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.
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.
Onur Engin April 2012Onur Engin is the Turkish funkmaster behind numerous killer edits on GAMM, Disco Deviance and Z Records. His vinyl only edit treatments remain faithful to originals yet add just the right amount of percussive deftness to give them some dancefloor feet. Fans of his mixes and DJ sets confirm his skills are not to be sniffed at. Onur has turned in a belting mix of soul music for DJH.
Onur Engin - Mystery Mix
1. Ike White - Changin' Times
2. Al Johnson - I've Got My Second Wing
3. Rufus Harley - Malika
4. Brothers By Choice - Baby You Really Got Me Going
5. Heatwave - Ain't No Half Steppin
6. Placebo - Inner City Blues
7. Skylight - What's Going On
8. Tyrone Thomas & The Whole Darn Family - Fly Away Love Bird
9. William DeVaughn - Give The Little Man A Great Big Hand
10. Manhattan Rhythm - Sweet Lady
11. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - Sniper's Snooze
12. L. J. Reynolds - I Love Doing What Makes You Happy
13. Major Harris - Gotta Make Up Your Mind
14. Rahmlee - Think
15. The Fatback Band - Groovy Kind Of Day
16. Frank Strazzeri - Cloudburst
17. Merl Saunders - People Make The World Go Round
18. Marilyn Scott - Let's Not Talk About Love
19. Solid Gold Revue ft. Ray Crumley - She's So Good
20. Veda - What It's All About
21. Family of Eve - Please Be Truthful
22. Mosaic - Present Tense
23. Teruo Nakamura - Precious One
Debukas March 2012Not many people can hold claim to being a teenage pop star, taking the Japanese charts by storm, signing to Grand Royal and hanging with The Beastie Boys, but Debukas is one such chap. More recently, he’s forsaken the love of teen Japanese girls for gritty and well-crafted Chicago and Detroit influenced electronic music (check his recent ace EP on 2020 Vision). We love him.
Sandor Caron - Zwepg Typis (As One Remix) (Delsin 2001) Anthony Shakir - SMD (Klang Elektronik 2000) SFV Acid - Daddy Daycare (100% Silk 2012) David Rottmeyer - Repeat Madication (Electronome Remix) (Plant 2003) Newworldaquarium - The Force (NWAQ 2007) Raiders Of The Lost Arp - Hold On (Snuff Trax 2011) Model 500 - The Passage (Apollo 1992) Translucent - Momentary Vision (Light Of Dawn Mix) (Jelly Jam 1989) Capracara - King Of The Witches (DFA 2009) Plus Device - Ultra Seductive (Hefty 2006) Ola Bergman - Cypsela (New Speak 2003) Juan Atkins - Urban Tropics (ULR 1991) Sun God - Return 2 Saturn (Klang Elektronik 2005) Mau'lin - Duties (Diskotopia 2012) Florence - The Vineyard (Eevo Lute Muzique 1991) M5 - Celestial Highways (Metroplex 1999) BFC - Chicken Noodle Soup (ART 1993) Titonton Duvante - Novice With No Vices (Starbaby 1999)
Bicep February 2012Bicep and their blog Feel My Bicep are the work of a northern Irish duo whose releases and remixes for Domino, Wolf Music, RVNG and others have got them a lot of attention over the past year. In the summer they toured the USA ending in a coveted support slot for Horse Meat Disco at MOMA's PS1 party. They also released their debut EP on NYC’s Throne Of Blood label recently.
Crazy P October 2011The Crazy P trio – Danielle, Chris, Jim – formed in the midst of acid house tomfoolery in the environs of Manchester and Nottingham. Having thrown a few singles out there as a plausible means of avoiding doing meaningful work, they found themselves with a career and even several albums. Their newie, out now on 2020, is a bit of doozie. You should check it out. They also DJ. This is what they sound like.