Slumberjunkie: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
With his latest release Slumberjunkie is taking things into his own hands.
The London-based producer and musician has been making music alongside Cameo Blush and playing as part of Ross From Friends’ live band, but now, with the four tracks that make up Never Understand, he’s ready to make his mark as a solo artist.
Released via Silver Bear Recordings the EP takes in breaks, DnB and jungle flavours, characterised by vibrant and dreamy pads and melodies that lift the crisp drum programming up into the heavens.
The release follows two other EPs for Ratface Records and Technical Glitch both of which introduced listeners to the Slumberjunkie sound, one he describes below as sounding like if “D’Cruze was a playable character in an N64 game”.
As he plots a course for his upcoming solo outings, we invited him to take care of this week’s Shine A Light On mix which is a fast & furious blend of the high octane music that inspires his own productions…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
My name’s Jed and I make music and DJ under the name of Slumberjunkie
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)?
I’d like to think it sounds like D’Cruze was a playable character in an N64 game
Where was the mix recorded?
This mix was recorded in the first sunny days we had in April in my bedroom in Catford. I live with five other people but everyone was out so it was the first time in ages I was able to properly huzz it out
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Probably in my bedroom in April.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
In all of those turn of the century sci-fi films there were these really hossing, bleak future-club scenes which would definitely be the ideal setting. Always CDJs.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Probably the penultimate track No Dove No Covenant – it’s from some wild album by this guy from Bristol called The Third Eye Foundation. I first heard a track of his on that Chris Morris show Jam and it just lived in my head for years. That track (Lions Writing the Bible) was actually a stripped back version of the tune I played.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I’ve never really seen anyone DJ like Josey Rebelle. I’d let her DJ and just use the time to look through her collection.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I first had a pair of CDJ400s cause they were the cheapest pair that let you pay on USBs. Luckily I’ve now gone even cheaper and I just have a Rekordbox controller.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The first track is obviously your best chance to impress what you want onto the audience. It doesn’t have to set the exact tone of the rest of the mix but I think by putting any track first you’re saying ‘if you listen to one thing in here it should be this’.
What were the first and last records you bought?
The first record I bought was The Greatest Hits of Iron Maiden when I was 8 and the last record I bought was probably Straight Walk by Stones Taro.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
There’s this one old Metronomy tune called Trick or Treatz and I’m desperate to get it out but the bass right at the start seems to just hate every other track. Every time I try and play it I feel like I’m having a fever dream.
Anything else we need to discuss?
There’s an amazing remix from a wicked producer of a track on my latest EP coming out very soon… she’s made it into this really bubbly roller and I simply love it. I’ve also got another EP coming out in October with Silver Bear which I’m really proud of.
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