Penelope Trappes: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix


Australian singer Penelope Trappes came into her own on Penelope One, her debut solo album released via Optimo back in summer of 2017. She followed it up with her sophomore release Penelope Two at the end of last year, this time making a home on fabric's inhouse label Houndstooth. Musically both albums signalled a shift away from the dancefloor-focused productions she'd become known for as one half of The Golden Filter; think minimal soundscapes, distant echoing vocals and sparse atmospheric textures wrought with emotion.

June saw the release of Redeux, her second LP on Houndstooth, which saw her invite several producers to rework the original tracks first heard on Penelope Two. Amongst those tasked with creating their own reimaginations were Cosey Fanny Tutti, Mogwai, Throwing Snow and Aasthma, the collaborative project of Peder Mannerfelt and Par Grindvik. 

For your listening pleasure she provides an immersive mix of cinematic sounds and textures to see you through hump day, including several of the reworks from Redeux

Where was the mix recorded?

In my studio at home in Peckham

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

By a body of water

What should we be wearing?

Something light

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

In a quiet house, overlooking the sea

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Strokur

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

I don’t really participate heavily in this realm.

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

I would choose perhaps the late 70’s, early 80’s in Downtown NYC at a club like The Loft, The Gallery or Danceteria.

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

Pioneer XDJ-RX2 and Ableton Live… they are both my first and last DJ setup.

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

Both and everything inbetween. The music I choose is slow moving and the listeners journey is a progressive one. All tracks are as important as each other and are all interconnected

What were the first and last records you bought?

First: Pink Floyd – ‘Meddle'. Last: Wouter van Veldhoven – ‘A Head Stuck iIn Tapes b.1’

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

85% dark chocolate

If it was an animal what would it be?

Papilio Ulysses – 'The Blue Emporer' butterfly

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

Everything is possible

Upcoming in the world of Penelope Trappes…

Currently in the studio writing Penelope Three, which is scheduled to be released early next year. I am also working on a few collaborations, a couple of long-form pieces, a remix, and playing live shows. 

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