Richard Norris – The Ransom Note Mix


We like Richard Norris a fair ole bit at R$N Towers. We chatted to him in depth a few weeks back. You can read that here

Perhaps best known for his time in The Grid, alongside David Ball of Soft Cell fame as well as his superb Beyond The Wizards Sleeve project with Erol Alkan, Richard is an innovator and a experimenter who has plenty of strings to his bow. This is why we asked him to put us together his R$N Mix for us… get your ears round it here: 


Please introduce yourself…

Who are you: 

Richard Norris. Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve/The Grid/The Time and Space Machine 

Where are you: 

About to board a plane to Jersey, where I'm DJ'ing at a film festival

What are you:


Where was the mix recorded? 

At my studio in Stoke Newington

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

3am in a basement

What should we be wearing 

Very little

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

In a field with a mighty PA, probably using CDJs but maybe decks and a tape recorder too. 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite? 

Most of them! My track Let's Dance is a favourite as it's unreleased

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?  

Caught By The River 'Nature Disco'

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

Probably Jellybean at the Funhouse NY. I like that latino freestyle thing

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

It was two technics, cheap mixer, speakers bought from a bloke outside a garage. Now it's decks/CDJs/Mackie speakers

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

The track you start on, as that's guiding everywhere you go from there

What were the first and last records you bought? 

First was i think one of those Top Of The Pops 70's comps, last was a 7" by Grimm Grimm, who was playing at the gig I DJ'ed at last night and is on my friend Charlotte's label

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


If it was an animal what would it be?

A big hairy one

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

Everything's possible

Upcoming in the world of… 

Playing at my Throne Of Blood London night Oct 10th with Heretic and Kommune live, at Ace Hotel Shoreditch. My single Freaks/Yeah is out on Throne of Blood. The Time and Space Machine remix album 'The Way Out Sound From In' is out on Ample Play

Anything else we need to discuss.

Beyond The Wizard Sleeve's reanimation of tje Temples album, Sun Restructured, is out Nov 10 on Heavenly.

We are currently remixing Interpol. And The Grid are finishing mixing our album with Robert Fripp. 

Tracklisting for the mix:

Dark Strands – Wandering Star
Rubinskee – It's Not The Truth (Future Feelings Mix)
Man Power – Sweet Cornelius
La Royale – Pump Me Up (Mijo Dub)
Tronik Youth – Los Pollos Hermanos (Richard Sen Mix)
Rougerybare – The Fourth Dimension (Mike Witcombe Mix)
The Sonic Emporium – Atarashii
Richard Norris – Let's Dance
Luluxpo – Inside My Head (Dombrance Mix)

Richard Norris 'Freaks'/'Yeah' out now on Throne Of Blood, feat Ivan Smaghhe, Hardway Bros, Brioski mixes

Throne Of Blood London is downstairs at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch on Oct 10th (special guest Heretic, live set from Kommune), and on Nov 14th (special guest Justin Robertson, Dubka live).

More Info On Both Here