about jak // Portland, Oregon-based dj/producer Jack Coleman aka JAK has been spinning techno and house music in the NW United States for 14 years. His precise mixing, moving DJ sets and singular dedication to the full spectrum of techno sounds — along with his work as a producer — has earned him a reputation as one of the most respected underground artists in the region. Over the past decade, JAK headlined events up and down the West Coast, as well as throughout Chile. // He’s also the founder of the Portland-Oregon based label and artist collective, SubSensory Recordings. Now approaching 50 releases, including a variety of JAK’s own productions and contributions from some of techno music’s leading artists like Adam Jay, Audio Injection and Spark Taberner to name a few, the label continues to represent Portland’s intimate and growing techno scene and link it to the broader global electronic music community. SubSensory’s bi-monthly club night STATIC, after nearly two years of continually packed dance floors, has proven to be one of the most loved techno club nights in Portland’s edm history. // In addition to his own releases on SubSensory, JAK’s original tracks and remixes have been featured on Nude Photo Music, HardPlace Records, *Cutz, Backs/ash Records, Loopsfreaks Black and Aguenring Records and soon on HardDrive Records. // In early 2011, JAK’s release “A Thought Apart” with Mario Miranda and Audioelectronic remixes broke the top 50 Beatport.com’s minimal charts. In late 2011, his “The Botch” release on SubSensory hit high in the top 100 charts on Beatport, TrackItDown and Dj Download. Look for more from JAK in the very near future! web / facebook / soundcloud
Part 1 – Techno Influences
When I thought back to songs that have most influenced me, it wasn’t difficult to recall these six.
Richie Hawtin – Call it What You Want – Plus 8 (1995)
This is one of my favorite “acid” records ever. The unforgettable 303s and immense Roland percussion of Call it What You Want sound absolutely amazing to this day.
Planetary Assault Systems – In from the Night – Peacefrog (1994)
The raw sound of Luke Slater’s project “Planetary Assault Systems” was simply unstoppable, and somehow he continues to release groundbreaking music 15 years later.
X- Connection (DJ Misjah & DJ Groovehead) – Funky Drive – X-Trax (1995)
To this day, the Dutch continue to produce some of the world’s best techno. I really loved how Dj Misja’s X-Trax label bridged the divide between acid and funky techno. This is a great example of Misja and co.’s massive work.
Technasia – Future Mix – The Declamation EP (1998)
This is from 1998 but I probably first heard The Declamation EP in 2000. Charles Siegling’s production quality and unique soundscape just blew me away and I wouldn’t hesitate to play this record today.
Luke Slater – Body Freefall, Electronic Inform – J. Carrier’s Highrise Mix – Novamute (2000)
Here’s Luke Slater a few years later with another masterfully produced hit. I think this exemplifies a period when electro and techno were merging in a really cool way.
Remainings III – DK Remix 2 – Drumcode (2000)
For me, this remains one of the most memorable techno tracks ever released. I couldn’t get enough of this and the other mixes of the track back then, and it still rocks like no other.
Part 2 – Current DJ Mix
For the current mix I picked out 10 newer dubby or dark techno tracks from all over the globe. I wanted to keep it kind of spaced out and trippy, as befits the 530Techno imprint 😉
- Centrikal – Elephants – Piltdown Sound Dub – SubSensory Recordings
- Nathan Coles, David Coker – Summer Acid (Original Mix)
- Dembowski – Federmappe (Felix Bernhardt Remix)
- JAK,_LilRoj – Boozit – Original Mix – 530Techno
- Black Asteroid – Engine 1 (Brian Sanhaji Remix (Another Version)) – CLR
- Mr. Jones – Machine Civilization (Tony Montana Remix) – Slap Jaxx
- Tom Laws – Stranger With My Face (Original Mix) – Sleaze
- Asio (aka R-Play) – Speak (Original Mix)
- Cari Lekebusch, Joseph Capriati, Napoli 4am (Original Mix) – Drumcode
- Troy Pierce – I Need A Guide (Original Mix) – Items and Things
Part 3 – Current Influences
To be honest, I don’t collect much music outside of the genres I use as a DJ. And outside of techno and house, my version of “current” could be up to 10 years old. Regardless, when I sat down to do this podcast there were a few songs that came to mind which are more in the chill spectrum and share some similar qualities.
Emika – Drop the Other
There’s not much I can say on this one other than this song is just kinda gangsta. Emika’s voice is sooo damn HOT!
The Knife – Lasagna – Original Mix (edit)
Unfortunately I was only clued in to The Knife a few years ago. Their work really stands out to me for its unique vocals, electronic beats and thematic vibes.
Swarms – Flickr of Ur Eyes (edit)
Portland-based label LoDubs released this gem earlier in 2011 on the excellent Swarms – Old Raves End album. It’s got to be one of my favorite chill tracks of the past few years.
WasabiOne – Crucial Dub
I thought I’d close it out with a track I co-produced a few years ago with Higrade1, a long-time friend who’s provided design and creative direction on my music projects for 15 years. We created WasabiOne project as an outlet for our dub-inspired moments.