Wax Runoff: Derek Carr [KNOE 5/1]
Alright, I’ll be honest. I haven’t actually played this one out yet but I’m so geeked on this record that I couldn’t not write about it this week. Fresh off the press, Boe Recordings sublabel – For Those That Knoe – delivers an incredible collection of reissued tracks from Irish producer and unsung hero Derek Carr. Admittedly, I wasn’t too familiar with his work prior to hearing this record. That being said, I don’t feel too out of the loop considering they deem themselves “a house and techno label from the UK focusing on under-the-radar tracks recorded by unsung heroes, ripped from dusty DATs and lovingly re-mastered and pressed onto vinyl.” With this record, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Originally appearing on Geek Record’s 2003 release Destiny, the track “Dancefloor” opens Knoe 5/1 with a drifting, spaced out intro before cleverly panned hi-hats help it materialize into a groovy, late night earworm. Easily my pick of this release, I’m already planning on how to make it work in the mix, intro and all. A2 gives us “Epidemic” which I believe is the only new or likely previously unreleased cut on this 12”. Deep, fast, and hypnotic the Detroit influence is clear on this one. Flipping the record over you’ll find “Planet Jump,” another hot find, reissued from Headspace Recording’s 2004 release under the same name. I’m wont to call this the danciest selection on this record – a chunky, rolling baseline and programmed 909 lend themselves well to these deep and timeless Chicago vibes. Lastly, the 12” closes with “Synapse 136” – an aged-well B-side bomb that originally appeared on a release from Digital Soul. When people describe Carr’s music as “tuneful” this is definitely what they’re getting after.
It’s hard to navigate internet hype and not become a “reissue DJ.” Though these tracks totally fall within that range my gut says this one will more than earn it’s place in my bag. With each original release fetching near $60 on Discogs, save yourself a few bucks and grab this 12”… if you can find it.
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.