Texture Tape 009:
Blessing the controls this week is the enigmatic Neil, comprised of two selectors whose collective voice is playful, bold and raw in equal measure.
What were your ideas or plans going into the mix?
Our initial idea was for the set to be clean without being too serious. We are both suckers for squeaky and creaky sounds, but we also feel more sets should incorporate some tracks with vocals, and so we experimented with this a bit. We’ve also never really done a recorded mix together before, so it was cool to play around with no worry about filling the dancefloor!
What’s it like playing together as a duo – does each person try to pull in a particular direction?
Vita: There is a bit of that, our music tastes overlap a lot but equally extend in very different directions – it’s nice having Cat to veto some of my weirder suggestions, and of course having someone else in the booth the whole time is a lot of fun.
Cat: Yeah Vita definitely pushes the more poppy/pc music side, whilst I tend to like jazzier stuff and more global music, but in general I feel like there’s less of my music taste that Vita vetos. I think the confidence boost of having someone backing you up in the booth also helps us to be more experimental.
And what have been your favourite releases in the past month?
Cat: This is probs more like last three months but Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics.
Vita: Yeah from the last three months I’d pick Tirzah – Devotion.
The best gig or set you’ve seen recently?
We have the same answer for this! Josey Rebelle at the pickle factory in December was amazing. The Ragga Twins were mc’ing on top, which is something we had never really experienced in a club before but it was so much fun. The set-up seemed to play to the strengths of Josey Rebelle and it was also sick to see The Ragga Twins, who we both massively rate.
A track you’ve always wanted to play out but have never had the chance?
Cat: Mine is The Bottle by Gil Scott-Heron – I have dreams of finishing a night with this but we haven’t had the chance to close recently.
Vita: Yeah I completely agree, that would be sick. At the moment I would say Wifey Riddim by AJ Tracey or maybe something by Kwollem. Quite a different vibe haha.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, your dancefloor saver?
Oliver twist by D’banj has never failed us.
There was a club called Passing Clouds right near where we lived when we were younger, which has now shut down. It was pretty unique. Obviously cellar also has a special place in our hearts.
Soundtrack to your funeral?
Cat: Tricky but maybe Spring – Hugh Masekela, because i’m a massive fan of seasons.
Vita: Yeah this is a hard one. Maybe Long Hot Summer by The Style Council? If we died in a tragic double accident it would have to be M.P.B. by Womack and Womack.
What song will you still be listening to in 50 years?
Cat: So many things, hopefully! But if I had to choose one then Enjoy Your Life by Oby Onyioha.
Vita: Yeah, I reckon I’ll always love the whole of Special Beat Service by The Beat. And we’ll both be listening to Say You Love Me by ‘Om’ Alec Khaoli for sure.
Channel Tres - Controller
Tirzah - I’m not dancing
Marek Hemman - Zunder
Yak - Don Greno
DJ Call Me - Marry me
Menchess - Mitsubishi song
Aaron Carl - Oasis (Nick Holder Vocal Dub)
Neneh Cherry - Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet remix)
Avus - Tear
Batu - Bleeper Feed
NKISI - Kill
Pangaea - Router
Neana - Yeezus 2