An ode to the classic chillout session packed with feel good nostalgia.
DJ Possum and Myles Mac return with a three hour trip full of saxy summer time slow jams, deep balearic burners, soulful UK garage and loungin’ 90s house & hip hop. Mellow to its core, this one invites you to hit recline and see where the vibe might take you. One for the boom bappers and the chill steppers!
A little bit about the mix..
Collaborating with Myles is fun because it’s where we find a point of intersection with our djing styles and music tastes. I’m an unpinned DJ in terms of genre but together we find cohesiveness to tell a story that is reminiscent of our upbringings and nostalgic memories; UK Underground street soul, 90s Hip Hop, funny South African Kwaito tunes that we sing along to even though we don’t know the language, soulful electronic love songs, early house classics and many more..
Some pretty banging songs that are precious to me from the message in the lyrics, the feeling they create, the fun vibes or just their awesome production are: Can’t Stop (One World 12” Mix) by After 7, U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen Latifah, Scratched by Etienne de Crecy and the Brazilian balearic classic Tudo Faz Sentido by Taciana to name a few.
One of the few upsides of extended periods at home this year thanks to all the lockdowns has been the time to trawl through old Ibiza chill CDs, youtube channel wormholes and bandcamp compilations to discover classic or relatively unknown 90s downtempo gems that have managed to last the test of time. With this mix, Maria and I put our heads together to tell a story of the past that somehow still sounds fresh to our ears today, trying to squeeze in a bunch of styles from both of our collections while making it all flow and sound somewhat cohesive over three hours and a variety of tempos.
Inspirations for the mix come from all over the map, but there’s a definite focus on the link between the UK and Ibiza in the early-mid 90s, with old Dj Alfredo live recordings, José Padilla’s Café del Mar compilations, psychedelic mixes from the late great Andrew Weatherall, the absolutely insane discography of UK Street Soul pioneer Toyin Agbetu (the producer behind 2 Tuff, Deluxe, Shades Of Black, Robyn, Mary Pearce and many more), the crisp jazzy productions of downtempo master Paul Hardcastle from Kiss The Sky (a ton of which he’s uploaded to bandcamp) and the don of deep & soulful UK Garage Mike Millrain (aka D Base, DJ South Central, Vibes Alive, Stone Cold Steppaz).
A few special mentions go to our friend Dust-e-1 in Montreal for his chillout monster of a remix for Pascale Project, the late Richard H. Kirk aka Sandoz who recently passed but left us with an infinite resource of beautiful electronic dance music, and Alaska’s Kwaito classic “Accuse” that will always put a smile on our faces no matter the occasion.
Innocence – Remember The Day (Ambient Mix)
D Base – Love Is Deeper (Red Eye Reprise)
Small World – Shuttle 3-5-8
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising (feat. Crystal Johnson)
Robin – Searching (1994 Remix)
Chante Moore – Free / Sail On (Primetime Remix)
Toyin Agbetu presents Shades Of Black – Blurton Road
Paul Hardcastle – First Light Part One
Mary Pearce – Legacy
Paul Hardcastle – Don’t Take Your Love Away (Dub Version)
After 7 – Can’t Stop (One World 12” Mix)
Voice Monet – Fantasy Pt. 1 (Clean – Moonstarr Remix)
Afterlife – 5Th & Avenida (Original Mix)
2 Tuff – Elevate Your Mind
Jelly & Fish – Appreciation (Radio Mix)
Deluxe – Take Your Time
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Millie Scott – Let’s Talk It Over
Coil – Alternative Theme from Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex (End Version)
Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.
Ariya ‒ Just A Touch (Biznizz Smooth Mix)
Soul II Soul – Get A Life (Club Mix)
Pascale Project – Welcome (Dust-e-1 Remix)
Taciana – Tudo Faz Sentido (Suba Extended Remix)
Alex Neri – Asia
Alaska – Accuse
Sheer Taft – Cascades (Hypnotone mix)
Sweet Lee – Dance Comigo (Welcome To The F.D.S. House Mix)
Lisa Baron – Lovin’ N Affection
Etienne de Crecy – Scratched
Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic (12″ Never Say Die Mix)
Asia Love – You Should Be Here (Mass Mix)
The Underground Crew – Feel The Melody
Psychedelic Research Lab – Tarenah (Chill Mix)
DJ EFX – Two Years Ago
Sandoz – Human Spirit
Klarky Cat – Gumbo
C.S.L. – Work It (Tough Bitch)
DJ Rasoul – You Feel That
South Central – Angel
Damage – Love Lady (Groove Chronicles Groove Mix)
MJ Cole ft N Caspar & J Dee – Sincere (Vocal Mix)
Terry Lee Brown Junior – East 2 West
DJ South Central – Ghetto Funk
Vibes Alive – Real Love
Photo Credits: Scott Robertson