Jasper James
The best way to launch your DJ set...

Jasper James was brought up around club culture.

The DJ heard electronic music around his home almost before he could walk, and first touched a pair of turntables before he was a teenager.

Developing into a potent voice in club culture, the defiantly independent Glasgow selector matches a broad knowledge of house and techno to a willingness to do his own thing.

Taking his Mitchell Street parties to London this month, Clash caught up with Jasper James to discuss the best ways to open a DJ set in the latest Starter For Five...

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Glenn Underground - 'Disco Moog'

Glenn Underground at his best, this came out in 1997 and I used to hear this track being played around my house when it came out at the time. Big favourite of mine if the sun is out and your playing during the day at a festival. This one goes down a treat, tried and tested many a time.

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Daniel Solar - 'Dirtiest Clean' (Delano Smith Dirty Dub Mix)

A favourite track of mine to start with, especially if I'm planning to go down a bit of a heads down/druggier route. Always sets the tone nicely.

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Acemo - 'Get It From The Sound'

This track is relatively new coming out on Vanity Press records. I used this at the start of my Truants mix and have been playing this out loads in the club as well. If you haven't heard this yet, you need to check it out.

Watch out for Acemo, he's one of the freshest new guys I've heard in a while.

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Ricardo Villalobos - 'Heike' (Villalobos Mood Mix)

My favourite Ricardo Villalobos record. This masterpiece causes the necessary damage need to start a bounce.

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Sandee - 'Notice Me'

Classic track to start a set with, originally came out in 1988 on Fever Records but recently got re-released as part of a Running Back compilation to celebrate the sounds of legendary Hamburg club Front.

This track never fails to get the crowd moving from the offset.

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Jasper James plays a special Mitchell Street party at London's FOLD on February 8th - details.

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