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Guests are encouraged to explore a bit further into their collections with an opportunity to step away from the dance floor if they desire.
We welcome Miguel D for the thirty fourth edition of the podcast who is a Sydney based selector and DJ via Auckland who I first met almost 10 years ago when invited to play his regular night Cantaloop at the old Cafe Lounge here in Sydney and have stayed friends ever since.
Miguel is a passionate digger who embraces world sounds in the spirit of the true essence of the term who can join seemingly unrelated tracks from different eras keeping it eclectic, open and soulful.
More recently he has been a guest on Steppers Radio in the UK alongside EdSeven, contributed an excellent mix to the lazydaze mix series and dished up a cracking set at the recent Sunday edition of Got Music Social Club: Blended here in Sydney.
Miguel D provides an expert blend of funk, soul, afrobeat, tasteful edits and latin vibes perfect for soundtracking a summery Friday afternoon before the weekend kicks in as it is in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment.
Turn it up kick back and enjoy!
1 Don't Stop The Music - Bits & Pieces [Mango]
2 Palm Springs - Dam Funk [Glydezone]
3 Woah! There's No Limit - Lord Echo [Soundway]
4 Nebulosa - Tenorio Jr. [Mr Bongo]
5 Depth Has a Focus - Wajatta [Brainfeeder]
6 Miles Funk - Stro Elliott [Street Corner Music]
7 Keep on Moving - ESG [Soul Jazz]
8 Albee (Good Block Ragga Edit) - JND
9 System Sauce - 3 Chairs [Three Chairs]
10 Habu Raminubu (Dengue Dengue Dengue & Joutro Mundo version) - Ayani Huni Kuin [On the Corner]
11 Bomba Atomica - Meridian Brothers [Ansonia]
12 Stars for Jorge - Len Leise [Len Leise Edits]
13 Fish - Mr Scruff [Ninja Tune]
14 PTL - XL Middleton [Mofunk]
15 Atomic Dog - George Clinton [Capitol]
16 Oh My God (Kaytranada Edit) - ATCQ
17 Dari Demou'ek - Hamid El Shaeri [Habibi Funk]
18 Cricket (Part 2) - The New Morning [Emotional Rescue]
19 Fela Edit - Frank Booker
20 Le Flute Enchantee - Tom Manzarek [Plaisance]
21 Tinned - Piezo [Version]
22 Come Into My House (Fast Eddie Remix) - Queen Latifah [Tommy Boy]
23 Page 3 (Dam Fun Re-Freak) - Steven Julien & Kyle Hall [Apron]
24 Super Freak-a-pella - Josh Wink [Ovum]
25 1st Trumpet - Aba Ariginal & The Pharmacist [Homefront Productions]
What was your inspiration for this mix?
Running into you at the The Gladstone recently and then again at Theo Parrish! Was great to catch up. I also just tweaked my home setup swapping the Pioneer DJM for an Ecler rotary and upgraded my monitors recently too.
I've focused on the record collection a lot more since the pandemic, alongside the eternal Bandcamp wormhole. I included a bunch of older things here, but there's so much great new music coming out worldwide!
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
The Theo gig had that air of influentially about it. Seeing someone at their peak play on a quality sound system, moving confidently between jazz, dub, techno, disco... opera.
Mr Scruff years ago (2004?) in Auckland and at Days Like This in Sydney (2009), and Gilles Peterson midweek at Oxford Arts Factory a while back are all the same for that freeform DJ journey. Aside from having a bunch of friends and local heroes to look up to, as lame as it might sound, the majority comes from the internet these days. Live recordings, online radio, interviews.
Maybe that's living in this part of the world or balancing music with family, but there's just a shit load of content out there now!
How do you find the music scene in Sydney compared to Auckland?
Similar albeit much smaller in Auckland given the population difference. Theo played there on the Thursday for example. Both harbour cities with ups and downs and that struggle for artists thriving in a financial capital (as opposed to Melbourne/Wellington). Aside from a few pockets, venues come and go in both and that's driven things into other spaces.
The pandemic was bad there like the lockouts / gentrification /casino rort was here. Hate to sound like a jaded old man but Auckland 20 years ago was a massive vibe. Friendly Potential gave things a good nudge recently with touring, but there used to be more regular international acts, bigger audiences, and a wider palette of sounds thriving back in the day. There's still a strong Polynesian influence and an outdoor festival scene which is awesome.
For me Sydney gets those handful of epic gigs every year that take things to another level. Artists touring at exciting times in their careers, surprise shows, locals outshining internationals on big stages, bigger production budgets and arts funding opportunities. Hopefully Auckland has a long summer ahead.
What are you listening to right now?
Tom Manzarek on Pinata Radio (France)
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
Locally the GMSC group, Logg Cabin radio on 95bfm in Aotearoa, and a bunch of other shows on NTS, The Lot Radio, Balamii etc
Where can we see or hear your next project?
I'm looking at starting a monthly radio show early in the new year. Monthly Friday's at Tatler in Darlinghurst, and odd gigs here and there.. hopefully something in Auckland on a trip back.
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