Lucky Charmz & Dj Assam: The Ransom Note Mix
Lehult is a record label which has moved from strength to strength having become firmly supported by a Scandinavian contigent of house and techno dj's who continue to experiment and inspire. Since 2014 the imprint has released music by the likes of Liem, Tony Rainwater, Johan Kaseta, Eddie Ness and more. Run by a collective of disc jockeys and producers the imprint has become synonymous with high quality house and techno, drawing upon the influences laid before by the likes of Studio Barnhus, Sex Tags and as far back as the early days of Chicago. Each release carries a distinct personality and is often built upon a distinct deep, club focussed persona.
The label has been well supported by both dj's and listeners, drawing in an array of critical praise and air time with several of the records fetching a pretty penny on discogs.
We are delighted to be able to showcase an exclusive mix with a collaborative contribution from brotherly duo Lucky Charmz and Dj Assam. This one is for the house heads who like to dig deep.
Please introduce yourself…
Where was the mix recorded?
This mix was recorded on a weeknight at “Zur Klappe” in Berlin, where DJ Assam holds a residency. We were kindly let in for a spontaneous mix up. Probably subconsciously to get a break from making tracks – which we usually do when we get together at Assam’s place in Berlin.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
LC: While drifting in and out of sleep on a long-haul winter highway drive at 180km/h in a well-isolated SUV with a high-end sound system.
What should we be wearing?
LC: Whatever you wear when you sleep. Lucky Charmz suggests: Ultralight tech-wear cashmere ponchos.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
LC: At a backyard party with two turntables next to two grills. Mixing things up and putting steaks on the 1210 and records on the grill… This would require a different track selection tho… more “sizzling” tunes – or at John Reed Fitness!
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
LC: Two new tracks by Liem & Eddie Ness – their newest productions are absolutely fire! We’re just putting out a record of theirs and they just keep making more and more tunes… It’s getting really difficult to fit them all on the label!
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
LC: “Why Do I Get So Shy? – Tony Rainwater”
DJA: “The Black Fist” – Flying Lotus
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
DJA: Hmmm… Dj Sprinkles probably.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
DJA: My first dj set up was at Lucky's house.
LC: I started with two bad CDJ’s and a DJM400 Mixer. Because I was living between Hamburg and Berlin for the last few years had one Record player in each city. Now I finally have a full setup again in Hamburg: Same DJM400 + 2×1210… Simple, yet effective!
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
DJA: The first track in this mix is by Lucky and me, so this time it's the first one.
What were the first and last records you bought?
LC: One of my first records – and I got it as a gift from my dad – was “The Essence” by Sten. I played on of the tracks in the mix because I still love it a lot!
The last record I bought was “Gettin Bass” by Missy Mist – a female-vocal Miami Bass tune that I finally caught on wax.
DJA: The last I bought was Shielding – Innerlig EP on Kimochi Sound. Amazing record!
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
DJA: A Newfoundland Dog.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
DJA: Lucky Charmz-Failing Upwards
Upcoming in the world of…
On Lehult, we’ve got a great Liem & Eddie Ness record coming soon. The two of us have been working on a semi-secret mini-album recently…stay tuned.
DJ Assam was featured on the excellent and most recent KANN V.A. and has one in the pipeline with Down by the Lake.
There’s also Lehult nights at Golden Pudel and Klappe Residency dates coming up that we’re especially excited about.