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Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams represents the real rockin' raw shit from the street for the clubs established fresh in 2012 and based in Glasgow.
Based out of Glasgow, the motto for one of the hottest new labels of recent times is “real rockin’ raw shit from the street for the clubs”, and it sums up the imprint to date perfectly.Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, quite frankly, releases weird, non standard machine music that spits and splurts, blurts and bleats all kinds of alien patterns, hooks and melodies into your ears and has done with every single one of its five eps so far.
Despite belying any one easy genre classification, never is the music too weird, alien or off the wall to not be hugely likeable – there is often a moment of serene synth calm, a catchy vocal clip or soulful detroit reflection hiddin within the rawness of eps from Marquis hHwkes, Odd and Jarred Wilson.
Each one comes pressed on coloured vinyl, with the hand-stamped dog face logo and a print out of the tracklist.
Having only emerged fresh for a label as sprightly as Dixon Avenue Basement Jams they sure swagger with the reputation and well-oiled consistency of a seasoned stable. In truth, Dan Monox and Kenny Grieve have already put in plenty of hours in the service of techno, most notably with more than a decade’s worth of parties under the Monox banner and the subsidiary MNX label, but their latest venture stands out as something new and vital, which has seen that most highly prized “buy-on-sight” accolade firmly planted on their Discogs page.
The success of the label has certainly had an air of runaway about it, not least for a curatorial policy that favours unknown artists (bar Jared Wilson’s opening gambit), and the sales and critical reception have far outshone the expectations either Kenny or Dan had in the beginning. “Even the first pressing was more than expected,” says Kenny.
Even the logo for DABJ, a profile drawing of an English Bull terrier, comes from the fact that the owner of the flat used to breed the dogs, and one in particular, Reggie, was a regular fixture in the time they spent there. Beyond the aesthetic of the label, the community ethos that Dan and Kenny operate on goes back to the role Dixon Avenue played in bringing like-minded heads together. Bar the Soundhaus and its private license keeping the early Monox parties going until 5am, the club scene in Glasgow has always strained against the leash of 3am licensing hours, which of course gave rise to a stronger contingent of private bashes once the official venues kicked out.