Earlier this year Skylax Records released a double compilation entitled Skylax House Explosion. Mixed by label boss Hardrock Striker and long-time friend and Skylax flagship artist DJ Sprinkles, aka Terre Thaemlitz, it featured music from throughout the label’s history, spanning almost two decades, with music from the likes of Chez Damier, Lady Blacktronika, Octo Octa. The very pinnacle of deep house, it moved seamlessly from emotive, political music to carefree party sounds. The compilation was accompanied by three 12” releases, each paying tribute to a particular moment in the history of house music: Under The Garage, Under The Loft, Under The Ballroom. These records featured unmixed tracks from the compilation alongside new music from artists such as Move D and Lauer. We caught up with Hardrock Striker to discuss the compilation, working with DJ Sprinkles, the current state of the industry and why it pays to stay underground.
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