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Dax J: Tracks That Shaped My Path

This Sunday, Jaded celebrates the release of EarToGround 015 ‘Descendants Of Sinners’, Dax J’s long-awaited EP. He’ll be playing a 3 hour finale in Room 1 after ETG cohort Gareth Wild. Dax’s background in Jungle & Drum & Bass is something he’s already addressed with Stray Landings. We asked him to delve a little deeper and select some of the tracks that shaped his path. Over to Dax…

Goldie terminator (1992)

Some of the 1st DnB and Hardcore tracks I ever heard were from Golide. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite Goldie track as he has made so many classics which I love, but this is definitely up there. Terminator, revolutionary pitch shifting drum patterns, killer samples from the classic T2 film and pads that come from another galaxy. During my pirate radio days, a DJ called Mr T introduced me to this, back at his flat one night after my show. I still can vividly remember that moment staring at the vinyl spinning, listening to it for the 1st time.

Garden of Eden – Garden of Eden (Serpent Mix) (1988)

Discovered this some 20 years after it was originally released in 1988, but loved it instantly all the same. Solidified my love for Acid! So simple, yet impossible to replicate. A few years ago, I even tracked down the person who made it, a guy called Mark. I managed get his number and speak with him on the phone about the track, I wanted to know more about it, and where the vocals and pads had come from! He told me he had been completely out of the scene for a long time, but he was helpful and happily suprised when I told him that acid was still being played in the clubs!

Devil Fish Man Alive (2000)

Rave anthem. Whenever I hear this track I think of Carl Cox. The 1st Techno DJ I saw to completely rip apart a club. The track samples the classic “Good Life” riff, and comes complete with amen breaks chucked on top. Raw drum patters, 140 bpm, the track has so much energy. Doesn’t really get much better, just unbeatable. Been playing this constantly for years now.

Here’s the big man himself dropping it 15 years ago at Love Parade 2000 Berlin. A truly epic video, seeing this track played at the Victory Column to thousands and thousands of people still blows my mind.


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Prodigy – Your love (1991)

UK dance culture innovators! Everything from the Prodigy up to their “Fat of The Land” album was just incredible. And growing up constantly hearing their tracks coming out of my sisters room, at school discos, and over the national radio in the UK through the 90’s definitely helped to ignite my love and passion for rave music even before I knew what it was. I played this at Glastonbury Festival last month and it tore the roof off!

Kevin Reece Saunderson – Just Want Another Chance (1988)

A 1988 classic from Saunderson which helped in the creation of the whole Jungle and Drum n Bass scenes, the classic “Reece” bassline stems from this track which was sampled and re-made into countless Jungle and Drum n Bass tunes. Truly visionary and futuristic. Ironically I discovered it years after I heard all those Jungle tracks that had sampled it! But that just made it even more special when I did.

Marcus Intalex & ST Files – How You Make Me Feel (1999)

I had this on a tape recorded off Kool FM from way back. Everything about it is just perfection, the pads the vocal, the bass. Noises from tracks like these still inspire me today in the music that I write. I used to listen to this at a time when I was just a young teen at school, and when the most important activities of the day were hanging out, getting stoned and listening to tapes. Great memories!

This will be Dax J’s last Corsica Studios appearance until December 2015. So beware Jaded transgressors, his set this Sunday should not to be missed.

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Win Emika’s Album ‘Drei’ Ahead Of Her Techno Set This Sunday at Jaded.

Emika flies into London to play two important gigs this weekend. The first, is a live showcase of her new album this Saturday. Jaded couldn’t permit her escape without first bringing the underworld a sequel of their own at Corsica Studios… Earlier this year, we were passed a secret recording of Emika’s techno set, and were blown away by the force of what we heard. Emika’s rider requests smoke, red light and a mic, so the Children of Jaded can expect intoxicating vocals alongside their kickdrums from her set (midday to 3pm).

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To win a copy of ‘Drei’, 2 x tickets for Jaded with Emika, and a Jaded unisex pendant, answer this question:

Emika was responsible for gathering the field recordings and created a track for which Berghain compilation?

Our winner will be notified this Friday morning and announced via the Jaded Fan Page.

Update: Entries are now closed, congrats to our winner, Chris S.

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Stephanie Sykes: Tracks To Wake The Dead

It’s been an unreal summer for Jaded’s favourite mystic techno siren. May saw Stephanie Sykes’ Inner Escape podcast picked as ‘mix of the day’ by RA. In the same week, we heard the news that she’d joined the Silence Between Codes crew. Following on from the release of ‘Luna Tactus‘ last year, more studio time with Dasha Rush lead to the the May release of ‘Black Simulation‘ (Vent006) which won props from Straylandings and RA. In June, she took about blank, Berlin and Twice As Proper, NY by storm. July saw a collaboration with 4D SOUND in Amsterdam, on their Techno In Space project, playing a live set on their 4 dimensional sound system. This Friday she’ll play the 10 Year celebration of Fullpanda Records at Tresor. Afterwards, the two will fly on over to London to cast a dark and dreamy spell over Corsica Studios.

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Stephanie will be closing up Jaded after Dasha Rush on Sunday afternoon. It’s that immersive time of the day when the spirits of the dance floor demand to be reawakened, so we asked her to reveal her tracks to wake the dead…

SNTS – 15.04.1946

Uncto – Schinder

Mike Parker – Lustration Nine (Drums)

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Sawlin – Rebirth (Live Cut)

Jaded with Dasha Rush & Stephanie Sykes
Sunday 9th August 5am-3pm at Corsica Studios
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Introducing: Night Shift

This Sunday at Corsica Studios, the Children of Jaded will be indulged as never before. Double lashings of techno will be on offer: Not only will J.TIjn play an extended set alongside Rodriguez and Stanford in R1, Night Shift are taking over R2, and their ethos is exhilarating.

“there is not enough fun in the techno music scene, and we want to be at the forefront of changing that. We also are hearing so much good music from unknown and known producers that we wanted to release some of this ourselves”

We asked them to pick 5 tracks that exemplify their approach…

1. British Murder Boys – Be Like I Am

2. Regis – Translation

3. UVB – Dwarf

4. Plukk – Hoogstraten

5. Faetch – Takm

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