FMB MIXTAPE 63 | CONTRA COMMUNEM OPINIONEM

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This week delivering the FMB podcast we have Swiss producer Florin Büchel aka Contra Communem Opinionem. Back in 2012 we featured his track ‘Falling Sun’ on the blog. Since then he’s been busy touring, recording, releasing… here he is telling us more about it:

“I’ve finally finished my dissertation this year – feels great to have that off the table! Somehow, I still managed to play many cool gigs: Besides some fun new places, there have been more ambient type gigs, something I’ve only done rarely in recent years, but is always a fun opportunity to try something new. I’ve also done a bit of mixing and mastering work for friends, it’s always refreshing to work on other people’s material. Apart from that, the new Savage Grounds EP “Atrocities” just came out a few days ago, it’s a one-take oriented project with my friend D Cosmo from Lux Rec and our third EP. We have been working a lot on that earlier in the year and I’m pleased that it’s finally out now! Some other recent releases include an EP on Endless Illusion, a track on a sampler on Mosaique Records and some collab work with Robert Hecht from YuYaY records.

The mix was done at home in my little studio. Since I don’t really DJ, I cheated and used Ableton to bring it all together :)

There’s many tracks by good friends of mine in there and some variation across the spectrum of electronic music. I tried to get away with as little beatmatching as possible :) I’ve included one dedicated drone track done exclusively for this mixtape, which was created using mostly my modular synth.”

Up next…

“Recording lots of new music and getting some mixdowns done that are waiting to be finished. Some releases are coming up on Phantom Island, Photic Fields, Analogical Force and Mokujin Records, looking forward to those. There’s always some gigs lined up as well and I’ve started a couple of new collaborations that look promising. Besides that, I’m thinking about rewiring my whole studio again – every few years, the urge to do so comes up. It’s a never ending quest to come up with the perfect implementation of the pile of gear that accumulates over the years :D

Hope you enjoy the mix and cheers!”

 

FMB MIXTAPE 63 | CONTRA COMMUNEM OPINIONEM

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FMB MIXTAPE 62 | JANE FITZ

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Jane Fitz had been slowly but surely been gaining a very loyal following  as result of her excellent taste and dj sets encompassing all the right shades of dubbed out house and techno. She has just been announced as a new resident at  Oval Space  and we are very excited to welcome her up to Glasgow for her city debut at the Feel My Bicep Show on the 3rd February at SWG3 alongside Job Jobse, Tim Sweeney, Shed (Live), Ryan Elliott, Hammer, Thunder Disco and ourselves. Tickets on sale now. link 

We caught up with her to hear what she’s been up to:

“Besides from the usual (travelling, playing records, buying records) i’ve just come back from a birthday trip to the mountains in Italy, which was a much-needed trip away without a record bag. Bliss. On the work front, i’ve been plotting and planning with the good people at the Pickle Factory/Oval Space, making plans for my residency, which begins next year. That’s taking up quite a bit of mindspace, because i really want to come up with some unusual things to augment the night, so it’s not just me playing records. We’ve got some nice things planned. And and if no one else likes or gets what I’m trying to do, well, at least I’ll enjoy it. 

The mix was recorded at home. No bells or whistles, the usual one-take, no-editing business, off a bunch of nice records. 

I haven’t done any specially recorded mixes for a while. But I have a few i’ve committed to do over the next few months (we’re doing a Night Moves tape, there will be one for a magazine and then i have some ones to go with my residency) – and this one is the first, so i wanted to make sure i did different things for each one. I wanted to do something with records that are quite accessible, but not necessarily well known.  Anyone whose heard me play out with any regularity will know that i really don’t stick to one sound – sometimes it’s techno, sometimes more proggy or synthy, sometimes i’ll play wonky old things, sometimes new.. i always chop and change my sets to keep it interesting, mainly for me! But I’d just played a Night Moves back to back set with Jade Seatle, which is our last together for a while as Jade’s on NM maternity leave – and that was a real deep mission. So i was kind of inspired to stick in that groove. But don’t worry, I’ll be back to my slowed down trance records soon, I’m sure.”

Up Next…

“Playing records weekly, somewhere. Across 2017 that means 6 dates across the Pickle Factory and Oval Space, five minutes from my front door, so i really can’t complain. And that’s the only place i’ll be playing in London in 2017 too. It’s something to get my teeth into, so i’m well excited. Also I’ve finally cut out my day job, which is odd, considering i’ve been working in journalism for over 20 years. But playing records has kind of muscled in on my time and I’ve unexpectedly had a career change, without me really noticing it until now. You hear of career women in their 40s giving up work and changing careers, usually opening a florists or coffee shop or something. So I guess this is mine. But, I can safely say that I won’t be opening a florists any time soon.”

FMB MIXTAPE 62 | JANE FITZ

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MODAJI | BELLE EPOQUE

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I think me along with lots of house heads are super happy to see Modaji back in the game. One of the masters of considered and more musical side of house music he has been greatly missed. Luckily the great Utopia Records are here to save us…and what a return EP it is, the whole thing runs so deep it’s hard to choose a track, sit back and start with this 6.5 mins of bliss..don’t skip ;) Here is the EP in Phonica.

MODAJI | BELLE EPOQUE 

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EROSION FLOW | SYVV

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Been loving this EP on Martyn’s 3024 label from Erosion Flow. Actually been playing all the tracks pretty much every set since we got the EP, this is prob our pic of the bunch. Super emotive and classy, very fitting with the style of the label, sounds like a forgotten gem! Check it out on Juno.

 EROSION FLOW | SYVV

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SUPERPRINCE | DOWN ON THE BITTER END

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Great disco cut from the Razor n Tape crew. Quiet hard to find edits and disco that hasn’t been sampled to death, this EP is full of gems that sound great on a system!

SUPERPRINCE | DOWN ON THE BITTER END

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