Label Talk: Waxtefacts

Super-cool sample-heavy-deep-house label Waxtefacts have been on the Dig the Disc radar recently after putting out two lo-fi bangers of compilation EP's, 'Waxtefacts 001' and 'Waxtefacts 002' respectively.

Waxtefacts 001

The inaugural EP from Waxtefacts featured two stand-out tracks from Librarian, a producer with a penchant for bringing 90's boom-bap Hip-Hop samples into lo-fi house songs. His track 'Bronx Keys' samples Gang Starr's 'Mass Appeal' ( or 'Horizon Drive' by Vic Juris ), and his EP closer 'Tape 003' rips the mellow keys straight out of Soul's of Mischief's ''93 'til Infinity' ( or 'Heather' by Billy Cobham ). Librarian then adds in fat, muffled, lo-fi kicks and hats to give it a rough, grainy feel.

The other two tracks on this first EP, 'One Bedroom Apartment' by Straydogpalace, and 'Last One and I'm Out' by Strip Steve are perfect lessons in gritty underground deep spacey house.

 

Waxtefacts 002

Waxtefacts 002, released just a couple of weeks ago (ish?), is where the label really begins to come into it's own. After an all-round sellout, it's currently going for four times it's retail price on Discogs!

Real D kicks off the disc with a track that is near-perfection on the Dig the Disc rating charts. The track in question is 'Rhodes That', a piano-riff orientated house track with that a spoken word sample that makes Disclosures 'When a Fire Starts to Burn' sample seem somewhat tame. There's more funk, soul, grit and dirt in this track than you'd find in James Brown's socks circa 1972. 

Interstate's 'Venice Beach' carries on the cool-out vibe with an R 'n' B vocal clip that gets repeated over a rolling bassline. Strip Steve makes a second outing on Waxtefacts 002 with the deep-house cut 'It's all about', before the EP finishes off with an airy breakbeat slice from DJ Storch. An absolute must-have record.