I’ve put together the first in a new series of mix CDs for Soma Recordings. It’s released today and here’s a run-down of what’s on there, and why.
1. Clashing Egos – Aminjig Nebere (I Trusted You) [Joakim's Afrobot remix] [Life Enhancing Audio / NEWS]
I had to include something by Joakim as he’s absolutely one of the best new producers of the last 3 years. This was my favourite record of last year I think – it sounds like some balearic proto-house thing from 1985, and although it’s slower and more melodic it absolutely rocks a club as well as sounding great at home. It’s depressing that records like this aren’t massive – although I know a lot of people that love it I don’t think it got the props it deserves. For me it’s a lost classic.
2. Lontano – Lovebass [Factor City]
I don’t know very much about this apart from that it quickly became a favourite at our club Come Shake The Whole in London, and it’s from a Barcelona label Factor City which I like a lot.
3. Feist – Inside and Out (Pearson and Usher Elektronische Dub) [Polydor France]
One of mine and Al’s – and one of my favourite remixes I’ve done recently. Again a bit slower but I think it sounds pretty good out. I loved the Feist album and so we hassled the record company until we could mix one of the singles.
4. Husky Rescue – Summertime Cowboy (Serge Santiago Version) [Catskills]
I love Serge’s stuff; this is a remix he did last year, which was maybe overlooked a bit at the time, but I really loved. The drums were quite light which is maybe why people didn’t play it more – I’ve looped the drums from ‘Largo’ under most of this + added more percussion just to toughen it just a touch as the music is incredible.
5. Dirt Crew – Largo (Dominic Eulberg remix) [Dirt Crew]
Probably one of the best-known tracks on the mix – Eulberg has been the German wunderkind remixer this year and I think this is the best thing he has done to date. So simple but insistently brilliant. Also the breakdown lets me bring the next record in very nicely…
6. Villalobos – Easy Lee (Random Factor Remix) [Playhouse]
Probably the track I am most excited about on the whole mix. Carl Finlow gave me a CD with this on at a gig last year – it was commissioned by Playhouse but never released when the Alcahofa remixes came out. It’s absolutely stunning; one of the best things Carl has ever done – his pristine electronic production at its very best, and it builds and builds and just gets more and more exciting. I am very grateful to Ricardo and everyone at Playhouse for letting us include it here – it deserves to be huge.
7. Different Gear – Pop Idle (Instrumental Mix) [Lazy Eye]
Stomping great piece of electronic house from Quinn Whalley which has never left the record box since he sent it to me.
8. Brazilian Girls – Don’t Stop (Riton re-rub) [Verve]
Henry Smithson is an old friend – he remixed a single I did on Out of the Loop several years ago called ‘Canopy’ – and he has rapidly become one of the most exciting producers in the UK. I could have included one of about 5 or 6 things he’s done recently on here – it was difficult to choose, but this mix of Brazilian Girls is an absolute belter.
9. Karu – Maraud Your Ears (Tim Paris’ We Almost Lost Detroit mix) [Silver Network]
Musically, this my favourite track on the whole compilation. Tim’s remix starts off jacking then keeps twisting and morphing, has a nice teasing moody breakdown and then drops these almighty arpeggios at the end. It’s quite brilliant and whenever I play it out I make a total idiot of myself; dancing and shaking my head like a man deranged.
10. Spirit Catcher – Key Generator [Moodmusic]
More tough arpeggiated mayhem from Belgium’s Spirit Catcher, very kindly given to me well ahead of release by Moodmusic’s Sasse Lindblad. Mind you the CD’s taken so long to come out that it’s only just ahead of the final release…
11. Danton EEPROM – Odd Bassliner [Virgo]
Exciting new techno from an exciting new French producer.
12. Dirk Technic – I Love You [10 Kilo]
This record was sold to me by Heidi at Phonica records in London – and it’s a dancefloor killer. Dirty-basslined UK house that verges on prog – though it reminds me most of an old Fabi Paras record. Ivan calls these ‘borderline’ records – he’s an expert at casting the net a bit wider and finding the tracks that you might think wouldn’t be to your taste because of the label they’re on or the genre they get lumped in with. Msr. Smagghe is the only other person I’ve heard play this and he bought it on Heidi’s recommendation too – a salutary reminder not just to rely on the things you get sent and to spend as much time in good record shops as you can.
13. Sold Out – I Don’t Want To Have Sex With You (Mugwump Zexual Healing Reversion) [Dirty Recordings] / 14. Alex Visconti – I Wanna Be Your Everything [Electrica]
I have a very great love for Hi-NRG and italo and the first dance records that I realised I liked as a kid were things like Dead Or Alive “You Spin Me Round” and Man2Man Meets Mann Parrish “Male Stripper”. Thus twenty years on, here I am including Mugwump’s remix of Sold Out which is completely over-the-top italo-rave. Then there’s Alex Visconti which has that wonderful, slightly nonsensical English-as-a-foreign language vocal, and superb italo backing. The magic of Ableton Live means I was able to do a nice long segue from Visconti into the last track – Da Fresh – all in the same key.
15. Da Fresh – Broken Dream [Hypnotic]
To finish with a beautiful piece of affecting house from France, with 80’ish 12-bit vocal stabs which echo the Joakim mix which opened proceedings.