Next up on the FMB Mixtape Series is a mix from Bristol-based producer, DJ and label boss, Borai. As usual, we fired some questions over to find out a bit about the selection & what he’s been up to recently…

I have been working in my day job cutting dub plates for as well as spending as much time in my own studio as is humanly possible. I am aching to get back to some sort of live events and hoping that the clubs can start to open sooner than currently planned (……like thats gonna happen) but when they do we (Club Glow) have a load of nights planned so fingers crossed I will be dancing with my friends before the year is out. 

I used 2 Technics 1210s and an Allen & Heath mixer running the Pioneer DVS system, recorded to a Tascam recorder in my living room in Bristol. I’ve managed to get this all set up so I don’t have to rent anywhere, previously I was using a hire by the hour studio to record my mixes, COVID put paid to that very quickly, so I had to work something out. I’m happy with it, I’ve managed to record lots of radio shows and mixes over the last year or so. I recently switched from Serato as I didn’t like using 2 different apps for my tunes (Rekordbox box for USB, Serato for DVS) and have found the switch ok, there are a couple of functions that are missing in Rekordbox (no 45rpm option) but its nice to have everything all in once place. 

I went with a kind of trancey acid breaks affair, keeping the vibe lower and more subdued than I might do if I were in a club, but still with a bit of pep to keep the listener engaged. I dug deep for this one, there are tracks from as far back as 1991 alongside yet to be released remixes and originals that no ones’s heard before. It starts with the intro from AK Sports’ upcoming Club Glow tape and goes on a journey though the multitude of shades that make up the 130bpm (ish) spectrum. 

Up next…

Club Glow are just about to drop our latest tape, it goes live on the 25th of June and if your quick there might still be some copies for pre-order. It features newcomers to Club Glow, AK Sports and Kesser who have both provided 45min of amazing original content mixed together for our aural pleasure. 

I have an EP of Make Me remixes that is due to go to press (if the vinyl pressing industry hasn’t imploded under the weight of all those Record Store represses) so that should be out later in the year. I have an EP due out on Vivid Records that should be ready soon, as well as several tracks that are slated to appear on VA releases due 21-22. 

DJ wise, I hope to be back in the saddle in the near future, as I said earlier Club Glow have several parties lined up and I should hopefully be getting to dig into my record box that I have been expanding exponentially over lockdown. 


1. AK-Sports – Intro [Club Glow]

2. Mantra – Craven Park [Club Glow]

3. LSG – Fragile (Vapourspace’s Gravity Fools The Magician Mix) [Superstition] 

4. Jag Limbo – They Had Everything (Borai’s Make It Trance 4 Jerry Remix) [Collective Leisure] 

5. Laidback – Rock Your World [Bolshi Records]

6. Indo Tribe – Bite The Bullet Baby (Jaques Reynoix Mix) [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’]

7. Basscult – Paradise Place (Acid ’93 Mix) [Round & Round]

8. Automation – Tramp On 45 [Triple Helix Records]

9. THC – Surreal [Twisted Records]

10. Frankie Bones – My House Is Your House (Mijk Van Dijk Remix) [Bash Again!]

11. Borai & Denham Audio – Make Me (AK Sport’s Dream Of The Club Mix) [Higher Level]

12. Indo Tribe – Owl (I Can See You Mix) [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’]

13. Dig The New Breed – Who’s No 1 [Cleveland City Records]

14. Force Mass Motion – Fantasy [Rabbit City Records] 

15. Estella Boersma – Highway Hell [Dubplate]

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For this week’s episode of our mixtape series, we have a special live set from Isa – the Polish-born Manchester-based electronic music composer and live performer. With a few years of experience in performing live music in the local Manchester scene, she’s just dropped her first LP, “Ketamine 666”. As always, we first asked a bit about the mix & what she’s been up to lately…

I’ve been quite busy with the release of my debut album. I’m really excited about it as two years of work are coming into fruition just as I type those words.

The live set is done in my home studio in Manchester using both software and hardware synths. The initial ideas were laid down in the album tracks but I wanted to truly explore it further so over the hard punching techno beats I tried to weave in as much improvisation as possible. It was a lot of fun – making an album is exciting but at the end of day it’s a very condensed and polished form of presenting music and very precise. Making a live set allows one to focus more on expression and freedom. So yes, most of the sounds with some exceptions that are exclusive for this piece, I already designed for the album, as well as backbone drumming. It was just the joy of seeing where I can carry those sounds, recording it multiple times and picking the bits that I liked the most.

In terms of gear the core of the set is Roland Tb-03 bass synth hooked up with Dark Matter distortion pedal – you can hear this combo shine on the “Signal” part of the set. Then there is also Model D as well as some little but nice gems such as Pocket Operator PO-20.

Software wise there is Massive that provides the electrostatic drone’y sound in the background that glues all the set together. There are tons of Maschine stock plugins too which are really simple but their limitations allow me to be very creative when sculpting the sounds.

I’ve discovered depths of electronic music only recently, before my music interests revolved mostly black metal, neofolk music and bands mostly. Once I got into certain types of techno music I realised how much black metal and techno have in common. So the set is an attempt to conjure the distorted black metal energy into the electronic dance music realm and so make the synths sound like guitars and with some spaced out riffy progressions, a lot of snare drums etc. That was the initial idea at least, I’ll leave to the listener to judge whether I succeed.

What I’m trying to convey in terms of the lyrics in the intro to the last part of the set, as well as samples and track names, it’s things like questioning the existence of soul, what happens to us after death and thoughts on progressing digitisation of our lives – just searching for a meaning really.

“Inevitable Forever’s End” – the opening piece title is inspired by Asimov’s “The Last Question” short story – a quick read that blew my mind recently. It has Oppenheimer’s famous speech on the nuclear tests sampled in it, but downsampled and tuned down. “Now I become death the destroyer of worlds’ ‘ – it’s such a powerful and dramatic quote and I always wanted to have it in my music but it’s also really overused so I didn’t want to make it sound too obvious..

In “In Death Is Death”  – one of the chapters that follows the “Inevitable..” opens with me quoting Orwell’s 1984, one of my favourite books.  The title itself is inversion of Bhavacakra – Wheel of Life, so belief in reincarnation “In life is death, in death is life”. Is there though? What if death is the final ending?

Umbra Arcana, the closing act opens with a poem that I wrote a while back in a bit of transitional time of my life. I’ll leave the interpretation of this one to the listener.

Up next…

Well, get some sleep that’s for sure. It’s been very busy here so I’ll have a bit of rest for sure. Not too much as like I’ve said before, I’ve got a debut album “Ketamine 666” coming out this week and the physical copies (I did a limited edition cassette release) are coming today (YES!). I will be heavily promoting it (I’m actually doing it now, am I?  lol). Andy and Matt from Bicep really inspired me to do a vinyl record, so I hope the cassette run I did is successful and then vinyl will follow. This and as probably every music performing artist that I know I really hope to get to play live soon and enjoy music both sides of the stage.


1. Inevitable Forever’s End

2. In Death Is Death

3. Ashes & Dust

4. Signal

5. Sequence Complete – Flesh Obsolete

6. Darkhorse Nebula Dive

7. Umbra Arcana

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For this week’s episode of our FMB Mixtape Series, we’re happy to welcome Sunareht, the Paris-based DJ, Producer and cofounder of the label Paradoxe Club. As usual, we first caught up with him to find out a bit about the mix & what he’s been up to lately:

Just released my first album Amorama plus a live show to go with. Last few months were pretty intense !

The mix was recorded at home on XDJ-RX and with a few ableton edits of the tracks to fit the mix better. 

Emotional club mix to dance to with your eyes closed. Really big club nostalgia here I just want to go back to dance and sweat in small dark places while getting goosebumps when the synth break hits. 

Up next…

Working on a new EP for hopefully the end of the year and a few live shows this summer.

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For this week’s episode of the FMB Mixtape Series, we welcome Black Eyes, aka Matthew Earnshaw and the founder of Mancunian party Lost Control. As always we first asked what he’s been up to recently and to tell us about the mix…

I have just set up a record label called Lost Control 2097. It’s a new platform for releasing all things ranging from Sub Aquatic Electro, Plasma House to Cybernetik Techno brought back from the year 2097 via the 7th Dimensiøn portal. The first record has just come out on now on vinyl and it’s by Texan electro legend ‘Cygnusʼ. 

The mix was recorded at Home using 2 CDJs, a mixer and 1 Technic Deck. And a glass of plasma juice for the energy.

It’s a range of stuff I either always have in my record bag and some new stuff coming out on the label very shortly.

The next release is out next month on the label so there is that. I am releasing my debut EP after that record is out and finally, I have been recording an EP with Reedale Rise under a joint alias; we are called Planet People (itʼs mega dope what weʼve been working on) and will be out later this year. 


1. John Tejada – Watching And Waiting

2. Tengrams – Another Day

3. Lerosa – Ossary

4. Afrodeutsche – You Heard Me The First Time

5. Norm Talley – Priv.te Party

6. Fit Of Body – House Music (TWINS Edit)

7. ButterBandz – Hellraiser BDB

8. Carl Taylor – Debbieʼs Groove (Robert Hood Remix)

9. Asher – Animals

10. Cygnus – Make The Brain Relax (Ft Monica Lockett)

11. The Fly Insect – Number 12

12. Truth – The End

13. Tr One – October Master

14. Reedale Rise – Vula

15. Black Eyes – Ecstasy 

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This week on the FMB Mixtape Series, we welcome Plain Sailing, the Belfast-based DJ duo & party crew. First, we caught up with them to find out what they’ve been up to lately…

We’ve managed to keep ourselves fairly busy over lockdown – we launched our Plain Sailing zine as a way to stay connected to artists we love and also launched a PR agency here in Belfast – Harbour Music Society. It’s been great having an outlet and having the opportunity to still pursue our passion. It’s been a pretty stressful year nonetheless, but there’s finally a little more optimism in the air.

The mix was recorded in my (Pete) flat with the windows open and sun shining. It was recorded on a little pioneer controller, which has come in handy for recording mixes, not having to constantly borrow gear or head to a studio. 

We wanted to cram as many genres as we could in there and stuff you might hear at our parties. We have such a wide range of influences and we wanted to showcase that. The mix spans UK techno, breaks, garage, R&B and grime – even a cheesy edit or two. 

Up next…

We’ve just started planning our next run of gigs which we hope to be able to announce fairly soon and our PR agency and blog keeps us super busy. As much fun as it is, we miss the community aspect music has brought us and we just can’t wait to give all our mates a hug and get back to playing and putting on parties.


  1. Neinzer – Rassalin 
  2. James Bangura – Silk Worm 
  3. Kaval – Firing Devices 
  4. Syz – Bunzunkunzun (Yushh’s Droop Mix) 
  5. Alex R – Shotts 
  6. Jubley – Feel It
  7. Bailey Ibbs – We Run 
  8. London Modular Alliance – Regular Customers 
  9. Roy Mills – The News
  10. Mani Festo – Come Wid It
  11. Ludacris – Saturday (blanco club edit)
  12. Addison Groove  – Brand New Drop (Nikki Nair Remix) 
  13. Denham Audio – Top Buzz
  14. Uniiqu3 – Rave In My Room 
  15. Shygirl – Want More 
  16. Walton – Rewind Riddim
  17. Jossy Mitsu – Turismo 
  18. Mani Festo – Disengage 
  19. Brent Faiyaz ‘Fuck The World’ (Huna Edit) 
  20. Raw Takes – Shake Junt
  21. Scratcha DVA – Blue Light – Scratcha DVA’s RnG Mix 
  22. Erika de Casier – What U Wanna Do 
  23. Zeez – Heartbroken
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