Premiere: Listen to Max Gardner’s “Mona Loops” on San Francisco Label Excise

Excise is thrilled to host San Francisco underground fixture Max Gardner on the label’s 3rd vinyl release. Max runs the legendary Californian party crew Direct to Earth, and he’s equally a hypnotic DJ selector and highly skilled synthesist. As you’ll see on this release, Max’s tracks are not only excellent DJ tools, but also deeply interesting for close-listening: truly unique electronic music difficulty to pigeonhole into a genre.

The Broken Knives and Pinkies EP begins with the track we are premiering today, “Mona Loops.” It is an immersive experience on club speakers as an eerie high-pitched synth line twists in unexpected ways over powerful waves of bass. Next, Max remixes label co-owner Muon‘s track “KMC”, redefining its raw elements into a blitzing four and half minute romp held together by a jagged low-mid frequency lead line.

“Broken Pinkies” is hard to define. All we can say is it embodies the feeling of the San Francisco all night underground world more than any single song in recent memory. It begs for repeat listening.

Yan Cook joins the Excise family for a banging remix of Broken Pinkies, almost shocking in its spin off the original. We’re huge fans of Yan over here, and this track embodies what we love most about his productions – groovy but with serious bite.


1. Max Gardner – Mona Loops
2. Muon – KMC (Max Gardner Remix)
3. Max Gardner – Broken Pinkies
4. Max Gardner – Broken Pinkies (Yan Cook Remix)

Max Gardner’s Broken Knives and Pinkies EP is available for pre-order via Excise’s Bandcamp page