Black Girl / White Girl: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix


Amsterdam-based duo Black Girl / White Girl are proof that two heads are better than one. Real names Karin and Ty, the pair inject energy into everything they put their hands to, which usually involves celebrating their shared love of jacking house, acid, techno, electro and the spaces inbetween.

Of course these threads extend to their production work too, which so far have appeared on labels like Relief Records, Skream’s Of Unsound Mind and Jerome Hill’s Super Rhythm Trax. Their newest outing ‘Hyper Reality’ is landing soon via Dance System’s new label venture, System Records, and they’re not planning on resting after that — we hear there’s plenty of new releases in the works, with instalments for HE.SHE.THEY, EI8HT and Balkan Vinyl all penned for 2021.

Ain’t no chin stroking here, just pure unadulterated fun — high octane from the get go, their mix for us is the perfect soundtrack for your next living room dance session. Get your gym gear at the ready, or strip down to your tighty whities, because the sweat is about to be pouring…

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?

Hiii we are Ty and Karin, travellers of the universe. We landed on Earth to unleash our sickening beats onto humanity. Currently we are on planet Earth, somewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy.

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)? 

Outrageously sweaty beats, euphoria-inducing neon strobes, criminally high BPMs, or, here’s a near perfect description:

Where was the mix recorded?

In our house in Holland.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Any fucking where you have access to headphones or speakers to blast it at full volume. Pro tip: get you a cocktail or any other type of weapon of choice. And make sure you have some space to dance, too.

What should we be wearing?

Dancing shoes, sunglasses, some very thin clothing because you’ll start sweating within the first few minutes of pressing play on this mix.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Obviously on top of the Empire State Building, on 4 CDJ 2000s, DJM 900, a plugged in mic (yep it’s that kind of set), with a hypnotic neon strobes light show, big ass speakers, and a projector sending the video across the sky. We’re very simple girls, we don’t ask for much.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Alarico – Lea- The Fatal Call.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

No idea if it has been recorded, but Honey Dijon’s set at Milkshake Festival 2019 blew our fucking minds, and with the amazing scenery of the festival, it was just brilliant. You had to have been there.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

100% Larry Levan, cause he’s legendary and a true pioneer, and it would be an absolute honor to share any type of decks with him anywhere in this world or beyond.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

Used to be: VirtualDJ, Hercules, any software with a demo. Right now, we’re mostly using Pioneer and Rekorbox, we have a little MIDI controller, sometimes Traktor, and our two KRK Rokit 5s.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

Both, because when you start with the right track, you immediately set the tone, and can start fucking around with people’s expectations. But when you have the right track to end on, it can give the story (the set) a fitting ending, and everything just falls into place. All the emotions you felt during the set will now stay with you longer once the set is done, because you’ve told a captivating story from beginning to end.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First record was probably something of the Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls. Last record was Rhythm Chronicles by Gina Jeanz.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Like a coconut cupcake with a side of piña colada with extra rum.

If it was an animal what would it be?

Our pet yorkie Louie!

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

No idea, cause if they don’t work we just pretend we never had ‘em in the first place.

Upcoming in the world of … 

We’ve got at least three EPs scheduled for this year up until Summer, and maybe at some point some outdoor gigs again? Hopefully? Can I get an AMEN up in here?

Anything else we need to discuss?

First off, can we talk about all those stale-ass club and festival line ups that are being announced right now, how about promoters and talent buyers start booking some new, underrepresented blood? And secondly, isn’t it time that the music and nightlife industry are made into truly safe places for everyone? We have a whole list, but this seems like a good place to start, don’t you think?

Traxman – Must Be Dead
Debotek – 999
DJ Bruce Lee – Work
RISC – Trunk Thump
Elyas – Logistic
Jon Rivera – Mesa Town (Deep Mesa Chop)
DJ Rush – Shit ‘N Bricks
Sathurnus – The Other Day
Sebastián López aka Flug – Progression
Repeater – Repetition 2
Chihiro Hikari – Living In Space
Rotwang – Random Reset
Alarico – Lea – The Fatal Call
Lester Fitzpatrick – Psychotic
The Plant Worker & DIAPO – 707707
Rove Ranger – If You Say So
Repeater – Repetition 3
Mate – St Nectaire Sa Mere
DJ これからの緊急災害 – 808 Futuristic Rave

Follow Black Girl / White Girl. Buy ‘Hyper Reality’ HERE. Watch their live stream for System Records.