Anatolian Weapons: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
It’s really no secret how much we’ve followed, admired and pushed all things Anatolian Weapons in recent years.
First making a name for himself under the guises Fantastikoi Hxoi and Dream Weapons, the Athens-based producer, real name Aggelos Baltas, has carved out his own musical signature in the underground electronic world.
Fusing his love of EBM, krautrock and polyrhythmic music with traces of traditional Greek folk melodies, he’s gained a loyal following through an ever-growing catalogue of raw, machine-led compositions.
You’ll rarely find him taking his foot off the gas. He’s racked up tons of EPs and a couple of LPs for labels like Lurid Music, Beats In Space and Byrd Out, and that’s not to mention his lengthy run of self-released Spiritual Music edit compilations – another testament to his perpetual work rate.
Earlier this year he also helped us kickstart our new sub-label, Human Endeavour, with a track contribution ‘The Moon and The Sun‘, and there’s plenty more in store from Aggelos. He’s just helped to inaugurate People & Places new label arm and has released a charity remix project with Lurid, plus he’s got a brand spanking new EP coming out via Sound Metaphors soon.
We’re very lucky to have him treat us to a special four hour marathon mix that features music from friends and contemporaries. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
I’m Aggelos, living in Athens, I mostly do music and try to be kind to others.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Even though the music is multi-faceted I would choose a child-like abstract image like that last release on Byrd Out (Selected Acid Tracks) or something that has to do with nature like the ‘Mantili’ EP on Kame House.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my small loft that I use as a living space as well as a studio.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Somewhere away from the city, with the least distractions possible.
What should we be wearing?
Whatever you feel like.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
My studio works just fine, I can see the sun setting and there is a nice terrace if I feel like changing the setting a bit.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Heap’s ‘No Palm Too Big (feat. Gayna Rose Madder)’.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Probably something by Traxx, Carlos Souffront, Intergalactic Gary, Vladimir Ivkovic, Lena Willikens, Alexis Le Tan, Jane Fitz.
Alexis Le Tan Boiler Room was especially inspiring, as was his Audible Visions CD from 2009.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Ron Hardy, because he embodies all I want to hear in a DJ set, strange, rough tracks with no fucks given.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
A portable discman, a 4 channel mixer with no separate EQ strips and a Philips CD-R.
I used to make a lot of mixes with these, just with transitions and no beatmatching of course. Spent many hours with this setup to be honest, early ’00s. Really helped the storytelling aspect of mixing.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
Last one was Tagliabue’s LP on Elephant Gait, first one was a Hendrix compilation I think.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A slice of pizza, always enjoyable and very versatile with the ingredients, you can make the weirdest combinations and most of the time it will probably work.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
I don’t think there is such a record, at least in my collection
Upcoming in the world of …
Completed about 40 remixes and compilation tracks in 2022, along with a few EPs – also a charity remix project with most of my fave artists/friends on Lurid.
Upcoming is an EP on Sound Metaphors, a few remixes and possibly an album.
Lots of studio work along with travelling, playing Buka in Milan and possibly Razzmatazz in Barcelona soon.
Anything else we need to discuss?
At the moment I wonder if you will actually publish the whole 4 hours of the set I made for you.