Friends of Friends mix series: Streets of Beige – ‘And Sometimes We Forget To Breathe’

Having made it safe and sound to Tokyo after 20h on planes, I’m posting this before I pass out from jetlag and exhaustion. Our FoF mix series returns after a month hiatus with a guest mix from London’s Streets of Beige – purveyors of some of the more interesting London line ups in recent months including live appearances from Letherette and My Dry Wet Mess.

Bare Girls from Streets of Beige put together this guest mix continuing the tradition of the series reflecting his own tastes and some of the more underrated producers out there from Japan, the U.S and Belgium among others. Here’s some text from the man himself about the mix, a photo to accompany it above and full links to download/stream and tracklist below that:

The journey of being asked to make this mixtape through to sending in the finished product has been riddled with as much excitement as it has complexities and also isolation, caused largely by significant changes that all of us in the team are currently going through on various levels.

When making this mix I was thinking about the sensitive precipice we straddle whenever we’re flung into a period of rapid and unavoidable change – between embracing the emergence of opportunity, or being weighed down by the unfamiliarity of our position and the uncertainty we face. And how finding the inspiration and courage to avoid the sometimes bleak void that manifests itself in the later can be an intense emotional struggle.

This resulted in the tender, organic and touching moments at the beginning of this mix that are given a timely shock awakening by a hit of full on sample-chopping mastery courtesy of Cupp Cave a good ten songs in. Along with his take on modern beats I’ve tried to cast light on a range of producers who I feel are criminally underrepresented. This includes (in no particular order) Knxwledge, Lapalux, Blank & Kytt, Monkey_sequence.19, Morpheground, Duke Hugh and several more who you can ogle on the tracklisting.

Of course there are some seasoned producers on there too (and a selection of field recordings from recent adventures with the 404), and having melded these elements together on a sleepy Sunday afternoon this set just the right tone for a more mellow and laid-back selection, but one that was still so vital and exciting that you can practically smell the fresh blood here.

Big thanks to Leeor and Streets of Beige for the mix. Check SoB’s Facebook page for more on them and upcoming parties. And look out for killer releases from FoF in the coming months including the Salva LP (out now) and forthcoming LPs from Groundislava and Mexicans with Guns – check out the latest show for previews or head to their website for more.

Download Streets of Beige – Sometimes We Forget To Breathe (right click and save as)

Tracklist:
1. B&Gs – Kitchen Mixer (Field Excerpt)
2. Mndsgn – Bananacase ft Knxwledge and Suzi Analogue
3. Dynooo – Tranch
4. heRobust – Shark Howard
5. B&Gs – Ziplock Pt I (Field Excerpt)
6. Oscar McClure – Grass Cuttings
7. Lapalux – Yellow 90’s
8. Groundislava – Panorama ft Weary
9. Monkey_sequence.19 – Are You Gonna Love Me
10. Knxwledge – Youneedme.Xtro
11. Cupp Cave – Talk Over
12. Cupp Cave – Discrete Mathematics
13. Morpheground – Supernova
14. Flying Lotus – Pet Monster Shotglass (DTCPU Microwave)
15. B&Gs – Belly Of The Bag (Field Excerpt)
16. Fur – Witches
17. Dimlite – Kalimba Deathswamp ft Kurt Feelings
18. Blank & Kytt – Ain’t Nothing Wrong
19. Shlohmo – Sippy Cup (DTCPU Microwave)
20. Samiyam – Lookin
21. Kuhn – Quiet Nights (+weed Version)
22. Olivier Daysoul – Labor (Duke Hugh Futuresoul Remix)
23. Wiseblood – 2 the Bitter End (K-Ci & Jo Jo Rework)
24. B&Gs – Chewy Kerb (Field Excerpt)
25. Sleep∞Over – Sun Spots

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