August 12, 2012 - Posted by dj umb
Really cool, trippy mix here from Joe Muggs of Mixmag, Q and other noteworthy publications.
What I luv about Joe is that he has a very inquisitive and open mind about music and this is demonstrated in this mix, which he has exclusively delivered for us.
The mix takes in a multi-genre approach and features an array of tracks that most of us would not have heard of before! However, it also includes a few from some of our free Moombahluv series.
This is a very engaging, trippy and thoughful mix that starts off pretty cosmic and then goes into some really deep and dark but soulful spaces before getting a bit funky and then landing back to earth with an emotional bang, a real psychedelic journey:
The thinking man’s dancefloor :-)
Here’s what he says:
Innovation is great – and it’s good to stay in touch with the latest thing. After all, it’s a good part of what I do for a living, and it’s what blogs like Generation Bass do as well. But sometimes among all the hustle and hassle you really need to stop and smell the roses. I’m old enough and ugly enough to have seen the hype cycle many, many times, and I’m all too aware that the pursuit of the new or obscure can be as much about power games – about “I got this first; I have this and you don’t” – as it is about the thrill of discovery.
The ethos of Slugrave is about stopping, sitting back, letting go of the earnest need to be on top of things, and just getting your groove on. It’s about taking it easy. It’s also generally about not letting the tempo go over 115bpm, but that’s arbitrary really – far more importantly it’s about stopping yourself hurtling forward at the expense of all else. It’s about lazily leafing through your vinyl shelves / CD booklets / file folders and digging out things that you slept on, about casually thinking “ahhh I’d forgotten that one” or “oh this will go with that”. No grand concept, no over-arching aesthetic – you’ll hear echoes of the Balearic ethos, of cosmic disco, of the deeper side of Moombahton, of indie-dance, of all flavours of bass music, of 90s electronica, of neo-soul and nu-jazz – just vibes.
It’s not chillout though. The various parts of the loose Slugrave DJ team have played around the place a fair bit now since the site started, and it’s always with an emphasis on dancing. The Big Chill 2011 was a revelation for us; playing Slugrave sounds from 1am-5am each night in our Sound Of The Cosmos tent, we turned it not into a chillout tent but a party, with the energy levels steady all night, people always ready to dance. Even though the festival itself was relatively sparsely attended, the tent was packed each night with happy sluggers, all into the fact that they never knew what they would hear next but that they knew the feeling would be consistent throughout.
Anyway, yep, this mix is about all that. If you have the patience for a super-cosmic five minute intro, then you have the patience to feel the slug vibes. This has brand new tracks and 22-year-old tracks, underground and really well known, familiar samples and proper weirdness. But it’s not a summation of Slugrave. No way. For that you need to take some serrrrrious time out and sample the entire mix series. Only then will you have absorbed sluggism at its fullest. All together now: slow and low… that is the tempo…
Grab it here:
Cristian Vogel – Spectral Transmissions (Specially Slugged)
Sun Ra – I Seek A New World
The 13th Tribe – Babylon Shall Fall
Sonido Berzerk – Love Affair (feat. Billie Holliday)
Daphni – Ahora (Well Slugged)
THEESatisfaction – QueenS
Blondes – Gold
Huerco S. – No Jack
Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth (Trancentral Mix)
Stumbleine – Cassette
Distal – She Wears Pearls
The 13th Tribe – Take the Mic (feat. Sara Rimes & Ben Lu)
Kabdriver – The Mule
Bucketheads – Just Plain Funky
Bondax – Baby I Got That
Anon – Jungle Rag
Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice on You (Nate Compton Remix)