Braxton Holmes is one of the greatest representatives of Chicago, a producer who over 30 years has never sold himself or his audience out. And from Clubhouse to Cajual, Braxton references several of his early tracks on Princeton Park. This EP is a few months old, it’s solid gold and as far as precious metals go is still relatively plentiful in your local record shop. “People Everyday” is an edit of his 1995 Cajual release, the version that was already called the “Classic Disco Version” even then. I went back and forth between the two versions, and then back again and I don’t know which I like more, but I am here for it. This is easily one of the best throwdown tracks of the year: a rousing stomp with vocals that make you dig in your nails and whiteknuckle it as long as you possibly can on the dancefloor.
A remixed version of “Stomps & Shouts” appeared on Jamie 3:26’s album on BBE three years ago and is here in a “demo” version that is raw’az’hell and effective as hell too. The title track is reputedly a track saved from oblivion — recorded in 1989 — and presents a dark acid shadow to the ritual celebration of the first two tracks. Raging 303s squelches get wrestled to the ground by daisychained drum machines but never entirely submit. Braxton Holmes’ discography is close to untouchable — there’s not a bad record and probably not a bad moment in the whole crate. This one moves to the front of the line here.
Braxton Holmes: Princeton Park EP (Brax Records / May 2021 / 12″ Vinyl)
A1. Braxton Holmes: People Everyday (Disco Edit)
B1. Braxton Holmes: Stomps & Shouts (Demo)
B2. Braxton Holmes: Princeton Park (recorded in 1989)
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