Jamie Paton: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix


Bristol-based DJ and producer Jamie Paton has been at it for almost 15 years.

Starting out as one half of Cage & Aviary – a duo alongside pal George Hoyle who charted releases for DFA, Internasjonal and Dissident – Jamie went on to carve out his own path; one lined with heady, tripped out sounds to move the mind and the body.

Since going solo his music has does the rounds on some of our favourite labels, we’re talking Höga Nord, Emotional Especial and the dearly departed Bahnsteig 23.


There’s plenty more in the works too. In between his other job as a graphic designer, Jamie’s been in the studio cooking up more potent electronics, some of which will soon see the light of day on ESP Institute and Multi Culti, along with another fresh project in collaboration with R$N extended family member, Chez De Milo.

Ahead of all that good stuff in the pipeline, we asked Jamie to supply a mix for us, a task he graciously accepted. Across two hours he takes us down a wormhole of hypnotic electronics, leftfield synth excursions and trippy rhythms. Let yourself get lost….

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

Jamie Paton, Bristol. Thing.

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)?

Heady. Trippy. Bodily.

Where was the mix recorded?

My studio.

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

Sweaty basement about 5am.

What should we be wearing?

One of Buffalo Bill’s lovely dresses.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Mutant Beat Dance – Prayer 4 Heaven.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Hmmm, tough one but I really love a mix by some dude called Alan Knight, recorded in the 80s – it opened my ears to loads of new things like Italo and oddball songs like Skatt Bros – Walk The night.

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

I’d love to see first hand what Larry Levan was up to at the Paradise Garage. That or Rimini in the 70s / early 80s with Daniele Baldelli – his Cosmic Club sounded pretty nuts – people from all over Italy high on heroin, dancing to wrong-speed brain melters.

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

Citronic belt-drive – if you could mix on them then moving up to Technice were a doddle.

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

Picking your opener is trickier than choosing your last one.

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

Primordial Soup.

Upcoming in the world of …

Releases on ESP Institute, Multi Culti and Hoga Nord. A new project with Chez De Milo.