*This is CD 1 on the triple CD album. CDs 2 & 3 feature all the tracks featured in this mix as individual tracks*
01. Bwana – VVedding
02. Komon – Euclidean
03. Cottam – Brand New Dub
04. FOLD – All City
05. Marquis Hawkes – No Rush
06. Timothy Blake – Soul Without Shame
07. Shenoda – Minute
08. DJ October – Drama Queen
09. Pearson Sound – Standoff
10. Nick Höppner – Pneuma
11. Appleblim – Twinkle
12. Midland – Decompression Suite
13. Huxley – Bisto Inferno
14. Sei A – Wan Hunner
15. Bicep & Hammer – ARACARI
16. Sideshow – Yek Do
17. Youandewan – Sicko
18. Breach & DJ Dust – Win Ugly
19. DJ T. – Under The Radar
20. Deetron – Cycle
21. Will Saul & October – Dimension One
22. Trevino – Shimmer
23. Komon & Will Saul – Circadian
24. Lee Jones – Nocturne
Will Saul’s Aus Music label is now into its tenth year, and with that, fittingly enough, comes its landmark 100th release. For this special occasion, the ever evolving label has put together a comprehensive 24 track quadruple vinyl, triple CD and vast digital compilation, due for release in May 2016.
Aus 100 will feature new and exclusive tracks from the boss as well as key family members Bicep, Midland, Huxley, Deetron, Nick Hoppner, Pearson Sound, Youandewan, Marquis Hawkes, Sei A, Bwana, Fold, Shenoda and Appleblim & Komon. 90% of the label artists who have ever released on Aus will contribute, and design comes from the man behind the label’s original identity, Michael Place. Not a bad achievement, then, for what actually started as a sub label of Simple, with the short term aim of putting out music from two of Saul’s friends, Fink and Lee Jones.
Over the last decade Aus Music has never really had a certain sound, but has always operated on the more underground, bass driven end of the house spectrum. It has worked with big names and has excelled at peak time tracks, but has also helped break upcoming artists from Joy Orbison to Dusky via Midland and George Fitzgerald. As a result, it has become one of the most prominent and on point labels of the day, and is now supported by infrastructure from !K7 such is the volume of its output.
“Never in a million years did I feel it would make 100 releases,” says boss Saul, who also admits the thing he loves most about the label its is strength in depth and how it can offer up deepest house from Cottam next to hook laden sounds from Huxley. As well as getting plays from taste making DJs and topping many sales charts and year end lists, so too has Aus picked up plenty of high profile Radio 1 support over the years. “But I still remember the proudest moment was driving to the pressing plant somewhere in surrey and collecting 1500 vinyl records of our first release,” remembers will. “My old VW Polo's suspension was creaking as I took them to the distributor in Watford!”
To accompany this release, there will be a global 10 Years Of Aus tour from April through the rest of the year. There will also be Aus curated festival stages, albums from core artists Sei A and Youandewan plus fine new addition Cassy. But that’s not all, because new material from Huxley, Trevino, FOLD, Bwana, Timothy Blake and Shenoda is also in the pipeline, and as well as that, new names will added to the Aus collective in the form of peerless Planet E alumnus and house icon Recloose.
All in all, then, Aus Music’s tenth year is set to be its best yet.