Be With Records: ‘Flavour Of The Label’ Mix
Be With Records is a London-based vinyl-only reissue label run by Rob Butler. With a broad, inclusive music policy and an emphasis on top notch sound quality, Rob has quickly established it as one of the most exciting reissue labels around.
In the short space of time since May 2014 he's given a new lease of life to overlooked classics from the likes of Ned Doheny, Letta Mbulu and Nohelani Cypriano, as well as more well-known records by The Streets, Cassie and even Kylie Minogue that either never came out on vinyl or were going for silly money on Discogs.
Ahead of next week's incoming Label Love feature, Rob's done an excellent label showcase mix for us. One take, all-vinyl, and a track from every Be With release – an impressive feat given the diversity of the catalogue! Check it out below:
Tell us about your mix!
We often get asked about the diversity of our catalogue – Pitchfork called it a "baffling roster" – but I think this mix highlights the strong thread of soul music that courses through the label's core. Hopefully putting these records together sets them – and Be With in general – in a context that may make more sense to people.
It features one track each from our first 13 LPs with the exception of Ned Doheny’s Prone – I didn’t add a track off here as A) everyone should already have this LP and know it inside out, and B) Ned already has two tracks on the mix. It closes with the Peaking Lights remix of Korallreven – out on Record Store Day this Saturday on a limited run of 400 12” copies for the world.
Where was the mix recorded?
At home on a sunny spring Saturday morning.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In your favourite park, ideally in the sun, surrounded by some good friends and a few cold beers. And maybe some Mexican food.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my mixes recorded at Brilliant Corners a few times and also at Spiritland. Can’t really ask for a better system than those.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Probably Ned Doheny's ‘Lashambeaux’, the penultimate track on the mix.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Full Beam Volume 7.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
2 x Technics 1200s & a Vestax 06 Pro mixer. The Mixtick! Back in 1999 I bought all of that. And now? 2 x Technics 1200s & a Vestax 06 Pro mixer.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Toughie. Both vital but, push comes to shove, the opener. You have to have people's attention from the off with things like this.
Stay tuned for a full-on Be With Records Label Love piece incoming next week!