Tiga‘s 6 Mix show is a wonderful nugget of personality, and I always get the giggles at his outrageous view of his world. The next one is on tonight at 10 so you can see what I mean, but as a little example, he calls his forthcoming mix album Non Stop “a crystal ball through which you can glimpse the music-encrusted future I call now.”
Aside from this he very clearly demonstrates his skills at uncovering and selecting damn fine electro music (in typical Tiga style he calls himself The Seeker), and this is the main ingredient for the unwavering success of the Turbo label over the last 14 years.
As an avid follower I’ve been excited for a while now about his first mix CD in five years, especially as it weighs in at a mammoth 28 tracks. With that mix length you can spend some time building and developing, and I think starting with the calmly sublime Swingin’ Party by Kindness does exactly that, then layering some more menacing techno bass going into 4E’s Temple Traxx. Tiga says ‘This is the first mix I’ve done that embodies the ethic of “Tempos Without Borders”, starting out around 108 BPM before ultimately arriving at 126, the mythical “Golden Rectangle” of tempos.’
From Adam Marshall onwards it’s a full-blown party. In fact I could whack up the stereo, turn all the lights off in my house and happily pretend I was in a Tiga-fuelled sweatpit dancing my arse off somewhere in East London. Listening at my desk, I found myself typing quicker, doing the chair-shuffle and randomly shouting out ‘Yeah!’ every so often to no-one in particular (see track 23, Gladio’s Calligula). They’ve begun to get used to that a little bit when I’m listening to good music, but damn this album gets you going.
The snippets of vocal along the way are well-chosen and brilliant, Tiga’s own Track City Bitch and one of my favourites on there; Romare – The Blues (It Began in Africa). This into Auntie Flo and then Lula Circus? YES PLEASE. It’s a mix with enough recent-oldies as new sounds, but I like that; I am a fan of a revisit and instant classics like Duke Dumont‘s Street Walker and Auntie Flo’s Oh My Days don’t get old and it would be a crime to leave something by Blawan out of the tracklist.
Well done Tiga, you reminded me once again why I love you. He likes to make people party, and he has an ear for exactly what will do that. All layered nicely over a mix that builds you up so much you need to go out immediately after listening. A definite highlight is his own exclusive new track Plush, co-produced with Matthew Dear. It is out as a single 26 November, but you can get your hands on the album sooner than that: it’s out 12 November on Different Recordings/PIAS.
01. Kindness – Swingin’ Party
02. 4E – Temple Traxx
03. AFX – AFX Acid 04
04. MKRNI – Humedad (DJs Pareja Remix)
05. Tiga – Plush
06. Audion – Cloth (Just A Couch)
07. Duke Dumont – Street Walker
08. Adam Marshall – Bass Tracking
09. Marco Carola – 90′s
10. Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Lil Ma Bonus Beat
11. Tiga – Track City Bitch
12. Terence Fixmer – Inner Playground
13. Romare – The Blues (It Began In Africa)
14. Auntie Flo – Oh My Days
15. Lula Circus – Once Upon A Time
16. Tiga – The Picture
17. Locked Groove – Keep Thorough
18. Duke Dumont – The Giver
19. Clouds – Those Cracks In Your Face, Do They Hurt?
20. Blawan – 6 To 6 Lick
21. Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Primitive Pattern Mix)
22. Jacques Greene – Prism
23. Gladio – Calligula
24. K Alexi – Vertigo
25. Aubrey – Spank Spank 2008
26. Factory Floor – Two Different Ways
27. Crash Course In Science – Flying Turns
28. A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd – Total Confusion (Heavenly Mix)
Wow, one pops off to the beach for two weeks and comes back to a world exploded with music. Some absolute greats from Yuksek and The Magician (check out The Magician‘s remix of Yuksek‘s On A Train from the EP of the same name), and Mustang have given us two absolute beauts, with their remix of Golden Bug‘s Sex Beat from the Magia Potagia EP on Gomma, and their remix of Monarchy‘s I Won’t Let Go from the EP of the same name new from Moda Music. Made to Play have made a limited vinyl pressing of Round Table Knights remixes, with contributions from L-Vis 1990 and Homework, and that happy santa claus of techno Claude Von Stroke has remixed Girl Unit‘s 2010 banger Wut, which has made EVERYONE pretty excited, but no release date yet from Night Slugs. Finally Aeroplane releases My Enemy from the We Can’t Fly album, and even if you own the album the EP is worth it for the Rex The Dog remix alone.
Compilations are coming thick and fast too, with Moda Compilation Volume 1 out 23 May, including the first original material from Jaymo & Andy George, starting with their Night Music EP, and last week Lee Foss and Jamie Jones added another string to their bows with the first volume of the Hot Waves compilation, released of course on their own Hot Creations label. Chilly Gonzales brings us ‘orchestral rap’ withThe Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales album on 6 June on Gentle Threat/ Schmooze, and Toddla T‘s new single Take It Back is out on the mighty Ninja Tune on 23 May; a forerunner to his debut album to be released on the label later this year.
Obviously you’ll be spending all your money on these new releases so I’m going to save you some clubbing cash this weekend and tell you of two pretty epic free parties. Tonight, That Mixmag Thing #13 is at the Queen of Hoxton with Oliver Lang, Super Recordings Showcase and my favourites Riotous Rockers (their April mix was a joy as usual), and tomorrow Field Day host a free party with Omar S, Caspar C and Midland at XOYO. Well done all.
Jamie Woon – Night Air (Solomun Edit) – I still can’t get enough of it.
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon – Wildfire
Zomby – Things Fall Apart (feat. Panda Bear)
Jess Mills – Vultures (MJ Cole Remix)
Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean
Toddla T – Take It Back – Dillon Francis Remix
Sticky K – Prince of Persia
And as for this from Turbo on 30 May: if you don’t know what it is, you should…
Hidden Cat is the latest addition to the Kill Em All family, and what a welcome addition he is. Madison Bullard is still a student at the University of North Carolina, but his youth (he’s 20) hasn’t prevented him catching the eyes (and ears) of record companies, after his remix of Dirty Projector‘s singer Angel Deradoorian‘s You Carry The Deed led Lovepump to repeat requests for his services for HEALTH’s In Violet, both of which improve on the originals by adding a subtle touch of disco and melodic bass. He wowed us all at the end of last year with a bold remake of Bag Raiders‘ Shooting Stars, stripping the original completely to create a soulful epic.
Kill Em All have remained firmly one step ahead, by snapping up his first full EP release; the Erol-esque filthy electro Get With It, out on their new digital imprint Kill Em All Records on 24 August. The package comes with remixes from NT89 (Southern Fried/Turbo), Gianpaolo Dieli A.K.A Savile (Southern Fried) and Photonz (Astrolab), and you can hear them on Soundcloud here or download this promo mix:
Hidden Cat – Get With It Promo Mix
NERD – Hot-N-Fun Feat Nelly Furtado (Boys Noize remix)
Hidden Cat – Get With It (Original Mix)
Tim – Old Sunshine
Wafa – Ewid Disco
Camel – Obrigado
Hidden Cat – Get With It (NT89 remix)
Round Table Knights – Cut To The Top feat. Reverend Beat-Man
Ooft – Yeah!
Hidden Cat – Get With It (Gianpaolo Dieli C64 Mix)
Catch the man himself next Friday 27th August at Superfilth at 93 Feet East.