RA.481 Jasper James
320 kbps | 104:55 minOn his RA podcast, Jasper James is never afraid to let rip. The mix evokes a time when house DJs tended to move dance floors with more direct musical expressions—a period before the restrained DJ style of the mid-'00s minimal boom became prevalent. Its abundance of vocal samples and hooks, which range in mood from joyous to gloomy, also feels like a refreshing throwback. But James isn't some old hand who's trying to revive the past. He's a Scottish artist in his mid-20s who's recently emerged as one of the UK's most popular new DJs.
James is the son of Harri, the long-serving Sub Club resident, who taught him how to DJ when he was 13. He's talked in interviews about "getting" house music around this age, when he saw his dad smashing a tent at T In The Park, a festival James had attended every year since he was a young kid. James has also counted Jackmaster as a friend and mentor over the years, describing him below as a massive motivational force in his career. James will probably always have these associations, but it's obvious that he's now come into his own. Most notably, he's about to start a weekly residency at Phonox, a new London club from the people behind XOYO and The Nest. He recently followed up his debut record—last year's Sneaky on Optimo Trax—with an EP called ZTRK1 on Leftroom, and in 2015 he's been gigging harder than ever, spinning at clubs like Space, Warehouse Project and fabric.
01. ??? - Summer
02. Gershon Jackson - Take It Easy (Mike Dunn's BlackBall Ezee MixX) [Omni Music Solutions]
03. Taxi Cab - Chuckanova (Original Mix) [Midnight Riot]
04. Innerwestsoul - The Live Sound (Innerwestsoul Edit) [Disco Deviance]
05. Glance / Phonk D / Sascha Ciminiera - Back In Time [Footjob Germany]
06. Luca Cazal - Afromance I (Club Mix) [See Double]
08. CutOff!CutOff! - Forth & Back (JC Williams Remix) [Soundspace]
09. Maan - Jackin Pt 2 [Non Series]
11. Delroy Edwards - Always (Edit) [Gene's Liquor]
12. Mr G - So Get Down [Holic Trax]
13. DJ Koze - XTC [Pampa Records]
15. Eddie "Flashin" Folwkes - Oh Lord [Azuli Records]
16. Stefano Ritteri – You're My Lover (Christian Nielsen Remix) [Glasgow Underground]
17. Mario Cruz - Little Thing (Doorly Sunrise Reprise) [Blockhead Recordings]
18. Matthias Vogt - S Cat (Original Mix) [Lazy Days Music]
19. Smith N Hack - To Our Disco Friends [Smith N Hack]
20. Rick Wilhite - Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Mix) [Rush Hour]
21. Just As Long As I Got You (The Revenge Love Rub)Download from RA | rusfolder | uploaded
----------------------------------------RA.482 Mind Against
320 kbps | 59:15 minIt all happened pretty quickly for Alessandro and Federico Fognini. In 2011, after years of making music in one form or another, the two brothers formed a new DJ and production duo: Mind Against. Two years later they'd moved from Italy to Berlin and had their first record out on Life & Death (Atlant), with another two in the pipeline (Avalon and Strange Days). By then their DJ careers had taken off and they were playing somewhere in the world every weekend. It seems they made quite an impression on their audiences: last December, they debuted in our annual Top DJs poll all the way up at #33.
Sometimes it's hard to say exactly why an act breaks through, but not with these guys. From the off, Mind Against had a signature sound that was immersive and completely their own: cosmic, emotionally rich and banging when it needs to be. RA.482 shows us an especially subtle side of their sound, with 58 minutes of techno that gently ebbs and flows.Download from RA | rusfolder | uploaded