Got the January blues? Course you have – January is shite. But fear not, for our man Eliphino is here to sonically lessen your New Year burdens.
The garage-house virtuoso has put together a considered selection of jams and gems that also gives your party bone a poke, reminding you that the good times haven’t disappeared completely in this evil month.
Initially influenced by hip hop at an early age, Eliphino (Tom Wrankmore) wasted little time in putting together his own beats, and can now be heard expertly working a style that blends garage, bassy house, 2-step, techno and more. Check the infectious, undeniable groover, ‘More Than Me’, for a prime example, or Wrankmore’s tracks on labels such as Hypercolour and Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.
Here’s the man himself on the mix, which features cuts from Kassem Mosse, Paul Woolford’s Special Request alias, The Mole, Mr. G and Vakula:
“The idea behind the mix was to make a selection that would fit with the time of year and ease the listener into what can be a testing month, for various reasons. It starts quite moody and deep, building to a bouncier more uplifting atmosphere to remind us that, alas, the party does not stop... Until it does, so the last three are more late night soulful jams.”
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1. Jackson 5 Intro
2. Kassem Mosse - Untitled A1
3. Bandshell - Perc
4. James Fox - Holding on Ft. Vanity Jay (Medlar Remix)
5. Severn Beach and Rick Grant - Slow Clap
6. Terrence Parker - Finally (C2 Music Tool)
7. JTC - Valley Road (We Are 1)
8. Washerman - Basement Chord
9. The Mole - Lockdown Party (DJ Sprinkles Crossfaderama)
10. Headless Ghost - Basik Fire
11. Sparky - Portland
12. Sonny Fodera - How We Do Things
13. Dexter - 1992
14. Special Request - Vapour
15. Mr. G - Jet Black
16. Vakula - Mama Said Go Slow
17. Cupp Cave - Through Tired Eyes
18. Seven Davis Jr. - One
Eliphino plays Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, on 15 January with Alexander Nut and Wookie, and Troupe, at Sidings Warehouse in London, with Jimmy Edgar and Boddika, on January 17th.
Words: Tristan Parker
Photo Credit: www.danmedhurst.com