At Home With: Barely Legal

Fri 26th Feb


In today’s At Home With, we catch up with Barely Legal.

Chloe Robinson AKA Barely Legal is at the forefront of the UK’s underground scene with regular outings at fabric, Motion Bristol and The Warehouse Project. Growing up on a healthy diet of garage, grime and bass, the Pretty Weird label boss is louded for her all encompassing sets, recently delivering a brilliant guest mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ BBC Radio 6 Music show.

Chloe’s selections feature the likes of DJ Swagger, James Blake, Silkie, Horsepower Productions and more.





A Favourite Mix:

James Blake - Boiler Room Mix (2013)

I was fortunate enough to be living in London and be friends with the Boiler Room team at the time, so I was so blessed to be able to attend the Boiler Rooms since when they took place in dingy spaces in Hackney. This Boiler Room in particular brings back so much nostalgia and happiness. It was one of my favourite eras for music and James' selection is so bang on, it'll never get old or boring for me. I reckon I've watched it over 35 times. I love hearing Thristians voice over the set too. His mixing isn't perfect in this and that’s what I love, it's raw and it's honest.




A Recent Standout Release:

Silkie - Panorama

Silkie has been a good friend of mine for years and is the reason I am a DJ today to be honest. He encouraged me to purchase decks when I was just a raver as he could see I was a troubled soul during my Uni and part time working years (I still am tbf), and needed an identity. It made sense as I was already collecting records and had a DJ mind set at raves, I wasn’t there just dancing, I was there thinking ‘if the DJ played this tune next it would go off!’ Anyway, yeah this is Silkies latest album which came out on Deep Medi recently and it’s a bit, not sure how to word it exactly, but darker and heavier than his usual sound- definitely has more of a Grime influenced element to his other tracks. I proper rate it!




An All Time Favourite:

Horsepower Productions - In Fine Style

This LP was released in 2002, however I don't think I became familiar with the duo, this release, or the unique sound until I moved to London in 2009 and was attending Plastic People on a weekly basis. This is where I discovered the cross over dark Garage/ Dubstep sound and fell in love ever since. This is an album I can listen to on repeat and it will always do bits for me. I can't believe how old it is, yet how timeless it is, Horsepower Productions are true pioneers.







A Good Read:

Bass, Mids, Tops
by Brian David Stevens and Joe Muggs

Joe, the writer of this book, is a good friend of mine and wrote my first ever piece of press about me for Mixmag back in 2013. The book is a series of interviews conducted by Joe by iconic, influential figures of the UK's soundsystem culture, a mixture of old generation and new. It's accompanied by some amazing portraits of the interviewees taken by photographer Brian David Stevens. It's a refreshing and super interesting read, and the perfect way to learn about the history- directly from those who were involved. I also had involvement in the book, with my own chapter talking about my story of how I got to where I am today with some very raw, honest stories to accompany my words. Other names involved include Mala, Skream, Norman Jay MBE, Shy One, DJ Storm and many more.






Something To Watch:

DJ Swagger - HÖR Berlin Mix

Throughout lockdown the HÖR Berlin Youtube channel has not failed to disappoint with its consistent content of streams from a variety of DJs, many I was unfamiliar to beforehand. DJ Swagger however is a producer who I’ve been supporting for a while. I’ve really enjoyed all his recent releases so I was excited to experience a set from him. It’s a great variation of UK Garage, Grime, Dubstep, Electro, Footwork, you name it- and all mixed really well. A banging selection from a DJ who plays exactly what he wants, not sticking to one sound, which is my philosophy in mixing too. Mix it up, and hope to inspire the listeners with sounds they may be unfamiliar with via how you mix it in unexpectedly, which he does really well.