Thursday, 24 December 2009

2009 Record of the year 2 : Heroes of the year

2. Mr Beatnick

I've been a big fan of this guy for a couple of years now, firstly from his writing on the Brownswood site and more recently for Shook magazine - he is a self proclaimed archiologist of sound. This passion for digging out the lost and unknown was manifested in a series of classic mixes of jazz and library cuts on his Shhhhh site.

As a producer he has been responsible for a couple of the wonky / broken anthems - 'I Know All The Bitches' and the 'What's Going On?' edit. This year has seen more of his productions / remixes released including one of my records of the year, 'Walk' by Jungle Drums. The second track I've picked came through his twitter page where he slipped out a couple of exclusive edits earlier in the year. 

However what I really want to focus on is how he is pushing forward his dj sets. Since the summer, he was (to me) one of the pioneers of using his UStream site to throw down some random and irregular sets. Highlights have been the day he bought a huge collection of old jungle records and rinsed them one Saturday afternoon or the time he was spinning and Dobie came on chatting. Nick invited him round to play a few tunes of his own and within an  hour they were back-to-back playing classic disco breaks. 

A short clip of the session can be found here:

As a short introduction to his style, I can also highly recommend his mix for Mary Anne Hobbs from August.

Download: Jungle Drums feat Ahu - Walk (Mr Beatnick Remix) 
Phat Kat - Lovely (Mr Beatnick I love Melanie Edit) 

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