In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections. While hearing new music played out by your favourite selectors remains largely on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and imprints releasing tracks, albums, EPs and comps in the midst of all the madness. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections will give you the chance to nab sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the people behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, INTERVENTION and ipaadi label founder, writer and DJ, Ifeoluwa, spotlights some recent favourites, including releases on SVBKVLT, early reflex, Rama and ZULI’s Irsh and NAAFI. Speaking about their Selections, Ifeoluwa says: “It’s no secret I love sad, bass heavy, super dramatic, leftfield (yes, it’s a real thing) club and techno, so picking just 10 was really difficult. If you’ve listened to my Rinse France shows, you’ll know there’s always a global focus to my shows, but firmly always dancefloor oriented. So here are my 10 selections that will hopefully make you cry and throw it back.”
Ifeoluwa, aka Yewande Adeniran, launched their new label ipaadi today (11th June) with an EP from Giant Swan’s Robin Stewart, which you can buy here. Described by Stewart as a “a weird love letter to ‘maximal minimalism’”, ‘Albatross’ was recorded in 2017 using one drum machine. The resulting EP is one of tense, industrial experiments, with each track teetering just on the edge of eruption. Fans of Giant Swan will find a lot to love, with the vibrating balance of immersion and frenzy making for a release that is at once hypnotic and electrifying.
Last year, marking four years of INTERVENTION, a party and workshop series for aspiring DJs and producers, Ifeoluwa expanded the platform to release a compilation in aid of Studio 306 and Nafsiyat, two London-based initiatives providing mental health support for Black people and POC. You can find that here.
They also recently announced a new digital archive project for underground dance and experimental music, asking followers on Twitter to submit “their favourite DJs, producers and composers, both established and newcomers, sesh stories, best night outs, photos and any memorabilia. From any year!” – You can get in touch via [email protected].
In the meantime, dig into Ifeoluwa’s Selections below.