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The very first mix is from an up and coming Brisbane born and bred DJ who has recently relocated to Melbourne James Hilan to provide us the first mix under his FAUX.CODA alias in straight-up electro/electro-techno mode, and his main alias is Jim Z for house & techno styles.
James is a keen digger in 2nd hand bins for discarded releases as well as being up on new releases and labels adeptly weaving them together when he performs.
James has only been DJing for a few years but in that time he has shared the stage with some talented and diverse artists such as Route 8, Fred P, Terry Farley, Marcellus Pittman, Smallpeople, Mr G, Nthng, Mall Grab, Tama Sumo, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Ray Kajioka, Niereich, Furious Frank, Microworld, Amir Alexander to name a few..
1. Drexciya - Drexcyen Star Chamber [Clone]
2. Clarence - Data Transfer [Clone Aqualung]
3. Pamétex - Cocos [Frustrated Funk]
4. X-Ile - R U Ready (Vocal Club Mix) [Direct Beat]
5. Composite Profuse - Wandering Floes [Shipwrec]
6. Barbir & Nicola Kazimir - X:x=x, =(), La Lune [Les Points]
7. Alex Picone - Sunday [Park & Ride]
8. Lockstep - I Am [Soiree Records Intl]
9. Erik Van Den Broek - Reserv Me [De:tuned]
10. Nachtzug - Critic [Possiblthings Records]
11. Cédric Dekowski & Felix Reifenberg - Katushka [Hardworksoftdrink]
12. Matthias - Auranet [Twig]
13. Pascal Hetzel & Sierra Sam - Beaubien [Cyrk]
14. M-Twelve - All The Things [Electrix]
15. No Moon - Space Exploration 101 [Blorp]
16. London Modular Alliance - Lucid [Hypercolour]
17. Plant43 - Gathering Storms [Shipwrec]
18. Volruptus - Alien Transmissions [bbbbbb]
19. Dez Williams - Only Way I Know [Mechatronica]
20. M-Twelve - Time Spent (Sync 24 Remix) [Electrix]
21. Audiopath - Good Foot [Shift Imprint]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together the first mix for Recreational Therapy
JH: No worries, it's an honour to be kicking off the series
What was the inspiration for this mix?
JH: I wanted to focus on the funky side of electro, with just a few heavier tracks towards the end. Something that would go down well as everyone is sinking into couches at the kick-on.
Recorded this digitally to begin with, but found it was too 'cold' and didn't allow me to use any turntable trickery/scratch techniques. So I scrapped the tracklist and smashed out a one-take vinyl mix instead, keeping the same vibe in mind.
I've also included a few tracks from a new sound I like to call "speed tech" (mostly coming out of Germany on labels like Twig and Hardworksoftdrink). This is essentially fast-paced, quirky, colourful tech house which is influenced heavily by electro, IDM and breakbeat. Very multipurpose stuff!
How do you find the Brisbane music scene?
JH: There is so much to love about Brisbane, but it's not without its drawbacks. For one, we don't really have any clubs that specifically cater for underground dance music. Thanks to a handful of hardworking promoters, the scene has stayed afloat and I have more joyous party memories than I can count!
Brisbane is different in that many of the events are quite intimate. Everybody knows each other, and you will see the same faces at most events regardless of the genre. The lockout laws and ID scanner laws did fuck us up a bit -- as a result, promoters started to utilise more outdoor/warehouse/otherwise illegal venues (to the delight of local ravers).
And like Sydney, our promoters have banded together to form something of a coalition, where potential dates are proposed in order to avoid events clashing etc, and most crews are happy to help each other out wherever possible.
Shout-outs to SHADE, Andromeda, IWTFA, Buxton, A Love Supreme, The Kush Club, Let's Get Minimal, Pray Tell, Death Before Silence, Flux, Candee Flip and AM Colony crews
I understand you have recently made the move to Melbourne, how are you finding it?
JH: Absolutely loving it. I made the (extremely) difficult decision to leave Brisbane as I felt there would be more opportunity for me to grow here, given my current interest in genres that don't have as much traction at home (like electro, acid, techno, IDM, footwork etc).
I have been inspired by many DJs and crews from Melbourne over the years, and it's great to be meeting all these people now and seeing how things are done here. I still plan to visit QLD regularly, and perhaps even throw the occasional party...
What are you listening to right now? Who is inspiring you musically at the moment?
JH: I saw a guy called Harold play when I first arrived, he runs the label Steeplejack and melted my brain with a complex mix of IDM/breakcore/experimental groove techno.
So I have been researching that stuff for the last few weeks. Besides that, I've been listening to a lot of 90s tech trance/leftfield/ambient techno lately.
Nice, I picked up an excellent split cassette release they did last year that I really like,
Any upcoming gigs you would like to share?
JH: Oct 5th at the Croft Institute in Melbourne, with a super secret lineup, can't say too much yet.
Anything else you would like to share?
JH: Fear is the mind-killer!!!
Soundcloud - Jim Z / FAUX.CODA