TUFF WAX is proud to announce the launch of TUFF TRAX – our new free singles club with a ‘white label’ vibe, bringing you rarities, bootlegs, odds and sods and more on a monthly basis.
TTX-010: Chrissy Murderbot – Acid
Tuff Trax reaches double figures with an explosive and exclusive cut from Chicago stalwart Chrissy Murderbot. A celebrated DJ, producer and club music historian, Chris Shively has released music on Planet Mu, Hypercolour and his own Loose Squares imprint, home of the infamous ‘Escape From Chicago’ compilations whose 2nd volume features music by Tuff Wax bosses Bones & Money. After providing us with a huge rework of the gruesome twosome’s ‘Black Diamond’ in early 2013, Lockah returned the favour and contributed his own take on ‘Bay Bay’ to Shively’s Hyperboloid EP, ‘All Right’.
Aside from racking up an impressive discography under his Murderbot moniker including remixes and collaborations with the likes of Machinedrum, DJ Spinn, DJ Rashad, Teki Latex, Pixelord and others, he also recently explored house & disco leanings under the ‘Chris E Pants’ side project – establishing the Brooklyn-based Nite Owl Diner imprint along the way with friend Alex Burkat.
Away from his productions, Chrissy’s a feared & respected spinner too – perhaps best known for his insane ‘Year Of Mixtapes’ during which time he recorded and blogged a weekly new DJ mix to the world, spanning different themes, genres and eras in each one.
‘Acid’ is the definition of club ready and – of course – straddles a multitude of styles with typical Chrissy confidence. Thunderous drums, dancehall hooks, hoovers and reeses and everything else, juked up and ruff for the jungle. Enjoy!
TTX-008: Treble Clef – Ghetto Kyote (Grobbie Remix)
TTX-007: Zubuntu – Los Alamos Wolves
TTX-006: Pixelord & Lockah – Aloe Diva
TTX-005: T_A_M – Roze (Strict Face Edit)
TTX-004: Moist Ghost – Foamy
TTX-003: Bones & Money – Close (Grobbie Remix)
'Close/Anxious' caused a bit of a stir in early 2012 when it was released, resulting in unheard-of coverage for our then miniscule label and marking an explosive entrance onto the scene for Tuff Wax co-owners, Bones & Money. The duo have since racked up an impressive list of releases and features, including their first 7" for Tuff Wax, a subsequent remix EP in which their material was tackled by the likes of Chrissy Murderbot and TUFF WAX founder Lockah, and standout mixes for Truants & Liminal Sounds. Grobbie's dreamy, percussive remix was well known, but this previously unheard alternative rework remained a secret DJ weapon amongst the TUFF WAX fam. In the continued spirit of TUFF TRAX, we offer you this fine rarity. Enjoy!
TTX-002: Jaw Jam – Work It Out
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TTX-001: Lockah – Now U Wanna (Offshore Remix)
First up, a special piece of music which for a long time I wasn’t sure what to do with. Here’s an incredible remix that our friend Ewan Robertson aka Offshore did for me last year. This was originally planned to be included on ‘When U Stop Feeling Like A Weirdo & Become A Threat’ along with the original. We had spoken back and forth about putting it online but never found the time to just master it and get it out there. After Ewan’s sad passing & having spoken to his brother Neil, it just seemed like the right thing to do to give it away for all to enjoy.
Ewan was a real inspiration to us from day one, being a local guy who was a real success story in music and the arts. Despite us barely knowing each other when we first started chatting, he was so approachable and always took time out of his schedule to give us feedback and advice on our sometimes iffy early productions. We loved to hang out with him when he came home to visit his folks and we all miss him a lot. RIP mate.