Welcome to the monthly Mystery Mix, where nature's finest disc jockeys show off the girth of their collections and try to outfox the DJH detectives. Your job is to hear some great music and make your very best efforts to identify the tunes. Once the secrets are out we'll add a track listing.
Kenneth Bager June 2013To describe him as Denmark's Pete Tong is a disservice. He is that, but he's also many other things, too. He's spent four decades championing dance music on Denmark's national radio. In 1988, he started the iconic Coma Club, widely regarded as one of the best parties in the world (it's still going strong 25 years later). He records under his Kenneth Bager Experience moniker, runs the Music For Dreams label and, more recently, started a festival in Denmark, Apple Flowers, in partnership with Claus Meyer from the vaunted Noma. He is a renaissance man with renaissance glasses.
Very Polish Cut-Outs August 2013Very Polish Cut-Outs is a musical collective based in Warsaw (and Berlin) who dedicate themselves to unearthing rare and collectible funky cuts from the former Soviet republics. In their spare time they drink beer. ‘Krystyna’ on the first Very Polish Cut-Outs has been one of the biggest edits of the year (done by Warsaw duo Ptaki). This mix was done by Zambon and Ptaki using tunes from Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, West Germany and GDR, Japan, France, USA, Australia and UK all done in one take.
Cutloose July 2013Run by Paul Jenks and Wes Hopwood since 2008, Manchester based underground club night Cutloose is founded on the simple maxim of quality music, good people and the right environment. From basements to boats, studio lofts to swingers' clubs they have gained a loyal following and have been joined by guests such as Mark Seven, Theo Parrish, the Idjut Boys and Daniele Baldelli bringing the vibe. This mix from Paul has mysteries from the Orient, flavours from the Med and a dose of NYC.
Kalabrese May 2013Kalabrese, aka Sacha Winkler, is the man who can. As the drummer in hip hop collective Sendak, Winkler released two LPs and toured Switzerland before striking out on his own as Kalabrese, releasing a handful of electronic 12-inches with kooky vocals on labels like Stattmusik and Perlon including ‘73 Chicken Fried Rice’. They were quickly followed by imposing remixes for artists like Richard Dorfmeister and Idjut Boys. Over the past seven years, Kalabrese has run the club Zukunft in his home of Zurich, a unique club with an emphasis on the love of music and good people. He’s also a killer DJ as this mix attests. His new, brilliant album Independent Dancer is out NOW.
Krsytal Klear April 2013Ireland born, but currently resident in Manchester, Dec Lennon (aka Krystal Klear) is a former pupil at the Red Bull Music Academy. In 2010 his first break came providing a mix of Mary Anne Hobbs’ R1 show. He’s had tunes out on All City, Dub Organiser and, lately, Rinse. A resident at Hoya:Hoya for the past three years, he now has a show on Rinse FM and travels regularly and widely, from New York to Singapore. We like him.
Cottam December 2012Cottam shot to notoriety in 2009 with three limited edition 12-inches that blew up the underground scene with no advertising and no info – combining neo-soul, Afrobeat and hip hop with slo-mo house grooves all three sold out and ended up in many ‘best of 2009’ charts. Since then, Cottam has concentrated on developing his own style of sub-aquatic acid house, as well as building a burgeoning DJ career that spans Balearic disco edits to rough techno slowed down to a sexy shuffling tempo, classic house to euphoric disco all mixed with a skill, grace and swagger, topped off with a trademark cap.
Aloha Got Soul November 2012Honolulu-based Roger Bong digs for vinyl records almost too obscure to be true: Hawaiian black music. With Aloha Got Soul, he’s been documenting a lost era of jazz, funk, soul and rare groove in Hawaii. In 2012, Roger released five mixtapes on his blog, including the powerful Pupu Mix. This exclusive contribution to DJ History adds a sixth to his resumé. Hawaii Five-0 Oooh.
Phenomenal Handclap Band October 2012PHB first came to our attention with the fabulously lithe and loose 15 to 20 in 2009. Since then, there have been riotous live performances and two albums, the latest of which is Form & Control. The main songwriters are Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, both DJs, producers and record nerds and, with that in mind, listen to this mix from the chaps.
Tusk September 2012Tusk runs Tusk Wax and the related offshoot labels. He wouldn’t give us any biog info but did say this about the mix he’s put together... “I figured this was a good chance to dig a few bits out that I don’t normally get chance to play. I tried to include some less well know tracks from producers and labels that I really like. I hate mixes that feel static so I've tried to play with the tempo and emotion to keep your ears interested. Please excuse the track which collected a bit of dust on it, you’ll know the one when it comes in. Enjoy.”
1. Project Club - A Gypsy Trance [Tusk Wax]
2. Ben Hoffman – Rainy Harmo [Mainakustik]
3. Cal Tjader - Soul Sauce [Verve Records]
4. Super-A-Loof - Bounce the Disk [Exceptional]
5. Ladyvipb - A New Day (Maurice Fulton Remix)[Nuphonic]
6. Ronny & Renzo - Uniqorns [King Kung Foo Records]
7. Maurice & Charles - Underneath the Universe (Soft Rocks Remix) [Kinfolk]
8. Wooden Shjips - Crossing (Andrew Weatherall Remix) [Thrill Jokey Records]
9. Bjorn Torske - Slitte Sko (Crimea X Remix) [Small Town Super Sound]
10. Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard (Bicep Remix) [Domino Records]
11. Galaxy Toobin' - Toobin' Problems [Creme]
12. Timothy J. Fairplay - Saco Bay [Emotional Response Records]
13. Hardway Brothers - A Diabolical Liberty [Cliché]
14. Conroy Smith - Dangerous [Life Music]
Justin Strauss August 2012If you don't know Justin Strauss, then you should. He was the resident DJ at one of New York's greatest clubs, Area, and before that at Mudd Club (among many others). As a remixer, he's worked on everyone from Bros to Foster The People, a remix career that's spanned over two decades. These days he's part of the production duo Whatever/Whatever and continues to DJ - over thirty years since he first started.
Chida July 2012Widely regarded as one of the most exciting DJs to emerge from Japan recently, Chida’s Dancaholic parties and his extended sets at 11 in Tokyo are the stuff of legend. When he’s not DJing, he runs Ene Records and his debut releases, which came out last year on ESP Institute swiftly became an instant classic among the more discerning ears, eventually ending up on Mr. Weatherall’s recent Masterpiece mix.
PBR Streetgang May 2012PBR Streetgang are the new kids on the block. Or street, as the case may be. The pair – Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe – learnt their craft at Leeds’s long-running Asylum club before dabbling in the studio, firstly with edits and lately with original productions, with their recent release on Hot Creations garnering plenty of attention. We like them and we don’t care who knows it.