In amongst the clichéd snare rolls, monotone basslines and amyl nitrate charged vocals of hard house music, there lurk a few labels with a difference. Enter Max the Alien Thing and Paul Amino. Since 1996 they have been producing a constant stream of consistently groundbreaking, pumping, funky hard-house/trance. In 2000 they released "The Missing Files" the first ever Alien Trax album mixed by Max and Amino.
It all began in 1996 with seminal hard house release Alien/Chemical Imbalances. This, their first collaboration (and Alien Trax 01), was immediately jumped on, and subsequently caned, by such hard-house heavyweights as Pete Wardman and the late, great Tony De Vit.
Since then, Alien Trax has boasted releases by such underground stars as Karim, RR Fierce and Lab 4. Remix work has seen Paul and Max lending their talent to such names as Phantom, Brainbashers, Lab 4 and Captain Tinrib.
Now on their 30th release, exlusive on MP3, the aliens have many more in the pipeline. It also sees them cementing their position at the forefront of the new hard-house sound with offshoot label, Human Trax and 2XS Recordings.
With a studio move and upgrade early in the year, Alien/Human Trax's & 2XS already high level of quality and productivity has increased further, in turn attracting a host of both new and established talent to the label. This injection of ideas is helping to take the labels in new and exciting directions, and the coming months will see releases by many new artists.
There is certainly a lot to look forward to. Max's DJing continues to pioneer the hard-house and trance sound, with guest slots both abroad and at home, and with his residency at the legendary Fish! night. Alien Trax and Human Trax continue to go from strength to strength, with releases by such artists as DJ Simon Eve (fellow Fish! resident) and Alex James, Lee Jeffries & Justin Bourne and of course The Alien Thing himself. Most importantly, Max and Paul continue put out original and intelligent tracks, designed to devastate dancefloors everywhere.