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Mixed in Berlin, May 2023
(58:51, 135 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)
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- Om Unit – Searching [Stretched]
- Joker – Do It [Kapsize]
- Benga – One Million [Tempa]
- Silkie – Hooby [Deep Medi Musik]
- Kito – Cold [Disfigured Dubz]
- Synkro – Angels [Synkro]
- Skream – Blue Eyez [Tempa]
- Digital Mystikz – Unexpected [DMZ]
- Matty G – 95 Style Smooth [Steps in Time]
- Breakage – Untitled [Digital Soundboy]
- Benga – Skunk Tip [Tempa]
- Cyrus – Mind Games [Tectonic]
- 2562 – Embrace 
- Goldie – Inner City Life (SBTRKT Remix) [White]
- Seven – Siren [Tempa]
- D1 – Trial Run [Tempa]
- L-Wiz – Strength [Dub Police]
- Skream – The Shinein [Deep Medi Musik]
- Digital Mystikz – Coral Reef [DMZ]
- Rusko – Go Go Gadget [Dub Police]
- Skream – Exothermic Reaction [Nonplus]
- Jakes – Justice [Sin City]
- La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix) [White]
This is a mix I made for Begrime a few months back that follows a recent principle of mine – if I’ve got to make a guest mix, make life easy for myself by limiting my choices.
What do I mean by that? How does less choice make things easier?
It’s a funny thought to have, because I’m an American, and I feel like our culture focuses on the idea that more choice is always better in all circumstances.
So to say that less choice can be better feels … a little weird, if I’m honest.
Therefore, let me explain.
One of the big challenges that I have when I want to make a new mix is the fact that my record collection has swollen up to a ridiculous size, like north of 5000 records. It’s a lot! Now obviously I think having a big collection is awesome, but there is a practical challenge when it comes to making a new mix … deciding what to play! When you have shelves and shelves of stuff to go through, it’s not so easy to narrow things down.
Hence my new concept of the half-shelf lucky dip. I originally came up with this idea back in the spring when I did my guest mix for the Peoples Station crew – they’d asked for a mix, and I was frankly overwhelmed by the thought of making something from my jungle collection, given so many shelves to work with, all of them stuffed with amazing tunes.
How to choose?
My spark of inspiration was that I didn’t need to go through every shelf to put together the perfect mix, I could just pull out a half a shelf and I would have way more than enough tunes to make a good hour-long mix.
So when Craig (aka Typewriter) asked me to contribute a mix to the May Begrime show, I realised that I could do the same thing here. Normally I make grime mixes for Begrime, but this time I thought that it would be fun to make a dubstep mix, so I literally pulled out half a shelf of older dubstep records, did some rough sorting by style / vibe, put back stuff I knew I wouldn’t use, and I hit record and did the mix. Easy!
In the end I think it’s turned out pretty nicely, with a good balance of deeper, dubbier vibes and rowdier tunes, and a good and representative selection of labels and artists. Over time I’ve gotten a lot less precious about how I build these mixes, especially for radio shows and guest mixes – mostly these mixes are for my own entertainment, and as long as the tunes are good, I’m happy. And sure, the name is ridiculous, but it does explain what’s going on, and the method worked, so I’m sure to use it again.