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For the twenty seventh episode we welcome Mika Regards a Russian DJ from Novosibirsk, Siberia. Mika and his partner host the excellent podcast series Strange But Dance Music, that focuses on the more energetic and experimental end of the electronic music spectrum.
For this mix Mika digs deep, expertly weaving together peak time electro that wouldn't be out of place in a dingy warehouse party or your workout soundtrack. Lock it in and turn it up!
1. Mu-Ziq - Blakers Loop [Analogical Force]
2. Kiuper - 55 A.U. [Kontor]
3. D. Strange - XK3 [Tram Planet]
4. DJ これからの緊急災害 - Modular Ghost System [Jupiter4]
5. Second Storey - Toothless Tiger [Natural Selection]
6. Unknown - Unicos [Analogical Force]
7. Shelter - 808 Rock [Dome]
8. DRMCNT - Acid Cup [Clan Destine]
9. Advent and Zein Ferriera - 9 [Pyramid Transmissions]
10. Adrien d'Elzius - Psaranih [Diffuse Reality]
11. Shedbug - The Chase [Mechatronica]
12. Maroki - Hatchi (Jensen Interceptor remix) [Handy]
13. Shurko Love - Pitta (Roi remix) [Fanzine]
14. Dez Williams - Rewire The Human [Woodwork]
15. Serge Geyzel - Bass Motion [Diffuse Reality]
16. Bloody Mary - They Come For Us At Night [Gegen]
17. DJ Stingray 313 - Enzymatic Detergents [Micron Audio]
18. Zero/Sequence -There is Another World (LectrO cOd_E remix)
19. DAGGA - Asfixia [Jupiter4]
20. Lectro Cod E - Reprocess [Pyramid Transmissions]
21. MAC Address - E7-32-6B-34-EB-B3 (Rhea's Atmosphere) [Sauce Traxx]
22. Slacker - Void Hopping [Lobster Theremin]
23. Info Cifon - We Have Lost Our Way [Pyramid Transmissions]
24. DJ Stingray 313 & g13ck - Upsweep [Nawal]
25. Bewwip - Rns2db0 [Analogical Force]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for Recreational Therapy.
And thank you. I did it with great pleasure!
What inspired your mix and where it was recorded?
The mix was recorded in my home studio in Novosibirsk, not far from the forest, so now I am endlessly inspired by the local nature, running 14-15 km's and doing yoga.
What are you listening to right now?
Sometimes in between listening to actual new music, I listen to something calm, like today, Benoit Pioulard. I like his slightly distant voice, work with details and soft noise.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
It's a very long story :) As a child at school, I remember very well and distinctly how I was hooked by Ravel's Bolero in music class. Since then, throughout my life, I have always remained partial to impressionism.
Then in high school I became very interested in rock music, I had my own band, we played death and trash-metal. It was a good tool for emotional release. At the age of 13, I heard and saw Bjork for the first time in a video Army of me. It was an arrow to the very heart.
To this day, she remains the number one singer for me. Her contribution to the development of musical culture can hardly be overestimated. She is like a guide from the other world of her fantasies to our everyday world with a less sophisticated sound palette.
At the age of 14, already being quite familiar with English electronic scene in the person of the Warp label, I heard Detroit techno - it was Jeff Mills’s Live at the Liquid Room. Then, of course, Basic Channel and Maurizio. As for electro, I was always impressed by the label Satamile, Gerald Donald with his amazing mystery and loud projects, and of course both parts of the Dave Clarke’s World Service.
Then, being at the age of 20, I went to study at a music school in the piano class. For 5 years I have immersed myself very deeply in academic music, and not only classical, but also in the music of the 20th century. Since I have always been partial to impressionism, once again I found myself in the music of Alexander Scriabin. Of the Soviet and Russian composers, he is number one for me, and only then do Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Then I was lucky enough to get acquainted with the work of Steve Reich. It was a thermonuclear explosion in my head. It was then that a puzzle in the history of modern and electronic music began to take shape.
After graduating from music school, I became a DJ. For more than 10 years I have participated in all kinds of events, somewhere I even acted as an organizer. Sleepless nights, long trips from Moscow to Kazakhstan. It was an amazing time and I always remember with a smile on my face.
In 2011, I went to the Sonar Festival in Barcelona for the first time. That was incredible. It was my childhood dream. Then I went two more times and Sonar with Barcelona and all its beauty live deeply in my heart.
There was also such a period of my acquaintance with jazz - I studied jazz vocals for three years.
Tell me about the electronic music scene in Siberia and more broadly in Russia. Any artists or labels you suggest to check out?
In 2016, my partner and I launched the podcast Strange But Dance Music. The purpose and objectives of this podcast is not only to explore all sorts of different facets of electro, but also to reveal the influence on music through the location of the artist. It all started quite modestly, because lately I have been very busy with other work. But this year we decided to do our best and do something more interesting. We were sent their stories by amazing masters of their craft, such as ADJ, Scape One, Dez Williams, Poladroid, Manasyt, Alavux, X-Truder and many more.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
I cannot yet say with exact certainty, I would not like to think too much. At the moment I listen and play a lot in my home studio. Let's see what happens.
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