So we bid adieu to 2014 and what a year!
February saw the release of Subspec’s very first vinyl 12”, featuring Hardfloor’s stellar remix of Jay Zoney’s ‘The Meltdown’ on the A-side with B-side support from Symplx ‘Back To Dat’ and Countered ‘Telegraph.’ The record came out to quite a bit of coverage and support from some serious heavy hitters in the Techno world. This year the rest of the release line up continued to be tighter than ever with a total of nine digital releases from Vancouver locals Jay Zoney, Tomas Jirku as well as Portland’s JAK & Seqwenzer, and Cysxe who joins us from somewhere outside our solar system (or possibly Belgium) as well as my own JGarrett and Countered projects.
Subspec continued on its mission of delivering quality tracks from across the spectrum of Techno, from Acid to Dub and even left field work like Tomas Jirku’s “The Perpetual Mind” EP which pays tribute to Vancouver Industrial heavyweights Skinny Puppy.
In 2014 we had some phenomenal remixes come in from Brendon Moeller, Sean Deason, James Kelley, Uun, LilRoj, and Thegn, who brought awesome, new perspectives to the originals. We’re incredibly honored to be able to release the music we get from artists who hit us up and the remixers who lend their talents to put their spin on our artists’ material.
A huge thanks to the many artists who have spun and charted Subspec releases this year, we’re humbled to see so many artists that we really respect and admire sharing enthusiasm and kind words for what we’re doing.
On the event front we kept things a little quieter this year than the previous couple of years, but we hosted two Movement pre-parties in Vancouver in March and May with Drumcell, Project 313, and Raíz. All the acts blew the roof off of the venues. Big thanks to the headliners who killed it at those shows as well as DJ Noah (in a versus set with JGarrett) and Sleepwalker who helped hold down the opening slots. In October we threw a more intimate event with Minneapolis Techno duo Complicit, who shook Pub 340 to the rafters. On Halloween we collaborated with Body Politic to throw ‘It Came from the Underground: Techno Terror’ which was a ton of fun… most of the acts on the bill were doing double-duty as DJs and Live PA that night, which kind of kept everyone on their toes.
In May Jay Zoney and I played a special one-off back-to-back Live PA set at The Works in Detroit at Droid and Blank Code’s Interface/Scene official Movement after party… following Kyle Geiger and Dustin Zahn. To be booked that bill along with Regis, Cell Injection, Project 313, John Templeton, Pinion, Joel Morgan and other great artists was incredible. It was a magical moment in a weekend of incredible music. Movement always feels like a family reunion and the love we felt that weekend was second to none.
In 2014, Jay Zoney, Subspec’s Events Manager, launched his new imprint Eternal Drive Recordings. He has already put out several really strong EPs featuring great original material and strong remixes. I highly recommend checking it out… including my own ’Monochrome Pusher’ EP with remixes from Luis Flores and Jay. The Luis Flores remix is hot enough to warp steel.
2015 is shaping up to another strong year for Subspec. In March we’ll be releasing our second vinyl release via a split 12” with Rennie Foster’s RFMusic label along with a great EP from Italy’s Bosh featuring remixes from Brendon Moeller, DJ ESP/Woody McBride and JGarrett. New releases from John Massey and Todd Normandy are also in the works. Look for these and other releases and news from Subspec in the coming months.
Thanks to the international and local Techno communities for the support and helping provide the fuel to keep the fire burning.
There are so many crews and individuals to call out and thank that I’d be sitting here for a week. Know that you’re in our thoughts and we’re sending good vibes for 2015.
Here’s to some solid Peace, Love, Techno, and House in 2015!