Lady Passion: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix

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Passion by name, passion by nature. Freedom Phillips’ musical journey embodies just that.

Music took hold of her at a young age thanks to the family she had around her, and an obsession with collecting records followed at just 11 years old.

She soaked up early grime then rare 90s US garage house and UK G sounds, honing her skills as a DJ and birthing the moniker Lady Passion in the process.


She digs deep, it’s something that’s never left her – you can hear these finds on her longstanding, weekly residency on London mainstay Vision Radio every Friday.

The musical family that surrounds her also continues to inspires her. Alongside her brother DJ Perception – a pioneering force in underground UKG – several years ago they began to build musical hub in their new home for a community of DJs, producers and MCs in South London. It’s this space, and the story behind it, that has been documented over the last six years as ‘Moodswing’, a film that will be released in the near future and takes its name from Perception’s record label.

As we enter the weekend, and the sun begins to shine down over London, Lady Passion lights up our day that little bit more with a mix of warm, soulful and bouncy UKG and Garage House selections…

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

Hello, my name is Lady Passion.

I’m at home chilling on my bed and I am a DJ, Corsetiere and Mummy to my Babygirl.

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)? 

My music sounds like a joyride time-travelling through the 90’s speeding to get to the house and garage situated in the underground.

Lady Passion drawing

Where was the mix recorded?

This mix was recorded at home.

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

In the garden with the sun shining down, dancing around with a nice large glass of red wine.

What should we be wearing?

Something Latex

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

I’ve always wanted to go to Puerto Rico, so recording a mix there on a beautiful beach playing vinyl on a Funktion-One sound system would be a dream.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

My current favorite track in this mix is a tune called Dat Sound by one of my favorite Producers D Dubz. He sent it to me a couple weeks ago – it’s such a banger!

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

My favorite mix of all time has to be a set that my brother Perception and Mc Wizkid did a few years back which was recorded on Vision Radio Uk. It was just pure bad boy energy from start to finish. I will never forget that show.

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

I would love to do a set with Dominic Spreadlove. I really love his selection of House & Garage from listening back to old tapes and mixes he did in the 90’s, so doing a set with him and hearing tunes from his collection of vinyl would be really special for me.

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

My brother Perception got his first set up 20 years ago which was a pair of Techniques 1210’s and a blue and silver Numark mixer. We lived at home together at the time so we both used them and then when he moved out to my Dad’s he got another set-up and left those decks for me. Now I currently have the same turntables but a new Pioneer Djm-800 mixer.

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

Every track I play is just as important to me as the other. I think perhaps people may appreciate the first tune in a mix as it sets the pace.

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first Vinyl I bought was Grime tune called ‘Get Over It’ by Essentials. I started off collecting a lot of the early Grime music which I used to get from Uptown Records and Blackmarket in Soho and then I started getting into the original sounds of Garage Music as I got older.

Last night I bought a tune on Discogs ‘Everyday People’ New Ground, it’s an Old Skool Garage Ep made by my favorite Producer and friend Jeremy Sylvester.

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

If this mix was an edible thing it would taste like a scotch bonnet pepper.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A Lioness

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

I’m not sure. I have a collection of mostly House & Garage also Jungle, Grime and some 90’s Hip Hop. There probably is a tune in my collection that is impossible to mix, I just haven’t experienced it yet.

1 Perception – Music Takes Me
2 Scott Garcia – Music Takes You
3 Harry Luda – Back To The Way It Was
4 Jeremy Sylvester – Inland Revenue
5 Perception – Raw
6 Eddie S & the Rooster – It’s About Time
7 D Dubz – Dat Soul
8 Unknown Artist – Take a Look
9 The Thunderkatz – Thirst of Many
10 KMA – Dubplate
11 Sky Joose – Hocus Pocus
12 Jeremy Sylvester – Tonight
13 Dubplate Pressure – Dangerous
14 Clayton M – Dubplate
15 Abstrac & Lady Penelope – Feel The Sunshine
16 Groove Chronicles – We Are People
17 Peekay – Feel It
18 Ray Hurley – The Vybe
19 Oris Jay – Biggin’ Up The Massive
20 Dee Cypher – Crank it up
21 Carpenter Man – Feel The Rhythm
22 Jeremy Sylvester – Inland Revenue
23 SW15 – Escape