallop.
More toughness from the men forging a new form of House in the furnaces of the past.
In an age of digital perfection Traxx is analog, when he DJs he plays vinyl and when he's
in the studio he uses hardware. His sound recalls the past but pushes for the future with an overtly emotional and experimental approach. In addition to releasing music for other imprints Traxx also started his own label Nation in April of 2007 which has allowed him to develop and recontextualize the various aspects of his sound.
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