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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.860 Kai Campos (Mount Kimbie)

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RA.860 Kai Campos (Mount Kimbie) : This month, UK duo Mount Kimbie put out a double-album that is essentially two solo records welded together. It’s not terribly surprising: each member lives in different countries (the hip-hop inspired Dom Maker in LA, techno head Kai Campos in London) and they’ve talked about their differences and what each brings to the table in past interviews. MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning splits the duo’s kaleidoscopic sound into its constituent parts, with Maker’s side focusing on woozy hip-hop and R&B and Campos’s reflecting a love of straightforward ’90s techno, as dance floor-friendly as anything the group have ever released.

It’s the latter that we’re here to showcase with this week’s RA Podcast, which is a recording of Campos’s new live set. In a way it’s a more fleshed-out, comprehensive companion to the his side of the album, but it stands on its own as a blistering techno performance. Combining the melodic sense and quirky arrangement tics of Mount Kimbie with a pulsating, stripped-back approach borrowed from Detroit techno—classic drum machine sounds used to the fullest—Campos reinvents himself as one of London’s best techno artists. Like the new Mount Kimbie album, it’s different, welcome and impressive.

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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.859 Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

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RA.859 Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy : As part of our celebration of 21 years of club culture, we’re featuring some of our favourite DJs from around the world, highlighting the parties and clubs most important to their lives in dance music.

The Loft is one of the most storied and sacred spaces in dance music history. Founded in Manhattan in 1970 by the late David Mancuso, The Loft was a party unlike any other: relaxed and gently psychedelic, with pristine audiophile sound played at a medium volume level kinder to the ears. You didn’t need to blast the music to appreciate the sonic perfection of the music and the system it was played on. Over the decades, Mancuso invented his own influential style of DJing, letting the records breathe rather than mashing them together. Mancuso, who died in 2016, had many acolytes over the years, perhaps none more prominent than Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, who provides our final 2122 birthday RA Podcast: a tribute to The Loft.

Murphy has an impressive resume without The Loft: she’s a long-time radio DJ, founded the Classic Album Sundays series and started her own Lucky Cloud Loft Party in London, in collaboration with Mancuso. Her DJing style, slow, steady and respectful of the music, channels those years spent at The Loft, and her RA Podcast embodies the disco-influenced sounds that define the party, played with care, love and reverence.

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