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Earlier this month, Mosca launched his own label, Not So Much. Although he's had releases on labels like Night Slugs, Numbers, and 3024 in the past, Not So Much is a new step for the UK DJ/producer: started primarily as an outlet for his own productions now that he's started to find a coherence and consistency to the music that he's making (he inaugurated it with his 'No Splice No Playback' 12" earlier this week) , the label also gives him a chance to present music from other musicians and artists to the wider world.
As anybody who's caught Mosca DJing or listened to his old show on BBC Radio 1 can attest, he's a mean DJ, and has an extraordinarily extensive and far-reaching knowledge on dance music from around the world. Before he plays Part 1 of secretsundaze's Opening Party at Studio 338, London this Sunday (May 4th), he's counted down one of the essential but often overlooked accessories in the DJ arsenal – the transition tool, allowing a DJ to move seamlessly between otherwise incompatible tracks, styles, or moods. Taking in music by Lee Gamble, Aphex Twin, Kerri Chandler, and the other Mosca, it's one of the most interesting DJ-focused lists we've had on the site in a while.
- Lee Gamble – Rufige
Mosca: "Firstly: of course these aren't the best tools for transitions between tracks, they're just some of my favourites. And so I might as well start with my favourite LP of 2012, Lee Gamble's 'Diversions 1994-1996'. So exciting to have an experimental/abstract/drone record that you can use so much in the club. I play loads of sections of this when I'm DJing, either between tunes or over the top: Digbeth, Helicopter, Razor, M25 Echo, Emu, Pandemonium Institute (solid titles as well, eh?), but Rufige (skip to 12:16) has those mad hoovers which work up a dance a treat."
- Wu-Tang Clan – Darkness (Intro)
Mosca: "I try to make my music as visual as possible, and I also try to DJ the same way. But sometimes, you just need a story like this that brings a club to life. Wu-Tang were one of my first loves and (like most people I've met) I still love 'em and try to rep them in the club, but playing mainly 110-140bpm makes it a little hard. This is a great way to do it."
- Claro Intelecto – Quiet Life
Mosca: "You need to be careful with this one. Too many tears on a dancefloor makes it easy to slip up. Again, this one is super-visual soundtrack-type music, shit that could come from any time in the last 50 years. I should try it with the Wu-Tang skit above."
- Black Jazz Consortium – Message
Mosca: "Use this all the time, especially if I'm playing a nice dark room and can open with this. Inspirational words from the man Fred P. (Tip: works so nicely over Jeroen Search – Remains)."
- Capleton – Fire Chant (Intro)
Mosca: "Capleton is another first love, and the way that he commands language is way way up there; he never trips up, never says the wrong word, only stutters if he means to. This is great to open, close, or peak a set."
- Sigha – HF029B2
Mosca: "Like the Capleton intro, this is pure dread, but in a different way."
- Kerri Chandler – Mommy What's A Record
Mosca: "Something a little lighter – one for the vinyl heads. A quick story in the intro from Kerri about how times change. "
- Aphex Twin – Gwarek2
Mosca: "This is a shock to the system and a great set opener in a club or at a festival. Something to say you've arrived. It could be taken as a sly par to the DJ before you though, so use with caution. Also if you're playing a set in a decompression chamber in some underwater Drexciyan universe, this might be a bit much, maybe just draw for Toploader."
- Untold – 5 Wheels
Mosca: "The walls are fucking caving in!"
- Mosca – Counselor
Mosca: "Not me! There's another Mosca, also from the UK, who makes drone/ambient kinda stuff, this is one of my favourites of his.
"Also, non-existent on YouTube – but please try and check out! – Skudge – Ursa Major; Mike Parker – Light & Dark Part 4 (The Labyrinth Edit), Nils Petter Molvaer – Kakonita (Deathprod Mix), Terre Thaemlitz – Between Empathy & Sympathy Is Time (Apartheid), Fluorescent Grey – Acoustic Barber Pole. Enjoy! Respect."
Not So Much released Mosca's new 12" No Splice No Playback on April 28th 2014. Mosca plays Part 1 of secretsundaze's Opening Party this Sunday (May 4th) at Studio 338, London (more info).