It’s time again to praise another DJ/Producer I have been very honoured to work with, smoke with and just get to grips with. Fletcher Beadon, known by many as one of the original members of Cape Town’s Krushed & Sorted crew and African Dope Records executives. From big beats and basslines, to locking himself in the studio for 3 months to unearth the African Dope Soundsystem album, Fletcher or DJ Dope as he has been called in the past, deserves a shout out from the Blunted one.
Cape Town has been pushing itself into a more visible spot regarding its musical talents and after the Red Bull Music Academy paid them a visit in 2003, this seemed to be a good progression; A Taste of Sonar.
Fletcher has toned down his beat and bass lifestyle and ventured into his much-loved appreciation for dub and ambient sounds. This is his live set from the Sonar event, which got to see him open for Modeselektor and the Massive Attack DJs. Respect Dude!!!
It was July 1996 when the Mad Blunt Posse played their first nights in Market Street’s Le Club. The first South Africa crew to push the sound of Big Beat hip hop, Dancehall funk and the best place to hear Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Daft Punk and everything else we called different. At the end of the 90′s we all went our separate ways and that meant Shang Hai, China for who we called Missile Myles.
Myles always had a great ear for music and left us on a contract to play the hotels of Shang Hai. After a 7 year absence, Myles came back to visit the folks and see his home town and I managed to slip him a performance at 2012′s Jozifest.
Basically, I pumped him full of all the exciting music I had been collecting over the past couple of years and after his choice, this is the selection we came up with. Using his ear and the M-Audio Xponent, we put this set together to a raving response at the festival.
I’d bought a new laptop especially for the occasion and put it down next to the monitor and buzzed it out on it’s first public appearance. I have never had such a nail biting start to a set and dreamt of my vinyl crate!!! After all the holding on for dear life, we did get started as the last song faded from the Hypnomaniacs.
I did, however, forget to press record on the night and what you hear here is actually my first attempt at piecing a mix together using Ableton Live. Still learning all the knobs and I hope it does justice to our performance on the night.
Thanks Myles, I Love You, Buddy!!!
Let me please take this opportunity to fill in a gap with an ode to
Kid Fonque’s Best of 2011 Mixcloud selection. A great selection of tunes.
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