M51: I-Robots


Italy's I-Robots is one of the most prolific re-editers in the game, putting out a slew of official reworks via his Opilec Music label. With his DJ career stretching back to the early '80s and with a sideline as a second-hand record dealer, his knowledge is impeccable. Uncovering rarities and forgotten gems, he manipulates tracks in both classic chop 'n' splice edit style and also in more complex arrangements. This mix is a journey through his edit suite.

*How would you describe your sound?*
"Nomad Sound" for sure... Eclectic freestyle without "Taboo"

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*
After a complete life spent in digging and collecting music i could say that i take inspiration from all kind of interesting sound, artist, label, nationality.... African rhythms, Disco beats, Synth mood, Electronic vision, freestyle grooves and around.... for me some seminal influential artists and friends that really REPRESENT are James Brown, Fela Kuti, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Larry Levan, Daniele Baldelli, Sly & Robbie, John Gibbs, Adrain Sherwood, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Kevin Saunderson, LTJ Bukem, Klein & M.B.O., Goldie, Liquid Liquid, Ryuichi Sakamoto, YMO, Kool & The Gang, Horace Silver, Gill Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, Many Dibango, Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Herbie Hancok, Francois Kevorkian, Joe Claussell, Ron Trent, Chez Damier, Jus_Ed, Eumir Deodato, Patrick Adams, Sylvester, Giorgio Moroder, Mark Cerrone, Simple Minds, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Klaus Schulze, Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou-Vangelis, The Human Lague, Brian Eno, Moebius, Connie Plank, Talking Heads, The Units, Schaltkreis Wasserman, Ashra, Manuel Göttsching, Supermax, Yello, ESG, Lil' Louis, Brian Auger and many many more........

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*
It was funny to produce this "freestyle mix" with a live party attitude and no computer - no sync selecting only material that i personally produced or reworked during my career... It was the first and only tak done...

01 Kraftwerk - Numbers (I-Robots Edit) - Not On Label
02 No More - Suicide Commando (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Opilec Music
03 Savas Pascalidis - Fly With The Wind (I-Robots Edit) - Opilec Music
04 I-Robots - Spacer Woman (Oxtongue Version) - Opilec Music
05 Emilie Nana - Like You (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Opilec Music
06 I-Robots - Glamouflage (Take II) - Opilec Music
07 No More - 23 Blood And Flowers Pt. IV (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Opilec Music
08 Billy Bogus - Glamouflage (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Opilec Music
09 I-Robots - Streets Of Dongguan - Opilec Music
10 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Emanon (I-Robots Reconstruction Take II) - Opilec Music
11 Cerrone - Cycle's Woman (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Not On Label
12 Blue Rondo A La Turk - The Heavens Are Crying (I-Robots Dreaming Of Hacienda Reconstruction) - Not On Label
13 S'Express - Funky Killer (I-Robots Reconstruction) - Opilec Music
14 I-Robots - Own Existence ft. Tuscania (Club Edit) - Opilec Music
15 Ahzz - New York's Movin' (I-Robots Reconstruction Take I) - Opilec Music


M50: Aroop Roy


Monologues returns to Farbfernseher, Berlin on Saturday 17 March

Aroop Roy has come from seemingly nowhere to become a major force in recent times, with his eclectic blend of disco, house and worldly flavours fusing brilliantly on smash releases like Talkin Bout Life and his sumptuous My Home EP on Lazy Days Recordings. But he’s been grinding for a minute, having first released in 2007, putting out a debut album in 2010 and a steady stream of 12”s since. It just goes to show that talent and persistence always wins in the end. His Monologues mix shows a producer in full swing, with some of his very tasty edits woven in along the way.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I make a wide range of music with few genre barriers. A lot of my dancefloor releases blend organic and soulful sounds including african, Latin, jazz and funk music, with deeper elements of house and modern disco music.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?* -

My sound reflects my eclectic tastes. I grew up listening to everything from rock, pop and hip hop to soul, jazz and classical. Living in Brighton, I had access to a vibrant community of record stores and this together with radio also opened up the world of dance music. I've played in indie bands, funk bands and even a Jimi Hendrix covers band (I was indeed Jimi!). It would be impossible to make a comprehensive list of influences, but a few examples would include Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, The Mizell Brothers, Azymuth. The radio shows of Gilles Peterson and Brighton hero Russ Dewbury were also hugely important in opening my ears even further.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

The mix is a collection of releases from the past few years right up to a few forthcoming cuts, combining original tracks, collaborations, reworks and a few edits. It represents the diversity of my output but also joins the dots between tracks that might initially seem to be very different to each other.



Renata Rosa - Brilhantina (Aroop Roy rework) [Gamm]
Aroop Roy feat. Blaktroniks [Delusions of Grandeur]
Aroop Roy - Tembandumba [Sol Power Sound]
Tunji Oyelana and the Benders - Ifa (Aroop Roy Rework) [Basic Fingers]
Aroop Roy - What I Love [Delusions of Grandeur]
Aroop Roy feat. Gasper Nali - Abale [Sol Power Sound]
Aroop Roy - We Together [House of Disco]
Azymuth - May I have This Dance (Aroop Roy Rework) [White]
Aroop Roy - I Listen [Lazy Days]
Aroop Roy - Todo Mundo Tem Amor [Gamm]
George Duke - 'Scuse Me Missus (Aroop Roy Edit)
Aroop Roy - Reason to Dance [Kampana]
Aroop Roy - Talkin' Bout Life [House of Disco]

Out now on Kampana 'Classics 3'  

Out now on Lazy Days 'My Home EP'  


M49: Voyeur


Download http://hypeddit.com/track/6cpm9j

One of the UK's hottest house duos @voyeuraudio deliver lashings of unreleased goods after releasing 'Orchid' on our 'Dialogue Vol. 3' vinyl only EP last month (buy at bit.ly/m12009dj on Deejay.de or bit.ly/m12009juno at Juno)

*How would you describe your sound?*

The way voyeur rolls of your lips.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

Everything and anything, as long as it has a feeling!

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

Past, present and future voyeurism.


M48: Fouk


Follow us on SoundCloud to hear our label releases first http://soundcloud.com/monologues

Utrecht duo Fouk have emerged from the new wave of Dutch house and disco artists like Detroit Swindle and Nachtbraker, in no small part thanks to the former’s Heist Recordings. Through there and other avenues like their own Outplay label, House Of Disco Recordings and Razor-N-Tape Reserve, they have pushed their patchwork of grooves with great success over the last couple of years. With a knack for crafting infectious keys solos and sourcing the most pleasing of analog synth sounds, they have made themselves known for an assured, highly musical sound.

How would you describe your sound?

Warm house music with a lot of soul and funk. We aim to make people smile with our music. :)

What and who inspires you and influences your sound?

The dreaded question! In general jazz, funk and disco from the ‘70s / ‘80s. It’s always hard to give a specific answer to this. But our tastes are pretty varied and we can get inspired by good art, great nights out playing and fun with friends; relaxation and fun feeds creativity. Also we get inspired by others in the genre of course — it’s inevitable!

Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?

It’s mainly music we made this year, sort of an end of year compilation. Also a couple of unreleased tracks from us. There’s a lot of new stuff coming up next year, but wasn’t ready to share with you just yet ;)

Fouk - Orchard [House Of Disco Records]
Fouk - Butterfunk [Outplay]
Kraak & Smaak - Smile (Fouk Dub) [Jalapeno Records]
Fouk - With Lasers [Heist Recordings]
Snacks - Deep Fry (Fouk Remix) [House Of Disco Records]
Fouk - Organ Freeman [Outplay]
Fouk - Ronnie Slaws [Times Are Ruff]
Fouk - New Canvas [Razor-N-Tape Reserve]
Fouk - Wong Way [Outplay]
Luke Million - Back To The Rhythm (Fouk Remix) [etcetc.]
Fouk - Winter [Outplay]


M47: Jad & The


Monologues returns to Farbfernseher Berlin on December 8 with Jad & The + Ben Gomori https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1024040

With a keen sense for melodic hooks and a rarely paralleled knack for uncovering delectable samples, Berlin-based Australian producer Jad & The is making some of the tastiest deeper house music of the moment. With releases on Toy Tonics, 2mr and Axe On Wax all doing the damage and his own Beats Of No Nation label also doing the damn thing, he’s made a serious mark on our minds this year. His mix closes with his breakbeat-focused remix for our very own Leon Revol, showing that he’s still got a lot more breadth to offer.

*How would you describe your sound?*

To be honest I'm still yet to discover my true sound. My 40 unfinished Ableton sessions of completely different musical genres will prove this. Maybe one day I'll pinpoint 'my sound' but just now I'm still experimenting and constantly evolving stylistically and musically.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

I'm very inspired by old disco, soul, funk, afrobeat, and jazz records. I'm constantly digging trying to discover sample sources or inspiration. I'm very into the art of sampling and hip-hop guys like Marley Marl, Pete Rock, Dilla, Madlib and co.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

It was a funny experience listening to some records I made three or more years ago. Put a smile on my face though and I realised I've progressed a lot in a few years!



Jad & The - Underachieving Koala [Centre Source Records]

Jad & The Ladyboy - The Bill Collector [Exploited]

Jad & The - Familiar Family Photo [Toy Tonics]

Jad & The Ladyboy - Hey Sister [Free Download offered on Deep House Amsterdam]

Jad & The - Gospel Five [Axe On Wax]

Jad & The - Underground Real Shit [2MR]

Jad & The - Accidental Audi Driver [Toy Tonics]

Jad & The - Love Tool [Centre Source Records]

Jad & The - Low Budget Action Movie [Beats Of No Nation]

Jad & The Ladyboy - Step In My Direction [Exploited]

Jad & The - Disco Dancefloor Tool [2MR]

Leon Revol - Lou Bet Sou (Jad & The Remix) [Beats Of No Nation]



M46: Ramsey & Fen


Monologues returns to Farbfernseher Berlin on December 8 with Jad & The + Ben Gomori https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1024040

Something a bit special from the vaults this month. Ramsey & Fen were amongst the most prolific and pioneering producers in the UK garage scene from the latter half of the '90s into the 2000s. Their intrictate grooves, skipping percussion and weighty basslines were emblematic of the sound that the London scene birthed that would eventually lead on to grime, dubstep and all the sub-genres and hybrids that followed. Their legacy aside, they simply made immensely catchy feel-good music that oozed soul and groove from every pore. We're chuffed to have them dig out an old mix that only ever appeared as a promo CD, comprised of course of nothing but their own much-lauded productions. 

The Heartists - Belo Horizonti (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [VC Recordings]
Ramsey & Fen feat. Lynsey Moore - Love Bug [Bug Records]
Fabulous Baker Boys - Oh Boy (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [Multiply Records]
Ramsey & Fen - Style (Dub Mix) [Bug Records]
Somore - I Refuse (What You Want) (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [Locked On]
Kym Mazelle - Quality ((Ramsey & Fen + MJ Cole Remix) [white label]
Ramsey & Fen - Colours [Bug Records]
N-Tyce - Telefunkin’ (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [Telstar]
Ramsey & Fen - Into You [Bug Records]
Lovestation - Teardrops (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [Fresh]
Ramsey & Fen - Desire [Bug Records]
Sandy B - Make My World Go Round (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [Champion]
Ramsey & Fen - Always [Bug Records]
Yazz - Abandon Me (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [EastWest]
Ramsey & Fen - Over [V.I.P. Records]
Shernette May - All The Man That I Need (Ramsey & Fen Mix) [Virgin]
187 Lockdown - Kung-Fu (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [EastWestDance]
Sweet T - The Feeling (Ramsey & Fen Remix) [VC Recordings]
Your Mum - String On [Bug Records]
Ramsey & Fen - Playboy (RAF 4x4 Mix) [Bug Records]
Ramsey & Fen - What's Going On [Bug Records]


M45: Ethyène


Ethyène and his Moonrise Hill Material crew have come seemingly out of nowhere to become some of 2017’s most in-demand deep house & disco purveyors. Alongside Folamour, Kaffe Crème and St. Clair, the quartet have delivered tonnes of acclaimed music on their own and other labels <<du jour>>, as the French themselves might say. Ethyène’s love of hip-hop as well as 4/4 also shines through on this mix which takes in some of his downtempo excursions alongside dancefloor grooves, with plenty of unreleased action on the way. Sample-heavy, charming stuff with an almost pop-like sensibility.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I mainly produce downtempo house music and hip-hop built around samples. As a producer who loves to sample, I guess my music is at the crossroads between all the genres I'm daily digging with an important focus on natural grooves & ‘90s black music.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

I've been listening to tons of hip-hop when I was younger thanks to my family living in Philadelphia which is close to NYC and is the city of Jazzy Jeff and The Roots. As a huge Nas fan, I think I discovered sampling through DJ Premier and immediately felt in love with it. I discovered then sample-based house music thanks to the French scene classics like Pépé Bradock, St Germain and started to have a huge interest in this genre until I got into the early Detroit house scene—Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Andrés—and decided this was the music I wanted to do.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This mix features tracks from almost of my releases until today. I feel kind of proud to have been asked to record a 100% Ethyène mix and being able not to spend such an unpleasant hour listening to it, haha...

Ethyène - This Must Be The Place [Unreleased]
Ethyène - Playin' With Fire [Better Listen Records]
Ethyène - Sound Of Freenidad [Groovence Records]
Ethyène - Cinnamon Flavor [Kyoku Records]
Ethyène - Ain't No Love Lost [Moonrise Hill Material]
Ethyène - Whatcha Been Doin ? [Unreleased]
Ethyène - A Common Soul [Moonrise Hill Material]
Ethyène - Strangers Must Be [Kolour LTD]
Ethyène & Folamour - Why My Love [Better Listen Records]
Ethyène - Every Drop [Moonrise Hill Material]
Ethyène - May The Ghost Leave A Body [Unreleased]
Ethyène - 'Lone At The Mall [Unreleased]



M44: Harry Wolfman


Next Monologues party: 29/09 @ Number 90, London w/ Ben Gomori + Si Domone https://www.facebook.com/events/149685052287757

Born and raised in the UK but currently living in Malaga, Harry Wolfman’s gathers dusty samples into loose permutations of deep house and new school disco. With a distinctive sound binding his productions together, he’s found fans through releases on House Of Disco, Dirt Crew and Secret Reels amongst others. He takes us across the full gamut of his sounds in his Monologues mix, from downtempo hazy chuggers through to his samplelicious dancefloor grooves, entirely made up of unreleased and forthcoming material.

*How would you describe your sound?*

House music primarily - usually with a lil dose of fun[k]. Also dreamy, cosmic, organic?... a lil nostalgic.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

Music across the spectrum... anything from Brian Eno all the way to Rage Against The Machine... lots of jazz and funk... soundtracks... hip hop. Also experiences, playing music out to people... other art... science fiction and stuff. Life, i guess.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This is basically an hour of forthcoming solo material over the coming months... apart from the last tune which is just a lil jam I knocked up. Just sharin' the love on what's to come :]


Harry Wolfman - Untitled [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Upstream [Leonis] [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Pigs in Blankets [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - The Rickest Rick [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Floozy [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Stromboli [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Nemoto [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - The Accord [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Hitch [Forthcoming]

Harry Wolfman - Untitled [Unreleased]



M43: YGT / Your Gay Thoughts


Next Monologues parties:

12.08 Number 90, London with Cody Currie + Danvers


01.09 Farbfernseher, Berlin with Zepherin Saint + Ben Gomori


Something pretty different for you this month on Monologues as we head over to the beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia to meet Your Gay Thoughts. This five-piece outfit make weird, wonderful, woozy downtempo beats that cross from wigged-out stoned hip-hop jams to jazzy oddities and plenty more experimentalism besides. They’ve also recently branched out into dancefloor-oriented sounds via their YGT project, churning out Frits Wentink-y leftfield house wonk of the highest order. This mix takes you through both sides of their creative output and makes for a pretty wild trip.

*How would you describe your sound?*

Fake jazz / post-pop.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

There's so much new inspiring music one can hear every that it's really hard to define what exactly influences our stuff, but that I could say that the millennium golden age of MTV RnB probably leaves marks in every step of our musical voyage.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?

This mix to me is like a journey that takes you through our past, present and also the future, because it includes bits of forthcoming work, that's still in progress. In the mix there's music from our band Your Gay Thoughts, instrumental beats, some stuff from YGT—our new dancefloor friendly project—some music from our forthcoming second LP that will come out on King Deluxe in 2018, a forthcoming track for Jazz Cabbage, a few remixes from our friends, some old demos, new demos, few exotic edits we released for Prrrrrrr Records and more.


Your Gay Thoughts - Perilous Storm [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - 8bit Astro [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Gastrolith pt 2 (TizTiz Remix) [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Dybbuk Instrumental (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Wet Vexing Rose (Salty Sam Remix) [King Deluxe)

Your Gay Thoughts - Morning After (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Claude Monet [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Transit of Venus instrumental (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Inn Kick Blunt 6 (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Inn Kick Blunt 4 (demo)

Your Gay Thoughts - Westside [rx:tx]

Your Gay Thoughts - untitled footwork demo

Your Gay Thoughts - That's Past [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - Wet Vexing Rose [King Deluxe]

Your Gay Thoughts - The Watercolors CD hidden track [King Deluxe]

Untitled YGT Remix [Jazz Cabbage]

Brazillian Girls - All About Us (YGT live edit)

YGT - UWTB [Jazz Cabbage]

YGT - untitled (demo)

YGT - Aperol Spritz [SVNSET WAVES]

Your Gay Thoughts - Mariah [King Deluxe]

Alain Gorager - La Femme (Your Gay Thoughts Flip) [Prrrrrrr Records]

Your Gay Thoughts - Honolulu [King Deluxe]

YGT - Mary Lou [Jazz Cabbage]

Les Baxter - Wotuka (Your Gay Thoughts Flip) [Prrrrrrr Records]



M42: DJ Spen


DJ Spen plays 51st State Festival on August 5th in London. More details at https://www.51ststatefestival.com

Something a bit different on Monologues this month as we partner with London's house/disco/garage mecca 51st State Festival to present a legend of soulful house music, DJ Spen. One of the most prolific and popular producers in that end of the spectrum, his career stretches back to the glory days of US house and garage in the mid-’90s, when he was part of the legendary production outfit The Basement Boys. He counts hundreds of production credits to his name, with collaborations alongside Karizma and Todd Terry and remixes for Michael Jackson and Diana Ross along the way. His Quantize Recordings and unquantize labels are two of the scene’s best-selling imprints, and with such a huge body of work behind him, choosing what to pick on this mix can’t have been easy. It’s an honour to have him as a guest.

*How would you describe your sound?*

I describe my sounds as being soulful, funky, disco, jazzy, feel good dance music.

*What and who inspires you and influences your sound?*

A plethora of people and entities influence my sound from Gamble and Huff, to Parliament Funkadelic, to Curtis Mayfield and Quincy Jones, to Soul II Soul, to DJ Premier, to Jazzy Jeff, Dr. Dre and the list goes on.

*Can you tell us a little about this mix and what it means to you?*

This mix is a combination of many of the sounds I love to put together. Hard and gritty, to smooth and melodic dance cuts. It was a joy to put together!



Black Motion - Rainbow (DJ Spen & Michele Chiavarini Remix) [Defected Records]

Namy - Colors Of The Universe (DJ Spen Remix) [unquantize]

Jasper Street Company - I Wanna Be Happy (Dave Anthony & DJ Spen Remix) [Basement Boys Records]

Junior White - In Da House (DJ Spen Remix) [unquantize]

Pauline Henry - Heaven (DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remix) [Groove Odyssey]

DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz present Marc Evans - The Way U Love Me [The Sound Of Defected]

Spencer Morales ft. Randy Roberts - Without Your Love (DJ Spen & Thommy Bootleg Dub) [Quantize Recordings]

MF Robots - The Night Is Calling (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix) [Quantize Recordings]

Sharon Brown Adams - We Got The Funk (Spen's Low End Theory Mix) [Quantize Recordings]

Richard Burton - Bad Luck (DJ Spen Bootleg Mix) [Groove Odyssey]

Chiwoniso - Gomo (DJ Spen & Soulfuledge Remix) [Soul Clap Records]


Next Monologues parties:

Aug 12 - Number 90, London - Cody Currie + Ben Gomori http://bit.ly/2sTNWmw

Sept 1 - Farbfernseher, Berlin - Black Loops + Ben Gomori http://bit.ly/2sNqUCA

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