If you’re not already acquainted with Chicago label Stripped & Chewed you’re in for a treat. With a recent string of killer releases including a reissue of Merle’s classic “Fannie likes 2 Dance” and a repress of the Black Madonna’s anthemic “Exodus,” it’s safe to say they’re making waves. Their showing in 2016 has been equally impressive with Garrett David and Adam Rowe’s Now That We Are Here Where Are We? topping Juno’s vinyl charts and grabbing the attention of talented selectors like Brawther and Jeremy Underground. With such top notch output it shouldn’t be a surprise that their back catalog also boasts releases from disco legend Rahaan, Borrowed Identity, and the subject of this week’s feature, Ka§par.
Originally pressed in 2013, Renaissance Tracks from Portuguese house don Ka§par is a versatile four-tracker that works equally well for me at peak time and after-hours. Whether you’re looking for chunky four-to-the-floor house or deep and melodic grooves this record should check all your boxes. Widely recognized as the stand out track from this release, the Bell Boys lend their signature sound to a deep, analog-heavy remix of Stella Maris. While definitely still a dancey cut, I like this one for winding down or just spacing out at home. Flipping the record over, you’ll find my pick from this release and one of my favorite club tracks in recent memory, The Songleader mix of “Missin You.” Featuring a catchy vocal hook by Gramaphone Records‘ own Mr. White, a thick, rolling baseline and a straight forward drum track – this one is absolute dance floor fodder. When pulling records to play out this one almost always ends up in my bag. If you want to snag your own copy you can still find it at PBVinyl for a cool $10.
Wax Runoff is a weekly feature that will showcase new finds and crate favorites. Colin Boardway is a Chicago-based DJ who has been collecting wax and enveloping himself into the city’s house and techno scene.