1 track each from Area, Hakim Murphy, and Murdoc, + bonus remix. The 2 on A lean more toward the stoner side, the B is all Murdoc focusing more on the beats. The past year has seen Area dropping solo records for Francois K’s Wave Music, Anton Zap’s Ethereal Sound, and Brendon Moeller’s Steadfast Recordings. With songs described as “guaranteed to create a special mood in a club” (Resident Advisor) and “warm, shoegaze-dreamy but floor-ready pop” (Little White Earbuds), Area’s heady productions tread the line between functionality and abstraction. Hakim is a producer/DJ from the Chicagoland area who’s musical style ranges from House to Techno. Hakim’s journey begin as a dancer in Chicago as a lot of his musical influences come from Larry Heard, Robert Armani, Dance Mania, Relief, and Cajual records. As a Chicago footwork dancer, Hakim gradually became inspired by the music and began playing records in 1996. Since then Hakim has ventured into production work and eventually founded two records labels in 2008: Machining Dreams; and Synapsis Records with Avondale Music Society. Hakim’s discography includes releases on Metamorphic, Planet Detroit, and Stolen Kisses. Murdoc is a DJ/producer and current member of the Condiment DJ-collective, hosting events featuring the likes of Acid Circus, Sammy Dee (Perlon), and Mark Henning.