Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jacktone Records

Established in San Francisco during 2013, Jacktone Records pressed it's first release on vinyl. Since then the label has evolved in putting out releases not only through digital / 12" but also limited edition cassette tapes and 7". Label heads Doc Sleep (Host of Jacktone Radio on Intergalactic FM every Wednesday) & Darren Cutlip (dabecy) are passionate about their craft, giving listeners an opportunity to purchase eccentric listening experiences through various mediums, in which the physical releases are creatively packaged and delivered.

Formerly based out of SF but now being run out of Berlin and Detroit, both curators have had their ears to the ground far and wide enabling them to carefully showcase a wide variety of under the radar talent from the Bay Area and beyond. All of the artists on the imprint push an electronic sound that is rightfully underground for the mind as much as it is on the dancefloor. Three of the most recent releases on the label originate from Northern California artists; with both Roche and Lavender from San Francisco and Russell E.L. Butler from Oakland.

Roche has been in the game for the past couple of years putting out records on quality labels such as Mathematics, Icee Hot, and 100% Silk. This 3-track EP on Jacktone entitled, AXT, is definitely some of his best work up to date. Continuing on his psychedelic house tip he will have you in a 'Circadian Rhythm' without 'Congé' in a 'AXT' haze through time, space, and reality. Purchase and listen in full here.

Probably one of the most exciting producers to come up on our radar recently, Russell E.L. Butler, follows his critically acclaimed album, God Is Change on Opal Tapes from last year, with this new one called, Visions of the Future. The 7-track album shines light on Russell's impeccably moody instrumentation and improvisations through hardware electronics and drum machines. Raw and gritty, acid and analog. Jacking into the future and beyond. Highly recommend these visions. Purchase and listen in full here.

Jacktone's most recent release comes from label veteran, Lavender, who put out his debut, Mystique Youth on the imprint last year. His new compositions are sequenced in a 12-track soundtrack of dark scenic landscapes and ambient noise that wither and mummer in the Horizons Beneath The Surface. It's a slow burner. Purchase and listen in full here.

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