This week’s contribution comes to us all the way from Singapore and fine gentleman by the name of Eduardo Turbo. We met recently through our mutual love of music, writing, and rotary mixers and Ed ended up purchasing my Urei 1620 (which sadly, was damaged in shipping but that’s another story). Needless to say, we’ve become fast friends and I was happy to asked Ed to submit a mix for this series. Truth be told, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while so it is maybe more of a peak summer kind of mix but that’s my bad for not getting it up sooner. Enjoy!
I grew up in a town called Warrington in the northwest of England, twenty miles either side you’ve got Liverpool to the West and Manchester to the East. I spent a couple of summers in Chicago in my late teens, my university years in Birmingham before moving to Japan for 5 years. I moved back to the UK, a few years back in the north and then 12 years in London. I just moved to Singapore last year.
2) How do you feel this has influenced you musically and as a person?
My mum had the radio on all the time when we were kids, and so I’ve got really strong memories of pop music and disco growing up. I was in high school when the wave of Manchester bands were starting out so I was really into guitar based stuff then, although I always liked the synth bands and the early house records. I can remember hearing Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ on a proper system at an under 16’s disco when it came out and it blew my mind. I got the bug for rave and house from my friend Gerry in 92 in Chicago and did a lot of clubbing in Birmingham at two nights called Crunch and Wobble and back in Warrington at ‘The World’ and I think these places really influenced how I DJ. Warrington brought a strong black music influence from a DJ called Barry May. In Birmingham Jon Hollis, Mark Jarman and Phil Gifford used to play really eclectic sets of house, but you’d hear the odd bit of disco or soul, synth or hip hop and so I still always look to avoid sticking rigidly to one genre or even one era. It’s all dance music. I survived on a load of tapes people used to send me and imported CD’s when I moved to Tokyo and then hit on a total treasure chest of house vinyl in this tiny country town in Japan before I left and that was when I got my first DJ gig.
I thought I was getting a bit old for going out, when my mate Danny moved to London and started asking me to go to nights with him. Before I knew it he was promoting events and there were a big group of us going out together to Buzzin Fly, 2020 parties and ‘A Love from Outer Space’ with Andy Weatherall and Sean Johnston and putting on nights and heading to Croatia and Ibiza. Guess it’s in the blood. I still love it.
4) What was the first party you ever went to? Where was it? Who was playing and what do you remember about it?
My grandpa was an audiophile, he had this record player with an old 70’s amp and some massive bakelite earphones (one for the kids that!) and some vinyl from the late 60’s early 70’s, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Animals. He used to play them every Sunday and me and my brothers would go apeshit to them to the point where we’d be so hot and over excited we’d get timed out. Not much has changed apart from my energy levels!
5) What was the last party you went to? Where was it?
6) Name one record that you lost, gave away, broke or got rid of that you wish you could have back.
My first ever single Madness ‘Baggy Trousers’. I had a small collection of 45’s from when I was a kid that disappeared when my parents moved house. So that box with all those in.
7) Tell us a bit about this mix. Where was it recorded? What was your set-up? What was your state of mind?
Recorded in our apartment in Singapore on Technics 1200 mk 5’s and Pioneer CDJs an old Gemini mixer. It’s the kind of mix that would go down well on a terrace in summer, upfront ecstatic dance music. I mainly do warm up, downtempo sets these days but this one builds and builds. It’s full of bittersweet positivity, that’s what house (and disco) is about for me. Rare I go above 120bpm these days, but I enjoyed doing this. Thanks for having me, I’m really honoured.
8 What was the last song or track you listened to? Can I have two?!
Mr Bird ft Greg Blackman – Over and Over Again (Ashley Beedle’s North Street remix) – great vocalist, nice bit of modern soul.
Alice Coltrane – Journey into Satchidananda
Been listening to a lot of jazz recently, this is so HEAVY the air seems to thicken when you listen to it.
Terrence McKenna The Secret (spoken)
Michael Chapman Lescudjack (Lexx edit)
LTJ Xperience You Will Know
Terrence McKenna No matter how weird (Spoken)
Cisco Cisco Jazzy Days (Ron Basejam remix)
Discotron Slicker Than Your Average (original mix)
Nitro DeLuxe Let’s Get Brutal (Brutal House Mix)
Lovebirds with Ste Downes Love’s Like Dancin
Ron and Neil Tears (Original Mix)
Reverso 68 Piece Together Part 1
78 Edits Wanting You (78s Faraway dub)
Dino Lenny and Doorly The Magic Room (Dino Lenny & Seth Troxler Re edit)
Alkalino Suspicious Mind
Jay Shepheard and Pete Herbert Parador
Terrence McKenna Taboo (Spoken)
Sunscreem Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Lindstrøm Closing Shot
The Units Tight Fit (Klein MBO remix)
Juliet Sikora Larrys Garage
Fatback Band Spanish Hustle
Jean Carne Was That All It Was (John Morales M&M mix)