Elijah Simmons has been on the ascendancy since Blond:ish picked up his ‘Otavio’s Dream’ for their Flying Circus compilation in 2014, the skittering rhythms and glorious vocals of his rework of 40s Romanian folk singer Maria Tanase’s ‘Dojna’ a doozy for DJs looking for leftfield tracks primed for the dancefloor.
The Londoner’s debut EP, ‘Pisces’, followed a year later through Kompakt Exkusiv, earning plays on both Phil Taggart and Solomun’s BBC Radio 1 shows, before the driving bassline and the kaleidoscopic textures of ‘Migdal David’ landed on Biologic Records.
He’s subsequently landed a residency with PIXI in Athens, as well as playing recent shows alongside Tale of Us, Mano le Tough, DJ Tennis and many more. He also curates his bimonthly east London party HYDE, alongside being part of the Full Circle crew, a series of off-location parties split between Athens and Sofia.
On deck, Simmons has become known for his explorations of house and techno, littered with intermittent hints of world music and psychedelia. And his Fresh Kicks mix is on much the same tip, blending tracks from Patrice Baumel, Hot Chip, John Talabot, Red Axes, Inigo Kennedy and many more.
You can stream Simmons’ exclusive mix below, and check out his answers to our Fresh Kicks questions underneath.
Last record you bought? Unknown - Loving/Sight To Sea (O.C. Edits)- KLAER001.
Last film you saw? Persona by Ingmar Bergman.
Last club you visited? ://about blank in Berlin.
Last meal you ate? Steak and fries with a fried egg on top. Will probably die young.
Last car you drove? Ferrari Testarossa.
Last album you listened to in full? Huerco S ‘For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)’ on Proibito.
Last mix you downloaded? Nous'klaer Radio #2 by Oceanic and Roi Perez's 4 hour mix up on his Soundcloud.
Last person you played back-to-back with? My partner in crime Mark_K. We produce the Full Circle parties in Athens together.
Last vinyl you spun? Theo Parish ‘Day Like This’.
Last country you visited? Spain.
Last dream you remember? It was one I met my future daughter in my reflection - part spooky, part hopeful.
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