Poster – Vitamins w/ Galcher Lustwerk
pre-club in-store session in rubadub today
Duncan brought a Valentines selection of original R&B, Soul and Early rock ‘n’ roll 45s to give us a flavour of what to expect when he takes over the Vic Bar on Valentine’s night as Voodoo Voodoo.
Brand new mix from Tanner ahead of his set this Friday. Find out what it’s like back at his place when the lights are down low.
Featuring cuts from the likes of Lerosa, General Ludd, Lucretio & Moodymann.
Our very own Shaun Vitamins takes his turn at exposing his nocturnal self with a mix of dreamy, romantic hip-hop, murky acid, and dark, focused electro
What is your relationship with the night?
I’m a very nocturnal person, anyone who has had to work with me will be familiar with my patterns of hyper productive all-nighters followed by 20 hours of deep sleep. I love the lack of distractions and the solitude of it, I love cycling down empty roads with only bin lorries and the Morton’s roll van for company, I love the nuclear glow of 24hr shops and petrol stations.
Nocturne Tapes is back for a second run to help see you through these winter nights. We’ve asked some night-owl producers and DJs from Glasgow and beyond to convey their experience of the night-time in musical form.
Kicking things off is Alan Miller aka DJ Hush. We first got to know him when he ran the infamous RPZ weekly Thursday night downstairs in the Vic Bar, and we’re no strangers to his more recent Maxi Dance Pool parties in The Berkeley Suite.
His nocturnal credentials make him an essential addition to this series: he previously ran a club called Night Dreams, featuring a ‘bizarre, jarring cosmic’ soundtrack, and he continues to be one of the best off-kilter warm-up selectors around.
Talk us through the mix
The idea that i had in mind was to create a journey through the myriad disturbances and epiphanies experienced during a night of extreme insomnia or sleeplessness:- the different moods passed though, jarring and sudden changes in atmosphere, erratic flashes of thought juxtaposed with contemplative interludes of calm, distressing and paranoia distortions of the self, a sluggish medicated consciousness, confusing impressions of time, loneliness & longing, the erotic charge of darkness, the soothing void of a come-down, degraded audio, disembodied voices, the burning embers of the synapses after ten hours of hard PARTY… ending finally and quietly at the release of suddenly being awake, of reaching morning.
How, where and at what time was this mix made?
The mix itself was compiled over about two weeks in my flat, and i worked on parts of it both during the day and late in the evenings, trying to channel that peculiar state of consciousness that exists in the sleepless and isolated moments of deep night. The mix was constructed in Ableton after long sessions playing elements live using turntables and my iPad. It is made up of CD ripped and downloaded material, a load of stuff burned from vinyl (various tracks, sound EFX, dialogue) as well as dialogue taken from a couple of VHS tapes and some documentary art material sourced from youtube. There is also a LOT of digital delay. The track listing changed as i settled into the rhythm i felt was right, consciously aiming to be as diverse as possible in my selection, but always trying to maintain some sort of coherent flow and working out how the segues and blends would work. I dropped out all the beat-mixed tracks pretty early on as they just didn’t sound authentic - too regular, too rational. I wanted more sudden changes, jarring sweeps from one track or section of dialogue to another.
I had also recently been reminded of a few cassette compilations that i had made for friends years and years ago - and these compilations contained certain very analogue tricks: touching the record being recorded and warping the sound, cutting to random radio broadcasts, white noise or to dialogue from some cult movie - and i wanted to integrate some of those simple effects, reference a period in my life when all that i seemed to do was stay up all night and make tapes for mates.
What is your relationship with the nighttime? How does this manifest itself in the music?
My own relationship with nighttime is a problematic one. In addition to being a Night Person in the sense of running clubs, partying and DJing for close to 20 years, I have suffered from life-long insomnia, sometimes experiencing months of disturbed sleep and fatigue at a time. This can be a blessing when you’re a DJ, but it fucks your daylight existence royally. As debilitating and depressing as this can be, bouts of insomnia have provided me with long and regular periods of time when i could delve, distractedly, into altered states of thought: i’d read, listen to particular types of music, brood over personal issues, absorbing theoretical and philosophical ideas in restless waves, gluing my eyes on films and documentaries through till morning, all in that heightened state of distraction that insomnia fosters. The mix is my attempt to articulate this to some extent. The selections are smeared into one-another, their edges indistinct, the dialogue cuts suddenly in conjuring up strange thoughts, slivers of music catch in delay stuttering like tracers across themselves, the moods flow and change without any apparent structure through mystic, organic, melodic, metallic textures, drifting towards the erotic and sensual, abstract and static, sounds simultaneously poetic and piercing, restless yet relaxing.
How does the music in this mix relate to the sort of stuff we’d normally hear you play out?
There is a distinct line of influence that runs through what i play for the dancefloor that springs from music i love that is resolutely NOT for dancing. I have always been a great enthusiast and practitioner of the “warm-up” - that point of the night when you begin to prepare people for what is to come, edging the crowd towards that first kick drum, teasing them with the more interesting fringes of your favourite eras, artists or genres. And I have never stopped enjoying the freedom that bar sets give you to really stretch out into the furthest corners of your tastes and record collection. Many of the facets of my dance tastes are here is some skewed form or other - NY art beat, kraut rock, progressive synths, middle eastern instrumentation, slow-mo synth funk, sleazy rock, 80’s pop, 90’s indie, the occult, digital punk, psych pop, future RnB, chillwave…
For over a decade i have contrasted the soundtrack of my club nights with a series of mixes that were the total flip side of what people would expect (my Weird Sounds In The Bathouse mixes) the very first of which i recorded on cassette back in 1999. This one cassette spun off into a series of mixes that i have been putting out, somewhat erratically, since then (i just laid down the plans for volumes 11 and 12 while touring the past two weeks). For a long time these were the only DJ mixes i did - i deliberately avoided doing club mixes, preferring to spread these weird listening selections around instead. These were resolutely only crazy warm up tracks, tracks that wouldn’t fit into a dance set (in any traditional way at any rate), tracks that were dawdling around a cosmic tempo (or deliberately played at the wrong speed), rattling with cold synths and guitars or wacky foreign tracks that would probably be a bit too much even for a seasoned disco-phile.
The concept of a Nocturne mix seemed to appeal to you pretty strongly when we first announced it, why?
I was really excited when the Nocturne series was announced, the whole concept was a perfect fit for me - a literal DREAM of a mix project. I had run a short-lived event a couple of years before called Night Dreams, an idea that i had to devote a whole night to bizarre, jarring cosmic music - resolutely NOT for dancing but intended to be a challenging pre-midnight listen. I invited David Barbarossa to come along and partner me as he was the only other person i could think of who would be both adventurous enough and entirely happy playing a whole night of music intended to be unfamiliar and challenging. We both did some mixes for it, and though we couldn’t keep the night alive (it was a bit of a heavy soundtrack for a lite night out) i kept up the idea with mixes, putting together increasingly bizarre selections - adding live synth effects and dialogue over some pretty out there music. The most recent i did was about a year or so ago with the tag line “temporal shift - sex-zone - meditation sensation”. That description, i instantly thought, would make for a perfect inspiration for your series, so i am STOKED to be bringing in a mix, especially considering how great the other contributors have been so far.
Photography - Kirstin Kerr
Teaming up with Freaky Freaky for the Glasgow leg of Eclair Fifi & Pals.
JTC, Eclair Fifi, S-Type, Inkke b2b DJ Milktray & more TBA.
Two floor madness at SWG3.
Poster for Vitamins with DJ Yolo Bear at Sneaky Pete’s
Shaun and Sam return to the Radio Magnetic studio after an ‘extended’ summer break. We’ve managed to get our hands on a ridiculously good tape from Carl Clan Destine, featuring tracks from the labels Dark Acid series, forthcoming material and some weird and wonderful bits thrown in between.