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Label Focus #1 - Chequered Wax

4 October 2019

Manchester-based independent record label and party starters Chequered Wax have been making waves in the local scene as of late, with parties across the city as well as 3 releases pushing up-and-coming house, techno + disco-oriented talent.

Their ethos of pushing up-and-coming artists is reflected not just in their back catalogue of releases, but through their bookings too – young, exciting names take the lead. This week they launched their bi-weekly residency at Manchester’s Off the Square, and have their next label night on Oct 15th.

The label has seen 3 various artist releases since its inception – the first a set of funky, atmospheric house cuts, the second more focussed on sample-driven disco edits, and the latest has a more spaced out, trancey approach.


Olivier Verhaeghe’s opening track ‘Geometry’ off the latest release is a wicked slice of shuffly, dubby tech house, with spaced out pads and an infectious funky bassline.


Another highlight is Matheson’s ‘Post X’, a subdued, breaks driven euphoric cut, lifted up by atmospheric gated trance synths. While all grounded in house and techno, the musical diversity of their releases is a testament to their broad music policy, with house / electro / breaks / techno + acid all cited as genres you can hear at their nights.

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For such a young label (all three releases have been put out in the last 6 months), Chequered Wax are definitely ones to watch.

You can catch resident Jamie Bryan, Ross Tiger and founder Matty on Acid in Sheffield representing at Access Denied festival on Saturday. With all profit going to an amazing cause, click here to buy your tickets.