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FACT Mix 88: Traxx

FACT Mix 88: Traxx

Playing tracks by

Excepter, C-34, James T. Cotton, 2 Am Fm, Legowelt and more.

FACT’s latest exclusive mix comes from the man with the best real name in dance music, Melvin Oliphant III. You probably known him as DJ Traxx.

FACT Mix 88, which Traxx put together exclusively for us using only vinyl, is a fine illustration of Traxx’s musical animus. As well as a liberal supply of jacking acid house, techno and electro, there are also gripping diversions into EBM, industrial and synth-pop; tellingly he opens the mix with Chris & Cosey’s recent remix of Excepter. The resulting mix is heavy, loud, intense and riotously entertaining; it will stir even the most jaded house fan.

Alas, Melvin has declined to provide us with a tracklisting, but we’re sure you’ll recognize a couple of bits here, and, well, it just adds to the mystery, doesn’t it? A free bagel or something to anyone who reckons they can I.D. more than 70% of the jams.



Thanks so much for posting this. The Back to Basic Traxx/Mystic Bill tape is next to my college diploma. This guy is so under appreciated.


Thanks for sharing this here - know it's been up for a long time but anyway, Love this mix / Mel is very specific about the music he makes and trax he plays :) even goes as far as adding the Tape Hiss Sound all of us mixtape collectors are trying to get rid of :) yeah he puts it in to his new recordings by recording everything to Tape first then back into the Computer :) crazy shit :) but anyway I've been following him since 1995 but In the winter of 1996, after seeing him spin only a handful of times, I caught him standing in the middle of the dance floor by himself at Route 66 roller rink, just watching a protégé play he said - I asked if he was going to play next & he said he was there not to spin but just to show support for Justin Long who at the time, was already a crowd favorite. He was admiring ...... Can't remember what was said that night exactly but I met up with him & Mystic Bill and their own band of HPS merry pranksters, after a tent party at Lollapalooza that year :) (Can't remember which year), but a large group of us went to their friends house where they proceeded with the party & played there for another four or five hours at least, I think it was Brian Gardners house? Had a lot of fun that day with those crazy guys Afterhours :) one of the best After Party's ever especially because I went out that day to see The Band TOOL - never expected to see those guys there that day. It was a real treat :) HPS VibeAlive Forever !!!!

Kevin McQueen Lonergan II

this mix? it will never age! Melvin? classic, abstract, traditional, modern, original... unclassifiable... hard to explain him (to my pleasure) and HIGHLY enjoyable recorded or live. live? dynamic! like hes riding the/my souls rythme and a body will respond honestly!!! purist, avant garde and pioneer all at the same time! one of my favorite musical things to experience and one of the few people i consider genius.