Traxx - Faith / 2xLP
First full length from Melvin Oliphant III, aka Traxx (aka Saturn V, X2, Villan X, Mutant Beat Dance, Lost Frequencies, J/M Strap, MB Danse, The Green Goblin), former member of the Dirty Criminals alongside Daryl Cura (aka DeeCoy), and Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being, IBM, Jack FM, The Sun God). Traxx has a number of well respected releases on International Deejay Gigolo, Creme Organization, and now his own label Nation. A record that clearly reflects his spiritual roots and church background as well as pushing forward his visions of Chicago circa 2009 for what he terms "jak beat", which is an extrapolation of old school jack trax into the modern era. Oliphant is certainly no slouch when it comes to spreading the musical love. Traxx has chosen to reference the groundwork laid down by 12-inch releases for Creme Organization, IDG and his own Nation imprint, to offer up eleven previously unreleased cuts of "electronic music for your mind, body and soul". Former collaborators James T Cotton aka Tadd Mullinix, vocalist Nancy Fortune and D'marc Cantu have been drafted in for an album which is said to have been nourished exclusively on a diet of vintage analogue hardware. While many DJs can't successfully execute their ideals in their own productions, Traxx's music is exactly the kind of amazing stuff that he would spin. His overwhelming passion for great music comes through in his production - his art is not just a 'back to basics' approach, but a refinement of purer and more direct styles that have been abandoned by the masses in favour of music with slick transitions and needless ornamentation. 'Faith' is jakbeat in its rawest form.