The first release, out today, is a cassette mixtape by Eris Drew “Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1”, which will be followed by an album from Octo Octa
From the forests of New Hampshire, USA, Octo Octa (Maya Bouldry-Morrison) and her partner Eris Drew announce the T4T LUV NRG recording label. Following the success of “Devotion”—their split e.p. on Violet’s Naive Records—and the excitement surrounding their T4T LUV NRG series of dance parties, Maya and Eris have been inspired to found a label on their love of DJ culture, nature, magic and each other. T4T LUV NRG will release limited edition alchemical objects for use in DJing, dancing, kissing and crying. The first release is a mixtape by Eris, which will be followed by a double 12-inch album by Octo Octa, the artist’s first full-length since the widely acclaimed “Where Are We Going?” was released on Honey Soundsystem two years ago.
For Eris’s mixtape “Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1”, she uses old records to create a new style out of fragments. Many of the selections have been featured heavily in her live DJ sets, including her b2b sets with Octo Octa. Eris accumulated these records slowly, over decades, but it wasn’t until touring last year that she realized a “sound” coalesced in her bag. What does a rave at the disco sound like? Kinda like everyone took ecstasy at the roller rink. On her ecstatic mix, Eris colleges together with a genre by scratching-in breaks with horn samples, mixing Disco House with broken beats, dropping Miami Bass jams with Boogie keys and blending Rave tunes with disco vocals. On the mix, Eris utilizes turntable techniques such as “doubles” tricks and “hot mixing”—a fast-paced mixing style inspired by her beloved B96 Mixmasters, Chicago’s most popular 1990’s radio DJs. Like all of Eris’s mixes, she weaves strong narratives of embodiment, defiance, cultural transcendence and personal triumph (a classic disco emotion) into a flow of body-rockin’ beats, scratches, drops, and sweet melodies. The result is a bass-heavy summertime house mix for the psychedelic bad girls, boys, and enbys.
A limited run of Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1 cassettes are available now exclusively from the label’s Bandcamp. The recording can be streamed on the T4T LUV NRG SoundCloud for free and hi-resolution versions are available for download on the label’s Bandcamp (donation requested). All profits from Eris’s mix will be donated to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), which works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
Further details on the Octo Octa full length are forthcoming.
Eris Drew - Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1
Release Date: 20 June 2019
Side A. Good News Boppers!
Side B. I’ve Got A Story To Tell…
Stream ‘Raving Disco Breaks Vol. 1’ in full here