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The only mixtape that you need in 2020 comes from Parisian dj and one-man club destroyer Teki Latex AKA The King of Blends and Tokyo based video game music historian Nick Dwyer AKA Diggin’ In The Carts who have joined forces to bring you “TEKI AND NICK’S MIXTAPE QUEST ADVENTURE” (???????U??????????????), 73 tracks and almost 80 min long this is a unique blend of golden era age video game soundtracks, hip hop acapellas and bass-heavy dance music, with mixtape exclusives from some of underground music’s finest such as Kode 9, Ikonika, Mumdance, Foodman, Jammz and ShiShi Yamazaki.

Parisian powerhouse Teki Latex with THE essential summer mix.

“With this summer mix I tried to bring back memories of amusement parks on the French riviera. The rush of experiencing your first summer love, thinking that everything is possible as you and your friends ride bumper cars into the night.

This mix is the spiritual successor to 2017’s Marina Baie des Anges
Influenced by many things such as playing dark disco temple La Dame Noir in Marseille, playing that infamous Jacquemus aftershow in the middle of the lavender fields in the south of France, my recent back to back with La Mverte on Rinse France, and most importantly finding out about Big Time Tommie and DJ Vinnie Dice’s latin freestyle-fueled instagram antics and reflecting on Hi-NRG and Freestyle’s common origins in Italo (you know the kind of musical connections I constantly obsess over).
Hope you dig!”

The man, the myth, the legend known as Teki Latex should be well known to everyone who’s into forward thinking club music. Since his involvement with acclaimed French rap group TTC, he’s emerged as one of the most prolific dj’s/producers out of Paris.

A while back he turned his focus to dj’ing with the purpose of giving every mixtape the same attention that a recording artist would give to an EP/album and hoping that people treat them, listen to them and react to them the same way as they would an album. His recent, mind-bending and boundary pushing “King Of Blends” mixtape trilogy focused on giving iconic pop tracks and classic underground tunes a new context by layering them with more modern and obscure tracks. The mixtape trilogy was lauded with praise.

His absolutely fantastic new mixtape “The Tardigrade’s Lament” is a simpler affair that doesn’t deal with a specific concept or being filled with spectacular blends but instead it’s designed to reflect the vibe of his recent dj sets and also the general melancholic vibe of the last days of summer ie “just a good mixtape to close your eyes and travel mentally to”.

“The tardigrade is a micro-animal found everywhere, from mountain tops to deep sea, from tropical rainforests to the Antartic. It is able to survive extreme temperatures, extreme pressures (both high and low), air deprivation, radiation, dehydration, and starvation. It can have sex in outer space. Under unfavourable conditions, it goes into a state of suspended animation in which it can survive for years or even decades, making the tardigrade virtually immortal. I’m not trying to say « I am like a tardigrade » or « this mixtape is a tardigrade », i’m just saying, tardigrades are really cool.”

Parisian maestro, a close friend of us here at Discobelle and one of the founders of one of our favorite record labels Sound PellegrinoTeki Latex – drops a mixtape of Bérite Club and it’s insanely good.

“When i was doing my weekly DJ-centric web TV broadcast Overdrive Infinity in the last few years i noticed a group of young Parisian DJs and producers forming around the show, kids who would come almost every week and who vaguely knew each other from online. They were all lovers of Grime, US Club styles, Ballroom, Kuduro, Global club music, you name it, just like me. They were the new generation of french underground music makers, but they were also quickly realizing that even though it brilliantly borrowed tropes from different dance music styles originated in various countries, their sound wasn’t specifically french-sounding if that means anything. As i befriended them, we got the idea to try and think of a new identity for a french club sound that didn’t exist anywhere else and that would be a confluence of some of the various electronic music styles which had an impact on the french audience. After a certain number of discussions online and IRL, during sessions in the same studios where Overdrive Infinity was taking place, an embryo of a new genre was slowly being born.

Out of the blue a severe explosion occurred in the building next door to the studio due to a gas leak, making the studio impossible to use and later on forcing parent company Dailymotion to sadly terminate the projects attached to it, Overdrive Infinity included. We no longer had a place to meet regularly but that idea of a new french sound kept flourishing, becoming more and more concrete as we all kept getting together at club nights and whatnot. Towards the end of 2016 the first Bérite Club music tracks (named after Rue de Bérite in honor of the street of the defunct studio) started appearing and being played at small club nights, and just like that a movement was born.

Today i am collecting a lot of these early Bérite Club Music tracks and mixing them together with influences that were discussed during our reunions, trying to put together a sort of manifesto for what Bérite Club Music should, or at least could be, in the form of a sonic collage. It’s a starting point for a new generation of producers to build on, and hopefully take to the next level as the style matures and becomes more and more tangible.”

Last year, the Baltimore duo Normaling (.rar Kelly and DJ Lemz) released the booming and dancefloor destroying track “Low Drop” last year via Space Is The Place Records and it immediately picked up plays from the likes of Teki Latex, Spank Rock, Branko, Lewis Cancut etc.

Now, about a year later we get the remix EP for the single and we here at Discobelle can premiere a remix from two of NYC’s tropical bass heavyweights – namely Banginclude & Comrade who drops a Caribbean kind of feel with fancy flutework and a bootyshaking beat.

After a string of heaters and an exquisite debut album plus working with among others Teki Latex, Adrian Lux, Simon Emanuel, Vittorio Grasso and Lorentz. Swedish artist Alexis Weak decided to call it quits back in 2011. Now he returns with new track “Aldrig Nog” that features a James Blake sample and it’s like he was never away.

Milan born but London based producer Butti dropped the track “One” on Scratcha DVA’s imprint DVA Music in March 2014, the track received widespread support and attention.

His new single “You Know What You Deserve” was just released on Lucky Beard Records (free download until February 3rd y’all) and we got the premiere.

“Gratitude” is the vibesfilled, grimed up A-side that incorporates massively seducing synths while taking cues from house, techno and jungle. and has already received support from artists such as Teki Latex and Gilles Peterson. There is a rumour that equally amazing B-side track “Spite”, has been cut on a dubplate by dubstep legend Mala.