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We welcome James Steer a Melbourne/Naarm native for the thirty third edition of the podcast who selects some of his deeper minimal and house cuts, expertly blended for eighty mins including a few curveballs on the way. James has been active DJing for almost 20 years and brings a balance of experience and curiosity seeking out new sounds that stands out with this mix.
1 Night Watch - Tim Jackiw [Offworld]
2 The Serpent - Discret Popescu [Unic]
3 Anata - Mathimidori [Echocord]
4 Quicksand - Parallax Deep [Irenic]
5 Blue Burst - Jacob Ohrberg [Plaster Fe]
6 Orbita - Pianeti Sintetici [Hypnus]
7 Youthman feat. Prince Morella (Biodub Remix) - Echo Inspectors & Subset [Primary Colours]
8 Fantasy in Space - Lakür [Joule]
9 See The Light - Cosmic Garden [Unknown To The Unknown]
10 In a Moment Divine (with Cindy Lee) - Freak Heat Waves [Mondo Tempo]
11 Gold Star (Other lands & Linkwood Remix) - Woo [Altrimenti]
12 Self Destruct Sequence Initiated - The Beginning Of The End [State of Play]
13 Keep On Loving - The Stamp Collection [Schatrax]
14 Flickering lights, Ohm / Philipp Priebe [Thule]
15 Positivity Keeps The Disk Afloat - Billus [Pollinate]
16 UWLSD - Skee Mask [Ilian Tape]
17 Bionic Personnel - MetaComplex
18 Flashback - Niko Tzoukmanis
Thanks again for the opportunity to contribute to your amazing series.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
I wanted to follow the brief given for this mix and I wanted to revisit some of the micro/minimal house vibes that had been a big inspiration on me in the early 2000s. Minimal tech is still going strong and this mix includes some recent wax bits I picked up and also some newish releases on Bandcamp. As with most of my mixes I did want to stray into other vibes as well with some breaky electro textures. There are some very new releases on the mix from Primary Colours latest cut as well as an amazing Other Lands and Linkwood remix which has blown my mind. There's also a brand new one from Billus who just put out an amazing album on a local label Pollinate Records.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
I guess around 20 years ago all the music being played on KissFM, PBS and RRR were my go to for electronic music, wasn't long before I started record shopping during uni and picking up the more obscure deeper and quirky techno especially from the Perlon and Playhouse labels.
These days I am sourcing music from most of the local record shops around Melbourne, there are so many of them now and with that the scope of music I'm buying and playing is very eclectic. I have one residency that is like a retro set and then another semi residency that is purely a dinner set with lots of soulful love jams and chilled electronics across the spectrum. Techno wise, i have ramped up and getting anything from 90's italian house vibes to deep ravey sounds with hints of electro and breaks, basically anything that i love the sound of. I'm mostly known for my minimal sounds and dub techno from a party i put on with my friends in the mid 2000s called Deep Chord.
What are you listening to right now?
I'm very much enjoying the output of music coming from Melbourne artists, there is a lot of energy in that space and also so much more accessible through social media and some really great events. I'm a huge fan of Vessel Records with some amazing cuts from Miris, Norachi and Jacob Ohrberg. Their label is so deep! I am going through a deep house/deep tech vibe at the moment, mostly after getting my home setup sorted during the long lockdowns. Rekordbox and control vinyl on two turntables has allowed me to really lock in at home and create some really good sets.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
One of my biggest inspirations has been coming through my friends who are doing either radio shows, small outdoor rig/warehouse parties like The Trip Hazard crew as well as mates making music with drum machines, synths and modular setups. Also post lockdown I have been catching up with other djs and doing b2b mixes at my place. I have been very lucky to also catch up with and record with the amazing Code618 (who was our last guest on the show) from Adelaide and we have made two mixes together!
Where can we see or hear your next project?
When I can i am always recording mixes from home and at my gigs so you can dig in on my Soundcloud page. I am hoping to do another small party at a venue called House of Plants. The last party I did there was called Audible Photosynthesis, mainly aimed at playing a super deep sounds from myself and 3 other djs who i have been very active with djing wise. It was also a great party to debut Code618 with his first gig in Melbourne!
Anything else you would like to share?
Dig into my Soundcloud back catalogue, there are podcasts, radio shows and a playlist of all the versus sets I have made with friends over the last 20 years. There's also plenty of gig recording that cover a lot of musical styles especially from venues like Franklin's Bar, Revolver, Mango Bar and some recordings from outdoor and warehouse parties. Something for everyone, from soul, funk and disco to minimal techno and ravey breaks style.
Soundcloud as James mentioned above has a lot of previous recordings to dig through with a variety of styles.
Bandcamp has his recent purchases to go down the rabbit hole deep dive into what he has been purchasing.
Mixcloud has an archive of James's mixes from the last 20 years also.