Our third mix in our series comes from one of the friendliest men I know in dubstep: Rob Kemp, or as most know him, Brackles. He’s released forward-thinking dance music for a good while now and started up a great label last year, garnering mad respect from all the right people. I asked him if he would be up for contributing a mix at a party a while ago, he replied that he’d really like to do a summer mix with tunes he didn’t get to play out. Now that summer is coming to an end, it seems like the perfect way to say goodbye to the best one in years. Most mixes that you come across these days are snapshots of a certain time and place, BTGMX003 avoids that in a really classy way – I know I’ll be bumping it for years to come.
Download: Brackles – BTGMX003
Could you please introduce yourself, for those that don’t know you?
I’m Brackles – I started out DJing when I was 15 and got into making music through that. I now DJ on Rinse FM every Thursday and play out most weekends. I also run the Blunted Robots label with Shortstuff.
What’s the story behind this mix?
There’s not really any rules to the mix – it’s from all different genres and decades. I just wanted to play some of the records you wouldn’t hear me playing on Rinse or in the clubs. Most of these records are my favourite track off a particular album so it made sense to draw them all together onto one mix. I guess the goal was just a good selection of tracks for the summer.
What do you prefer, making tunes or making mixes?
A few months ago I’d have said mixes, but I’ve really been getting into the tunes recently and I think I prefer making beats now.
What inspires you more, sights or sounds?
Definitely sounds, I couldn’t really say sights influence my music. I reckon that sights have a more subconscious effect on what I make..
You run Blunted Robots with Shortstuff and your brother Martin Kemp. How has that been? What’s in store for the future?
I just run it with Shortstuff actually! [ed note, my bad!] Yeh running the label has been a lot of fun and hard work. It’s been a steep learning curve but I think we’re getting there with it now. The next release is me and Shortstuff feat. Terrible Shox – Good Foundations with a Doc Daneeka rmx. After that we have DJ Dom’s debut 12″.
Any other hype stuff we should know about?
My Songs For Endless Cities CD is dropping on !K7 at the end of August. I’m working on a big project for after that but I’m not sure I can say what that is yet.
BTGMX003 – Brackles
O.V. Wright – Let’s Straighten it Out [Delabel]
Jay Z – Feelin’ It [Rock-A-Fella Records]
Dr Alimantado – Can’t Conquer Natty Dreadlocks [Greensleeves Records]
Roy Ayers – D.C. City [Uno Melodic Records]
Stevie Wonder - Too High [Tamla Motown]
Gil Scott-Heron – When You Are Who You Are [Flying Dutchman]
Bobbi Humphrey – Harlem River Drive [Blue Note]
Dave & Ansel Collins – My Best Girl [Trojan Records]
Drexciya – Organic Hydropoly Spores [Tresor]
Eighties Ladies – Turned On To You [Uno Melodic Records]
Susan Cadogan – Nice and Easy [Trojan Records]
Rico – Africa [Island Records]
Larry Heard – Missing You [Alleviated Records]
Raymond Scott - Portofino [Basta]
[Brackles will be dj'ing at Phonica Records this Friday Friday the 27th of August to celebrate the release of his K7 mix cd. More info here.]