Texture Tape 021:

Minna Eyre

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For the 21st instalment of our Texture Tapes mix series, we’re delighted to be handing the reins over to Minna Eyre! With ease, she glides through a selection of deliciously deep and quirky house cuts, subtly shifting between vast, expansive atmospheres and slick, smooth swagger.

What were your ideas or plans going into the mix?

I knew coming into it that I wanted to play some denomination of house tunes. I was raised mostly on old school dance music, and I felt this weird need to bring that sound back into the techno focused circles I was in. I came onto the DJ scene by massive accident but still feel strongly towards playing something loud, melodic, and cheesy – often with some sweet out of tune vocals – so I think that’s what I went for here, but I don’t think I limited myself to a genre. I find if you’re not playing live, it’s much more interesting to hear a variety of sounds rather than some perfectly performed mix – which excuses me for any sloppy choppiness!

What have been your favourite recent releases or events?

One of the tracks in the mix, ‘Mibale’ by Lee Burridge & Lost Desert (feat. Junior) came out earlier this year and it’s been on repeat for about two weeks now. I also have to give a special shout out to my dad, who re-released one of his tracks from the 90s. It’s called ‘Voice‘, under the name Electrospy (on Legwork Records go check it), and it truly bangs, but I might be biased…

Favourite events… I recently went to Terraforma Festival in Italy which was wildly good, I’d recommend to anyone. Other than that, the last event I went to was the VIP MIX birthday special at Bunker. 10/10.

What’s the music scene like where you’re from??

It’s not non-existent, but I’m from Bournemouth. Unless you were part of the indie scene in 2014, or you love clubbing in town, there isn’t much to mention…  

Is there a show you would love to go back in time and experience again?

Probably the Tim Hecker show at the Barbican. It was only last year, but I made the mistake of going when I was immeasurably tired- and it’s ambient/ drone music- so all I could think about was how sleepy I was. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I should have, and I had some really weird sleep-state out-of-body experiences.

How do you organise your music?

I don’t hah!

A track you’ve always wanted to play out but never had the chance?

I haven’t played enough gigs to have built up any secret special show desires yet… in my head, me DJing is still sort of a joke, so I don’t think about it much.

Your dancefloor saver?

‘Baiana’ by Barbatuques (the Cosme Martin & Christian Vila remix). It got shown to me by a friend last year – and never fails to make people dance.

Your favourite club?

I don’t go clubbing! From the amount of times I’ve been present at Grow Tottenham this year you’d think it would be there, but far from it. I like Friday nights at Lion and Lamb pub in Hoxton- £5 on door, and good music every time.

The soundtrack to your funeral?

I’ve never once put a thought to it!

And on a lighter note, the tune you’ll still be listening to in 50 years?

Any of my dad’s tracks. I’ll be loyally loving them forever, however lame that seems.

Tracklist ~
William Kouam Djoko - Intro
Unreleased by my dad lol - Experienced
Noah Pred - Circles and Circles feat. Rosina (Extended Mix)
Eartone - Reminisces of a Journey
Lee Burridge & Lost Desert (feat. Junior) - Mibale
Markus Homm - Red One
Green Velvet - Bigger than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Mano Le Tough - She Sighed