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

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

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

BTGMX011 – Kidkanevil

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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.

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Please introduce yourself.

My name is kidkanevil. I DJ and make beats and lazer sounds.

Describe Tokyorkshire.

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.

Any shoutouts?

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!

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Octo Octa – High Reflection

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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.

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Stubborn Heart – Knuckledown

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New track by the elusive duo Stubborn Heart. KayaKaya Records (a subsidiary of XL) is putting out their EP, this was given away recently. Worth checking their old tune Need Someone if you like this.

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BTGMX010 – Greeen Linez

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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.

Tracklist

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

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dollop – 20.04.2012

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The homies dollop are throwing a party in conjunction with Garden Festival and Eglo. It’ll probably be very good, I saw the Eglo live band at Fabric a few weeks ago and they were tight – head over to Corsica this Friday to see for yourself.

BTGMX009 – Tanya Auclair

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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.

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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

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The Story of Sushi

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Well made and informative short film about (over)fishing.

Midnight Davis – Letting It Flow

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Last track off a stunning debut album from señor Talabot. Get it here.

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DROPXLIFE – FURTHUR

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Kind of on a Clams Casino vibe. You can grab the whole EP for free here.

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Bobby Champs – All Night

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Really sick dancefloor number, this one. Tune is out soon via Pictures Music, look forward to more from young Bobby.

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The Morning Benders – Excuses

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I’m a sucker for harmonies. Pick up their LP, Big Echo, here.

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