BTGMX016 – Throwing Shade

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Please introduce yourself.

I’m Throwing Shade – DJ, producer and NTS Radio presenter from London, born and bred.

What was the idea behind the mix?

Just a whole bunch of good tunes!

We love your NTS show. Talk us through your musical direction.

I’d say the main influence / inspiration for my NTS show comes from having studied Ethnomusicology as an undergraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. That experience really broadened my musical horizons because it made me realize that there is so much music to be discovered from across the world, and across different eras. It made me look beyond what I’d grown up listening to, and pay attention to things like Inuit throat singing- sounds which we probably wouldn’t even consider as ‘music’ given our aural palettes, a-tuned to predominantly ‘Western’ styles of music. This exploration of cultures and sounds is what I try and channel through into my radio show.

How did the Ominira release come about?

Kassem Mosse, who is behind the Ominira label, heard my stuff on soundcloud and initially approached me under an alias, asking about the possibility of doing a release. It was only later on that I found out who I was in conversation with. It was a pleasant surprise, to say the least! It felt amazing! I’m still kinda starstruck by it because Kassem Mosse is someone who I really look up to musically, and for him to like my work enough to want to release it on his label was a serious compliment for me.

Any visual artists you admire that we should be on the look out for?

Boudicca Collins. Rachel Noble. Tom Flynn.

Any shout outs?

Shout out to my mum!

Tracklist.

Dennis Bovell - Jazterpiece (reggae version)
Hailu Mergia - Hebo Lale
Brenda Fassie - Weekend Special
Sass - Much Too Much
Dayton - The Sound of Music
Os Bongos - Pachanga Maria
France Gall - Jazz A Gogo
Maze - Twilight
inc. - 5 days
James Blake - CMYK
D’eon - Transparency
Throwing Shade - Daydream
Egyptrixx - drive u crazy
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor
Hugh Masekela - Don’t Go Lose It Baby
Womack & Womack - Teardrops
The Stranglers - Walk On By
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Ain’t No Sunshine
Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo

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This is out last party of 2013 and we’re celebrating by having our extended family take care of selecting duties all night long. We’ll also have some giveaways on the night including tees & vinyl from Five Easy Pieces, and prints from us.

Hunter S Topman
Daniel Stein
Count Chocula

Free Entry
06.12.13
21:00-03:00

Buses: 67, 76, 242, 243, 149
Overground: Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland

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BTG047 with Reginald Omas Mamode IV (Five Easy Pieces) + BTG DJs

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You might have heard of Reginald Omas Mamode IV but we guess you probably haven’t yet.

His first official release was voted as “Best of 2013″ by Gilles Peterson and he included it on the latest Brownswood Bubblers compilation. Five Easy Pieces heard that tune a few months ago and asked him for a whole EP, which will drop in early November. We believe this is his first dj set.

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Reginald Omas Mamode IV (Five Easy Pieces)
Count Chocula
Captain Zeta Jones (Douglas)
Ed Jnr Smith
Daniel Stein
Ross Gunter

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Free Entry
The Alibi, Dalston, London
04.10.13
21:00-03:00

Buses: 67, 76, 242, 243, 149
Overground: Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland

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BTG042 with The Last Skeptik and friends

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We’ve been a fan of The Last Skeptik for years but completely bugged out when he dropped his André mixtape via Noisey a month ago. So we thought why not bring the ruckus to our favourite basement by recreating that mix, live?

The Last Skeptik (BBE / Livin’ Proof)
Count Choc (BTG)
Waite Rob Waite (BTG)

Free Entry
07.06.13
21:00-03:00

Buses: 67, 76, 242, 243, 149
Overground: Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland

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BTGMX013 – Chris Read

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This mix is special for several reasons. The guy who made it and I go back a few years, from when I used to do bookings at The CAMP. Chris used to run a great monthly hip hop night in the upstairs bar called Classic Material. It was a real pleasure hosting his night because he was super nice, the music was dope and the branding was so on point. To see what I mean you need to check out their site which archived what they did during their time at the venue – since then they’ve moved on to greater things but it was very cool seeing the project from its humble beginnings. The other reason this mix is extra special is because Chris threw a curve ball with his selection, which we always really appreciate. As soon as he said he’d turned in an all vinyl, digging in the crates mix of old school d&b I knew it was going to be a beauty.

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Download – Chris Read – BTGMX013 (Intelligent Sounds, 1995 – 1997)

Please introduce yourself.

Chris Read, Disc Jockey, record maker, enthusiast of music and web from London Town. I’m a recording artist for BBE Records and also Breakin Bread and between those two camps I do a range of stuff from releasing my own singles to mixes and compilations and more recently remixing and producing other artists.

Can you please tell us about this mix? Any specific tracks in there that deserve mentioning?

It’s pretty off topic for me really, but when I was told the only guidelines were to have fun and not try too hard to be upfront, it seemed a good excuse to dip into a corner of the record collection that hadn’t seen much play in a while. It’s all jazz influenced drum and bass recordings released between 1995 and 1997 and which I bought at the time – the years I was at college. It’s the stuff that was (I think regrettably) referred to as ‘intelligent’ at the time (I never really liked that because it kind of implies that Jungle for example wasn’t intelligent and that music advanced drum programming like no other), but anyway it’s a style of music I’ve fallen out of contact with really but that I had a fleeting love affair with during those years so it’s a bit of a time capsule for me. There are some notable tracks: Bukem’s first release on his ‘Looking Good’ off shoot label, some unusual major label b-sides and several early examples of use of the ‘Do The Do’ break which was huge during those years (Adam F’s ‘Circles’ probably being my favourite). Shifty’s ‘Jazz Ass’ is a personal favourite on the mix – a fairly unknown track from a small indie label from the Midlands (I think) which as amongst the first promo records I was ever sent and which I played relentlessly at the time.

You also run Classic Material right? How is that going?

Yeah, very good. It’s a project which is continually changing. The first phase if you like was the series of club nights, which was accompanied by a set of limited edition products which included boxsets, prints, tees, CDs. Beyond that we’ve done an exhibition and launched our second season of products last summer which included photography prints and another range of tees produced in conjunction with 80s streetstyle photographer Normski and London sneaker boutique Foot Patrol. Our third season’s products, another similar collaboration, will be coming out in July – I won’t say too much and spoil the surprise but this time the range will include a very nice photo booklet and limited edition flexi-disc single produced in collaboration with a seminal 90s hip hop label. For the following year we’re exploring the possibility of producing a book, although that’s far from concrete right now.

Apart from that, you’re also involved in WhoSampled? How did that come about? Where is it headed?

Yes, I’m Content Manager there and produce the majority of the content for their social media, blog, podcasts, mixes etc. It’s really booming right now – I’m not really at liberty to give away too much detail but on the content side of things we have some really good collaborations coming up. Last year we did a great project with Blue Note and there’s more like that in the pipeline. I’m doing some stuff with Wax Poetics there too and we have a steady flow of interviews and features etc. I just finished editing an interview with Steve Arrington which should be up in the next week or so.

In terms of the general direction, out iPhone app is very popular and there are more music discovery type projects to come.

What djs & producers are you into at the moment? Also, any particular graphic designers we should have our eyes on?

With DJs, I always find that a difficult question to answer – My taste wonders a lot and there are so few who I really get properly impressed by. In terms of what I chose to spend my time listening to, I tend to gravitate towards guys who are showcasing new releases in radio show sort of settings, the Leftos of this world. In terms of mixes, I like anyone who shows genuine skill and variety. Woody recently did excellent mixes for Tokyo Dawn (soul, boogie, electronica) and Chopped Herring (rare 80s and 90s hip hop) – both very different but both really well executed. The best DJ set I’ve seen in a club recently was Edan actually – I’m not a huge fan of his music as such but he performs a very unique and well crafted DJ set. Mr Thing, a good friend, never disappoints in a club setting either. We play together pretty regularly. Producer wise, there are loads right now – B Bravo, Tall Black Guy, Yakine, Koreless, Debruit, Julien Dyne, Slakah, Postive Flow, Leatherette, Potatohead People, the list goes on. On a graphic design front, I guess I have to give props to friends who I do stuff with so shout to John Brotherhood who does all the Classic Material graphics and also Leroy Nockolds who has done a lot of my recent mix covers and content stuff at WhoSampled. Darrell Krum who featured in the Classic Material exhibition is killing it right now too and doing loads of good cover art for labels like Blunted Astronaut – he’s done the label for my next single for Breakin Bread too.

Any shout outs?

Just everyone I work for / with really: Lee and Pete at BBE, David at Breakin Bread, the whole WhoSampled team, the guys at Mixcloud, Wax Poetics, Delicious Vinyl, Bastard Jazz, Push the Fader etc.

Track list.

Erykah Badu – On and On (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
LTJ Bukem – Horizons
Adam F – Circles
Hoover – Two Wicky (DJ Pulse Dub)
DJ Pulse & Jazz Cartel – Street Player
Jhana – Say, Say, Say (Doc Scott Remix)
Shifty – Jazz Ass
Instense – Positive Notions
LTJ Bukem – Orchestral Jam
Aquasky – Dezires
Hierogliphix – Rhythm Is Back
EZ Rollers – Subtropic
Hierogliphix – Destiny
Source Direct – Complexities
Source Direct – Artificial Barriers

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I do have a penchant for corporate identities. Luckily for me Wallace Henning has a some great Flickr sets to feed my habit. This “British Airways General Graphics Handbook” Wallace believes documents the identity designed by Landor in December 1984, which ran until June 1997.

See the full set on Flickr. Photos from Wallace Hennings notes.

Nick de Friez x Paul Pre – Deep Thought Mix

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Here’s a nice little mix from BTG homie Paul Pre teaming up with Nick de Friez. 2 DJ’s, 3 parts, 4 songs each. Artwork by Zippora Lux. Image by unknown.

 

BTGMX012 – Butter

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Our next mix is late, eight months late to be exact. Since then, Butter invited me to play at his final party in Brazil – which was probably one of the best parties I’ve ever been to or played at in my whole life – and relocated from Brazil to Australia. He is planning to keep doing his thing over there and I’m sure his parties will be some of the best in the country. This mix is sick, hope you enjoy. Sorry for the delay, Brian!

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Hi, could you please introduce yourself?
My name, Brian Thomas. My nickname Butter has become an alias for me as a DJ and for music and design productions.

Describe the idea behind your mix.
I wanted something that would remain true to my taste and survive throughout the waves of my preference. And connecting bits from different genres seemed more than appropriate.

Where does dirtyblackdisco stop and The Mixtape Club begin?
The Mixtape Club is my project for the people. I operate as the curator but in reality it means nothing more than inviting others who I think will do something authentic and tasteful. It is hard to tune out my own personal preferences altogether and avoid an overarching vibe. Maybe impossible. But there are no dictated themes, rules, or prerequisites. As long as the selection is honest and offers something to be discovered I’m happy. dirtyblackdisco is where I do my own thing. Born after The Mixtape Club as an absolutely personal project with a particular selection based on what I play as a DJ. Or what I like to play. There wasn’t a grand plan. The entire thing, from the name and idea to the domain purchase and launch of the site (blog) happened on the same day (20 April, go figure). As years have passed, its become the brand to host my house, disco and so on endeavors. Mixtapes. Parties. 12-inches if they don’t die by the time I get there.

How does Rio compare to NYC?
Rio has a special place in my heart. In the beginning, as a tourist, it was the place that exposed me to all kinds of things. The music, women and nature are all amazing but it was the lifestyle that really hooked me. Today, currently as a resident, it has offered some musical opportunities that I considered nearly unobtainable in NYC. The acceptance to dance music and me being foreign in Rio are probably due some credit. I’m playing records more than ever and developed my dirtyblackdisco brand a bit with two brasilian episodes. I have yet to complete my first year here. Musically, there is valid complaint in NYC for it being such a large city and quite behind in terms of dance music. But since it is N. America it remains on the map for artists, djs, producers, agents. It takes a lot more for the gems in the northern hemisphere to make it down this way, leaving Brasil a bit behind.

Describe your most recent partnership with Polanski. Do you see future partnerships?
Polanski is the beautiful product of my man Irwin Tobias Matutina in NYC. I invited Irwin to art direct the most recent dirtybalckdisco party in September, which also helped us launch the magazine here. He went nuts doing a bunch of dope shit and I made a limited collection of shirts of some of the artwork. I’m sure future visual partnerships will happen with dirtyblackdisco, but the intent is to keep it fresh. The Polanski thing was a special, one-off thing. For now.

How does graphic design relate to your daily life?
I studied design and it was my career in New York. Music was the hobby. I’m trying to turn that around. I still enjoy design and infinitely more when a client isn’t involved.

Any plans for Rio? What do you have up your sleeve?
Keep dirtyblackdisco going. Maybe some non-virtual things for The Mixtape Club. Don’t know how long I’ll be here so I’m doing my best to give something back while it lasts. Rio has given me me oh so much. Obrigado meu Rio, cidade maravilhosa.

Track list.

Vakula – Still Time
R Tyme – Use Me (MK remix)
Alfabet – Hell of Samba
Vieux Farka Tourè – Sangare (DJ Center remix)
Lilacs & Champagne – Babbling Brooke
24-Carat Black – I Want To Make Up
Wildcookie – Come Closer
The Pharcyde – Devil Music
Moodymann – Misled
EP2 – Dance (Kerri Chandler’s Centro Fly mix)
The Nathaniel X Project – The Nathaniel X-Tract
A Tribe Called Quest – Lyrics To Go (remix)
Taylor McFerrin – Georgia
Bobby Hutcherson – NTU
Crazy Bald Heads – First Born

Bleep x BTG / BTG039 — Concentric T

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Wow. Probably the longest stint yet that nothing has appeared on the blog… Doesn’t mean to say we’ve not been upto anything — far from it and 2013 has much in store. To kick things off we’ve this little collaboration with the guys at Bleep, who I’m sure need no introduction.

Limited to 100 pieces worldwide, a 3 colour screen print on AA blanks, the T is available exclusively through the Bleep website.

Beer & Riso

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The next instalment of 25 for 25, Beer & Riso is happening on Thursday 20th September.

25 one colour A3 riso prints, paper and of course a free beer for £25+VAT in a choice of six colours (Fluo Pink, Purple, Gold, Green, Blue, Black and Red). You provide the artwork and we print it for you!

More information and tickets.

Thursday, September 20 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Two Times Ellott

Great Western Studios
Studio 112
65 Alfred Road

W2 5EU

Beers at £2.00 all night. Paper provided by Antalis.

Made by Hand – The Distiller

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Made by Hand is a short film series project from Bureau of Common Goods celebrating the people who make things by hand. In this film they pay a visit the Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition.

25 for 25 – Riso Printing Night, This Thursday

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25 for 25 – Riso Printing Night, This Thursday 25 for 25 – Riso Printing Night, This Thursday

Join us, Two Times Elliott and Mash Creative for a night of Riso Printing and beer. We’ll be offering 25 one colour A3 riso prints, paper and of course a free beer for £25+VAT in a choice of six colours (Fluo Pink, Purple, Gold, Green, Blue, Black and Red). You provide the artwork and we print it for you!

More information and tickets.

Thursday, August 16 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Two Times Ellott

Great Western Studios
Studio 112
65 Alfred Road

W2 5EU

Beers at £2.00 all night. Paper provided by Antalis.

BTG031 at SMS ft. Jimmy Edgar, James Fox, Call Super and BTG DJs BTG031 at SMS ft. Jimmy Edgar, James Fox, Call Super and BTG DJs

Bridging the Gap are back at Stop Making Sense and we’re mad excited.

Our special guest is someone we’ve been a fan of for years. He has changed his sound since his early days but there has always been something unique about him. His new album sees him take this a step further and we love it. James Fox played an brilliant warm up set this NYE for secretsundaze at The Troxy and he is generally a solid dj. His releases are all brilliant too so it made sense to have him join. Call Super has played for BTG every year since it was founded back in 2009, ie he is one of our favourite djs. He released a brilliant EP last year which has been followed up by some high profile remixes this year. Count Choc is ecstatic to finally rep a boat party and won’t be throwing anyone of the pier this time around.

BOAT PARTY / 02.08.2012 / 19:00-23:00
Jimmy Edgar (Hotflush) dj set
James Fox (TAKE/Well Rounded)
Call Super (Five Easy Pieces)
Count Choc

MAIN STAGE / 03.08.2012 / 18:00-01:00
Jimmy Edgar (Hotflush) LIVE AV set
James Fox (TAKE/Well Rounded)
Call Super (Five Easy Pieces)
Count Choc

Discounted ticket link for BTG friends & family here.

BTG029/030 — Eight Bit Ts

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The first two t-shirt designs from our “Eight Bit” series, inspired by Islamic geometric patterns and third generation computer games.

An edition of 60 for each, the designs are screen-printed in 1 colour with water-based inks on American Apparel 100% fine jersey ring-spun cotton t-shirts. All orders taken through the shop come bundled with an exclusive Count Chocula mix tape.

BTG029/030 — Eight Bit Ts BTG029/030 — Eight Bit Ts

BTG029/030 — Eight Bit Ts BTG029/030 — Eight Bit Ts

Individually numbered and signed, manufactured in LA, designed in London and printed in Cornwall. Available now from our shop.