Alright, I had this coming for a long time, but hey I’m a great procrastinator so it often takes a little extra time to put something down. Well, I’m part of a generation that grew up on (mostly jungle) mixtapes and later the mix CD, a format that had a much higher significance back in the nineties, before the internet, podcasts, even long before SoundCloud or Mixcloud. To me, the mix CD has often been the media that taught me about the music that was available in the clubbing landscape, probably even at a time when I was too young to actually go to parties. !K7, or Studio !K7 as they were known at the time, played a huge part in that with their influential DJ-Kicks series, which will see it’s 50th release this year. My obsession with that series went that far, that I ended up getting the unmixed vinyl of the DJ-Kicks series, for that was a way to own some amazing tracks from those mixes on vinyl — and ultimately broadening my interest in different kinds of music.
Today, I’d like to talk about one of my favourite mix CD, released in 2003 on West London’s Goya Music, at a time when mixed CDs had surpassed their peak time. Interestingly, this is also the first ever mix CD by 4hero co-founder and broken beat innovator Dego. The Selector Series itself was meant to be a way to showcase music released through Goya’s distribution services, selected and mixed by some of the top DJs involved in the legendary Co-op nights: IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic, Domu, Phil Asher and so forth. Instead, only two volumes were ever released.
Unlike Alex Attias‘ selection of „top tunes”, Dego picks more unexpected
02. Meikbar – Feelings
03. Blaktonez – Pleasure Ride
04. Soul Drummers – Space Time (Restless Soul Galaxy Mix)
05. Bugz In The Attic – Waiting
06. Ne-Grove – Let It Ride
07. Bah Samba – Sugar Beet
08. Swell Session vs. Ernesto’s Let Me Decide
09. Mark de Clive-Lowe – The Way That It Goes
10. Stephane Attias – Liquid Pleasure
11. Starlight Express – Starlight Express
12. SK Radicals – Reachin’ 4 Da Farside (Misa Negra Remix)