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  • Release Date 2013-02-04
  • Label Slack Trax
  • Catalog STXAL001
Janette Slack's past year has perhaps been best summed up by Mixmag -

'When she's not shooting music videos. DJing across the globe or whizzing around London on her rollerblades, Janette has been working relentlessly on her eagerly anticipated debut album 'Torture Garden Session'.

Representing her residency at Torture Garden, Janette is frequently asked in interviews what kind of music she plays. Porno House? Nude Music? In part to cease the endless barrage of genre distinctions, Janette set out to set the record straight and demonstrate Torture Garden's aural imprint by summing it up in an album; forgoing the conventional stop-start, track to track format and presenting the album's solo tracks, collaborations and re-rubs as a continuous DJ mix.

Vocals on the intro - 'Welcome to the Garden' come courtesy of the king of cabaret, Joe Black. He sets the scene with his distinctive voice over the top of Janette's sonic canvas of high heels, Indian drums, atmospheric layers and twisted edits.
Janette's five solo tracks draw inspiration from her wide range of musical influences merging driving rock riffs and fills, progressive melodies and cinematic soundscapes with relentless, catchy basslines and thick, grooving drums.

The four collaborations featured on the album start with 'It's On You' - an up-beat electro house number with Bristolian born, Thailand based producer Adsorb whom Janette enjoyed working with during a flying visit. Next up it's 'Slave to the System' with Tyrrell and funk vocalist Kris Widakay whose input fuses gritty electro with haunting electric guitars and decidedly TG inspired vocals. 'You Can't Stop This' with Kickflip and featuring Javone 'Jerwayne' Prince of Channel 4's Phoneshop picked up Mixmag's Tune of the Month and 'Kut Me Sum' showcases the vocal talents of MC and Pressed Records label owner Tuhin Chisti
The first E.P. released off the album 'Girl in Black' was released in October to widespread acclaim with support from Above and Beyond, Utah Saints, D. Ramirez, BBC Radio 1 and Ali B as well as 'Tune of the Month' in Mixmag.

Finishing off the album in a very different style, 'One Life' comes with a story with vocals sung by Teph Kay and is an appropriate conclusion and a tune Janette thought essential to include. Unfortunately, last year on the night of her wedding, Teph suffered an illness and lost her voice and still hasn't fully recovered. For both Teph and Janette the inclusion of 'One Life' remains a poignant swan song to the album.

The diverse range of sounds on Torture Garden Session is a reflection of just one of the styles that Janette plays and represents her residency there.

Not content with managing to build her own living space and studio with a TARDIS entrance, modeling, touring AND releasing her own album, she has chosen to make Torture Garden Session the debut release on her new label 'Slack Trax'.
This one example of a Janette Slack session is the first of many more to come...
Montage vlog on her building her studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmgU2KKCrpg

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Torture Garden Session

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2013-02-04
  • Label Slack Trax
  • Catalog STXAL001
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