One of the first things Yamaneko and I spoke about when he chose this theme was it’s versatility – there’s so much you can do with it. That’s one thing we both came to realise when we put ours together, although some of our approaches were similar, others were completely different, I suppose that’s the beauty of doing joint themes innit!
When I first started preparing for this mix I was pretty worried about the time I had to prepare, I was a bit stressed and it left me feeling quite removed from the process which was a sort of distance in itself. However once I embraced this it actually sort of helped shape my approach.
I also recorded the mix on CDJs, a first for one of my Radar shows. My serato isn’t working at the minute plus I thought using a different medium to record could show a sort of distance between technologies and equipment and challenge me in a way.
My mix approached distance from two angles and my arrangement for the mix split into the four compartments:
Theoretical: Songs that have a lot of space in them/have beats or notes far apart and, by contrast, songs that are very busy, and have beats within a close proximity of each other.
Personal: Songs that I feel far away from, or songs that I used to love but don’t that much anymore. Tunes that sit very close to my heart, and also songs that have been brought into my life after I felt distanced from them
I included a sample of the doppler effect from a siren at (18:50 mins), I always hear this sound cycling to work and it was something I wanted to include in the Distance mix.
I also included samples of Southern Pacific Blue whales at 31.50 mins in. I absolutely love whales and a blue whale’s sound can be heard at a distance of up to 500miles (omg). Tracklist:
Rhythm and sound – Distance (speaks for itself)
Fsol – Cerebral (love the slow notes on the guitar)
Sky H1 – Memories (spread out/far apart notes)
Neat beats – D Wave (a tune that is close to me, one of my faves at the minute)
Mala – Change (I remember Mala talking about the importance of space and silence in music and so wanted to include one of his his for that reason)
Peverelist – Gather (slow & distanced beats)
Andy Stott – Selfish (Those really intense & distanced beats at the beginning arghhh so good)
Finn – Lightwork (I love this tune so much & Finn is a good mate so this fits in nicely to the ‘personally close category’)
Altern8 – hole in the speaker (Lots of drums short distances apart, and my favourite tune when I was 16)
Prince – Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me (This tune is really close to me right now, RIP Prince)
Andy Stott – Butterflies (One of my all time faves)
Velleitie Lentamente diventando (Distanced)
Smashing pumpkins – 1979 (My fave tune when I was 15, and a tune me and my girlfriend started playing on guitar with each other the other month so it’s sort of brought it back closer to me again)
Quantic – Tell it like you mean it (Close to me – I love Quantic)
James Blake – I need a forest (Close to me again)
Flying lotus – endless white (My fave FlyLo tune)
and I end on Sam Cooke – What a Wonderful World (this tune was the first one on a playlist I was listening to on the train back home after visiting my girlfriend in Cambridge, we were both listening & I was travelling distance, so lots of meaning to this one!)