10/10 Would Listen: Air Max '97
Alt-club crackerjack Air Max 97 shares ten of his fiercest plays.
(Image: Willow Darling)
Melbourne-via-the-world producer Air Max 97 has been busy lately. He chased up last year's incredible Progress & Memory EP with a totally mad release of bright, off-kilter club, Fruit Crush, featuring a new collaboration with grime producer Strict Face on the melodic, stripped-back grime hitter Armour Form. He's also been designing tee-shirts for himself and for ASSK Paris, was invited to do mixes for Nina Las Vegas' triple j show and the highly esteemed TRUANTS, and has had his tracks remixed for international compilations.
Above: Air Max 97 - Fruit Crush
Air Max '97 has put together a selection of his most recent music explorations for Pilerats: it includes Sharp Vein's Iglooghost remix, which witnesses the producer slow down the original and send it through a number of mutations, Chicago drill, Baltimore club, and other dynamic, thoughtfully textured tracks.
Above: Air Max 97 & Strict Face - Armour Form
If you're in Perth, catch him in the club (actually, in the laneway adjacent to the club) throwing the below tracks out live when he makes his sophomore sojourn to the West Coast, headlining a cruisy Sunday special: March 1st in the Good Shepherd Laneway, Leederville, with support from an all-star line up of Perth's underground club progressionists: Methods Of Movement, Fungle Club, Surface Tension and Lucidity. 5pm - 11pm. $10 on the door. Before you start freaking about having work shit to do the next day, chill - it's a public holiday. Over to you, Air Max 97:
AIR MAX '97 X MISSY - PASS THE SHAPE CUT RIDDIM
My BFF Aspartame laced my track Shape Cut with Missy Elliott and I love it (not biased).
KABLAM - CLOSE(D)
Abstract, caustic club material by Kablam of Janus.
IGLOOGHOST - WOODFARM (SHARP VEINS REMIX)
LOTIC - HETEROCETERA
MAIA BUTTERFLY - DOWNLOW DREAMLOVER
Immersive, sxc and lushly abstracted pop by a darq angel.
KATIE GOT BANDZ - WET
Katie Got Bandz leaving us all wet. I want Katie Got Bandz to be doing worldwide stadium tours.
IMAABS - GRAFITO
My fav cut from Imaabs' recent Trax Couture World Series Volume 2.
NIGHTWAVE - NIGHTLIFE
DJ TECHNICS - BIG GIRL THEME
Bmore classic, set staple.
NEANA - BOW KAT
Bouncy, ballroom-indebted rechop of Rebound X's 'Rhythm and Gash' by Neana that finally dropped as a Night Slugs white label.
RY4 - EXCLUSIVE MIX FOR BODY PROMISE
Ok so it's a mix not a track, but it's fire, weaving South African Gqomu tracks into other worldwide club gems. Includes a blend I made of Snaxxzo and Rihanna. RY4 are my Sydney DJ family.