(Extended Mix): La Mamie’s

Paris’ La Mamie’s crew have played a crucial part in the city’s underground music scene for over a decade, be that through their regular free-minded parties, their former long-running Le Mellotron residency or their eponymous label, which started life in 2016.

No stranger to all night long sets, the trio have dug deep for their four hour (Extended Mix) of jazz, house and broken beat sounds, choosing to shine a light on the producers who, despite the circumstances, have been creating incredible music during 2020.

(Extended Mix) is a new charitable series that celebrates all-night specialists and more simple, carbon-friendly lineups. Instead of paying on the door for this extended experience, we invite listeners to donate to the DJ directly while their gigs are cancelled, or to a chosen charity. For this one La Mamie’s have chosen Oldyssey, a French charity that gives a voice to elder people and shows models that bring generations together.

We now premiere all our mixes a week early on Mixcloud Select. Subscribe to our channel to listen first, download the mixes, and ensure that the artists included in each one gets paid.

First off, how have you been finding lockdown? What has been the biggest challenge and more positive outcome you’ve experienced through extended time at home?

This year, we have been forced to spend most of our time at home, making music, refocus or whatever. Obviously due to COVID the world has been put on pause and particularly for our professions, DJs and producers.

With the turbulent year the world has had, music has been a sunbeam. The music hasn’t stopped flowing with brand new artists emerging!

Although the pandemic shut down all pubs, clubs, restaurants and many real life hugs, people who listen to the same tracks as you are feeling the same vibrations. There have been so many things happening at once in this world in 2020, but clearly we felt that music is really the thing that helps us when we go through tough times.

Thanks for recording an extended mix for us. How did you find the recording process?

Thank YOU for inviting us! We recorded the mix with two turntables, two CDJs and one alpha recording 9000 at Theo’s place in Paris.

How did you approach the mix? Did you have an idea in mind beforehand? Was there much pre-planning or did you just trust your instincts?

It’s been a long process, like making a big puzzle.

Every song we’ve chosen has a special place in 2020. So through this mix, we tried to focus mainly on 2020’s producers, mostly from electronic music but also with what we dig for our radio shows, which is more eclectic. These songs come from a variety of musical and cultural backgrounds but are united in their stunning moments of creativity, and their experimental and evocative nature.

The mix is a result of what we digged during lockdown mainly on Bandcamp, a gold mine for music treasure seekers, producers and connections… A way to travel at home.

Could you talk us through a couple standouts from set?

We tried to put a little bit of everything in, so it’s a little hard to make a choice. But obviously some tracks or labels have marked this year for us, the Sault album, or Midlife EP for example, it was important that we had at least one track from them in the mix. Some labels were important this year too, Shall Not Fade from UK, Haus Of Altr from NYC, Visions Recording from Suisse… There’s been a rather huge amount of releases this year and the level is really good.

Big up to all the producers, who’ve had it tough, to not lose faith, and also big up to the Black Culture Music, even if for us music has no frontier, it’s important to remember the roots of House Music.

Many producers/artists have demonstrated the true essence of the house sound and created absolute gems but also in different kinds of music. These are songs and artists that inspire us to carry on and keep trying new things.

Where’s been your favourite place to play an all-night set, and why?

For an all day long, La Ferme du Bonheur for sure, open air parties are maybe our favorites!

For an all night long at La Machine du Moulin Rouge in Paris and especially La Chaufferie, it’s cosy and there is no stage, we like to be on the same level with the dancers. Rex Club is also something incredible for all night long.

Who are some of your favourite all-night specialists, and why?

A lot of specialists in mind but to name just a few for us Ge-Ology, Red Greg, Ben UFO, Zernell, Josey Rebelle…

And for the locals heroes: Atemi, Aleqs Notal, DJ Pharoah, Simo Cell, Robin from Around The World, Big Matt in his cagibi..

By celebrating DJs with a penchant for all-night sets, the (Extended Mix) series hopes to encourage a more stripped back, carbon-friendly approach to lineup curation. Reducing our footprint as a globalised underground community is a massive challenge as we try to rebuild the scene after Covid-19 lockdown, and we hope progression can be forged through sharing our challenges and experiences. Are there any thoughts you’d like to add to the discussion?

We think that the next year, when clubs and festivals will hopefully reopen, it will be a big challenge for the music industry to be more sustainable and show an environmental movement. As our impact is on the audience, we need to lead the example by choosing more ecological transport, improving our routings, in the choice of what we consume (no plastic bottles etc) The road is long to reduce our impact and even more for a DJ.

As we’re also event organisers we consider that we’ve to promote our local scene first, and international artist’s which have no light on them – so many hidden talents. We must make more effort to check our behaviour and hold ourselves responsible, without taking the full weight of guilt on our shoulders, the main problem remains the big industry.

Tell us a bit more about your chosen charity – what work do they do and why is it so important to you?”

Our name is La Mamie’s, which means Granny, so by definition our chosen charity, Oldyssey, gives a voice to elders of France and other countries, and shows models that bring generations together, essential at this time. Very simple but obvious to us.

Our label have just released a new compilation of fresh new tracks selected from the talent of 2020, along with a newly designed batch of T-shirts. We give 25% of our profits from T-shirt sales to Oldyssey.

Tracklist
Alpha Flute – Tommy Mandel
Plantar Maika Loubté – Moon Flower
Linkwood – Meet in the Middle
Swarvy – Bones
Bell Towers – Precious Gems
Santino Surfers – Sun Rise Swell
Common Saints – Love Songs
John Carrol Kirby – Blueberry Beads
Benjamin Jephta Quartet – Evolution Pt.2
Domenique Dumont – Le debut de la fin
Toro y moy – Ordinary Guy
Midlife – Downstream
Hiroshi Fujiwara – Time Machine #2
Dju Dju – Mahalia
Lynda Dawn – Fonk Street Mndsg Remix
Donell Pitman – Chocolate Lover (E.live Mix)
Boof – Chicken with Waffles
Giovanni Damico – Fall in the groove
The Whole Truth – Lord Quench My soul (Garage Mix)
Sun Palace – Rude Movements (Moodymann Remix)
Mixerm8 – In Anthens
Seiji Ono – B3
Midlife – Memory Palace
Colm K – Dreams
Ryan Solomon – Mi amor
KZRC – Paid in Full (NDTAL Saldisco Remix)
Okvosho – LS Shuffle
Tenderlonious – Lockdown Boogie
Soulstatejazz – Rebels on the way
Galactic Soul Synergies – All Over the world (instrumental mix)
Wipe The Needle ft Josh Milan – Tederly (WTN Peak Time Mix)
Zepherin Sait and Sara Devine – All the way (Fling foot mix)
Flamingo Dance – Jay Sound
Ruff Stuff – Centurion Voyage
Bella Boo – Can’t Leave you like this (Karima F Remix)
Anz – Loos in Two (NRG)
Ruff Stuff & Black L – Would you like to see
Paradise 3001 – Several Huge Yellow Snaplike Something
DJ Suplex – And the smooth booty storm
Huey Mnemonic – Virtuosity
Drumskull – Interlocked
Soul Mass Transit – Gimme Gimme
Footshooter – Catch my breath
Sault – Fearless
Mikki Afflick – America’s Real Pandemic
Zepherin Saint – Resurrect my feeling
Beraber – Gloom
Hugo LX – Freedom House Dance
Musclecars – Sol
Opolopo – Chocolate Liquorice
Slope114 – Lovemydub
DJ Assam – Bring Back the waves
Universal Tongues – Open Up your minds
Stephan Ringer – Do U ?
Rhythm of Paradise – Bring The back
Space Ghost – Sim City
Chien Chie Lu – Blue in Green
Reginald Omas Mamode IV – 400 Years
EABS – Interstellar Love

We now premiere all our mixes a week early on Mixcloud Select. Subscribe to our channel to listen first, download the mixes, and ensure that the artists included in each one gets paid.

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