TX Connect – Mutant Waves [MRT-012]

Gavin Guthrie (this time as TX Connect) delivers three of his most ambitious cuts for our listening pleasure. Conceptualized as a document to a very special night in Texas during the early winter of 2018, TX Connect raises the temperature utilizing acid heat in these three otherworldly cuts that fully illustrate the analog brilliance and multifocal dance floor dazzling that his reputation always delivers. For the ones who missed out on that awe-inspiring Mutant Wave party, here is your chance to teleport to a place that won’t soon be forgotten. Mutated sound waves and dance floor intensity are in full effect.

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TX Connect – Mutant Waves [MRT-012]

20 Albums from 2018

With just a few days from the current year left, I’ve compiled a list of 20 albums from 2018 that I enjoyed this year. Among these I have to highlight the much anticipated Mutant Beat Dance debut album, the first ever album from Gerard Hanson under the E.R.P. project, a new Gerald Donald project and a compilation of unreleased Heinrich Mueller remixes, a Silent Servant follow-up on Hospital Productions, a very interesting Fred Ventura compilation of unreleased house tracks, a new Lebanon Hanover, the beautiful debut album of Curses, the impressive Eindkrak album and the debut album of the Romanian producer Șerb.
The list is compiled in chronological order.

Eindkrak – Brullend Staal [Unknown Precept]

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20 Albums from 2018

Gavin Guthrie – The Totality [MR082]

Medical Records present the 2nd full length album by Gavin Guthrie AKA TX Connect. Influenced by a diverse background of Italo, acid, horror soundtracks, industrial and EBM, Gavin crafts dance floor stompers using analog tools and tape. These 10 tracks could just as easily be the soundtrack to your next cerebral vacation.

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Gavin Guthrie – The Totality [MR082]

Gavin Guthrie – Into The Box EP [COTB001]

Welcome to the all new Children Of The Box, a label heavily inspired by the edgier side of Chicago’s legendary club, the “Music Box”. We’re getting things rolling with a whirlwind of raw Analog recordings by Gavin Guthrie, aka TX Connect. First up is “Dripping”, which carries a vintage (yet modern) Gherkin Jerks sound. The song continuously builds throughout the track, ending in a frenzy of synthesizer’s & 707 drum patterns. The title track “Into the Box” takes you on a hypnotic journey through the mind of Hellraiser’s very own Pinhead. A melodic interlude gives the listener a slight break, but only to return with a vengeance. “Not Forever” brings a “back to the future” vibe, equally stacked with both vintage & modern elements. The song comes complete with an overpowering low synth line & 707 drums.
Closing things out is “Destinies”, a track inspired by the deeper side of the Windy City. A more than perfect ending to a stellar release.

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Gavin Guthrie – Into The Box EP [COTB001]

TX Connect – Farewell To Arps EP [JACKDEPT001]

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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.

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TX Connect – Farewell To Arps EP [JACKDEPT001]

TX Connect – Trixxter EP [DABJ1213]

Gavin Guthrie returns on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams with a full record as TX Connect. There’s a strobe-friendly feel throughout this final DABJammer of 2014, as the producer joins the dots between acid house and fluorescent techno, with a few hints of early ’90s rave thrown in. This is most obvious on the title track, which expertly fuses a wobbly acid line, ricocheting drum machine hits and a nagging, early ’90s riff. “Intramountains” comes swaddled in stormy sound effects, cloaking its hissing rhythms with foreboding techno stabs and backwards samples. As for “Xanadu”, it’s a deliciously rough-and-ready chunk of late night acid jack.

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TX Connect – Trixxter EP [DABJ1213]

Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect – Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect [CREME68-69]

Next up on Creme Organization is Gavin Guthrie Aka TX Connect with a searing double album of analogue tracks aimed at the dancefloor. Up first is ‘Soundtrack 909’, a deep and melodically rich house affair that sooths your soul before ‘00707’ gets rough, jagged and angst with its off time cowbells, brooding hi hats and ever more frantic acid. ‘Palm Sunday’ then explores more cosmic beat territory in playful, colourful style and ‘Metroplex Jaxx’ is a rugged, dystopian and foreboding acid jam with plenty of occult melody work buried deep within. ‘Aqua Finess’ is a wholly malfunctioning acid machine very much doing its own weird thing and on the last side of this double vinyl pack, ‘Desmond’s Obsession’ plays with whacked out electro aesthetics and ‘Haddonfield, IL’ leaves you on a dour and downbeat note thanks to its crawling synths and lumpy hooks. Overall, this is an expansive and expressive double pack from TX Connect that has more than been the wait.

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Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect – Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect [CREME68-69]

TX Connect / CT Trax – DABJ Allstars Vol.1 [DABJ1207]

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Dixon Avenue Basement Jams present their first various artists release, the self-explanatory DABJ Allstars Vol 1. Two unheralded names share the billing for this one, TX Connect and CT Trax; the former delivers “TX Acid”, a tuff 303 jam for sweaty basements, and “Ghetto 972”, a slamming piece of house with its eye on the more raucous end of the 90s, while CT Trax presents “Redline”, a driving techno belter filled with phased synths, and the standout “Jack Attack”, which distils classic Dance Mania down to its most primal rhythmic elements.

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TX Connect / CT Trax – DABJ Allstars Vol.1 [DABJ1207]