Corporeal Face: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


Next up on our ever burgeoning mix series is a man close to our hearts and an old friend. Corporeal Face is the alias of a producer whom has had an attachment to Ransom Note for many years. He is responsible for the recently founded Ritual Poison Record label and in the coming weeks he will feature as part of a split EP on the infamous Tone Dropout record label. 

Behind the scenes he is also one of the team behind the much loved Mouth To Mouth party which operates out of Dalston Superstore. A familiar face and one which now steps forth into the spotlight. 

We welcome him, alongside a delicious mix, below.

Who are you, where are you and what are you?

Joe Roberts, aka Corporeal Face. The latter was once in the un-mappable psychic realms of John Lilly's consciousness as he tripped naked in front of the mirror. The former is sitting in a pink armchair at home. Both are possibly the figment of someone else's imagination. 

Corporeal Face's 'Phantasies' is on "Tone Dropout Vol 4, a 12” released on October 16th that also features tracks from The He-Men, Dawl and World of Batter. It's a banger, as are the previous three releases.

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)? 

Where was the mix recorded?

Four stories above hell (also known as Shoreditch High Street).

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

Tripping naked on Sandoz manufactured LSD whilst staring into the mirror at your mind/body's many expressions.

What should we be wearing?

Your finest pareidolia.

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

In an actual dream where it's revealed that waking life is the illusion and music is the non-abstracted language of pure feeling. 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

BufoBufo's 'Parasol', off his first release on our jointly run Ritual Poison label, is doing the do.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

The many moods of Coldcut's 'Journeys By DJs' has been entrancing me again. The selection and sequencing is faultless. The mysterious Steve Bridger, who won a DJ competition, recorded an era-defining Essential Mix, then disappeared without trace, also left his mark.

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

Steve Bridger, to find out who he is and what he's up to now (Steve, call me).

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

My brother's 1210s and some kind of scratch mixer when we both lived with our parents. I now have the 1210s I bought in 1999, a Pioneer-DJM 300 I bought a few years later and a recently acquired pair of CDJs 2000s.

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

It depends on the context. This mix starts with a breakdown, which is a trick I learnt from Darude's 'Sandstorm'. I know that's not answering the question, but I have name-checked Darude.

What were the first and last records you bought?

Literally no recollection of the first record (my first cassette was Iron Maiden's 'Number of the Beast'). Possibly something random from Greenwich Market, like 808 State's 'Bond' or a white label of Cabaret Voltaire's The Conversation' that I recently discovered has a disc missing. Probably something less memorable. Last record was Coil's 'The Snow', which is a good reminder to collect it from the post office.

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

Fake banana.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A black squirrel.

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

Any of them after too much K.

Upcoming in the world of… 

Tone Dropout are teaming up with Ears Have Eyes for the launch of the EP on October 20th at The Bunker in Deptford. It's called  "Eyes Dropout #1.

The next Mouth to Mouth, a monthly party I run at Dalston Superstore with Nick Powell and A boy From Outer Space, is this Thursday 5th (and every first Thursday). You can also catch our next monthly radio show on the excellent Radio Quantica on the 17th, and Mouth to Mouth play Quantica LDN Rave #3 at Rye Wax on October 19th too.

I'm also DJing this Friday 17th at The Bakery in Peckham as one half of  HYPERLINK Peggy & Bob.

On top of Ritual Poison, which is currently a vinyl only label, I'm starting a digital sub-label of Tone Dropout called "Ecstasy Garage Disco (a spin off of a monthly radio show I have on Music Box Radio), with the first release coming from LMajor, one half of Local Group, a DJ/production duo that I'm part of and are residents at the festival Field Maneuvers. Together we have another monthly radio show on Music Box called Strange Loops playing bleep, hardcore, electro, techno and jungle, and are just finishing a mixtape for Wavey Garms.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Have fun with synchronicity. I'd just read the term 'corporeal face' in a book called 'Programming & Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer' when my partner showed me a drawing (the one above) that looked exactly like what it was describing, hence me adopting the name. I've just noticed that Dawl, one of the heads of Tone Dropout, released the track I used on this mix on Pareidolia Recordings, pareidolia‎ being people's propensity to see faces in things. The trail is still hot.

Also, if I try to start another new project, please have a word…


1. Tom Esselle – 'Lêlet' Yam Records

2. DJ Buck – 'West Coast Movement' Leaf Recordings

3. BufoBufo – What’s That Noise? Ritual Poison

4. Idjut Boys – 'Idjut Boy' U-Star Records

5. Turntable Hype – 'I’ll Bass You (Autoreversed)' Go Bang! Records

6. Nexus 21 – 'Still (Life Keeps Moving) (Carl Craig Remix)' Network Records

7. Coldcut – 'Yes, Yes, Yes (Hedmaster Mix)' Ahead of Our Time

8. Dan Curtin – 'My Interest is Vanilla' Metamorphic Recordings 9. Tilman – 'Sculptures' Ears Have Eyes

10. Casio Royale – 'Rudderless' Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

11. BufoBufo – 'Spider Fortress' Ritual Poison

12. Corporeal Face – 'Phantasies' Tone Dropout

13. Final Cut – 'Now That’s Funky' We Can Elude Control

14. Future/Past – 'Dance Intellect' B12

15. NAD – 'Code' Rush Hour

16. E-Dancer – 'Banjo (Hi-Tech Funk Mix)' KMS/PIAS

17. Dawl – 'First High' Pareidolia Recordings ‎

18. Room 13 – 'Body Language' I Love Acid

19. MAN-D.A. – 'Calling 313' Flash Forward

20. Swag – 'Untitled' Primitive

21. BufioBufo – 'Parasol' Ritual Poison

22. Walls – 'Gaberdine (Walls Edit)' FM X


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