Josh Caffé: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix

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Self-dubbed freek and underground queer icon Josh Caffé peddles a raw, rough and ready approach to house and techno.

Best known as being the frontman for Paranoid London, Josh’s sultry and commanding vocals and powerful stage presence is a core part of what makes the analogue acid and techno outfit tick. He’s not stopped there, lending his vocals to releases for Posthuman on Lobster Theremin, alongside Batty Bass founder Hannah Holland and with Lupe on Twirl, to name but a few, but of course, it was only a matter of time before his solo EP would see the light of day.


BLACK MAGIK DAWN PT.1 was released on his own Night Sheen Records in 2018 and, though the label has taken a hiatus, he’s since been fuelling his energy into his Love Child imprint, a charity-focused label platforming LGBTQIA+ artists that’s an extension of his long-running party of the same name.

More recently, he’s been in the studio collaborating on production with Paranoid London member Quinn, on what has formed his latest solo release, According To Jacqueline, a debut single for Erol Alkan’s Phantasy imprint.

When he’s not on the mic or in the studio, he’s channeling the same gritty and jacking sounds that influence his productions into his DJ sets, one of which we’re sharing with you today. His Ransom Note mix transports you to a dark and sweaty club; eyes closed, feet stepping, hips gyrating — this is music for the body.

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

I’m Josh Caffe, I’m in a studio and I’m a freek.

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?

At home in Vauxhall.

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

A strip club in Atlanta.

What should we be wearing?

Leather chaps, a string vest and a cowboy hat.

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

A strip club in Atlanta using vinyl plus live vocals.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Ellery Cowles, Sonic Control

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

My dad. He had impeccable taste in music. I learnt a lot from him.

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

CDJ1000’s and a mixer, pretty much nothing now lol.

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

Oh that’s a tough one but I’d say last track.

What were the first and last records you bought?

De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising

Unique 3, Jus Unique

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

Jerk chicken

If it was an animal what would it be?

A Doberman Pinscher

Upcoming in the world of Josh Caffe….

Lots of new music and live shows with Paranoid London

Anything else we need to discuss?

Bergmann’s Rule?