In an age where DJs blending genres, scenes and regions is the norm, it’s more crucial than ever we have people who do it well. And Celestial Trax is one of the good guys.
Raised in the UK but based in New York, Celestial Trax has been distorting grime, hip-hop and regional dance styles (footwork, Jersey, etc) with an approach and studio set up that feels more in tune with the experimental dance of labels like Not Not Fun and 100% Silk – as he told Liminal Sounds, he uses “synths, guitar pedals and a trusty old Korg Electribe” to produce, while live he adds a Kaoss Pad, controller and more to the mix.
In short, he’s not your average dance producer, with his Paroxysm EP, released on Rinse this year, swinging between sharp, snapping drums and submerged quasi-dubstep atmospherics. Like his sets, it allies itself with a lot of different genre trademarks, but given the right amount of time and attention whisks you away into its own world.
FACT mix 466 blends Jersey club with squealing synth loops; grime and ballroom mutations with underwater rap, and it works like hell. Check out more Celestial Trax releases on his Bandcamp.
Celestial Trax – Cleansing
POOLBOY92 – Rebyrth (feat. Labanna Babalon)
Reilly Steel – Boyfriend (MikeQ & Divoli S’vere Club Mix)
Sexworker – Grinder
Dj Jayhood – It’s Time
Astronomar – Bandito V1
Galtier – All People
WOLF DEM – Queen of the Pack
Karmelloz – naked trak 5
Black Rain – Profusion
Ay Mane – Tower Block Riddim (Crime Mob VIP v1 final)
Rabit – Black Heart
Lotic – Traade
She’s Drunk – Talk To Them
Wild Kid – New Bethlehem (Celestial Trax Remix)
Ciara – Sorry (Dj K Millz Remix)
Strict Face – Mountain Falls
iLoveMakonnen – Exclusive
FIS – Duckdive
Rico Love Ft. Bobby Shmurda – Bank Roll
Celestial Trax – Swallowing Smoke (feat. Squadda B)