High Fashion Technique – The ‘Friday Feeling’ Ransom Note Mix


Ever find yourself sitting inside on a Sunday afternoon, twiddling your thumbs because your interest in football has waned and there's naff all else to be done before you head back to work on Monday? Well how about you go out and have some fun? Yes, that's right, you can have fun on a Sunday – who'd have thunk it? Brand new party people High Fashion Technique have their debut outing this weekend for an event that's sure to cheer you right up and chill you right out – plus it's nice and FREE to get in. With good vibes a plenty, we thought that there was no-one better to provide us with a mix to ensure you get that Friday feeling.

As you tune in to the mix, read on as we chat first to Jack Paradise and then to the mix's curator Diegetics all about their new event;

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

We’re a group of people with an affinity for music designed for male bathhouses, weddings, songs to kiss your partners to and hot tubs. We play that music to people squeezing every drop out of the weekend on a Sunday at Number 90. 

What on earth is High Fashion Technique all about? What's the vibe you're going for?

Over the years we’ve tried to discover music on the outer edges of funk, disco, balearic, cosmic, house and everything in-between. High Fashion Technique is a way to bring all that together for whoever would like to search us out, with an emphasis on making it as loose as possible. I mean, with a name like High Fashion Technique we can’t be taken seriously…

Why did you decide to set up the party? What are you hoping to achieve with it?

High Fashion Technique is basically a coming out of our guilty pleasures alongside the odder records in our collection. We want to be as accessible as possible for as many different types of people as possible so a free gathering on a Sunday is perfect for us. Also, on a more general note, Sunday’s are great. Lionel Richie enthuses about it, both God and Craig David chilled on it, The Cure wrote a song about a day that wasn’t this one and Tim Lovejoy hosts a day named after it which is all the definitive proof we need to give really. 

Will there be a range of different sounds or have you got a very particular idea in mind?

Due to our lack of organisational skills by default it’s going to be an incredibly mixed bag. Looking through my case right now I’m seeing Fela Kuti, a 7-piece German funk band called C.A.T, a soundtrack to an Italian softcore porno and Hall & Oates’ cold dead eyes staring back at me. There will some lineage between these kinds of records of course but the aim is to simply bring these together under one roof and hope that it works. 

What's the best way to get that 'Friday Feeling'?

Ring your Mum and tell her that you love her. 

What can you feel in the air tonight?

Predominantly ‘it’ but I’m not entirely sure what ‘it’ is anymore. Is this ‘it’? 

If you were trapped on a desert island with one other person, who would you choose? How long would it be before you eat them?

Benjamin Button because the longer I wait the better it gets, like pulled pork essentially.

What’s the best piece of music you’ve ever heard?

Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump. No reason necessary. 

Which figure from throughout history would you most like to meet and what would you ask them if you had only one question?

Luther Vandross, partly for his contribution to music but mainly because we sort of have unfinished business. Don’t ask. 

What do you think the world will be like in 100 years?

A world where a cyborg RoboCorbyn has been sent back through time to defend a young boy who will eventually lead the resistance against the destruction of all humankind at the hands of TrumpBot 3.0. The future would have to make sure we clear the rights with the Terminator franchise mind, so failing that hoverboards maybe?

What’s your greatest vice?

Taking my top off, but doesn’t ‘vice’ insinuate something you do in private? 

What piece of music makes you cry?

Whatever song is playing when I take my top off. 

Onto the mix…

Where was the mix recorded?

In the dwelling of our resident Diegetics, nothing fancy going on here. 

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

Morning workouts. Oh, and of course Number 90 this Sunday of course wink wink wink. 

What should we be wearing?

Before you play the mix dress yourself in every single item of clothing that you own. Over the course of the hour peel off each layer of clothing until you get to the 1 hour 3 minute mark to reveal a t-shirt that says “I’m so sad this is nearly over” and then put all the clothes back on and listen to it again. 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Well I guess we’ll be finding that out on Sunday…

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

A Larry Levan, Ron Trent, DJ Harvey and Nicky Siano hybrid of a human. Great on paper, completely abhorrent in terms of the progression of medical science. 

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

Whichever one we use to play Whitney Houston. 

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first was A+ – Enjoy Yourself after hearing my Geography teacher play it in an assembly in year 4. The last was Black Cock’s ‘Cosmic’. I’m not even trying to be funny here…

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

Bailey’s liqueurs. 

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

First Choice – ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’. Ironically for this reason it’s not our first choice.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Only the fact that we’ll be throwing our first workout at Number 90, Hackney Wick this Sunday (4th October) 2pm – 11pm is all.