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From the Archives: Gilles Peterson's Mixtape

By Nov 25, 2015 Music


Shanghai's not starved for choice for post-turkey clubbing shenanigans on Thursday night, and although the kids are all Flying Lotus this and Flying Lotus that, bund club Unico across town has a very respectable, very righteous booking, hosting the return of Gilles Peterson to Shanghai. That's pretty neat-o. He's really good. Mr. BBC, he is. That's the mature person's Thursday night out, Mr. Gilles Peterson djing at Unico. 100rmb cover.

Last time he was in town, SmSh did one of those Mixtape articles with him, asking him to send over a few songs he likes and why. We're reprinting that piece after the jump in case your looking forward to the show and need some getting ready music.


Photo by Tom Morgan.

The Mix-maker: DJ, broadcaster, compiler, label boss, festival curator Gilles Peterson has been turning people on to tracks since the early '80s, boasting a discography of something like 100 comps released over the last 30 years. Although recognized as one of the major champions of acid jazz, his tastes fan out to all things that shake and hustle.


Gilles Peterson says: Here's five cuts I don't leave home without...

Dinosaur L - "Go Bang"

GP: Twisted disco from the king of the New York avant garde Arthur Russell -- so ahead of its time. And it always captures the moment. No need for a remix; the original mixed by Francois K never fails!

Airto Moreira - "Tombo in 7/4"

GP: The original batucada anthem. Whether you like Brazilian music or not, you can't fail to wave your hands up in the air when this bomb reaches climax! And with the World Cup hitting Brazil in 2014, you'll be hearing this a lot at the GP RAVES!

James Blake - "CMYK"

GP: The moment that baseline culture took another step into the future… James Blake is one of the best exponents of the music scene today and will probably win the Mercury Prize this year… but remember this tune from 2009… still kicks ass today.

A Tribe Called Quest - "Excursions"

GP: Taken from my favorite tribe album, The Low End Theory, which also features "Scenario"… this cut uses Ron Carter's double bass exquisitely whilst tripping you out with its groove and Last Poets-style chorus…heavy original hip hop music from the dons!

Gregory Porter - "Liquid Spirit"

GP: This man's voice is the truth! He'll capture everyone with his soul and this track, the title track from his new album on Blue Note is even stronger than "1960 What?"... watch the hand claps!


Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music



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