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!
Download – Butter – BTGMX012
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.
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
I’ve known Kidkanevil longer than most people I’ve met in London since I moved here five years ago. He used to live up in Leeds, which is where I first met him – probably at a New Bohemia show. He was doing his thing back then and is still doing it now. It is cool to know that this quiet and laid back dude makes such hype beats.
This installment has been a long time in the making and it is one of our most focused efforts yet – it is strictly Kan Kick production and all vinyl. Kid K bought extra records and even managed to get an exclusive beat from Kan Kick so this is pretty damn special. See below if you want to find out more about Kidkanevil and the mix he’s been so kind to hook us up with.
Download: Kidkanevil – BTGMX011
Please introduce yourself.
My name is kidkanevil. I DJ and make beats and lazer sounds.
It’s a bit like rainbow road meets Ran. And you don’t have to do tax returns there or any boring shit like that.
Why a Kankick mix? We’re excited.
Cool, me too! I’ve been a huge KanKick fan since I first started DJing and collecting records. For a period when I was a teenager I’d listen to nothing but Jay Dee, Madlib and KanKick. He’s kind of slept on compared to those two and it’s a shame, I don’t know why, he’s dope as fuck. I’ve been meaning to do a KanKick tribute mix for a minute so this seemed like a good opportunity. In the end I decided to do a strictly all vinyl mix, it just felt appropriate to the tradition of his music. Also he has so many dope beats I needed to narrow it down a bit! I’m actually missing one extremely rare vinyl, a co-production with Madlib that I believe is actually both their first ever release. One day I’ll get my hands on it and I’ll do a part 2 mix! I was actually lucky enough to get the blessing of the man himself too. He did some drops for the mix and also gave me a super dope exclusive unreleased beat, which I tagged on the end as a bonus track. So yeah, my kankick tribute mix! One for the heads, hope you enjoy!
What have you been up to lately?
I’ve just finished a collaborative album with my good friend and super dope producer Daisuke Tanabe called kidsuke, so hopefully that’ll be out soonish. I’ve just started co-producing the new Stateless album for Ninja Tune, also got a few beats on the forthcoming Foreign Beggars album. And then I’ve just been doing various remixes and gigs and all that.
Would you say your sound has changed in the past few years?
Yeah, I’d say so. I started on much more of a sample based hiphop vibe, that’s my musical root, I grew up on that shit. That was my initial training ground. Doing this KanKick mix has actually been an interesting look back at that starting point for me. But I think over the years my style has grown and developed into something else, though its still pretty much hiphop in my mind. I guess its more electronic and shit now I dunno. I try to be honest with myself and just make whatever I feel, so that naturally evolves over time, it’s a journey. Sometimes that can be embarrassing when I look back at certain beats though haha, but that’s all part of the process of trying to get better at the craft and find my own sound. But yeah – I’m into progressive music, so I hope my sound has progressed.
Any graphic designers or photographers we should know about?
I really like the Syndicate fam in Singapore, they do dope design, music, club nights, videos, the whole thing. Super dope crew.
I’d just like to say thank you so much to KanKick aka Kanzulu for giving this mix his blessing, and for giving me an ill exclusive beat, as well as continuing to inspire with his beautiful, personal and spiritual music. Salute!
Tracklist after the jump
Lush house from the 100% Silk signing - Let Me See You is a solid EP, “I’m Trying” is another highlight of the 4 tracker. Pick up the 12″ here.
Been sitting on this one for a minute, but now that the sun is finally out it makes sense to let it loose.
Greeen Linez are Matt Lyne (aka A Taut Line) and Chris Greenberg (one third of the band Hong Kong in the 60s) who first met and started playing dance music together over 15 years ago, before they were even in their teens. Matt lives in Tokyo where he runs Diskotopia and Chris lives in London. They played at our last party and their set was awesome, it was really cool of them to jump on at the last minute and we’re happy to have given them their first London show. They are both super nice guys and talented musicians. As Greeen Linez they have release one EP and have an album set to come out any time. We can’t wait.
Roy Ayers – Searching
Lowrell – Mellow Mellow Right On
Mau’lin – Function Open (Greeen Linez remix)
Mtume – Ready for your Love
Patrice Rushen – Remind Me
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Lots of Lovin
Brian Bennett – Solstice
Antonio Adlfo & A Brazuca – Tranamazonica
Toshiki Kadomatsu – 52nd Street
Metro Area – Piña
Atlantic Starr – When Love Calls
Mim Suleiman – Bibi Na Mpu
Mantler – Fresh and Fair
Maze – Twilight
Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love
Stanley Clarke & Bill Shields – Easy Listening
Return to Forever – Sorceress
Download: Greeen Linez – BTGMX010
Can’t remember the first time I met Tanya, but I feel like I’ve seen her around town for years. I remember the first time I saw her live though, she was supporting Buke & Gass at The CAMP. Her set really impressed me and started chatting. A few minutes later she introduced me to her friend Debruit and somehow we all ended up drinking rum all night back at his place dancing to afrobeat. It was quite the Tuesday night.
If you aren’t familiar with Tanya, watch this video first and then go to her soundcloud to check out some of her original material. Gilles Peterson is a fan of hers and hopefully you will be too if you aren’t already.
Download: Tanya Auclair – BTGMX009
Can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Tanya Auclair, Singer / Songwriter / Musician / Producer.
What is your musical background?
Growing up we had this massive wooden trunk full of vinyl and tapes, my parents treated it like a treasure chest, they aren’t musicians but they really love music and would have it on all the time. Their openness rubbed off on me and I just got stuck into whatever I could, choirs, piano, West-African percussion, body percussion and I taught myself guitar, bass and ukulele. The last 2 years I’ve been learning production too. I never slotted into one particular scene, maybe because I’m just very curious. The last 2 years I’ve been realising a love affair with the Microkorg, percussion and vocal harmony.
Tell us about the mix. It’s wicked.
It was my first go at it, so I got a bit over-excited and wanted to include everything. Its a little snapshot of some of my favourite artists. There are some old firm friends like The Staple Singers, Snr Eddie Donkor and Talking Heads and some new discoveries like Anna Meredith’s gangsta orchestral electronica, Delicate Steve, and Nobukazu Takemura’s trance-inducing loops, theres some seasonal picks like Broadcast and Mama & Papas which for me are real Springtime soundtrack tunes and some sonic inspirations like Micachu, Chico Buarque and Van Dyke Parks.
Are you playing any show or festivals that you’re looking forward to?
I’m doing two live film scores this weekend, first is a commission for Birds Eye View’s Sounds & Silents – I’ll be performing a new score to 1912 silent film ‘The Female of the Species’ at the Southbank on March 9th. In the same series I’ll be playing on Arista Hawkes’ live score to ‘Sparrows’ on March 11th too. Its exciting to be given the keys to making a whole new experience out of a film, what you can do with sound is almost like 3D for the ears. Then on March 30th I’m supporting one of my favourite bands, United Vibrations, at the Vortex, we’ve just collaborated on some new work together, so this will be the maiden voyage!
Your Origami EP was great. Any plans on a future release?
Yes, my next release is out later this Spring. Then a 2nd EP with Yult is out in April plus some more collaboration work I’m excited about is on the cards.
Any thing we should be reading, watching or listening to?
Read: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Watch: Badlands by Terrence Malick
Listen to: Gotham by Michael Gordon
Well made and informative short film about (over)fishing.
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Kind of on a Clams Casino vibe. You can grab the whole EP for free here.
I’m a sucker for harmonies. Pick up their LP, Big Echo, here.