Rest In Peace Andreas. Your music will live on forever. Andreas Gehm, before his untimely death, announced on his Board he wasn t coming back on stage but he had releases in the pipeline of important labels. Two of these tracks were meant to Involve. Tribute to the master of German acid.
Jack Dept welcomes M//R to the label. Philadelphia’s Billy Werner is an all-around musician with rich experience and taste, someone who knows the game inside and out. A dynamic force, his talent for production is quite clear. This EP is titled Professor and it shows – M//R is a professional of the highest caliber. His music is exacting, performed & arranged with care. Each track on this EP has much to offer and will reward listeners and dancers. Contained here is a mix of perfectly timed acidic tracks with fine tuned, restrained and ominous themes. The title track ‘Professor’ is a dark club workout in true Jack Dept style. ‘Exums’ takes us on a late-nite drive, ‘Browz’ hits us repeatedly with a bubbling lead and ‘Shtoops’ touches upon icy techno to great effect.
Dallas-based Gavin Guthrie, better known as TX Connect, is a DJ and Producer that is one of the finest the North American underground has to offer. He features on Jack Dept’s first release. The “Farewell To Arps” EP contains absolutely smoldering, jacking, acid-tinged rippers. This is dance floor material through and through, burning stuff. The Jack Dept label is born from the monthly party run out of Brooklyn by Volvox and John Barera.
Produced on an array of hardware in Slim Steve’s bedroom in Rome, this is a refreshingly honest EP and takes X-Kalay into somewhat nostalgic territory. 90’s ballads meet sampled Italo percussion, skittish pitched up vocals pierce dangerous basslines and lung busting breakdowns give way to searching lasers in smoke filled rooms. English born Italian Steve Langrish accomplishes all this with a level of effortlessness that belies his astonishingly young years.