Almost three months since we last put together a selection of Weekend Mixtapes, what’s going on? To be honest, I wasn’t that thrilled by a lot of mixes. Maybe there are too many, maybe it’s an age thing. Anyway, here is a bunch I’ve been feeling lately.
Let’s start with the oldest and that has more to do with the fact that it comes from one of my favourite producers: Bristol’s Joe. A couple of weeks back he played some records for the Sonic Router podcast and it’s maybe not what you’d expect from him. Recommended download!
Next up we’re talking about a brand-new mixtape by FaltyDL, who just released his new album Hardcourage this week. Tune into his mixtape for Self-titled and read an interview with the man.
The guys of GiveUpArt dug out an old recording made in 2006 at London’s FWD club. Proper selection of dubstep (when it still deserved the name) from Appleblim b2b Headhunter.
And to be honest, this is where I’d like to stop already. Unless you want to hear some Kirk Degiorgio, Tom Trago, Juan Maclean, Ben UFO or Medlar – your decision!
One of the great mysteries in the world of (can I just call it) “post-dubstep” to me is how underrated Joe is. I mean compare him to the likes of Pearson Sound, FaltyDL or maybe Fantastic Mr Fox. All of them are incredibly versatile producers, not afraid to try out new things and they gained a relatively large fanbase over the years. And to me, Joe fits in perfectly in that line-up. Okay, I have to admit my admiration is largely based on this 12-inch on Hessle Audio, which has two brilliant tracks on it. But take his remix for Scuba or his release on Apple Pips – nothing but quality! And as a reminder, it basically took Joy Orbison just one record to take over the world, so quantity should be no issue.
Anyway, let’s talk about the near future and that brings us to Untold’s Hemlock Recordings. The label is set to release new music from Joe and you can listen to preview snippets of both tracks in the player above. If you like what you hear, you will be delighted to find out that this drops later in the week on September 7 – at least when you order it directly from the label’s Surus store. By the way, that’s also a good spot to find previous releases from Joe, in case you were unable to find them anywhere else.