I was very happy to put together this mix for Southern Hospitality‘s ‘Twelve 12″s’ mix all vinyl mix series. Here’s a little blurb I put together for the Southern Hospitality blog:
“When I was asked to contribute a mix to the 12×12 series, it was a tough call to come up with a theme. My first thought was to choose an artist’s material to base the mix on, but the vinyl only aspect of the brief soon brought me round to the idea of doing a mix of records that were specifically designed for DJs. Maligned by purists it’s probably fair to say, New York house DJ Armand Van Helden’s AV8 Records enjoyed success putting out a steady stream of DJ orientated hip hop re-edits throughout the mid to late 90s (and a wider selection of more commercial material beyond that). These records were predominantly no-frills loop based New York party records – well known hip hop hooks layered into DJ friendly dancefloor cuts. They’re often musically naive but unarguably infectious. Although more frequently associated with New York clubs such as Funkmaster Flex’s Sunday Night at the Tunnel, for me it’s hard to listen to these records again without a good deal of nostalgia for the days when these were go-to dancefloor records in the types of eclectic UK clubs that offered a slightly more tasteful alternative to the then popular big-beat scene.”
Read more and download the mix from the Southern Hospitality blog here.
Listen to the mix on Mixcloud here.