Brian Not Brian: The Ransom Note Mix


This has been a long time coming, and probably overdue. Brian Not Brian is a well known and familiar face, as one of the founders behind Going Good he has been involved in an array of fine releases. Him and Sal have been responsible for distributing music by the likes of Nummer, Moon B, Cosmic Handshakes, The Mystic Jungle Tribe and a sprawling catalogue of others. As a disc jockey he is regarded in exceptionally high esteem, we aren't fans of the somewhat cliched "selectors" phrase but suffice to say he digs deep. Last year he appeared on our stage at Farr Festival alongside Jayda G and the pair of them just about took the roof off the stage. 

We are delighted to have him finally deliver a mix for the site. 

Listen and read the interview below: 

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

I actually am Brian. I am someone with very small but very ‘powerful’ ears. I’m on the Stansted express and I’m running very late.

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)? 

The feeling of climbing into a cool and comfortable bed after 3 days of misbehaving. 

Where was the mix recorded?

At my secret South London lair. Part home, part amateur psychedelic research centre. 

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


What should we be wearing?

The same outfit you left in. 

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

In a field somewhere might be fun, with all the usual gear and some nice weather & lots of loved ones. Loud.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

I really dig the last track, ‘Blue Smoke’. Lots of people rinsing the auld breaks at the moment but as an elderly person who remembers that stuff first time around I think Adam really nailed it. He’s wicked.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

The David Holmes essential mix? Coldcut ‘journey by DJ’? or that DJ Food Warp mix ‘Blech’ that came as a front mounted cassette with Wax magazine way back or maybe even that 1987 Beppe Loda mix, absolute madness, all of them. Will never tire of those ones! 

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

I’d love to guest on The Electrifying Mojo’s radio show, or even just sit quietly in the corner and observe the man at work. Can you imagine? I wouldn’t dare request we back to back though! 

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

2 x Soundlab belt drives and a ‘Made II Fade’. To be honest not much has changed these days except that I now have 2 x 1200’s and 1 x 1210 and some vintage speakers and a very very old analog amp. 

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

They’re both equally important. One sets the mood for the night, the other sets the mood for your re-entry and onward journey.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First record? Jaysus that’s tough, probably an early Mo Wax release from Dr Roberts in Belfast. Last one? A weird Nigerian private gospel LP from Dr Barnardos I think. 

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

Blackened corn on the cob draped sensually with butter.

If it was an animal what would it be?

An unwelcome but charismatic cat in your back yard.

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

Literally all of the Disco 12’s I own.

Upcoming in the world of… 

There’s a brand new 12 from South London’s Weird Weather coming and its ultra heavy. That’ll be our 13th release and it’s very exciting. Also, the label is 5 years old, so we might do something to celebrate that, If we can get organised. More DJ stuff too. Always up to summat. 

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