Exactly a month ago, we had the chance to receive Punisher and Sassmouth at Midweek Techno in Boston… and yes we were all immediately hypnotized. The duo embodies a great blend, each of the girls bringing their yin and yang. Both shared some music and my favourite piece remained Sassmouth’s “No Sleep ’til Kuujjauq” on Hej Records, Punisher’s imprint. Sass moved from Chicago to London earlier in the year. And around that time we also had the chance to assist Punisher’s pounding set on the Real Detroit Stage @ Detroit Electronic Music Festival in May 2008. It’s the recording of this set we are honored to send you today! Punisher’s Super High-Octane Beats will not give you a millisecond to even think about resting!! Also here is more info about Punisher’s great and long experience:
Very early on Michelle realized that being a DJ alone would not be enough to contain her artistic creativity and prowess. Trying to get closer to the music and release the sounds within, Michelle purchased some drum machines and was on her way to the next level. In 1996 and 1997, within a few years of learning the science of the synths, Punisher put out her first two twelve inch EPs on Sean Deason’s Detroit based label Matrix Records. Seeking to push forth the concepts of sound and motion, in 1998 she launched the seminal Detroit label, Seismic Records in addition to her collaboration with legendary producer Mark Gage of Vapourspace. The label quickly gained much critical respect with collaborations from many world renowned producers. Seismic has seen releases from the likes of the Advent, Bryan Zentz, and Andrei Morant. Through licensing by Dave Clarke, Bill Nasty and others, Seismic had become a strong international techno label.
This musical energy we refer to as “techno” is limitless and over the years as technology has prevailed, the music has evolved. Punisher’s style has progressed and grown along with the industry as if connected to a part of “techno” as a whole. Michelle’s musical creativity is currently being propelled into her latest undertaking – the founding of new label, Hej Records – with John Overfiend and Sassmouth at the core. Hej was founded with a vision: ‘making a mark in the evolution of musical energy’. Hej’s premiere EP in 2007 entitled “Enter The Hej” with tracks by Punisher and Dave Powers, is a release emphasizing the innovative and energetic flavor of the label. Hej will put forth an onslaught of both vinyl and net tracks from a wide range of International and Midwestern talent. Punisher’s music has also landed her upcoming immediate releases and remixes for Prosthetic Pressings, Open Concept Recordings, and of course Hej.”