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.
David Stubbs September 2014David Stubbs is an author and British music journalist who started his working life at Melody Maker, before moving to NME, Uncut, Muzik and The Guardian, among other publications. Prior to that he DJed while at Oxford University confusing students with a fearsome selection of imported electro-funk. He’s written several books including Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don’t Get Stockhausen and, recently, Future Days: Krautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany. He lives in London.
Session Victim August 2014Session Victim, a pair of Germans stranded in a world no-one understands, least of all them. They are Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling, based in Berlin, but really from Planet Earth (not the Duran Duran one). They've been friends firstly for many years, but make music together, some of it rather successful - the breakthrough track Good Intentions was one of the underground hits of 2011. They've put together a thing of beauty here. You should listen to it. It will make your life a little bit better.
El Diablo’s Social Club July 2014El Diablo's Social Club formed in Hell or Manchester (delete as applicable) sometime in 2003. Since then, they have established a reputation as one of the north-west's most reliably satanic nights, with a wide-ranging musical policy and discerning guest DJs. After a long stint at the Deaf Institute, it’s now become a movable feast, operating out of any old dodgy boozer, warehouse, canal boat or anywhere else they can jemmy open and set up the generator. It’s a pleasure to have them here. Take it away, chaps.
Walter Jones May 2014Walter Jones has been clubbing for 30 years and DJing for almost as long. He cut his teeth on radio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on KLSU-FM, making his first tentative steps in recording under the name Spidermilk. Walter cut his club teeth in Dallas joints like Aqua Lounge and legendary party 2826 Main. His first commercial release, in 2003, was on LA-based Westbound, and has subsequently released material on Cisco and DFA. His ‘Living Without Your Love’ is a classic round our way.
Ashley Beedle June 2014Do we really need to introduce Daddy Ash? One of our longstanding buddies and, naturally, one of the best selectors in the UK. Over the years, he has released music under a variety of names and with a range of collaborators, including Black Science Orchestra, Ballistic Brothers, Black Jazz Chronicles, X-Press 2 and many more. More recently, he has been concentrating on solo projects. He also has just completed an album of edits that was four years in the making, the three CD set Message In The Music, which is now available at all good record stores (and, let's be honest, a few shit ones, too). Take it away, Ash....
Tim ‘Love’ Lee April 2014Tim ‘Love’ Lee is the eccentric ear behind Tummy Touch, as well as a former keyboard player for Katrina & The Waves. He’s also a very fine DJ as this mix suggests. He’s played everywhere from Cambridge to Hong Kong and has curated PS1 parties at MOMA in New York (where he now lives), as well as releasing some rather fine albums. He has also hosted a show on East Village Radio for a number of years. His latest albums are mash-ups of classic KPM LPs, in collaboration with Shawn Lee (no relation), which inspired this mystery mix.
Harry Forbes, Patterns (Parry Music Library)
Astral Sounds, Traction (Rouge)
The Dangerous Brothers, Secret Seven (Circus Records)
The Soul Brothers, Instant Jerk (Studio 1)
Johanna Group, Desert Weather (Chappell)
Giampiero Boneschi, Lunatic Tournament (Cam)
Gerhard Trede, Rhythm 3 (Selected Sound)
Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet, Driving Force (Themes International)
Tim Love Lee, Non Sequensor (Tummy Touch)
Russ Macdonald, Lookin' From The Cooking Pot (Relentless Records)
Claude Larson, Mosquito (Sonoton)
Bernard Estardy, Artifice Percussion (Telemusic)
Mladen Franko, Heavy (Sonoton)
New York Trouble, Light Stakeout Pt 2 (KPM)
Der Plan, Arbeit Liebe Brot Einfachheit Tod (Ata Tak)
New World, Cool It (Robert Hall Productions)
Willsher & Kelly, Funk Fobia (Studio G)
Giampiero Boneschi, Eastminster Cathedral (Cam)
The US Air Force Airmen of Note, Red Clay (private pressing)
Tronik Youth March 2014Over the past ten years, DJ Tronik Youth (aka Neil Parnell) has released music on a variety of labels (from Back-Yard and Kitsuné to Relish) before establishing his own label Nein to showcase new bands and his own productions. He’s remixed over 60 records and released numerous edits too. This year, as well a series of singles, he’s releasing his first artist album.
Glowing Palms February 2014Glowing Palms is just an ex con trying to make things right. He’s released a series of weapons on Ruf Dug’s boutique label Ruf Kutz and thrown together some tripped out videos assembled from footage borrowed from the internet. Thanks to the kind heart of his parole officer, he was also offered the chance to spin on a monthly radio show called The Gravy on Resonance FM. If you wanna catch him spinning vinyl disks, look out for the sometimes shambolic always frivolous Endless Reach parties in and around Hackney Wick.
Goodking September 2013South London-native James Glass, aka Goodking, made his name on the San Francisco club scene, where he’s been based for 20 years. During these nascent years, he also travelled many times to Tokyo to play alongside Nick the Record at the seminal LifeForce parties. He also runs two labels Golden Goose and Grimy, Glass and partner DJ Garth release their 7th set of edits on GG this month. In addition to playing West Coast gigs, he also runs two record labels, Golden Goose and Grimy. Glass and partner DJ Garth of the legendary Wicked parties have been releasing their own leftfield and cosmic rock edits on Golden Goose since 2005 under the name King & Hound, the latest one dropping now. James also recently compiled the latest instalment in Dave Lee’s revered Under The Influence series.
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.
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.