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.
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.
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.