To represent our attitude going into the last quarter of the year we’ve chosen the brutal yet tender stylings of the latest ItaloJohnson mix. As a trio they’ve already proven that they see eye-to-eye with the dance floor, just have a listen to their last 10-inch “ItaloJohnson 05”. It’s slice of pure & stripped back house bliss. Now we’ve been treated to a live mix from one of their recent shows at a club near and dear to our hearts, Trouw. Nothing more than pounding four-four records for almost an hour and you can sense that for every minute of it they have the club in the palms of their hands. We trust they’ll take us in pleasant direction and if we put our faith in them so can you.
Stream: ItaloJohnson @ Trouw, Amsterdam (09-06-2012)
Yimmy Yayo’s blog is self-described “visual crack for the ocular fiend” but, of course, Yimmy Yayo is a multi-talented dude and his blog can’t limit itself either. About a month ago he presented a twin set of mixtapes from the gents of Colt+Rane, Trillion and Asian Dan, who we can also hold accountable for hours of our time lost on Le Meme. There’s a reason they’ve worked their way to internet illuminati status and it’s partially due to how they innately know what people want to see and hear. Either side of the mix incorporates a balance of wide appeal (Frank Ocean, Soul Clap, Classixx, Dam-Funk, Kindness) while also including some of the well-loved recent bests like Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve” or Joy Orbison’s “Ellipsis,” and harder-to-digest artists like Trevino or Bambounou. A selection that, if you glance at it, might get written off as a well-selected crowd pleaser, but when you consider the scope and massive size of the audience (Yimmy Yayo has almost 18,500 fans on Facebook) it becomes that much more impressive – it’s mixes like these, when presented in just the right way, that can play a huge part in introducing a number of people to a new genre (this particular Truant owes a lot to similar mixes) and simultaneously satisfying those who are already familiar with every inclusion.
There is no end to the respect we bestow upon Dejoe. His mixes are curated to perfection, we are yet to hear anything below par – mixing and selection are always impeccable and have been the backdrop to some of our favourite adventures. Mostly known for his hip-hop mixes – one of which sparked off our love affair was Rap History 1994, hand selecting some of the finest vinyl singles from that special year that housed some of the finest records in all music, not just the genre they exploded from. However Samplepedia is a glorious exploration of sampling in the world of hip-hop as it sifts through some of the finest recording artists that were plucked from their acetate hiding places and used as the backbone of our most treasured hip-hop joints. The track list reaches 60 in number whilst the time reaches 60 minutes, perfectly measured and executed.
Stream: Dejoe – Samplepedia (Tracklisting here)
Stream: Questlove – Sample Lesson Mix (Download here)
Truants Loves New York. How could we not? The city that gave us Anthony Naples, Levon Vincent, Jus-Ed, Madteo – we’re not even going to start this list because it won’t stop. Alex Burkat loves New York too. Putting together a mix of exclusively New York artists might seem like a daunting task, but he tackled the assembly of 22 favourites, new and old, and fit them into almost exactly an hour. The material covered spans a time period from 1980 to 2012, but absolutely nothing is out of place – and the whole thing just makes us want to go back there even more. Have a listen below to the mix which Burkat recorded in order to launch his own party, which will hopefully serve to make the city an even better place (if that’s even possible).
Stream: Alex Burkat Loves New York (Tracklisting after the jump)
COLT+RANE: “Like Water” Side A
COLT+RANE: “Like Water” Side B
2. Justin Vandervolgen – Shebooyah [Golf Channel Recordings, 2010]
3. Anthony Naples – Mad Disrespect [Mister Saturday Night Records, 2012]
4. Lemonade – Neptune (Jacques Renault Remix) [True Panther Sounds, 2012]
5. Runaway – Brooklyn Club Jam [Rekids, 2008]
6. François K – Hypnodelic [Wave Music, 1995]
7. Todd Terry – House Is A Feeling [Freeze Records, 1996]
8. Levon Vincent – Impression Of A Rainstorm [Novel Sound, 2011]
9. Alex Burkat – Tarot Cards [Unreleased, 2012]
10. Metro Area – Miura [Environ, 2002]
11. Alex Burkat – Sullivan Street [Unreleased, 2012]
12. Armand Van Helden – Summertime [FFRR, 1999]
13. Archie Pelago – Avocado Roller [Unreleased, 2012]
14. Liars – The Exact Color of Doubt [Mute, 2012]
15. Alex Burkat – Ammadomyownthing [Coming to a record store near you! 2012]
16. Teen Girl Fantasy – In The Rain [Merok Records, 2010]
17. Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up [Permanent Vacation, 2010]
18. New York Citi Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait [West End Records, 1982]
19. Crown Heights Affair – I Don’t Want to Change You [De-Lite Records, 1980]
20. Javelin – C Town [Luaka Bop, 2010]
21. Laurel Halo – Wow [Hyperdub, 2012]
22. Laurie Anderson – O Superman (Burkat’s Edit) 
Words by: Jonathon Alcindor, Cayley MacArthur, Ross J. Platt, Aidan Hanratty.