Blue Hour: The ‘Monday Is Okay’ Mix
Earlier this year Luke Standing surpassed himself whilst releasing perhaps what was his strongest piece of music to date. Under the alias of Blue Hour, the UK born Berlin based producer has acquired a reputation for intricate production and an inspired take on techno. "The Midnight Sun" EP saw him interlink gorgeous soundscapes and driving percussion in a manner which was somewhat reminiscent of the glory days of Love Parade. A true demonstration of his capabilities as a producer and powerful statement of intent. The release was as much focussed around ambience as it was dance music and as a result we decided to invite him to contribute to our Monday series. He steps up with a stunning assortment of tracks, a special mix.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I’m Luke Standing, a British electronic music artist currently living in Berlin producing and djing as Blue Hour.
What does your music sound like?
A fusion of functional and traditional dancefloor focused Techno, intimately driven by the spirit and energy of the 90s, Millsian futurism and timeless Electronica.
Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us.
I approached things slightly differently from previous mixtapes, where by I worked across a broad tempo range between around 80-160bpm. This allowed me to cover various genres of music seamlessly mixing in half-time as well as polyrhythmically. The focus was reflective of a personal life situation, I wanted the mix to somehow become a narrative for this and maybe shed insight. It was one of the most natural and fluid things I’ve ever put together.
If it were to be drawn what would it look like?
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Riding your bicycle through the empty city streets during twilight.
Where was it recorded?
At my home studio in Berlin.
Who got you hooked on electronic music?
My longtime friend Aaron Taffel who opened up a world of jungle and early 90’s UK dance music.
What were the first and last records you bought?
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Hiroako Lizuka – Radient
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
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