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For the twenty eighth episode we welcome DJ Dora Gray from Turku, Finland. Dora is a member of the X-Rust Organization, a non-profit focusing on keeping electronic music and the culture around it alive and kicking in Finland. I'd recommend also digging in and checking out her previous mixes via soundcloud with lots of great selections.
For this mix Dora expertly blends between a great selection of dope no fuss electro tracks. I'd recommend making some time to listen to the mix without distractions and turning it up loud!
1. CRC - Disposal Robot 139 [Zyntax Motorcity]
2. Alex Jann - The Least Resistance [Infiltrate]
3. Morphology - Digitalis [FireScope]
4. CH415 - Free Yourself [Furthur Electronix]
5. Dopplereffekt - Speak & Spell [Clone Classic Cuts]
6. Jamaszka FT - Scyzoredge [Dom Trojga]
7. Versalife - Adept 34501 [Shipwrec]
8. Sprawl - 2nd Strategy [Plasmek]
9. Dip Shim - M-Technology feat Somoah [SNC RECS]
10. Clatterbox - Rosetta Complex [TRUST]
11. Pip Williams - Ashburton [brokntoys]
12. Electro Nation - Fist-Man [A.F.U.]
13. Simulant - Access Future Audio [Scopex]
14. Bitstream - Temporeal [Frustrated Funk]
15. Luxus Varta - Floo feat. Paris The Black Fu [Solar One Music]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for Recreational Therapy.
It was my pleasure, thanks for inviting me!
What was the inspiration for this mix?
I usually get inspired by a track (or the mood of it) that gives a strong emotional response and then I let my intuition guide the way when selecting for a mix. This time my original plans turned into something completely different. The mix has this melancholic mood I am currently in, being heartbroken about the invasion of Ukraine.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
The earliest musical influences I got from my family; my pianist mother used to play Chopin, Debussy, Bach and ragtime, where my father listened to Queen, Pink Floyd, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and he even had a C-cassette of whale’s singing. My oldest brother introduced me to House and Techno in the late nineties when I was young. Later on I have listened to music very broadly, but the love for aforementioned artists and genres have travelled with me to this day. I also had extra classes of music at school and used to sing, play the drums and even the cello for a bit when I was younger.
Probably the most influential events regarding my current taste in music was hearing Boards of Canada and Mr Velcro Fastener as a teenager and Morphology in my twenties. DE9 Closer To The Edit by Ritchie Hawtin has been the most influential ”mix” I’ve ever heard and is a great example of a harmonious selection even though it’s not a traditional DJ mix.
I’ve always been into movie and TV show soundtracks and take a lot of guidance from the cinematic world for trying to create a dramatic effect with my selections. I’ve also been a member of The X-Rust, Turku based non profit electronic music organization (est. 1993) since 2008. Through organizing events, carrying speakers, hosting live artists and of course playing records at our events have given me a lot of perspective.
As for the more recent influences, the local synthesizer group in Turku alongside with experimental music events have had a huge impact in the recent years. I have fallen in love with pure sine waves, noise and complex rhythms.
What are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to Inkipak’s mind blowing new album, "Dot". Listening to his music makes me really consider upgrading to Serato or other digital formats.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
Morphology, CRC, Luxus Varta, Inkipak, Bitstream and Lou Karsh just to name a few recent inspirational artists. Some of the most inspiring DJ’s now are my favorites VLR, agent2 and Reka Zalan. My husband also inspires me daily and supports my efforts to learn to be a better DJ, mix maker and storyteller.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
There’s a couple of guest mixes coming up. Not sure when they will be uploaded for listening since I’m somewhat slow with selecting records for mixes, especially now that we just bought us a house with a garden.
Dora Gray Soundcloud | X-Rust Soundcloud