FMB MIXTAPE 144 | TIMOTHY CLERKIN

FMB MIXTAPE 144 | TIMOTHY CLERKIN

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Next up on the FMB Mixtape Series we have Amsterdam-based producer, live act & DJ Timothy Clerkin. Timothy recently released Psalm EP on Insult To Injury, his own imprint jointly run with Ransom Note. As always, we asked him what he’s been up to and what the idea is behind his mix:

As you can probably guess, I’ve mainly been staying at home of late! And trying not have an existential crisis. Fortunately, however, my studio is on the top floor of my building, so I’ve been spending a huge amount of time in there, keeping my mind and body busy. One silver lining to this whole thing, if there is one, will be the amount of great art created as a result. Once it’s safe to get back on the dance floor, we’re going to be spoilt for choice.

The mix end recorded in my studio with my home set-up. I don’t tend to do a huge amount of mixing at home, so it’s very modest! I’m not really a DJ that’s into ‘the art’ of it or anything, I’m definitely more about selection. I enjoy it when DJs fuck up or it all goes wrong, that human element provides me with more joy than hearing a perfectly mixed set. And I don’t mean that in a Schadenfreude kind of way haha, I just mean I like imperfections.

With all the time I’ve had on my hands recently I’ve been discovering a huge amount of music, new and old, so I tried to limit myself, stylistically, here. It’s mainly stuff from the ravier and breaksier (they’re words, right?) end of the spectrum. For me, it’s a condensed club night; starts off nice and slow like a warm-up DJ and is full on, face-melting closing DJ by the end, with a few dynamic ups and downs in between.  

Up next…

Good question… who knows! I think the musical landscape is going to look quite different for a little while. I’ll have a tonne of new music to put out, however (rightly) nobody is signing anything at the moment, so I can foresee quite a lot of it coming out through my label, Insult To Injury and my Bandcamp page. I’m also working on some very exciting collaborations that I’m hoping will see the light of day before the end of 2020 too. Other than that I’m just looking forward to getting back to playing in clubs again. The human connection you get on a dance-floor full of likeminded people is has never been more missed more. 

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FMB MIXTAPE 143 | HAMMER

FMB MIXTAPE 143 | HAMMER

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For this week’s episode of the FMB mixtape series we welcome back original blog contributor and best mate Hammer to the dials. Surprisingly, we’ve never had a 100% pure Hammer mix up on the blog, so it’s about time! As usual, we asked a bit about the selection & what he’s been up to lately…

Life has certainly been given a new perspective recently… I’m currently locked down in Scotland. I’ve been keeping myself busy producing loads of new music, taking advantage of the wild Scottish surroundings and making lots of sound recordings too, which have been a great way to inspire new ideas. I’ve also been painting and working on my Hammer HIIT project, a proper sexy 80s style home workout vibe :)

I made the mix on Ableton, its currently all I have at the minute to do anything music related. I actually loved making it, as there was both functional and creative thinking involved. I recorded it in the living room at my girlfriend Alex’s house on the Isle of Arran.

It’s a workout mix! I’ve been making a wee series of Hammer HIIT workout videos, streaming them live on instagram and youtube. This current isolation is tough and I wanted to do something that would give people a bit of a laugh and some entertainment to everyone stuck in their homes. The workouts are raising money for the mental health charity, Mind In The City. It’s a cause very close to my heart and it really means a lot to me to do something to help, especially in these times were so many people are struggling.

For all the workouts I’ve made an original Italo track, plus a DJ mix. The the idea was to keep everything super fun and high energy to workout too, or have a wee dance about. This mix was made for of my Hard(CORE) session, it’s a high energy Italo workout, quite literally.

Up next…

When life returns to normal, I’m going to have as much fun as possible, can’t wait to start DJing again and get back into my new studio to polish off all the stuff I’ve been working on. I also have a new disco edit coming out on my label, The Hammer Hits. Its called ‘Strong Enough’ and has a lovely remix on the flip by Mall Grab, can’t wait to get that out!

Watch Hammer HIIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLecUcfCdA0

Watch Hard(CORE): https://youtu.be/T5FqUQErFMM

Donate to Mind In the City: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hammerhiit

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FMB MIXTAPE 142 | NATHALIE CAPELLO

FMB MIXTAPE 142 | NATHALIE CAPELLO

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For this week’s episode of our mixtape series, we invited Nathalie Capello to contribute; the Berlin-based DJ and producer can be seen regularly playing at club nights across the city, & she recently released her first EP on Underground Quality. As usual, we asked a bit about the mix and what she’s been up to recently…

Well, as you probably might have guessed I’ve been stuck at home! Although, it has allowed me to spend more time on music, which is quite nice.

Before all this madness started, I was gigging around Germany more and was getting excited about that. I’ve been living in Berlin for quite a few years now and play there regularly, but not so much outside of it. So it’s nice to see how other German cities party.

I’ve also had my first release out earlier this year on Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality, which was pretty cool! Holding a record with your own music on it for the first time is quite something.

At home. I always like to mix up new music with old records. So I had to get a bit creative as I don’t have CDJs and didn’t want to do a vinyl only mix.

I wanted to make a club mix with lots of ravey elements, as it’s been a while since I’ve seen the inside of a club and I also wanted to have a bit of a boogie. So hopefully everyone listening can enjoy that too. :)

Up next…

I’ve been working on music a lot and have been finishing off quite a few bits. So I’ll continue with that and hope to be playing out again soon!!

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LITTLE SIMZ FT. MICHAEL KIWANUKA | FLOWERS

“One more hit before my eyes close, One more hit before my eyes close…”

Caught this almost by accident on Jools (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbvdWY0oLw0) and so happy I did… I would highly recommend watching this. Mix on this one is unreal live and both on the LP, feels like some lost Bill Withers gem which is prob the biggest compliment you could pay.

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JONNY GREENWOOD | TREE SYNTHESISERS

Amazing track from the soundtrack of ‘You Were Never Really Here’, and used to perfection in the film but can’t really spoil things here the only thing I would say that its’ a must-watch for me. Has the sense and beauty of this Moby classic from Heat if you are looking for more on a similar tip.

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