Max Lessig, DJ and music creator based in Leipzig, on his new release for Skylax label refines his vision and sound accuracy with a 12 inch “Ácido Me Salvó” containing 5 demential titles. A mix of house, italo-disco and acid. It starts off with a bang with the brilliant heartbeat of “Alba Trentino”, a murderous track on any dancefloor. “Calling infinity” with its smoother tempo reminds us the class and elegance of the best Omar S. It is to better leave with house imbued with the trance of astral memories with always those little acid tips that explode your head. On the B side, the rascal does not stop revisiting you the most pumpy 90s house (think about Jark Prongo or Gat decor) with “The Limbo Project” a title that continues to grow along your skin. And to finish its demonstration, the fabulous “Dance Equation” which will delight fans of Krystal Klear and more generally those of the region of the Piedmont lakes. This is Modern italo-disco. This is a master stroke.
Simoncino – Resurrection Part 2 [LAX154]
Simoncino is back again on Skylax with the volume 2 of the Resurrection series. The made in Perugia prodigy delivers once again 3 titles paying homage to the sound of Chicago, the fabulous triplet lost tape 1, 2 & 3. On A1, the aptly named Lost tape 1 us leads into the meanders of the jungle house in direct tribute to the great marshall Jefferson all sprinkled with some ”detroit” sauce, this peaktime track will delight the most humid and demanding dancefloors. Lost tape 2 is more airy with these sparkling bells and its bass that lifts your guts, mental we tell you ! A bit as if paris gray was remixed in a hovering dub version. On lost tape 3, it is clearly the quintessence of the spirit of simoncino, his genius. This way of creating a universe that is both a tribute to the original chicago house and the italian dream house straight from the 90s. Completely trippy. And cherry on the cake on B2, we have a remix of the now classic ”on the dancefloor”, a title created in collaboration with Merwyn Sanders from Virgo Four (Chicago), from Detroit legend : Marcellus Pittmann ! 9 mn of pure madness. The Detroit – Chicago axis has never been so obvious. A must. Comes out on clear vinyl. Note that on the label’s bandcamp, with the purchase of the vinyl, you can get 1 exclusive bonus track (& what a track !) : Simoncino & Merwyn Sanders of Virgo Four ”On The Dance Floor” (Marcellus Pittman smooth remix).
VA – Soul Of The Makossa Man [WAR5]
The Makossa Man is back after a hiatus of 18 years with timeless cover versions from Simoncino, F.T.G, Groove Boys Project & Carlos Nilmmns.
R.O.P (Rhythm Of Paradise) presents Love Island – Illusion [LAX151]
Skylax Records welcomes again Michele Lamacchia, better known as Rhythm Of Paradise, with his Love island project. He’s very good at creating productions that are both airy & lush. This magic was already present in the Love Island titles but this time he’s pushing his art to new heights. a subtle and intriguing mixture of Italian dreamy house that will delight both fans of the purest house.
Donarra – Les Sentiments De Shiva [SUIT010]
New to the Stay Underground It Pays gang, the tenth release on the label comes from one of the hotest & experimental french producer from Marseille : Donarra. The EP includes 6 cuts, which is almost a mini album introducing us to his astonishing sound. It could be described as dreamy, raw, completely analog, well some kind of proto-techno Chicago new-wave belter.
Violence Fm – Etoiles [CCC516]
Cosmic Club 16 in the house, and for this one Skylax have delved deep into the mystic universe of the ever enigmatic Violence FM with a four track EP quite simply out of this dimension… Etoiles EP is an inconceivable work of art from Violence FM that will leave listeners stargazing for more, not to mention an extraterrestrial remix of Chez Damier’s ‘El Fin Esta Cerca’ on the flip.
Hardrock Striker – Supreme Striker I [WAR4]
The Skylax affiliated Warehouse Classics series has always taken an authentically old-fashioned approach to the humble re-edit, serving up chopped and looped versions inspired by the loose, drum-machine heavy reworks of original Chicago house masters such as Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles. This fourth volume, the first from label boss Hardrock Striker, continues in this vein. Amongst the four tracks you’ll find a slamming early house gem (the clean kick drums, metallic hits and chiming melodies of “Mano a Mano”), a brilliantly teasted and tweaked Ready for the World revision (“Shyla”, where the French producer builds the drums before dropping into the vocals), and what sounds like a Paul Weller/Jam/Style Council rework (the undulating Balearic funk of “Precious Thang”).
Andreas Gehm aka Elec Pt.1 – Voodoo Wolf [CCC514]
Six nu-jack/acid trax by the Gehm. Voodoo Wolf features a sextet of stripped-back machine jams, which range from the spooky acid house of “Warming To The Galaxy” and ragging, Steve Poindexter-meets-Phuture wildness of “If I Was”, to the riotous, Dancemania-ish ghetto-house revelry of “Clap Your Hands” and the Larry Heard-ish melancholia of “77-88”.
Jason Grove – Skylax [LAX137]
The producer that keeps diggers guessing is back on Skylax with a double pack of refined house grooves named in honour of the label that has borne his music thus far. Wherever and whenever this music appeared, there’s no arguing with the simple beauty of a cut like “John Blue” with its tripped out organ line and globulous pad, or “Rawkicks 2” in all its lounged-out grooving glory. There’s a lot of space allowed for soul samples and loose-fit beatdown drums, moving this release away from a strictly dancefloor release into a wider headspace. With his delicate touch and unfussy delivery, Jason Grove will undoubtedly be worming his way into even more heads thanks to this LP.
Sir Leon Greg – Warehouse Classics #3 [WAR003]
Sir Leon Greg (another incarnation of Perseus Traxx) jams out then reinforces some edits of forgotten classics with a raw & personal analogue treatment for a devastating full effect on the dance floor, that is a far cry from the proliferation of over-produced squeaky-clean software edits. These are basic, raw ideas thrown down quickly and capturing the energy on 1/4” tape.
Lady Blacktronika – It’s A Blacktronika World [LAX136]
Excellent classic US deep house tracks that will create instant atmosphere. Lady Blacktronika has been serving some of the best deep house and slo-mo beatdown to come from the US since her Sound Black labels inception in 2010.
Innershades – Toxic Trax [SUIT005]
Innershades delivers 6 cuts that are divided in 2 parts: the Twilight side & the Ghetto side. Influenced by the Chicago godfathers and the Dance Mania style. First side, Twilight Side, contained “Dexter (’87 mix)”, “Lust” & “Work that” heavily influenced by the Chicago godfathers. 2nd side, Ghetto side, comes up with “Circuit”, “Walk the walk” & “Feel” heavily influenced by the dance mania style.
Kuba Soijka – Future Mind [SUIT004]
For this 4th release, we decided to bring you guys one of the best producer right now : Kuba Soijka. The analog man, his continued music production has focused on collaboration with the Chicago Mathematics Recordings label, which presents his more jazzy and soulful face, but not only through the ”Bright shadow of a star” EP, but from a bigger thanks to the album ”Mysterious Intrigue” released on 2×12. That release boldly displayed how Kuba can combine a bit of the artistic world in jazz and underground club sound of Detroit techno and Chicago house. This alone didn’t confirm the listeners of his music. It was also due to the fact that he presents a real and sincere vibe and is open to new and developing sounds World-Wide.
Carlos Nilmmns – B.l.u.e. [LAXC003]
For this new release serie, we decided to bring you guys a regular member of the crew & one fo the most talented producer : Carlos Nilmmns. Indeed, the man is back on Skylax. The Scottish producers skills again ranging from soundtrack to dirty machine funk. Songs such as “Brooklyn Walk” and “Moments Of Happiness” demonstrate time and time again why many critics are calling him the next Lalo Schifrin. “Raw Tape Cuts” and “I Thought I Had You” take things onto the dance floor. The listener is greeted by a healthy range of classic machine workouts and Nilmmns signature old school technique’s. “Gwen’s Song” captures moments of Paris and the good times. “Soul patrol” track contains elegant synth work and beautiful live keys which kind of reminds one of Drexciya or music from The other peoples place. “106” shows hardware programming at its finest with lush sounds creating warm fuzzy moments perfect for the warm weather.
Jason Grove – Late Night Connections #1 [LAXES001]
Skylax presents a new sublabel Skylax Records Extra Series #1. The first release presents the wonderful work from house maestro Jason Grove with some of the most timeless artists from both Chicago & Detroit, featuring vocals & productions of the great Merwyn Sanders (formerly known as Virgo 4) & legendary undeground resistance member Niki Marks.
Nick Beringer – Afterhour Cuts Vol.1 [LAX134]
With Afterhour Cuts Vol.1, Berlin based producer Nick Beringer returns to Skylax Records after his First Floor EP appeared on the sub-label Wax Classic back in 2012. He brings six great house tracks of varying degrees of deepness and as the name of the EP suggests, all are designed for the afterhours.
VA – A Fistful Of Wax 2 [AFX002]
A Fistful Of Wax is an extension for some very special projects of our beloved deep house Skylax Records sub – label Wax Classic. For this 2nd release, we give you the opportunity to grab 4 fantastic trax done by some of the best Deep House producers at the moment
Hardrock Striker – Skylax got the Bicep (UK’s House Revenge live mix).
Concept E25 – Garage Sessions #1 [WXC009]
WAX Classics – a sub-label of the famous SKYLAX Records, presents their 9th release, featuring 4 house trax done by the french producers duo Concept e25. ‘Garage Sessions I’ continues their journey into the 90’s Underground House world, with 4 tracks featuring funky basslines, classic.
Fabio Monesi – Heatwave Vol. 1 [LAX133]
Skylax Records brings for the 33rd release the Milanese house producer Fabio Monesi. Fabio opens the EP with “Duke mama”, a proper house anthem complete with a set of neat vocals, a shuffling workout of hi-hats, the inevitable snare and an old-school bass line which bounces from wall to wall. He closes the A side with “Millionhands” a similarly reflective house number for when things turn seriously deep Monesi’s rugged low end bumper.