Remembering New England Rave Legend Janessa-Michelle Isaacs (a.k.a. DJ Trixie)

Janessa-Michelle Isaacs DJ Trixie death

Janessa-Michelle Isaacs (a.k.a. DJ Trixie), a mainstay on the New England underground rave scene who spun breaks to drum ‘n’ bass, was found dead yesterday in Attleboro, MA. According to reports, Isaacs, 44, was reported missing by her boyfriend on Monday. She, was found not far from her apartment by authorities.

Earlier this month Isaacs, 44, posted a somber message on her Facebook page, writing, “It hurts like hell to be betrayed. It is even worse to spitefully abuse your partner to justify your dismissal….”

Police say Isaacs’ death does not appear suspicious and foul play is not suspected this time. An investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.

This is a developing story. We’ll post news as soon as we have it.

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Premiere: Sumsuch feat. Matty Eeles – Don’t Go

Will Sumsuch

Musician/producer Will Sumsuch, who is one-half of Mega Jawns, steps out this week with the Don’t Go EP (BBE), a two-track affair realized in collaboration with jazz vocalist and Alice Russell band member Matty Eeles.

We’re over the moon to world premiere the title track of the gorgeous and intimate downtempo collab featuring sparse guitars and a spirited vocal performance from Eeles.

Sumsuch tells us the soulful track brimming with vibes for days has been in the vault for nearly six years. He waiting for the just right moment to  release it.

“This song means a huge amount to both of us, and it was recorded at a time when it looked like Matty might never sing again,” he explains.

“She’d developed polyps on her vocal chords and was waiting for a risky operation on them, and had been warned her voice might never sound the same. At the time of the recording, her vocal range and power was quite diminished, but with hindsight I think this really got her focusing on the emotion of the song: her performance on this track is simply breathtaking. As I recall, the musical side came together quickly from my guitar melody and Rhodes chords – it’s probably the warmest production I’ve achieved before or since. The whole thing just feels cozy and comforting to me, like an old friend.”

Get an exclusive first listen below and pick up the Don’t Go EP on January 24.

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DJ Wank January 2020 Chart

DJ Wank

  1. DJ Wank – Acidic Restraint (Fehler-Musik)
  2. Michael Klein – Yuzu (Cocoon Recordings)
  3. ASY*S & Dominik Schwarz – Dark Light (Fe-Chrome)
  4. DJ Dextro – Melted on Acid (Suara)
  5. Alex Mine – Voices from the Siren (Noir Music)
  6. Uncertain – Heat (Complexed Records)
  7. S-File – Rave or Die (GND Records)
  8. Pablo Santos – Venom (Ayako Mori Remix) (Subplot)
  9. Marcal – Biohazard (JAM Music)
  10. SLT – Comin’ Ruff (Acerbus)
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2019 Rewind: Red Nailmaker

Red Nailmaker

How was 2019 for you?
Red Nailmaker: It was the year the Red Nailmaker project started. I’m happy to see how warm these noises were met by the industrial-techno scene.

Highlights?
The first vinyl single by Red Nailmaker was released in April on Folgsamkeitfaktor, a new industrial sub-label by Wunderblock Records. Also, Red Nailmaker was featured on the WR label showcases in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Lowlights?
Sad to see a further commercialization of the techno scene.

Song of the year?
Not just a track, but a whole new album, Ostalgia, by the one of the godfathers of EBM and industrial, Rhys Fulber, on Sonic Groove. It’s totally over everything else that was released last year. Fresh sounding and epic work.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
A lot of work on new music, new single on Folgsamkeitfaktor and then an album are in near plans.

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