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ESPECIAL 023: Riding Bareback Boogie with SUMJ

BROOKLYN <> BOSTON

O&O Exclusive Mix -- ESPECIAL 022: MINT PILLOW Smiles Around You

Hi SUMJ! How is it going?


All is good in the hood. Well that's not true, but ya know. Gummies and crate digging, things are good.

DJ MINT PILLLOW - Vinyl Index Open Late DJ series set Bow Market, Somerville

How have you been doing now that things are slowly opening up? I was happy you were able to join Vinyl Index’ “Open Late” series at Bow Market. How did it feel to play wax in front of human beings IRL?


Weird, but fun. The crew at Bow Market are always stellar. Big ups to Leah & Jeremy!


& I agree with my homey Mint Pillow: People playing records & less algorithms please! Fucking hate Instagram Live. Mixcloud Live is okay, but hard to really interact with people. I don't mind live-streaming but no platform is the best. We tried twitch, but, to be honest, it's all kind of lame in the end. I prefer IRL. I think we all are ready for something live, I could feel that at Bow Market. I know I am ready.


But, when I saw Four Set and others posting from these festivals with thousands of people - it actually pissed me off. They look like super spreader events. I also looked into how those events were organized, and no real wax requirements were in place. I want to trust my fellow humans, but not feeling it.


What’s your take on the current scene in the Boston area? Any local artists you are into these days?


It's a mixed bag. I mean there a lot of awesome people that I've meet in my time here. But as a scene, and this was true pre-pandemic, it's kind of an isolate, segregated place. Always have been. For an outsider, especially a New Yorker, it is very challenging to sense the soul of this place. It's here, I know. I have experienced amazing shows by local artists for sure, not knocking that.


Here's a list of some folks (who we've showcased in our O&O series):

But there are some great DJs in the area, like the Soulelujah crew, Radio Ramsés, DJ Panda, DJ Why Sham, Darien Carr, L'Duke, &I Kerry Quirk to name a few.


What music have you recently discovered that you are into or are playing on repeat these days?


That would make for a rather long blog post. But I have been enjoying the new Beak>> 7", the new Makaya McCraven is on repeat, and my pal Kris Guilty's La Rama Records has put out a tasty new 12" called Godspeed by Bunzinelli. I'll leave it there.


Can you tell us about two of your favorite records right now? Maybe one from the past and one modern?


I have been really digging back into one of my all-time favs, Blue Lines by Massive Attack. I think I recently listen to the title track on repeat for most of a drive down from the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont to Truro on the Cape.


In terms of new, I just noted a few things above. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of the latest edit 45 by DJ Moar aka 45 Loves.


What can we expect for your ESPECIAL 023? What inspired your mix?


I think a lot of IPAs and gummies. I kid, partially. It was a rather late night at ye ol shop with my man Rod. I think Bad Lt. rolled through, but hard to recall. We began recording our sessions. This mix is rough around the edges, but a lot of fun. Normally I remaster, slight touch up of levels, etc. for recordings like this, but the raw version just felt right. It is a little snap shot of those pre-pandemic house parties. So much fun. We just tried shit, live edits, etc. I found a number of sets like these, some of which I posted here on our site, and many are still in the vault. So stay tuned.


Okay, rapid fire DJ Q&A. Ready? Set? Go…

  • Describe yourself using the title of a song: Blue Lines by Massive Attack

  • Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? In a field on a farm in Hungary

  • What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross; sorry queens it is just played out

  • What is the one genre you will never play? Reggaeton; I mean, really, why?

  • The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? During my residency at the now-defunct Bar Sputnik, DJ Premiere, Babu and J.Rocc walked in. I just walked away, couldn't handle that pressure.

  • What’s the most played record in your bag? Soft & Wet (Disco Edit) by Prince

  • What’s the most prized collection in your crates? Impossible to say, but I have some very rare Delroy Wilson 45s that fetch a pretty penny now that I got for $1 back in the 90s.

  • What is the one record you are still crate digging for? I currently got me eye on the 12" release of Back Together Again by Jean & Trevor

  • What was the first concert you ever attended? 40 Watt Club with R.E.M., B-52s, The Dbs, or maybe it was a Kiss concert my cousin snuck me into.

  • Where was your first DJ gig and what did you play? Rare funk & soul, breaks & shit at a house party

  • What question would you like to ask an omniscient, all-knowing being before you die? Who made you?

  • What was the first record you bought and where? Steve Martin's Wild & Crazy Guy

  • What artist or person who isn’t a DJ would you like to see DJ? Actually, I had my dear friend Stephen McMillan, an amazing local artist, do a mini DJ set. It was amazing, he has a deep 78 and 45 collection. That was a hoot.


Thanks for taking the time & sharing this mix!










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