A weekly rundown of mixes and radio shows we’ve been enjoying…
One half of seminal but illusive Detroit outfit, Detroit In Effect, DJ Maaco is responsible for some of our all-time favourite electro cuts. Complete with quick-fire transitions and plenty of scratching, his mix for Truants is done in the “Detroit-style” – it also comes paired with an insightful interview that sheds light on the origins of DIE and their label, MAP Records.
Conceived by Keith McIvor (AKA JD Twitch) in 2014 so he could indulge in the cold wave, minimal synth, industrial, dark wave and goth sounds played in the twilight of his DJing career, Glaswegian club night So Low is “strictly for creatures of the night.” It wasn’t long before Iona Fortune, Becky Marshall and Katie Shambles joined him as residents and here the three make a guest appearance on Optimo’s NTS show to give the uninitiated a taste of what it’s all about.
Moscow’s finest step up for Les Yeux Orange, taking a break from releasing music on labels like Low Budget Family, Cosmic Pint Glass and Disco Halal to roll out out an evocative mix. It’s quintessential Simple Symmetry material, touching on the tribal, psychedelic and mysticism of ancient culturural practices focused around music and dancing.
12th Isle family member Fergus Clark has been a busy man of late, playing records up and down the UK and compiling a stunning compilation of Fourth World music alongside JD Twitch, among other things. He may have fingers in many pies, but still finds time to record a killer mix, as he did for the ever-reliable Sanpo Disco series.
Mesmeric, genre-hopping stuff from an emerging talent out of Frankfurt, Germany. We tip Orson Wells for big things so be sure to check his first full-length album, forthcoming on the institution that is Live At Robert Johnson.