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perks and ransom :: turkish train

Pizza and Mezze is another cult classic from the minds of Perks and Ransom. Pizza begins with a reassuring 4/4 beat but as this beat develops, you know you're in for something different. This time the disco rarities and sonic wonderment sit alongside a little turkish delight for some extra flavour. Bosphorus Psych, space rock, bollywood funk, restless organs and pulsating african rhythms. A long time r&d favourite, we're SO happy to be able to make this available to you.

Space Train represents the second part of Perks & Ransom's sought after disco mix trilogy which begins with Bone Us Beats and ends with Bonus Beast, both already featured here on r&d for some time. Those lucky enough to own copies of these mixes (or have downloaded them from this site) will know what to expect from this missing selection. Punky electro, breakbeats, disco rarities, buffalo gals and cosmic rock mixed deftly with confounding effects, delicious spatial interludes, spoken word and hip hop acapellas. For the unitiated, begin at the beginning. IF you have been waiting some time for this, enjoy, it's been worth it!.

thief :: who stole the soul?

Thief has been making waves in Melbourne town and around the globe with his mad production and furious mixing skills. Regularly rocking venues up and down Oz and supporting many international artists - it came as little surprise when he dropped his EP of deep, funk-influenced hip-hop earlier this year - which we recommend you check out on his myspace (link below). We are very happy to be able to present this conversation between Thief and his rather large record collection. Enjoy!

tim richmond :: one for j

Tim Richmond is a local musician who is working on getting his debut ep out in the world in the near future. Tim is also a chef, record collector, talented ping pong player and french speaker. One day in the Glasgow st warehouse, Tim went nuts in the studio with a pile of his favourite LP's and this amazing mix was the result. From the Godfather of Soul to Nina, steel drums to Tim Buckley, Brigitte Bardot to Bob Marley, here's 68 minutes of Tim's inspiration laid down on a mighty mixtape. Also check out “Hot Coals”, an mp3 from Tim's forthcoming ep recorded by Declan and mixed by James Cecil.

faux pas :: cup of wonder

Tim Shiel aka Faux Pas is a DIY demon. He has independently released an EP and an album since October 2005 and has been busy remixing for the likes of Gotye and Aleks and the Ramps. If that wasn't enough, he's also been re-editing various musical curios with the Faux Pas touch and making them available for all to enjoy on his blog. His music is enchanting, confounding and wonderful, full of cleverly crafted samples, well rounded synthesizer tones and rollicking drums and he lives right here in Melbourne. Most recently he began presenting a show with friend Dave on 3RRR. The show is called To And Fro and they run a very detailed homepage for the show here.

Tim's been kind enough to make us an exclusive listening mix for Issue 6 as well as let us make available his 'weird parties' mix of sonic oddities. He assures r&d that this 30 minute novelty selection is the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to check out both selections, finely crafted from a caring musical mind. The listening mix tracklist is below and be sure to look at Tim's blog for daily track by track postings about the mix starting on September the 16th.

Faux Pas links:

Faux Pas Website
Faux Pas Blog
Faux Pas Myspace

Faux Pas Listening Mix Tracklist:

J Dilla - E=MC2 (feat. Common)
Davy DMX - The DMX Will Rock
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Rollerdisco
Emperors of Blefuscu - Savage Customs
The Books - Ghost Train Digest
Skeletons & the Kings of All Cities - Hay W'Happens
Agitation Free - Ala Tul (Faux Pas edit)
Charles Magnante - El Cumbanchero
Homelife - Seedpod
Made in Sweden - Little Cloud
The Sylvers - I'll Never Be Ashamed
The Kinks - People Take Pictures of Each Other
Roger Roger - Sounds Industrial 2
Pyrolator - Die Haut der Frau
Nino Ferrer - Looking For You (Faux Pas edit)
Cleptoclectics - Interstellar Taste Lapse
Curtis Mayfield - Trippin Out (Cassetteboy edit)
Augustus Pablo - Stop Them Jah
Wings - Letting Go

elsea :: home-grown beatz

This mix is brought to us by the man people around our neck of the woods call EL-SEA. Born on a South Pacific tropical island, El-Seas musical influences are wide and varied a heritage one hears distinctly in his DJ sets. He also specialises in sound design in the performing arts scene, working on theatre, dance and circus shows. El-Sea somehow found the time to drop a seriously deep mix for r-n-d. With beautiful records, creative sampling and in-the-pocket rhythms this mix will charm the skirt off anyone. Much like the man himself.

gareth :: balearic bounce

Sadly this is not Gareth from The Office, I know you were all getting excited there for a second. But Gareth's probably a shit Dj Anyway and this Gareth, another of the legion of talented record collectors and DJ's hailing from Perth, is particularly silky. Damn it, when will they stop with the deepness?! Gareth dropped in to No Standing for a visit a few months back and we got talking about mixes. A few lagers down the tracks he told us about this little gem of balearic, spaced out, brassy disco goodness which had previously been hosted on top quality music blog Ooft Music. Now it's here in its second online incarnation, tracklist and all, for your dancing pleasure. Get down...

Belladonna (Tangoterje Edit) Andreas Vollenweider
Brothers Gonna Work It Out (The Revenge Rework) Willie Hutch
Love Endeavour (Maurice Fulton Remix) Alice Smith
Getting Over Kool Kyle
We Got The Funk Positive Force
Running Away Roy Ayers
Freak On Lemon
Theme From Black Belt Jones Dennis Coffey
The Sound Table Cameo
Rock The Beat Jamaica Girls
Hold Tight (Danny Krivit Re-Edit) - Change

neil stafford :: bluebar blues

Neil was fired shortly after this mix was recorded. Having faithfully served the Bluebar for over 5 years, he was finally replaced by "Shuffle Mix" on the manager's iPod. Staff and patrons are said to be "extremely happy" with the change - one customer adding that "it really brings some fresh-air to the thursdays, that other guy was really boring and, like, unadventurous. But now with the iPod I know every song!". Management are also very pleased with their new direction pointing out massive savings in Jameison and beer - "we're probably going to phase this into every night of the week over the next few months". Neil is pictured explaining his tale of woe. Just goes to show, it can happen to anyone. Enjoy the music.

spankie hazard :: glory, jest, riddle pts I & II

spankie hazard

alexander pope

Spankie Hazard is one of the friendliest faces and dopest diggers you'll meet. Having spent years working the clubs and record stores of Melbourne - he has spent the last few years in Japan, where he continues to dig. Spankie makes mixes to tease the mind and shake the behind. If you heard his "A Game of Notes" mix in the last issue, you'll know what we're talking about. Here's Spankie describing his mixes:

"This is just a simple mix of music and spoken word, with which to contemplate the human condition. They were inspired by a poem by Alexander Pope. I think recent events have continued to remind us of how fucked-up, and yet at the same time, how incredibly wonderful we as human beings can be. These mixes explore this in more detail through hip hop, jazz, obscure Japanese funk and lounge."

Pt. III is in process.

  Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
In doubt his mind and body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
Whether he thinks to little, or too much;
Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confus'd;
Still by himself, abus'd or disabus'd;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.
Alexander Pope

the delicate genius :: while you were bleeping

Debut mix tape from mysterious Melbourne based producer The Delicate Genius.

The Delicate Genius bio:
"In 1986 I swapped my entire record collection for a house cat called Laura. I never really looked back. Sure, I missed some of my past hits, but I also had so much more time to hit on my future misses. I never lost my love for the music though, and it wasn't long before I started to remake my favourite songs from memory. Daymares about lost picture sleeves. Nightdreams about my favourite b-sides. I still have the cat, but now I make music for other people's collections."

dj paprika :: life enhancing audio

DJ Paprika has been making waves in old M-town since he arrived from sunny Bris-vegas in 2006. Growing up in an incredibly musical family, Paprika started drumming and playing percussion from an early age - something that shows in his musical selections.

"I like to describe the music here (and what I try to promote) as: 'futurelatinjazzfunk & afrobrasilian beats'. A lot of the tracks on here I love for many different reasons especially the Femi Kuti, and Mr Hermano tracks!"


  1. In the beginning feat Cosmo Mitchell & Dewburry (MUMO)
  2. Got my mojo working Karma (Mojo Music)
  3. Salsin The Amalgamation of Soundz (Axed Productions)
  4. Beyond the rains feat Billie Godfrey - Mitchell & Dewburry (MUMO)
  5. Donde estaran los cueros Jimmy Urbina (Johnny Cotto) (Blues Interactions)
  6. Mambo Show Charlie Palmieri (Atlantic)
  7. Viva emiliano Zapata Gato Barbieri (ABC)
  8. Give it up or turnit a loose (Fantasista reformation mix) James Brown (Universal)
  9. Brand new watusi feat EQ Quantic (Tru Thoughts)
  10. Mixed blood/mambo rock) Bronx Dogs (marble bar)
  11. Balkan hot step N.O.H.A . (Unique)
  12. Livingam I living feat Bukky Leo - Mitchell & Dewburry (MUMO)
  13. Truth don die Femi Kuti (Universal)
  14. Wesley music- RSL (Subtub Players)
  15. Free as the morning sun Mr Hermano (Mr Bongo)

matt carswell :: the anti-ripper mix

Matt Carswell is the quiet achieving type. A member of the Moon Patrol team for many seasons, this boy used to destroy floors up and down our fair city with his trademark low-slung, lo-fi, dubby deep house rhythms. The sort of chugging sets that would sit and sit and sit until you were lulled into intense dacefloor abandon. The busboys always needed a spatula with their mop to clean prostrate party-goers from the floor come closing time.

Matt liked to chill out too. And for this he earned the name Ripper. But during January of 2003 Matt was overcome with a new surge of life - as was sometimes his want - which transformed him into the being known as "the Anti-Ripper". It was during this phase that Matt recorded this rare gem of deep rhythms. Enjoy.

cinnaman :: kindred spirits radio mix

Hailing from the nefarious low-slung dutch label Rushhour Records in the heart of Amsterdam - Cinnaman popped over to Melbourne recently for the first term of the Red Bull Music Academy. As well as being a lovely young lad he also knows how to put together a sweet mix of wonky rhythms, nu-soul jams, future hip-hop and broken beats. This beautiful mix was compiled for Kindred Spirits Radio and it has been bouncing around Richard's ipod for some months now. Check it. And check Cinnaman's myspace for playlist and more. Cinnaman has just released a compilation with Steve Spacek's DJ Jay Scarlett on Rushhour called "Beat Dimensions". For a look at the 12" click here. To listen to the DJ Cinnaman Beat Dimensions mix and check the playlist go to their blog.

dj bozak :: mixes

All da way from Champaigne, Illinois we have the one, the only DJ Bozak. This guy crosses genres with ease and panache. A dedicated dancefloor destroyer, Bozak aka Adam Boskey holds down and Friday AND Saturday night residency at the same venue where he plys the floor with a mixture of disco, hip-hop, chicago, detroit, funk, soul and beats. We have three mixes on offer for you, the first is "Sketches In Sound" which is an amazing multitracked and planned mix. It's vibe is warm and cold / chilled and chaotic and it's another wonderful sound selection that has been bouncing around my ipod for some months. The second is Bozak's Academy application CD which is an exploration through the deepest funk, disco and house. The final mix was recorded live at the Boultini Lounge in Champaigne. The first half is a beautiful loungey vibe that moves into more upfront disco and party flavours in the secord half. Check out for tracklistings and new mixes.

dj sassy j :: uptempo mix

From Bern, Switzerland comes Sassy J, purveyor of fine beats, creator of beautiful fliers and driving force behind the amazing Patchwork parties in her home town. Patchwork has been consistently delivering nights of the finest quality broken electronic dance flavours for some years with a guest list including Domu, Jazzanova, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Afronaught, Ty, Steve Spacek and Dudley Perkins to name but a few. This mix is Sassy's more upswinging flavour with upfront broken cuts from the finest in the business delievered seamlessly much like the set at honkytonks in Melbourne which blew us away and where the picture on left was taken. Check out Sassy J's MySpace and enjoy!

dr. rock'n'shock (spankie hazard) :: a game of notes

From a crate entitled "Scratched/Coverless 50c" at Warren's Record Paradise came "Leonard Bernstein Discusses Humor In Music". Apart from Ransom borrowing it to use a bit for his track "Bunny Slippers" it remained, "one of those records I am going to use one day" for about 6 years. Well, I finally did and now the Maestro has a whole new world of hip-hop, electro and (a little) disco to explore. This mix falls into two, perhaps contradictory, categories: "Intellectual Pursuit" and "Party".

ben mono :: october 2006

Ben Mono is a recording artist for the fantastic German label, Compost - home of Jazzanova, Beanfield, Ursula Rucker, et al. He has just dropped a new album, "Hit the Bit" which he debuted live onstage with vocalist Capitol A to a packed house at Sonar last year. You can check out more here. As far as Dj'ing goes, Ben Monos style is driven by his love for contemporary music. A Ben Mono set stand out by its variety and deepness. In this mix Ben plays a wide range of styles, all with the essence of Bit-Hop, a symbiosis of stripped down e-hip-hop and electro. Thanks to Tony.

simonaggio :: gearbox

Our old friend Simon Riegler aka Splitscreen has gone underground and emerged with a bunch of italo disco goodness. You might remember the incredible Splitscreen mix from 2006. it's an r&d favourite and you can find it in our mix from the archives below. Now prepare for simonaggio in all his glory.

simon bajada :: mixed-up selection

An eclectic mix from local Melbournite Simon Bajada. "i made this mix with a selection of new and some older tracks. I wanted to cram in a lot of stuff with different arrangements. i didnt really make it for dancing, just tracks I like the sound of. i dig all these songs...hope you do too." You can hear Simon and guests at his night, Dicey, the first Saturday of every month at Murmur or tune in to his radio show at Melbourne's online radio station

recloose :: no standing demo (are you ready to throw down?)

From the rich musical heritage of Detroit, USA to the South Pacific sounds of Wellington, New Zealand, Recloose has been blowing peoples minds since his "Welcome to the Dining Room" EP first hit the shelves on Carl Craig's Planet E label. Now recording for the Peacefrog stable, Recloose released his second album "Hiatus on the Horizon" last year and his third is due next year. A regular DJ in Melbourne at Revolver with the No Standing crew, his sets cover the gammut of soulful music from hip-hop to techno. This is his most recent demo and is a great example of what this boy achieves when unleashed behind the wheels of steel.

research & development :: research & development sessions 001

Way back in 2001, Declan and Richard concocted a party at Revolver to launch their newly taken name, Research & Development. With Spacey Space live (which was incredible), Boogs, Matt Carswell and Richard and Declan DJ'ing the night was unfortunately not as busy as it could have been. Nonetheless the promotional mixtape with a Research side (by Richard) and a Development side (by Declan) were loved, listened to and swapped around Australia. And you lucky folk are able to dload and listen to them in the comfort of your own digital recepticle! Enjoy...

hey convict :: slow mo no beard

Melbournites Tamas Jones and Jason Evans made this mix just a couple of weeks ago after the great reception to their Time To Noodle Mix which has been garnering some great feedback here in M town and further afield in Londres and Japan.

Tamas has been DJ'ing around Melbourne and interstate for the last eight years during which time he also worked as a promoter bringing DJ's out to play. His DJ (that's dayjob) is as a member of the Topolux collective of architects and he has also written extensively for various street press publications. Jason Evans is a music guru, DJ and promoter and will shortly be leaving our shores for a stint overseas.

declan kelly & martin langridge (pictured) :: live @ blue bar pt. 1

Well part 2 has been up on this site for some time in the mixes section, a reference in it's description pertaining to the elusive part one. A few people have been asking if we were planning on putting it up so here it finally is. With it's more rigid 4/4 selection, this first volume makes an interesting companion to the more eclectic selection on part 2. Tracks from Theo Parrish, Four Tet, Burial Mix, Losoul, Recloose, Soul Capsule and more. We have included a link to part two here also.

metro area :: live mix

Listening to this collection of songs lovingly mixed by Darshan Jesrani and Morgan Geist, it's not hard to see where the inspiration for Metro Area's music comes from. Recorded live in Chicago, this is one hour and 2 minutes of disco, boogie, electro and proto techno that your ears will thank you for.

perks and ransom :: boogie mafia

As two of Melbourne's longest standing DJ's, these two need little introduction for Aussies with an ear to the ground. Phil Ransom has been instrumental in nurturing Australia's electronic music and hip hop scenes through his production for groups like Crackpot and Mnemonic Ascent as well as his genre busting DJ sets going back to the late 80's. Misha Hollenbach aka Perks has made a name for himself not only as a DJ and producer but as an artist exhibiting in Australia and overseas to critical acclaim (the work on the left is his). He also designs clothes well under the Perks and Mini alias.

Their collective pursuit for the perfect boogie beat knows no bounds and these two mixes are an aural testament to that truth. Below you'll find the bread for a three part disco sandwich. "Bone Us Beats" and "Bonus Beast" are the first and third parts respectively of a mix trilogy. The missing middle part of this sandwich is "Space Train" and you'll have to track that one down yourself 'cos there ain't none left! Enjoy.

lakeside dj :: pop will mix itself

Lovingly constructed over 18 months, "PWMI" is John Lee's relentless and eclectic tribute to all the music he loves. From Pavement to Old Dirty Bastard and on to The Avalanches, Prince and DJ Shadow, John cuts and pastes his way through styles creating a unique sonic collage that will keep your little brain tweaking long after you've hit stop.

In 2005, John released "Celestial Son" under the alias Mountains In The Sky. Short and sweet, the album was a swirling confluence of sunny, brazen beats, epic string parts, synthesizer mayhem, ambience and the occasional farm noise. John also plays as part of Sally Seltmann's New Buffalo live ensemble. Look out for the new MITS Ep, "Accipio" out August 2006 on Trifekta followed by a national tour in September.

quantic soul :: never in doubt

We were lucky enough to DJ with Will Holland aka Quantic in Budapest at one of Keyser and Shurikens famed Crate Soul Parties. He's a lovely guy and a consumate musician and here for your enjoyment are a couple of great mixes. First is a straight from the desk recording of the Crate Soul night in Budapest and second up is the incredible 'Addis Sheckler Explosion' mix that Will did with Miles Cleret. A collection of rare and funky Ethiopian sides, this is some of the most joyous and raw music you'll ever hear, compiled and mixed by two very passionate people. Wax Poetics Issue 14 contains a transcript of Miles and Will interviewing Ethiopian music legend Mulatu Astatke.

richard campbell & neil stafford :: no standing mixes

Every Friday night at Revolver Upstairs, Richard and Neil drop their No Standing groove on the backroom audience. Expect freeform funk as they answer their whims and ply the floor with boogie, hip hop, funk, soul, pop, latin and afrobeat.

All the goodly sounds randomly selected and cohesively injected for maximum dance floor abandon and now available for your listening pleasure in two mixed nuggets. Pick your favourite! Trade with friends! It's the No Standing mix series Vol. 1!

james cecil: a special kind of feeling

James is a bit of a genius. If you've had a look around our site, you'll know he's one third of Tempo Perdido with R&D and that he's the drummer and producer in Melbourne Band Architecture In Helsinki who are currently in the process of taking over the world. James is an influence and an inspiration to all those that know and work with him. With “A Special Kind Of Feeling” Jay Legs steps up to the decks and delivers a happy mix of party time pop music. Shuggie Otis, Steve Miller, Gainsbourg, Phoenix, Ms. Jade & Prince amongst many others. This is one for the summertime.

neil stafford: mixes

In the case of one Neil Stafford, one could just about write nothing. Nothing because there almost aren't words for his incredible programming ability or the effect he often has on dancefloors. Here for your enjoyment are a couple of selections in varying styles. Opening with Gil Scott Heron's Home Is Where The Hatred Is, Bumpety Bee covers a diverse selection of hip hop, funk and disco, weaving in and out of all three and featuring tracks from Blackalicious, Ursula Rucker, Theo Parrish and Amp Fiddler. The second mix is a more Detroit flavoured offering with cuts from Dutch visionary Harco Pront, Ricardo Villalobos, Sharivari, KDJ, Moonstarr, Gino Soccio & Metro Area.

declan kelly: mixes

live at blue bar pt. 1: Bit of a classic from the vaults; this was one of those nights where it all just seemed to work in its own special way. Jams from Al Green, Outkast, Rockers Revenge, Melbourne's Own Crackpot and Yesterdays New Quintet and even Pops Kelly! Apparently it's a goodun in the gym.

red bull mix: This is the mix Declan submitted along with his application for the Red Bull Music Academy. Short and sweet, it was crafted to showcase a wide selection in a short period of time. 13 Tracks and 37 minutes later you have a better idea of what he's about. Featuring an early version of Tempo Perdido's Theme From Juan, there's also songs from Melbourne's own Bamboos and Cut Copy as well as Cornelius, RJD2, Recloose, The Poets Of Rhythm & Atom Heart's awesome cover of James Brown's Superbad.

mr. geoffrey & dj hok (dave franzke): get a room

And get one they did! Highly revered, long sought after, the subject of hushed conversations betwixt trench-coated men who lurk in alleys, this mix is infamous. Someone once began the mammoth task of licensing this collection but apparently gave up as the enormity of the task loomed large. Soundtracks, spoken word, jazz and field recordings liquefy into one another with so much delicately crafted space it just might make you cry. Look out for more work from these two fantastic men.

chris davey: dusty cabinets promo mix

You know when you’re in Italy and it seems like there must be a central point from which beautiful women on Vespas are shipped out on an unsuspecting male populace? Similarly, Perth keeps sending forth disciples of the deep, individuals with a keenly developed sense for what’s good in music. Chris relocated to Melbourne after a short stint in Sydney and while he spends most of his time using his degree in medicine to positive effect, his ability behind the turntables can’t be sneezed at.

An esteemed selector in his hometown of Perth, Chris did this tidy little forty-minute mix for a party he threw with Dave Hagger called Dusty Cabinets. It bubbles and bounces along and features tracks from Luomo, Losoul, Maus & Stolle, Akufen and Morgan Geist amongst others.

common factor aka nick calingaert: guilty pleasures

Nick's got to be one of the most handsome men in house music. So enamoured were we with his EP's for Carl Craig's label Planet E that we flew him all the way out here with Recloose for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The bottom end from his live show resonated with so much depth that things fell out of the roof at Honkytonks. Needless to say the parties were jumping. Nick's also a don of disco music and here you can download both volumes of the Guilty Pleasures garage mixes that he did a couple of years back. But sorry trainspotters, no track lists for these babies. Check out Nick's website here.

paz: mixes

Paris Kozaris aka DJ Paz: Paris is one of the most inspiring individuals at work in our music community. He cut his teeth with Ransom, Boogs and J'Nett at Purveyors so he's been around a bit longer than us but we've been DJ'ing with him for the last 6 years. In that time, he has become an instrumental cog in the Moon Patrol and Blue Light Disco wheel. In his spare time Paz goes digging for records and makes albums, which he manufactures and distributes on his own. We can't speak highly enough of the two mixes here. Paz Mix 2003 gets its groove on with some mellow hip hop, soul and funk before pulling into port with some oddball afro/brazilian tones. Music With Birds is a brand new 2005 selection for those in love, programmed by a man in the know! What's great about Paz's mixes is the space which he manages to inject them with. Push the button to find out what we're talking about.

dj p king: radio de janeiro mix

Simon Tu aka DJ P King: Simon's been purveying fine beats for a long time now. He presented the Leisuredome radio show on PBS FM for three years before he handed over the reigns to Declan. Along with a geezer named Pinky Chuckles they got together a little collective called Tip Top Music, did some parties and got a website running. Simon's been back on PBS FM for a couple of years with his Radio De Janeiro program which airs Friday nights at 20:00 Melbourne time. This is the mix of the same name, sweet and soulful sounds from disco through African broken beats and some bouncin' old skool hip hop.

dj splitscreen (simon riegler): splitscreen mix

When Declan was holed up in Vienna in 2004 with not a cent to his name he befriended the upstanding gentleman behind this incredible collection. They talked records for hours, rode their bikes around and bonded over that puerile but ultimately hilarious Method Man and Redman film How High. With this mix, Simon just nailed it. A sublime collection of soul, hip hop, funk and disco programmed together in such a way that hearing the songs out of context makes you imagine that his mixes are coming next. An R&D favourite, this is a must have.

emma jean: synthesizer attack

Emma Jean Gilkison is the quintessential jetsetter-go getter. She was a participant in the 2002 Sao Paolo Red Bull Music Academy and has gone on to become an instrumental part of their worldwide team. Born in New Zealand, via Tokyo and now residing in Cologne, E-J mixes a mean record, can string a word or two together and is an inspiration. This is her delicious DJ mix, featuring the likes of Kraftwerk, Luomo, Bergheim 34 & lots more clipped digital goodness.

dave hagger: dusty cabinets promo mix

Dave is our good mate and the one responsible for really kickstarting our KDJ/Theo Parrish obsession about five years back. He moved away to Sydney for a time but now he's back and pretty soon he'll be tying the knot! This great thirty minute mix of chug-a-lug lo-fi Detroit grooves was given away as a promo CD for a party Dave put on in Sydney with Chris Davey.

martin langridge & declan kelly: live at blue bar 23rd january 2003

One balmy January evening two and a half years ago Declan invited Martin down to the Blue Bar to help him out for the night and this great collection was the result. The ball starts rolling with some pure deep and off the wall house; Losoul, Theo Parrish and Recloose all get a look in on part 1. By midway through part 2 we mellow out to some deep reggae, hip hop and soul. Check Martin's incredible key mixes towards the end of part 2!

richard campbell: live at the marquis of lorne, 8th april 2005

Recorded at our local pub the Marquis Of Lorne, pt 1 begins with some free jazz, moving through to a bit of hip-hop into pt 2 where things get a bit deep and bouncy before returning to some serious space for pt 3.

recloose: the move

Well this is just a straight up classic. When Common Factor first toured out here way back when in the nineties, he was carrying this little nugget of gold on a cassette. He passed along the tape and planted the suggestion of a Planet E tour with himself playing live and Recloose DJ'ing. And for the next few months we played this mix until it nearly vaporised in Richard's car. Like his DJ sets, this mix traverses genre borders with infinite ease. Our narrator sets the scene: Deep under the streets of Detroit a man is on the run from "The Forces of Tired Music" and this transmission is his last hope to get the weapon of resistance into our hands. Needless to say the tour went ahead, Planet E came to Australia and we had some wild parties. Vive Le Resistance!

Check out the Recloose website

chris reid: mangled mix up january 2005

Reidy as he's affectionately known is one of the most talented and overly modest DJ's we know. He's a lover of all music, the original op shop trawler, this man can smell a 12" bargain from across the road and down the street! Herein lies a fantastic selection of disco, afro, latin and funk tunes.

kano: i'm going home in the morning

Kano is just a fantastic DJ. He's been playing records for the best part of 15 years, an intense musical knowledge constantly refining. Kano threw this mix together before he trundled off to Rome for the Red Bull Music Academy in 2004. There is nothing more challenging for an eclectic DJ than choosing how to represent themselves and their wide palate. A great mix which craftily combines everything from Alice Coltrane to The Crate Soul Brothers. If you like your music with soul and jazz and spice, push the button.

dj select: mixes

Another of the plethora of talented Djs Melbourne has to offer, DJ Selekt has been busy boy since arriving in Melbourne some years back, hosting and djing across town whilst taking out the Australian top spot at the DMCs for team battle with fellow Melbourne skratch head, J-Red. Selekt has three mixes available here for your aural pleasure!

research & development: soul patrol

This mix was for our good friend and partner in crime, Neil Stafford aka DJ Feazer the Crowd Pleazer, on his illustrious birthday some years back. Became a bit of a classic if we do say so ourselves.

research & development: after the dance

This one was done the morning after the biggest party we ever threw, Gang of Four at F4 with Paris and Matt Carswell. In some questionable mental state we decided to try and make a mixtape but discovered we couldn't actually mix. So we settled on a simple "music, not mixing" aesthetic that did the job. "A mellow mix of old and new, just enough spice to get you through!"