Scottish selector Jackmaster has announced he’s mixed the next edition of !K7’s DJ-Kicks mix compilation, which will be released 8th July.
The Numbers co-founder and charismatic Glaswegian delivers a meandering journey, unearthing a serious passion for obscure cuts of house and techno.
Featuring exclusive tracks from Tessela, Alcatraz Harry and Denis Sulta, Jackmaster went through multiple attempts before he picked his final selections for the mix.
“I was in the Caribbean DJing on a cruise ship that had no internet and got a call with the deadline," explains the indemand DJ. “I went straight to my cabin on the boat and started picking out tracks on Rekordbox. The boat docked in Miami and I left my record bag in a taxi. I lost everything. My computer, all my USBs and new records.
“Once I got to Glasgow I bought a new computer, salvaged what music I could from old machines but most importantly delved deep into my record collection to find some obscure and forgotten bits that would do the CD justice. “I holed up in the studio and managed to get the tracklist down within about a week, which is very quick for me. I thought it was solid but I listened to it on the plane and really hated it. So I went back to my old flat where my whole record collection is and started again. I probably did four or five different versions 'til I arrived at something I was really happy with.”
The Numbers club night he co-founded a decade ago has forged a tight-knit and loyal scene in Glasgow and his fledgling label has released music from the likes of Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Jamie xx.
“The mix is influenced heavily by how I used to DJ at the first party I ever promoted, named Seismic, and another named Monox which was a straight up techno night where I was a resident from the age of 17. And although it wasn’t my plan, it turned into a kind of tribute to the cities that really formulated me as a DJ: Detroit, Chicago and Glasgow.”