Music that makes you daydream seems to be the very music that actually renews the self. Tone down and modulate to this very special set of tunes that extends to lengths you’ll ephemerally reach on this one-hour gem put together by one of our esteemed trendsetters. The london-based artist, also our recent guest at the “Island Selectors” event in Mauritius and Phonica Records’ wizard, Jeanne; brings along much love and engages on an exclusive mix calibrated just for your spaced-out experience.
When, Where and How was this mix recorded?
This mix was recorded at the Docks Studios in London, my friend’s studio in Dalston. I used 2 MKII turntables, a Xone 92 mixer, and I put some bird samples on a CD and played it with the CDJ (first time I was using one, was pretty nervous haha).
How would you relate it to us?
It took me a while to know what “10 years of electrocaïne” meant to me. I’ve known electrocaïne and Avneesh for more than 6 years now. We became friends around our passion for music and, that’s the idea behind this mix. It’s a very personal one because it’s not the kind of music I usually play out, and thought it was the perfect place to start something different. I know that it’s in good hands and I can experiment a bit more! So instead of looking backwards to the past few years and play music that we listened to 6 years ago, I wanted to look forward and play things that I’ve never played before but that I love and means a lot to me.
Your set is made up of such different textures…like for every genre that’s in there, there’s a track radiating its intensity to it. How did you pick your tunes?

The idea was to blend different genres, I can’t stick to one! I think the idea behind this mix was something for my friends and family, all of them living around the world. I downloaded a sample of a bird singing in Singapore… There’s music from Australia, France, Italy, Germany… There’s one of my grandfather’s records in there, a Kraftwerk one. Before he passed away he gave me all his record collection, mainly jazz and classical. And then I found a Kraftwerk record and went to see him and I was like “Wow Papy you listen to Kraftwerk that’s amazing!” and he told me “Oh yes I bought this when it came out, really not my thing” and we laughed. He passed away 3 years ago, and I always have one of his records in my bag. It was important for me to put it in this mix for you.

What first drove you into music?, like when you knew that this was it.

It took me a while to realise that that’s what I wanted to do professionally, but music has always been part of my life. I’ve been obsessed with electronic music for a long time now! I used to listen to Daft Punk when I was a kid, and then started to listen to electro-house when I was a teenager. A friend made me discover techno and that was the gateway to a whole new world! From there moved to house, and then the samples used there and discovered funk, soul, and disco… Jazz was introduced to me by my grandfather, and now with my job I get to listen to new music every day, which is amazing!

As you were developing your own mixing style, which djs inspired you the most?

Wow there are so many I don’t know where to start! I’m a big fan of Antal, I saw him play at Corsica Studios some time ago and I’ve been following him ever since, such an amazing DJ. I’m completely obsessed with Donato Dozzy, I’ve seen him many times, his sets at Terraforma are always unique! I really like J Rocc too, he has so much energy and knowledge to share. Ruf Dug did this amazing Guadeloupe mix that’s been on repeat at work for the past few months! Peeps like Kutmah, Alexander Nut, Thomas Fehlmann, Volcov, Beatrice Dillon

You work at Phonica Records!!, that’s like the hall of knowledge to music, could you tell us a bit more of how things are over there?

It’s just really fun! We have a great team here, and we just listen to music all day long! I’ve been there for 3 years now, and did a lot of different things… Started working on the shop floor, which was amazing because you meet different people every day and chat about music! Then I started working for the label, and for the past 2 years I’ve been taking care of the web orders as well, every day is different and that’s what I enjoy the most. Everybody at the shop has their own taste and knowledge so we learn a lot from each other… I discovered dub, ambient, krautrock, african music, you have so many great records coming in every week; we’re just super lucky!

If someone never listened to jazz and is willing to, apart from telling them that they’ve been missing out a huge part of their lives, which artist would you recommend for their first ear?

Well I think you have to start with the classics, it’s an easy and fun way to discover a new genre and then if you like an artist you can start listening to other albums from them! Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme are 2 great albums to start with. You can explore Sun Ra, Thelonious Monk, Alice Coltrane (my 2 favourite are Journey in Satchidananda and The Elements with Joe Henderson). I have a soft spot for organ so I’m a big fan of Jimmy Smith, Count Basie and Jack McDuff. If you want to listen to something more contemporary then you should definitely check out Robert Glasper, one of the best pianist out there blending hip hop and jazz beautifully.

Tracklist
Sleep D – Live at the Fairfield Amphitheatre Part I
Nuel – Correspondence
Tapes & DJ Sotofett – Dub happy
Montezumas Rache & Dominik Von Senger – Rheinfahren
Rouge Mécanique – Stingray
Oren Ambarchi – Part 3
Kraftwerk – Megaherz
Laraaji – Cave (Bee Mask remix)
Conforce – Phase 7
Karamika – Ton 07
Etienne Jaumet – For Falling Asleep