Montag, 2. November 2015

45/7 Vinyl Club Mixtape

45/7 — A vinyl excursion

Instead of just posting a new mixtape without much more information (as I usually would), this one deserves a bit of context. I did this as an improvised one-take live mix for DJ Felox’ 45/7 Vinyl Club, and I’m glad he also asked me a few questions that help me explain my attitude towards the whole “45s only” thing that is happening these days. So here’s what I told him. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your record collection.

Oh, well, hi! I do a lot of things, but for the most part I write about music (e.g. for JUICE magazine, and many more), I work for Hamburg’s Spektrum Festival ( and I play music. Sometimes I even just listen to it. I started getting into rap music around 1990 or 1991, which in turn made me discover funk, soul and jazz records as soon as I figured out how this sampling thing worked. After that, it kind of gets blurry — electronic music from house to deep, dark bass stuff, African, Turkish and Persian music, but also rock, metal and whatever. A certain groove is the one thing connecting all of it.

I wouldn’t consider myself a serious collector, but I still might have some four thousand records in my music room, across all formats and genres. For the past ten years, I’ve been trying to keep my collection at a more or less constant size, so I keep sorting out stuff while still adding new records. In the long run I like the idea of only keeping a core collection of a few (a few hundred maybe) really, really important records, because owning too many things always feels annoying to me. But that might not happen soon.

45/7 is all about celebrating the 7". Can you tell us a bit about what you love about the format. 

To be honest, it’s more of a love/hate relationship, and I firmly believe that music is way more important than the format you use to play it. If it’s a good record and you play a shitty MP3 of it on a shitty cell phone speaker, it’s still a good record. So there’s that. When I deejay, I use digital solutions more often than not, because they allow me to do things and play songs I just couldn’t using vinyl. But every once in a while, it feels really relaxing to play a proper vinyl set, because I’m more connected to the music when it really is under my fingertips, plus, it’s how I learned to be a DJ in the first place, of course. With records, I don’t waste any time thinking about technical stuff beyond »if the needle skips, I’m fucked«. (And nothing skips more easily than a 45 when scratching.)

So I’m not part of the »45s only« movement. But it’s a fun, minimalist format, it’s highly portable, and a lot of music I like to play is available on 7 inch vinyl — sometimes exclusively. Maybe it’s like cycling — there are many more comfortable and flashy ways to get from A to B, but often it’s all you need to have a great time.

One hour of vinyl goodness… can you talk us through your selection for your 45/7 mix? 

That sort of just happened when I started playing with some records I had recently bought and played. And it illustrates the importance of break beats — to me, and to hip-hop in general, because many records on here are really heavy on drums. You’ll hear some classics, a lot of remixes and bootleg edits which are pretty self-explanatory, a nice vocoder boogie version of Steely Dan’s »Peg«, and I sprinkled in some random rap goodness like a 1991 B-side by Die Fantastischen Vier (one of the most successful bands in Germany) or the obscure Austrian Herwig & Alois 45 (an early incarnation of Kamp & Whizz Vienna).

Top 5 all time fave records 

Oh hell. Let’s go for …

Sly & The Family Stone »There’s A Riot Going On«
The D.O.C. »No One Can Do It Better«
Björk »Post«
Kendrick Lamar »To Pimp A Butterfly«
Miles Davis »On The Corner«

Sonntag, 4. Januar 2015


A vinyl only selection of classic Afro Funk, Ethio Jazz and contemporary Afrobeat from all over the world.

Megaton by Djmq on Mixcloud

Mittwoch, 7. Mai 2014

DJ Format’s Favorite Rap 45s

Neulich habe ich DJ Format eine Liste seiner liebsten Rap-7"-Singles entlockt. Weil ich Listen mag, Rap, Platten und Format auch. Das Englische Original gibt es jetzt bei ego trip zu lesen …

… und die Übersetzung nach wie vor bei ALL GOOD.


Meine Kolumne #shitpeoplewrite bei den Freunden von ALL GOOD:

1. Ausgabe: Live und direkt – 20 Jahre Rap und 47 Minuten ohne Scheiße 
2. Ausgabe: Die Rapper-Transformation: schlanke Hose für alle

Donnerstag, 13. Februar 2014

Juice #157 – out now

Das ist das neue JUICE Magazin. Ich erzähle acht Seiten lang die verworrene Geschichte von The Pharcyde und schreibe Dinge über Platten von E-40, Hiob & Morlockk Dilemma, SAM, Sylabil Spill und Hobo Truffles. Gibt's jetzt am Kiosk.