FMB MIXTAPE 81| JOHANNES ALBERT

Johannes Albert

This week it’s Johannes Albert taking the reins. The Berlin-based all-rounder and owner of Frank Music bring us just over an hour of complete variety. From disco to techno, we hope you enjoy this mix…

FMB MIXTAPE 81 | JOHANNES ALBERT

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“Well, I’ve been travelling a lot. Italy, the UK and Japan were my highlights. More holidays than work so I got lucky. Playing music for people I would never ever dare to call ‘work’ anyways. Besides I set up my new studio above Renate club here in Berlin. Maybe this was a bit of work then? Building absorbers, renovating and stuff to make the room sound good, you know. So I’m looking forward to next winter season where I should be spending a lot time inside by then. Wait, no heating installed yet. Damn.


The mix was recorded at my Neukölln apartment. I was using the Standard setup: My beloved 10 year old Rane Empath Rotary Mixer, a bunch of CDJs as well as the classic Technics 1210. Another amp from the 80s and one day I got some older Canton speakers. Music all went into the tascam recorder. So that is that.


The idea of a dj mix, that is still a tough one. After thinking about it for months (or seconds for that matter) I just told myself ‘it’s basically one hour of dance music’ … right? So I went through my digital and analog shelves and went for a selection of music I like to play and (rarely but it happens) dance to these days. A lot of upcoming stuff I made myself plus some soon-to-be-released music and some arpy trance classic back from 1993 as a bonus. So yeah a bit of everything, including sloppy mixes. I tried hard not to get you bored. Maybe we should call this mix ‘The Idea Of A Trance Part 7’?”
 
Up next…

“What comes after travelling? Right on, travelling. After some more vacational days I’ll have the honour to play some shows around including Amsterdam and finally Robert Johnson, which is my definition of a club ever since. And god. I love to DJ. The motivation gets better each and every year. No kidding. On the producer side of things I have 2 more EPs coming your way early fall. Both on my own labels ‘Frank Music’ and ‘Fine’. One of them is called “Giovanni Frizzante” and it does what it says on the tin. Italo time. Before you ask – yeah you will actually hear it in the mix. Also a bit proud that Mr. Prins Thomas provided another Diskomiks for us.”

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FMB MIXTAPE 80 | DJ DEECE

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FMB MIXTAPE 80 | DJ DEECE

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This week we welcome Dublin-based DJ Deece. He has been hailed on the emerald isle, having played weekly for the past 7 years. Podcast number 80 consists of nothing but feel good vibes and is definitely one for the summer! As usual, we caught up with him to see what’s been happening…

“I’ve been as busy as I’ve ever been. Every year I keep thinking to myself that things are gonna slow down, but I keep getting busier. It’s the best complaint to have I suppose! I’ve just done my first Boiler Room, at AVA in Belfast, so that was pretty amazing. Other than that, I’ve just been doing some festival bits. Got to play straight after Villalobos at Life Festival a few weeks ago, which was a little bit nuts, but these are the things I work hard to be able to do! I’ve also been trying hard to work on trying to make my own music. I’ve been sharing a studio space in Dublin with Krystal Klear, so that’s helped me a lot. I’ll get there!

I recorded the mix using 2 x Technics 1210, 2 x Pioneer CDJ2000-nexus, and a Allen & Heath Xone: 43 mixer. I also used a little Boss RV-6 reverb pedal. It was recorded in the aforementioned studio I share with Krystal Klear in Dublin City.

When I make a mix, I try to find that line between giving people something they can listen to at home/in their car/on the bus etc and also showing off what kind of music I’m playing in the club at the moment. I feel like I’ve captured that fairly well with this mix. I originally had a totally different trackless done out, but it was quite similar to the set I played at Boiler Room, so I changed it up as this kinda thing gives me a chance to show people a different side to my DJing.”

Up next…

“This weekend I’ve got a 5 hour set in one of my favourite clubs in Ireland, Pygmalion. As for the rest of the summer – I’ll be making my London debut at Brixton Rooftop with Theo Kottis on July 15th, and I’ve got a few more exciting festival bits that I can’t quite speak about just yet. I’ve also just confirmed my biggest ever show for NYE, so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement later in the year!”

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FMB MIXTAPE 79 | ART ALFIE

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FMB MIXTAPE 79 | ART ALFIE

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Podcast number 79 comes via Sweden in the form of an hours worth of the deeper shades of house music from Art Alfie who also co-runs the excellent Karvolak Recordings. Perfect for the current sunshine. Get it on loud! As usual, we got in touch to find out what he’s been up to…

“I’ve been a lot in the studio making new music, finishing old projects and planning the autumn releases for me. I’ve also dj’d quite a bit. So pretty much same old same old!

I recorded it outside of opening hours in a bar in Stockholm that I frequent. They have a standard setup with decks, cdjs and a pioneer mixer. 

I would say the mix a have a “summer evening vibe”. We had few nice days here, I guess that inspired me. I also wanted it to be hard to Shazam. So a lot of unreleased stuff from myself and friends and a few promos. And of course, I wanted it to be representative of my sound.”

Up next…

“Just keep on keeping on with making tracks and DJ’ing around the world. I’m also starting a new label this fall. I want it to be platform for myself and some friends. I wanna keep it tighter than with Karlovak, this new label is going to host releases from a small circle of people. I have an EP on Howl out on 09th June, and just released a solo EP on Karlovak. You can buy both in all good record stores!”

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FMB MIXTAPE 78 | ANIL ARAS

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This week we welcome back Anil Aras, Dutch groover and one of the founders of Utrecht label SlapFunk Records. We included his belter ‘Dance MF’ in our Essential Mix a few years back. Since then Anil has been producing, curating and playing shows worldwide, and we can’t wait to catch him at By the Creek in July. As usual we spoke to the man himself to find out what’s been happening:

“Been touring through Europe and celebrating 5 years of SlapFunk Records with the crew, and spreading love all over the place.

I used turntables to record records and chopped it up to make edits. Gave most of the tracks a little twist and put the mix together in my hometown Utrecht.

Some classics, edits, unreleased music that reflects who I am and the way I feel. An hour of deep, groove and sex from the likes of me.”

Up next…

“Preparing for my first live-set together with my homey Locklead. Excited for this new project and looking forward to a new way of performing together with other musicians on stage, and taking the show to another level.”

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LE CAROUSEL | STICK TOGETHER (PHIL KEIRAN REMIX)

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Phil Kieran is a techno legend, producing tirelessly and generally being a great guy. But he also has a knack for forming bands. Phil brought Le Carousel together a few years back in Donegal and also remixed some of the album tracks, I’ve been playing all 11 minutes of this for ages now, and it never fails to blow minds :)

 

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