Bloc Party Tapes
Bloc Party's Kele Mixes The Latest Tapes Installment
Pre-Orders Include A Limited-Edition Cassette
Bloc Party Tapes
(October 15th 2013, !K7)
Bloc Party's Kele mixes the newest addition to !K7's Tapes series, following contributions from The Rapture, The Big Pink, and Foals. Here, he showcases a different side to the London quartet's ever-evolving sound.
The mix moves from obscure post rock, through afro-beat, building to unashamed dance-floor action in the form of house, garage and electro, then fading into an afterglow of ambient mood music.
Kele adds "To me dance music is about transcendence. I think this mix will show it’s not just a passing thing. It’s something that’s always been there and it’s something that I couldn’t live without.”
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The pre-orders for Bloc Party Tapes are now live, and come with a special limited-edition cassette version of the mix!
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Thought you had Bloc Party pegged? Prepare to be surprised. Make that very surprised. The London four-piece have always had an undertow of dance music, something to do with their propulsive rhythm section perhaps, but their installment in the !K7 Tapes series, selected and mixed by Kele, is pretty much a full-on dance-floor set full of twists and turns. “We always respected dance music,” explains Kele. “It’s where lots of ideas for our songs started. Our first single, "She’s Hearing Voices," was very much inspired by the image of people dancing. Rhythm and groove has always been important to the band and I wanted to reflect that. I guess it’s something that I’m taking further with this mix.”
A lot further. The Tapes concept is a mix along the lines of an old school cassette tape, two sides with different moods on each. Kele starts in familiar territory and builds towards something altogether new. It’s a love letter to Bloc Party fans, a journey charting the band’s influences and favorite music. It moves from obscure post rock, through afro-beat, building to unashamed dance-floor action in the form of house, garage and electro, fading into an afterglow of ambient mood music.
Exclusive to the mix is Kele’s remix of the Bloc Party track "Obscene," from the band’s The Next Wave Sessions EP. The dark and moody original is transformed into a UK bass banger. “I’ve been exploring the idea of remixing other people’s music recently and I’m really enjoying it,” he says. “You can be a lot less precious about things. I turned what is a rather sombre ballad into a jacked-up early ‘90s house track. Remixing is a good way of being creative without getting too attached to something.”
Kele is keen to stress that embracing dance music whole-heartedly is no fad. He’s thrown himself into DJing. “I think it’s an art form,” he says. “It’s been quite eye-opening, seeing how you can manipulate a crowd by tweaking a mixer. It’s exciting seeing how the similarities in seemingly disparate worlds come together.” He pauses, before adding: “I hope that this mix will illustrate where my fascination with dance music has come from. To me dance music is about transcendence. I think this mix will show it’s not just a passing thing. It’s something that’s always been there and it’s something that I couldn’t live without.”
01. Intro / Chakra Cleansing and Activating Guided Meditation
02. Do Make Say Think - I Love You (La La La)
03. Tweak / Tony Allen - Leroy
04. Wiley - Numbers In Action (Sticky Remix)
05. Wookie feat. Lain - Battle
06. French Fries - Space Alarm
07. Bloc Party - Octopus (Kele Okereke Remix)
08. Double 99 - RIP Groove
09. Fela Aniulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 - Shuffering & Shmiling
10. Torske - Jeg Vil Være Søppelmann
11. Larry Heard presents Mr. White - The Sun Can’t Compare (Long Version)
12. Cajmere - Percolator (Jamie Jones Vault Mix)
13. Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)
14. Vaghe Stelle - The Platform (Samoyed Remix)
15. Jacques Greene - The Look (Koreless Remix)
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