This Saturday sees two of our favourite parties come to Superstore for an excellent team-up taking place over both floors. The basement plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot, where special guest Rory Phillips, fresh from a US tour that even took in a celebrated Beats In Space appearance, will join residents The Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart. Meanwhile, upstairs, vinyl-obsessives Drop The Needle return for another journey through the depths of their record bags.
We caught up with DTN guest Goncalo Pereira aka ZNTN from record label and mixtape series How The Other Half Lives to quiz him on all things wax ahead of the party...
Why the cassette tape limitations on the HTOHL mixtapes?
As I didn't want people to try to use obvious dance music genres or edits I thought that referring to it as a mix-tape would help to put it in perspective. No mixing and a short amount of time will make people only get their favourites and not care if a track is easily mixable or not. Also making a reference to cassettes might bring back memories of old tapes.
Is there much, or any, crossover with tracks that feature on them, to what you play out?
Depends on the night. It's a great way to find new tracks and I've had a couple residencies that worked around the same sort of music selection and mixing style, but I'm mostly booked for more of a club type of night. I do try to mix it up a bit if it's early enough and bring some weird gems through the night but I suppose this project is an outlet for music I don't usually play out.
Which one do you find yourself coming back to more often that not?
I try to go over all of them every now and then and my best-of keeps on changing, I think some of them take a while to get to you. I'd suggest as a starting point the mix-tapes by Ivan Smagghe, Bennedict Bull's four part mix-tape, Romain BNO, Scott Fraser, Justin Robertson, JD Twitch...
What can we look forward to on the record label for the rest of the year?
I just released a couple weeks ago a double 12'' by The Draughtsman (Alex Egan), that includes six original tracks and remixes by Cosmo Vitelli, Tim Paris, Daniel Avery and Roman Flugel.
Currently I am working on release number four which includes a new project called Herman Brahns (Unlikely and Medlar) with remixes by Scott Fraser and DMX Krew.
Plus getting back on guest mix-tapes and more of my own original material.
What's currently on your stereo?
Currently on my stereo or piled next to it are Office Of Future Plans, The Asphodells, Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean, Yo La Tengo - Fade, Macadam Mambo 003, Anthony Naples - Moscato, Rogue Edits 003.
What's your favourite record store ever?
Embarrassed to pick favourites but I make a weekly visit to Rough Trade for my 'rock' collection and to Phonica for my 'electronic' collection. Kristina and Sounds Of The Universe are also unmissable. Back in Lisbon I'd pick Flur as a mandatory stop.
What was the last record you bought?
You can never buy just one and you can tell how divided I feel about my collection which prompted the mix-tape project.
Last week includes Crackboy - Crackwood, Doubleheart - Roots, Brassica - Temple Fortune, Jawbreaker/Jawbox split, Husker Du - Everything Falls Apart...
Why is wax still so important?
If you're paying for something it has to count - I completely understand the necessity for digital for it's portability and accessibility but digital-only releases are disposable. If you're willing to release a vinyl record or to pay for one then there's more effort involved and that will keep the quality on another level. The records you buy on vinyl will most likely be your favourites. Plus the obvious higher quality and amazing artwork! Having said that I love when albums come with voucher for digital.
Discogs or crate digging?
I have to say it's usually Discogs, I do some digging but mostly trying to track down records I've missed or are out of print. There are also a lot of American labels that I admire which don't seem to do particularly well in the UK so it's impossible to find them in second-hand shops.
And what's one track we can expect to hear from you at Drop The Needle?
Can I pick two? An upper and a downer?
Fader - Fortunate Alpha
Sophie - Nothing More To Say (Jackmaster Dub)
Join Goncalo in the top bar this Saturday 23rd February for Drop The Needle. Downstairs plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot with special guest Rory Phillips.
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