In late 2008, Discos Capablanca founder Hugo invited Eric D. Clark and Traxx to DJ at a label party in Berlin. Hugo not only introduced the two, but suggested that Eric get behind the mic to sing live over Traxx’s beats. “In a Daze”, origin ally an instrumental by Traxx and Beau Wanzer, evolved into the fin al version you hear here, combining 707 sounds and a passionate vocal delivery, with the rough and gritty edges still intact.
Traxx AKA Melvin Oliphant has been keeping the underground alive in Chicago since the mid-1990s, serving as a house music missionary, whether or not the genre is in vogue at any given moment. He remains a shadowy figure despite having released on numerous labels like Relief, Crème, Spectral, Gigolo and his own imprint Nation. Now, Traxx and co-producer Wanzer continue to champion the “jakbeat” sound, providing raw percussion and melting basslines, laying the foundation for Eric’s vocals.
Eric D. Clark (a California native who has lived in Paris and Berlin) is perhaps most famous for the 1996 hit “From: Disco to: Disco” with Whirlpool Productions, but his complete printed résumé could kill a rainforest! He has lent his dynamic voice to Tiefschwarz and Märtini Brös, and he’s a skillful producer in his own right, with solo albums on Firm and Ladomat 2000. So, Eric couldn’t resist giving “In a Daze” his own studio makeover (including some cha-cha piano action), providing a rework that rivals the origin al version.