There’s no telling why Brooklyn’s Far Out Far Out has been so quiet, but he’s been making the prettiest noise. This mysterious producer has a talent for glistening emotive house tracks, including “Zodiacal Light” off our Purple Trax compilation. His tunes have had us transfixed for a while, so we’re proud to present this masterful mix which includes all original productions. Come along for the ride and you will go Far. Watch this space for more..
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Our man Masa the Vibe Masta takes the helm for the latest edition. Formerly on staff at Japan’s legendary WOMB club, he made the move to New York two years ago to pursue his passion for house music. His club night at Bossa Nova, Down By Low, has managed to book the elusive Galcher Lustwerk, have dibs on Terekke when he comes to town, and bring Specter out for his first New York show, as well as inspiring Resident Advisor to wax poetic about Bossa as a whole.
Like any Vibe Masta, Masa understands the importance of pacing, and the early moments of the mix recall his opening dj sets, with ambient and beatless landscapes, before entering grittier and rawer territory. Check it out and read our candid conversation, below.
It was over three months ago that Juliana Huxtable began to cook this one up. Over a month in, the mix seemed like another lost promise, until we learned that Juliana had been touring and finished the first “movement” in transit. That’s when we knew we were dealing with something Heavy.
A giant beam of light in NYC’s queer and music scenes, Juliana brings us The Awakening, a journey that hits on everything and compromises nothing. Anyone in this generation will identify with the familiar faces that pop up, which include – spoiler alert – Madonna, Korn, Star Wars, Bone Thugs, and Dragon Ball, over a hyperactive and cunty bed of beats. Steeped to perfection, Bjork won’t be the only one dropping this at parties.
Thank you Juliana <3
Artwork by Jeremy Dabrowski
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Some of the best selectors are pure sound travelers who would probably call themselves “historian” before “musician”. Max Pearl is a music documentarian by blood, from his own publications, including Cluster mag, to launching Thump/working with Vice to Resident Advisor (where we covered Sustain-Release). But he also will dj with a live conga player and drop killer mixes like this one, which effortlessly jumps around the globe calling on deep ethnic and club strains, as well as some killer footwork cuts, in a stew he describes as “hardcore”.
Max has been keeping busy in Mexico, we caught up with him to see what he’s up to, and get his predictions for 2015.
Our 4-yr mix series continues with New York’s finest in Teklife.
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“This is probably our best, or our most personal mix yet… just because it’s our shit — that we touched.” DJ Mel Gibson and DBK come to the table with a fresh bag of exclusive/unreleased tracks and cook up one of the most inviting platters of footwork we’ve heard since Double Cup. DJ Rashad introduced us when he put them up during SXSW presenting them as peers, and you can feel the kinship in the music – they both have a tight grip on that comfortable zone between turnt-up and chilled-out, where you can dance or smoke. And when they recall his jazzier, more soulful side, like when the horn section peaks out on mix opener “All I Can Do”, I swear I can hear the ghost of Rashad.
“We sought out to kind of do [footwork] but not really copy it, to use that sound to guide you.” (Their penchant for soul and jazz samples probably owes just as much to Dilla, whom they close the mix with an edit of.) “All I Can Do” is distinctly their own, but then when Rashad/Spinn/Taso’s “Cream” VIP slips in sounding like a continuation of that same thought, it all kind of makes sense. Fittingly, then, their next appearance will also be alongside all of them on Hyperdub’s upcoming Teklife compilation, Next Life. They’ve also got two EPs in the oven, and you can get your first dibs on all that right here.
We visited the duo at their Sunset Park studio….
Our 4-yr anniversary mix series continues with xorzyzt’s URLxUSA tour mix.
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Brandon Rosenbluth aka xorzyzt, a well-known and pervasive force in Berlin’s dark underworld, is a busy man —- producing events, djing and touring alongside BlackBlackGold and Tom Ass as UnReaL; playing in bands reliq and Shaddah Tuum; booking European tours for littlebig Agency; engaging in video and performance art of the ‘metaphysical, shamanistic thread’; all while launching two new labels: Portals Editions (with Niko Shaddah Lfo, Ketev, and Marijn Degenaar), and UnReaL Audio, which just saw its first release with Born in Flamez. During our stay in Berlin last year, we caught him djing Stattbad & playing with his band at Berghain within our first few nights, and he remained a constant presence from there, throwing parties featuring House of Ladosha, ITAL, Stellar Om Source, and Light Asylum, to name a few.
Hot on the heels of a US tour (including a stop at our beloved Bossa Nova), this is the set he put together and fine tuned on the road: “In my signature style, I’ve consistently layered a number of tracks on top of one another including layers of drones and ambience in order to create an impenetrable wall of body-obliterating techno bliss.” From the first whispers of “what am i doing here?” we knew we were in for a ride, and as expected, this mix perfectly demonstrates his ability to drag you through the darkest corners of hell and still leave you gasping for more.
To celebrate our 4-year anniversary, we are re-launching our mix series and highlighting some of our favorite artists/selectors.
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Jan Woo is Brooklyn’s best kept secret. Meticulous curator of all musical genres trance-inducing, his impeccable filter has landed him gigs alongside Juan Atkins and a festival-closing set at Sustain-Release. A Jan Woo track is one that stays close to your heart, and this mix is one you can put on and dance to start to finish, knowing you’re in good hands.
Up until now, unless you’ve caught one of his dj sets in the flesh, it is unlikely that you’ve gotten to experience the Woo, but this mix is a perfect distillation/introduction: one amazing tune after another — most that you probably would never find — and then a surprise blend like “Makin’ A Living” into Mr. Fingers “Can You Feel It”, that makes you want to cry. Thankfully, Jan has more in store for the world: He is prepping his first 12″ for Greek label Echovolt which includes “Whyfor” (below), a dancefloor stunner, and he’s got a new label Tripper Disc in the works, with an upcoming reissue/compilation of the appropriately-named obscure New Age band, Woo. Some things can only be kept tight for so long…
We spoke to Jan at home at Body Actualized Center in BK…
A #VDAY TREAT FOR THE LOVERS AND FREAKS.
(from me and the purple princess, Egyptian lovher.)
featuring a bunch of xXxclusive edits.
very ruff, quick n darrrty bizness.
enjoy and be alove today and all ways.
india arie – ready for love
zhane – vibe
missy – sock it 2 me (rezzie nasty RMX)
grace jones – my jamaican guy
ll cool j – doin it
slum village – fall in love
slum village – climax
nas – still dreaming
beyonce – drunk in love (rezzie/egyptianlovher ruff azz bootleg)
504 boyz – i can tell
aaliyah – more than a woman (edit)
jody breeze – the way u move
sade – cherish the day
fugees – ready or not (rezzie RMX old demo)
tru – freak hoes
destiny’s child – with me
beyonce – partition
lady – pussy be yanking
trick daddy – nann nigga
blondes – elise>
burial – truant>
nar – udk>
busta & janet – whats it gonna be
janet – free xone
cocorosie – turn me on (live)
ginuwine – in those jeans (acapella)
huerco s. – battery tunnel
seems like every other day, i’m offered an amazing mix/album to feature here, and this one no exception. an obscure, psychedelic ride from the masterful lamin fofana, who’s consistently impressed me with his productions, djing, mixes, human presence, and now he’s about to begin playing live shows (and will be playing one of our brooklyn events next month, deets to come). safe to say, this man is the truth.
John Cage, Nia Long, Head Boggle, Hype Williams, Samuel R. Delany, Gianna, Friday, Sigmund Freud, Egisto Macchi, LeeTV, Netflix, blue movies, Lemon, IDK, Immanuel Kant.
lamin’s next offering is the africans are real ep, due out on dutty artz on october 2nd.
“dark nights, dusky maidens, future raves, full moon beach parties, desert stars, vine hung horizons, industrial wastelands, cyberspace djs, mecha demon magic, ethnobotanical basslines, dark crystal messiahs, teen anime love stories, stinging auras, fungal fantasy house, nautical elves, and voidic charms.”
Viral Intro – Ultrademon
Chatroom With Enya (Internet Cult Mix) – Ultrademon
Heatstroke (Featuring TSARS) – Ultrademon
Flash 1.0 – Ultrademon
Drive U Crazy (Extended Mix) – Ultrademon
Power Ov (Ultrademon’s Remix) – Lao
Goonchie Blunch – Ultrademon [Forthcoming Midnight Shift]
Bend – Ultrademon [Forthcoming Midnight Shift]
Loki – Ultrademon
Time (Ultrademon’s Soft Touch Remix) – Buck Uk
1. Herbie Hancock- Watermelon Man
2. E.L.O.- The Whale
3. Inc.- Millionairess
4. Herbie Hancock- I thought it was you
5. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face
6. Rolling Stones- Miss You
7. Jeff Phelps- Phase Shift
8. Bon Voyage- Sorciers des Aeroport
9. Neon- Skydiver
10. Doug Hream Blunt- Gentle Persuasion
11. Spectrum- How You Satisfy Me
12. Gary Wilson- Chromium Bitch
13. Gary Allen- Oops, It’s an Accident
14. The Associates- Party Fears Two
15. John Baker- Festival Time
new exclusive mix from the boys as they finish up their debut lp and gear up for the increasingly tantalizing festival nrmal in mexico next month. step in the spaceship.
UPDATE: zak mering/raw thrills, the other half of greatest hits, has already whipped up his own “psyched out” mix to accompany tyler’s “funktified” one: