Wind the clock back to 2006, and somewhere, at a high school situated in Melbourne’s outer suburbs (Frankston, to be precise), Maryos Syawish and Corey Kikos were introduced when a mutual friend asked them to soundtrack the “annual school swimming carnival”. The resulting mixtape went unheard, but it was there that early seeds for their production and DJ duo Sleep D, and eventually, the Butter Sessions label were sown. Finally arriving in 2013, their Jackal EP was to be the first in a flurry of outstanding releases that elevated Butter Sessions to its current status as a reliable purveyor of underground Australian music.
Bar a collaboration between Freakout Cult duo Jayda G and DJ Fett Burger, the label has exclusively released music from fellow Australians. It was a conscious effort to give undiscovered talent from their hometown a voice, and the approach has certainly paid dividends. Warm swathes of dubbed-out bass swell and rich, sumptuous melodies ooze on exquisitely textured records like Cale Sexton’s East Link EP, whereas efforts from the likes of Dan White and Sleep D themselves administer something more upright and cerebral. But whether it’s rumbling breakbeat or imposing techno, pleasant blurs of warmth and melodic touches pulled out of the cosmos emanate from virtually every release.
Constantly adding new faces to the roster, the label recently reached a milestone with its tenth release. Handing a debut to Consumer Watchdogz listeners were presented with some spaced-out, exploratory techno that resembled a continuation of the mood and textures traversed on previous efforts. It’s a formula also carried through to the label’s first record of 2017, a 7″ from Sleep D, expected to drop next month.
It’s fair to say the label continue to meet our lofty expectations and ahead of that impending Sleep D release, the label owners have served up an exclusive label mix for our listening pleasure. Enlisting the services of regular co-conspirator Dan White, the mix is comprised entirely of Australian music, including tracks from labels like Moontown Records, Resistance / Restraint and Analogue Attic, as well as some upcoming Butter Sessions material. Touching on jazz, ambient, techno, post-punk, indie, industrial and everything in between, it offers a window into the alternate, suburban dimension Butter Sessions occupies.
Sleep D’s Space Pillow / Confusion 7″ is out March 10th on Butter Sessions – pre-order the vinyl here.