Despite having been in the midst of the production game for almost 10 years, it’s only recently that Max Cooper, owner of a PHD in Computational Biology, released his debut album, ‘Human’. Clash reached out to the techno producer for a mix of his own material – and luckily for us (and you), he obliged.
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“It’s been a long time since I’ve made a full length ‘live’ mix of just my own material, mainly because I was focused on my album in recent times. So after some recent work developing new ideas and new experiments, I’ve got enough fresh material to draw on, along with some old, to put together a new live set only composed of my originals, some remixes I’ve done, and I had to include a couple from the ‘Inhuman’ remix package because there’s some great work on there from Lusine and Rodriguez Jr., among others.
“I’ve approached this mix a little more like my live sets of old, keeping it pretty smooth and letting the tracks do the talking, rather than going too heavy on the genre-swapping and BPM-juggling as I have been doing on other mixes recently. There’s still some (hopefully) unexpected moments though, of course: a strings solo, some crunchy glitch, backwards nyatiti, several brand new never-heard-before tracks, a homemade desolation bootleg of ‘Spastik’, my first ever totally analogue tracks (I’ve only recently taken the plunge into the analogue synth world), and two live jazz improvisation sessions recorded recently in London.
“As a whole, the mix is about being wrapped up in a warm exploration of feelings and landscapes. It will work best with a nice pair of headphones and an open mind. I hope there’s at least some parts in there you enjoy!”
1. Max Cooper - ‘TBA1’
2. Collaboration - ‘TBA2’
3. Max Cooper - ‘Supine’ (Rodriguez Jr Remix) (Fields)
4. Microtrauma - ‘Contrast’ (Max Cooper Remix) (Traum)
5. Max Cooper - ‘Woven Ancestry’ (Lusine Remix) (Fields)
6. Max Cooper feat. Braids - ‘Automaton’ (Fields)
7. Max Cooper - ‘Automnemonic’ (Traum)
8. Max Cooper - ‘TBA3’
9. Collaboration - ‘TBA4’
10. Max Cooper - ‘TBA5’
11. Spastik Bootleg
12. Collaboration - ‘TBA6’
13. Collaboration - ‘TBA7’
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‘Human’ and ‘Inhuman’ are both out now. Find Max Cooper online here.
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