I probably haven’t heard about German DJ and producer Lena Willikens before this year, but when Ben UFO first played her unsettling track “Nilpferd” on his radio show, the name stuck with me. Since then she has released a fantastic EP on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label and appeared on the well-known XLR8R podcast series and guested on the Hessle Audio show. However, my favourite mix with her name tag on is taken from last week’s Beat in Space radio, in which she plays nothing but quirky electronic music. Unusual, but great selection!
Next Friday Vancouver’s Mood Hut family will take over Room 3 at Fabric, featuring the likes of Hashman Deejay, Pender Street Steppers and BAKE. To promote the event, Fabric shared this a mix by Brian Not Brian which you can hear above. It’s tagged “oddities” — and what could be more exciting than that?
Anthony released his debut album Body Pill this week, a record I haven’t listened to enough to make up my mind yet. What I did enjoy tremendously is his guestmix for the Resident Advisor podcast series. Music from Led Zeppelin, Tim Hecker, Terry Riley, into a proper selection of house and techno.
Press play and read the interview on the RA website, where you can also grab the download.
It’s weekend and I wanted to give you a quick updates on mixes I enjoyed a lot recently:
Untold – Groove Podcast 39
Mr Beatnick – Melbourne Deepcast 129 (interview)
Caribou 7inch Mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide (interview)
Kan Kick – Kan Crates Funk Soul Mix
Lena Willikens – XLR8R Podcast 376
And here are a couple of radio shows:
Spacebass /w LD
PAN #6 /w Bill Kouligas
Moovmnt Radio Show 01
Have a nice weekend everybody!
Travelling with my family through Europe many years ago, I first ran into Andrew Pekler inside small record store somewhere in Germany. What better opportunity is there for a kid to avoid boring sightseeing to spend some hours digging for records? This is how I eventually got to know Andrew’s own music, from his involvement in several bands to his solo efforts as Sad Rockets and under his own name.
More than 15 years later, I still follow his activities on SoundCloud and occasionally catch one of his mixes on Dublab radio. Here’s one he recorded for the Skyapnea show on NTS Live.01. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
02. Unnamned Burundian Musician – Chant Avec Citahare / Toru Takemitsu – Water Music
03. Mike Cooper – Electricity
04. Joel Chadabe – Yum Yum
05. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Ulu Watu
06. Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong / Untitled
07. Michael Prime – The Mouth Of Hermes / Barbera Benary – Sleeping Braid
08. Chappel Mood Music Vol. 15 – Électronique / Zazou, Bikaye, Cy 1 – M’pasi Ya
09. Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong / Madalyn Merkey – Archipelago
10. Barbara Kolb – Solitaire / Waisoni Msusa- Kung’anda Kwa Anyamata
11. Dennis Smalley – The Pulses Of Time
12. Peuls Musicians Of Niger – Pakapak / Mike Cooper – Tahiti Green Island
13. Gordon Monahan – Large Piano Magnified / Andrew Pekler – Untitled
14. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
15. Mbuti Singers – Iyo-o-o / David Keane – In Memorium Hugh Le Caine
16. Jon Hassell – Empire IV
17. Unnamed Burundian Musician – Take Me Back To Mabayi / Pierre Henry – Danse / Additional Sounds
18. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
19. Nuno Canavarro – Bruma / Unnamed Burundian Singers – Akazéhé / Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong
Who needs a full-grown selection of weekend mixtapes, when there’s 70 minutes of music taken from Steve Spacek‘s back catalogue, put together by master selector and disc-jockey Kutmah. The answer is, of course, nobody! Spanning over 28 tracks, the mix features music from Steve’s band Spacek, Africa Hitech, Harmonic 313 and various other Mark Pritchard collaborations, Theo Parrish, and solo material as Black Pocket and, well, Steve Spacek.
01. Theo Parrish feat. Steve Spacek – Chemistry
02. Beat Spacek – I Wanna Know (Seven Davis Jr Remix)
03. Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek – Turn It On
04. Black Pocket – Boungie
05. Sun Ra – When There Is No Sun
06. Africa Hitech – Light The Way
07. Africa Hitech – Too Late
08. Spacek – How
09. Space Invadas – Way We Feel
10. Steve Spacek – Take Her Away
11. Troubleman feat. Steve Spacek
12. Steve Spacek – Smoke
13. Black Pocket – Al Softly
14. Steve Spacek – After Beris Step
15. Beat Spacek – Search N Development
16. Kingsbread feat. Steve Spacek
17. GB – Simply So (with Steve Spacek)
18. Spacek – Eve Demo
19. Spacek – Eve
20. Spacek – Eve (Jay Dee Remix)
21. Spacek – Getaway
22. Spacek – Act For You
23. Harmonic 313 feat. Steve Spacek – Falling Away
24. Steve Spacek – Thursday
25. Spacek feat. Mpho Skeef – La Bougie
26. Steve Spacek – Dollar (Let The Dollar Circulate)
27. Steve Spacek – Dollar Live (Breakdown)
28. Raphael Saadiq & Steve Spacek – Pookie Blue Room
Needless to say that the whole reason for this musical celebration is the release of the Beat Spacek album Modern Streets, available now from Ninja Tune. Also read Laurent Fintoni’s article on Steve Spacek in Fact Magazine.
It’s been a while since I last came across a mixtape from Gaslamp Killer, but coinciding the release of his Serato picture disc, the LA-based discjockey and producer put down a mix for Dublab radio.
The Gaslamp Killer is an explosive force within our universe. He is constantly forming chaotic dynamics into physical manifestation through the medium of music. In this special dublab session, GLK unveils the newest crystallization of his creative pursuits, Break Stuff, a Serato Pressing Picture Disc featuring exclusive material from the mind of this matter smasher.
Also available for download from the Dublab website.
I have only been to Shoreditch’s Plastic People a handful of times, but from the very beginning I could feel the magic of the place. Many legendary parties took place there, many being synonymous with the rise of a new kind of music. Co-op, FWD, Nonsense, the regular nights by Four Tet, Theo Parrish or Floating Points, even the CDR listening events will be remembered by many, and not only by Londoners. The Last Dance, literally, took place last weekend as the club closes its doors forever. What you can hear above is the 5 hours of music played during that night.
“Although Shoreditch has now become apocalyptic after 1am, Plastic People never changed. We all maintained that it’s a safe haven away from it all. The people coming down to the nights were so nice, and became regulars; suddenly it became a room full of 200 friends. You knew their dance moves, you knew the guy who screams when you played a certain track. It didn’t feel like randoms off the street.”
What you shouldn’t miss is the article the quote is taken from, in which founder Ade Fakile and resident Floating Points share their memories of the club. And there’s even more memories on Twitter under the #plasticpeople hashtag.
Plastic People, we will miss you!
It’s been good to catch up on some mix shows lately, and I think there are a couple of stellar ones in this latest edition of weekend mixtapes.
Here’s a top 5 entry for best Hessle Audio shows of the year, as Ben UFO plays an exclusive recording by Terrence Dixon that nobody should miss, ranging from spaced out jazz to techno proper.
Mr Beatnick is joined by the rest of the Pride of Gombe pack on his NTS Radio show. Listen to 2 hours mixed b2b by Lukid, Samoyed, Astro:Dynamics, Kelpe, Adam Oko and the host of the show.
My favourite record of December turns out to be Hashman Deejay‘s debut album “Sandopolis”, released this week on the label Future Times. Had to check out some of his DJ mixes as well. Here’s one recorded at this year’s Dekmantel Festival.
What can I say, two hours of records selected by Floating Points and Four Tet, playing their recently found records from all over the world.
And lastly, dont’t miss out on the December edition of Funkineven‘s Apron show on NTS Live.
It’s been a while since we last selected weekend mixtapes for you, but don’t worry, we’ll continue to do so!
My favourite Hessle Show in quite some time and currently on repeat, listen to two hours of house and techno by the one and only Ben UFO.
There’s a new Afrikan Sciences album coming out on PAN in the second week of December. On the occasion he played a guestmix on the label’s radio show.
London’s Mr Beatnick released his Marshmallows EP on Tief Records the other day. On his latest radio show he was joined by Werk Discs’ Moiré to play some music.
And this last one is an older gem I rediscovered more recently, an mix by our podcast-contributor The Reboot Joy Confession.
Look at that, we haven’t posted any mixes since July? Admittedly, I haven’t had much time for that, especially since my radio-show of choice —the Hessle Audio show on Rinse— has taken that spot. So I guess it’s kind of fitting that the mix comes from Ben UFO, one third of the label and regular on the show. Together with Joy Orbison he has taken over the airwaves of New York’s Beats in Space show. And if you’re digging the show, make sure to check out those recent Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO mixes as well!
It was only the second volume of Madlib’s Rock Konducta project that convinced buying a copy of both LPs. I first got in touch with krautrock back in 2001 through the official Neu! and consequently widened my knowledge through Julian Cope’s quirky (and now out-of-print) Krautrocksampler. Like the Rock Konducta LPs, this new mix by Now-Again‘s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt is inspired by many of those records, but it also extends to other obscure rock albums from all over the world. 50 minutes of that for your listening pleasure!
New York’s FaltyDL is about to release his second album on Ninja Tune in less than a month. As always, this goes hand in hand with a promo mixtape like the one above.
Detroit’s Kyle Hall last record came out on Hyperdub, but his 30-minute long Wavey Baby mix was probably made just for fun.
This week’s Solid Steel show has two exciting guest mixers, the first half was put together by one of my favourite producers last year, Keysound’s Logos. It almost feels like Cologne’s Damiano von Erckert puts out mixes on a weekly basis, and so the second half of the show belongs to him.
Let’s end this week’s selection with two mixes broadcasted on LA’s Dublab radio. Tom Chasteen put together an hour long Scientist Tribute Mix, and John Tejada plays a special live hardware set.
I’m not gonna let you wait until the Friday for another edition of Weekend Mixtapes, for I’ve got a couple of mixes to share with you right now!
Let’s start with the oldest in the bunch, a nice selection of Brazilian tunes put together by Floating Points. To get you in the mood for the next Brazil game or simply to have a good time. Leave a shout on Sam’s SoundCloud page if you like this!
Next up, listen to music from the private collection of Now-Again founder and Stones Throw associate Egon. Also available as video via Boiler Room LA.
Berlin Community Radio is continuously putting out quality mixes from some of my favourite artists. Most recently, they had Hyperdub-signed Laurel Halo in their studio, playing a wide selection from jazz and folk to dub techno.
Listen to a Kode9 set recorded at London’s Fabric the other day, playing what sounds like mostly records from his label Hyperdub. He also shared his Maida Vale session with Spaceape from a couple of years back.
While I’ve never met LD in real life, I’ve know him since the early days of the Brownswood Forum. His Spacebass show once started as a podcast before making the jump to London’s NTS Live. Enjoyed this one a lot when it was broadcasted the other day!
Hyperdub man Scratcha DVA goes all broken on his latest mixtape uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Despite being called Shazam City Mix, the software was not able to identify all the tracks. Even worse, it includes a couple of tracks I know sitting somewhere in my shelf, but I wasn’t able to identify them all (the Bembé track mixing into Jill Scott bugs me the most!)01. Reel People feat. Darien – Upside (Bugz Dubside Mix)
03. Shokazulu – Hips Don’t Fail Me Now
04. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Stars Shine For You
06. Dego & Kaidi – Acting up on that Shit Don’t Count
07. Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
08. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
10. Jazzanova – Soon (Domu Vocal Mix)
11. Shokazulu – Sammy Sebastian
12. DVA feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome – Solid
13. IG Culture – DJ Power (Use It)
14. The Free Design – Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)
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