Rhythmic Clicking Mixtape — October 2016

New city, new setup, new records, new mix.

A no-nonsense, one-take mix of the house and techno records I've been enjoying recently.

Check out the tracklist below.

Enjoy x

Chaos In The CBD - Midnight In Peckham
Lunate - Requiebro
HNNY - Hotline Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit)
Max Graef – No 5
Beesmunt Soundsystem – First Timer (Mosey Remix)
Butch – Dope
Rick Wilhite – What Do You See? (Moodymann Mix)
Herbet – I Hadn't Known (I Only Heard)
Nick Holder – Black Thanks
Montego Bay – Everything (S-Tone Mix)
Logic – Shawty
Kerri Chandler – On My Way
Mary Boyoi – Zooz (Tama Sumo Remix)
Cream Dream – Spice
Heavy K – Gunsong
Unknown – Unknown
L.M.Y.E – Manhattan (Shanti Celeste Remix)
Dwayne Jensen – My People
Hubie Davidson – Sanctified
Borrowed Identity – Mary Jane
The Streets – Weak Become Heroes (Elliot's Edit)
House Of Gypsies – Sume Sigh Sey (MAW Remix)
Jay Daniel – Knowledge Of Selfie
Earth Boys – BK Melody
Industry Standard – What You Want
Sterling Styles – Nobody (Dub)
Walt J – Always B Myne (Krystal Klear NY Edit)
Stephen Brown – Medusa
Larry Heard, Mr White – The Sun Can't Compare

Rhythmic Rates

Everybody loves a list. According to the folk who really like to overthink stuff, making a list quells anxiety and breeds creativity. On the flip, reading them means you don't have to commit to endless paragraphs of wittering nonsense, you can just scan straight to the point of interest.

With that in mind, I thought I'd start putting together a weekly list* of that stuff online that's appealed to me that week. This seems to be common practice amongst them-wot-blog so I'm doing anything revolutionary here; I'm just sharing the things talented people have created that have floated my boat in this deep sea of cool we call the Internet.

Trust me, there'll be no clickbait and no thuglife cat content – sorry.

*Nailed myself to the cross a bit there. I'll be impressed if I actually post one list per week.

So without further rambling, here's the first Rhythmic Rates list for you to click through…

  • See what the lads from Oi Polloi got up to in New York
    It's partly down to the regular 'Dispatches From…' blog posts from main Manc menswear mandem Oi Polloi that inspired me to pick up a 35mm camera a few months back. This latest collection of snaps come straight from the streets of NYC during a recent buying trip.
  • Soak up this 120 minute mix from Tama Sumo
    Despite never seeing Tama Sumo play out live, the Panorama Bar resident is probably one of my favourite DJs. I always revisit this Boiler Room session straight from Sumo's living froom and now you and I both can get stuck into a new mix of house and disco from the selector herself that celebrates 10 years of the XLR8R music blog's series of podcasts.
  • Get to know the Red Light Radio & Records family
    Broadcasting live and direct from an old brothel in Amsterdam's Red Light District, Red Light Radio (see what they did there) is one of my favourite digital radio stations around right now. This film produced by the discerning Dutch electronic festival Dekmantel sheds some light on the founders behind the eclectic station and its sister record shop.
  • Make a new Freunde Von Freunden
    I should write an ode dedicated entirely the excellent international interview magazine Freunde Von Freunden. If Rhythmic Clicking is the scruffy, illiterate oik that always shows up late and without beers to the big content bash then FvF is the captivating cat in the corner who's cool with everyone. I don't know what I'm going on about here but you might get the point. If not, then check out the latest inspirational interview with Cali-based photographer Dylan Gordon.
  • Watch Landscape of Teenagers
    It's thanks to the lads over at my favourite mag out right now, Law Magazine, that I discovered this moving montage of portraits put together by Brighton-based photographer Juliet Klottrup, that manages to effortlessly capture the split personalities of adolescents.
  • Listen to Hyponik mix 271 by Earl Jeffers
    Earl Jeffers makes the kind of records that I can buy without even listening to them first. Jeffers' recent Gloria EP still finds itself at the front of my record crate so it didn't take me long to start dancing around my apartment in nowt but my boxers upon hearing this recent mix for Hyponik.

St Paddy's Day, Spanish Stag and Lovebox Weekenders

I'm starting to get a real buzz off developing a big bunch of 35mm film and then trying to piece together an obscure narrative.

With that in mind, here are some snaps from a recent-ish whisky-drenched trip to Dublin with Umbrella magazine and the good folks at Jameson Whiskey, a 26-man stag extravaganza in Barcelona and a one-day dance-a-thon at Lovebox festival in London.

There's a story at the bottom of the bottle, I'm sure.

Words and photography: Elliott Lewis-George

Radar Radio with X Gets The Crest

I'd only ever DJ'd on radio twice before Saturday swung around. Both times were on the excellent NTS radio — from the small Dalston studio that streams far and wide across the world. My first appearance was as a guest on my pal Avi Del Mono's show and the second was when I took the controls for a full two hours.

Last Saturday I woke to a bunch of DMs from Avi asking whether I fancied going b2b with my old time DJ compadre X Gets The Crest (George to his ma) on Radar Radio — another digital radio station that's making major movements in the underground.

I declined the offer at first because I had little more than 30 minutes to get out of bed, dust off some records and grab an Uber across east London. Oh, and I hadn't played out for months so was fairly certain I'd be terrible.

With a little persuading and a bubbling sense of FOMO, I decided to step up and play. Other than clang a bunch of mixes, run out of records, say something ridiculous live on air and get mercilessly slaughtered online. What's the worst that could happen? 

Thankfully it turned out to be a good scene – except for some train-wreck mixes but that's just because I'm a bit rusty ;-).

You can listen to the b2b session from myself and X Gets The Crest below. We decided to play a disco and funky-type selection that we wouldn't usually play out in clubs but complimented a sunny afternoon in the capital.


Palms out

The only things I'd really seen of Morocco before flying over there for some winter sun, were Instagram snaps of souks (tagged up with #wanderlust, naturally) and a film shot by The Rig Out for Clarks Originals.

Basically, Marrakech looked like a mad adventure; full of colourful riads, sweet smelling spices and a fair few camels. However, like true Brits, we touched down at the hotel and realised we simply couldn't be motivated to move further than the pool, never mind barter for furniture that wouldn't fit on the EasyJet flight home, during the four days we were there.

So, I guess what I'm trying to get at is that my pictures are probably a bit shit in comparison to the ones you'd find if you searched #wanderlust on Instagram.

Nice palm trees though, yeah?

Words and endless palm tree photos: Elliott Lewis-George

Umbrella magazine, issue 14

I really don't blog as much as I should. I also know that I shouldn't make excuses but I'll make them anyway. One such excuse is that I'm contributing more and more to the excellent Umbrella magazine – a project that started life as an online page-turner but has grown steadily into popular print title amongst people who delight in the details of modern life.

If you've only taken a passing glance at the latest issue of Umbrella, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's guest edited by Alan Partridge. I mean, there's a feature debating whether Michael Portillo is the best-dressed man on TV, a coloumn on the simple pleasures of going for a stroll (written by myself) and a piece in praise of the minutiae of the UK's railway stations (also helped along by myself).

However, Partridge could never manage to make all this stuff dead cool by jamming it up against loads of nice menswear, inspiring interviews and those type of stories enjoyed by the type of person who appreciates the intricacies of maps, as well as expensive coats.

Oh, and I don't think he'd be able to design it as nicely either – even the paper Umbrella's printed on smells of cool.

Don't believe me? Here's what the trendy folk over at Proper magazine, The Rig Out and Buckets & Spades have to say about it.

Keep an eye out for the latest issue in newsagents or get a copy here if you can't be arsed to look for it.


Black and white town vol. 1

My generous girlfriend recently bought me my first 35mm camera from a stall on Brick Lane called Film's Not Dead.

The camera stayed in its box for over week as I watched a dozen YouTube tutorials on how to operate my new, old Olympus OM-10. With each tutorial, a deeper sense of shame developed inside me. This camera would expose me as a fraud. Just another member of the quick and easy Instagram generation that hide behind overexposed filters and witty hashtags.

I loaded my first roll of film into the back of the camera with trepidation – I was told that black and white film would be forgiving to a first-timer like me. Not even convinced that I'd loaded the film correctly, I traipsed around London and snapped away with no real purpose except to reach the end of the film, get it developed and see if I was any good or not.

The results are below. Let me know what you think.

Words and photography: Elliott Lewis-George

Umbrella Magazine, issue 13

Umbrella is a magazine for men who wear coats from Scandinavia, trainers from Germany and denim from Japan. It's for men with their feet firmly in the city and their heads in the details of great design, food and all that other stuff that's just really interesting.

Umbrella looks great, feels great and even smells great. Although I'm bound to sing the mag's praises because I've been a contributing writer since the mag's early days as an online only offering.

Nowadays, Umbrella's available in glorious print and seems to be causing quite a scene with the #PrintIsNotDead posse. Now you can grab a tangible copy to whip out of your Filson tote in coffee shops to appear at least 68% trendier.

Issue 13 is out now and features a run down of beautifully designed passport covers, Japan's bullet train and an abundance of lovely coats, obviously. If that's not enough, I've written pieces about the simple pleasures of sweet potato, brutalist architecture and Garbstore founder Ian Paley.

You can grab a copy of Umbrella from Steeple Pine, that's also stocking some smart Umbrella pin badges that'll make you look like you're in a weather-conscious cult. You can also read the magazine online but I've already said that's half the fun.