Jordan Stanley: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix

Written by Joe Clay

Edinburgh-based experimental composer Jordan Russell-Hall aka Jordan Stanley released his second album, A Cry for the Moon, on our offshoot Bytes last Friday.

There are shades of his Scottish contemporaries Hudson Mohawke and Rustie in these colourful experiments in microsampling. Many of the synth chords are made up of minuscule samples of existing songs – from Charli XCX and Mr Mitch to Ariana Grande and Jimmy Edgar – which have been warped to the point that they are virtually unrecognisable.


According to Bleep, Jordan “uses these tools to recreate classic dance tropes with a modernist twist that steps outside the usual overcooked sound design.”

With the addition of vibrant synths, frenetic Jersey Club-influenced rhythms and lush ambience, A Cry for the Moon is a stunning album packed full of futuristic glitch-techno bangers. A couple of the tracks feature on Jordan’s excellent, eclectic mix for Ransom Note.

“It’s quite all over the place at times – especially in terms of BPM.” Jordan explains. “But I’m proud of it and I feel like it’s a good representation of a lot of the stuff I listened to while making the album.”

A Cry for the Moon is out now on Bytes.

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

My name is Jordan and I’m a producer and occasional DJ living in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

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)? 

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Where was the mix recorded?

At my home at the beginning of the year using a combination of Serato and Logic.

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

Walking through a park under the weight of a heavy fog while a fireworks display threatens to shine through.

What should we be wearing?

It’s cold out so wear your trackie bottoms underneath your trousers.

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

It’s taken me a long time to figure out a process of recording mixes that works for me so it would probably be really boring and similar to how I recorded this one. Someone could bring me some food halfway through I guess.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

I’ve been obsessed with Sunareht’s album recently so I’d have to say his tune Globally Induced Nostalgia.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Rustie’s Essential Mix 2012

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

There’s artists like Jacques Greene and Four Tet who have been huge influences for me over the years and have introduced me to so much great music through their DJ sets, mixes and playlists, but my first thought for a B2B set was Lunice because of the amazing energy he brings to his performances – which would make up for me frowning at my laptop the whole time.

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

First was a little Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2 using a cracked copy of Virtual DJ. Now I’m using a Pioneer DDJ-SB2 with a legit copy of Serato.

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

For a DJ set it has to be the track you end on. Something rewarding and exhilarating for everyone who has shared the journey with you.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First record I bought was probably In Rainbows by Radiohead. Most recent would be Proc Fiskal’s Siren Spine Sysex.

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

A bag of oranges, each cut into eight segments and individually pressed into your teeth.

If it were an animal what would it be?

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

Although probably not impossible my first thought was Come Down To Us by Burial. It’s pretty much a mix in itself and I wouldn’t have a clue where to go from there.

Upcoming in the world of Jordan Stanley –

My wife and I recently welcomed the birth of our first child, Sadie, so I’m hoping this joyous new parent bubble lasts for as long as possible!

*Anything else we need to discuss?

My second album, A Cry For The Moon, is out now. I’d been working on the album for couple of years and I’m super excited and grateful that Bytes are helping me share the album with the world.