At Home With: SepehrFri 12th Feb
Next up on at At Home With we take a trip into the world of Sepehr, discovering influences, recent favourites and more from the Bay Area native.
A live act, DJ, and label head, Sepehr has been making waves across the East Coast underground scene and beyond with a distinct palette for twisted techno, emphatic electro and cerebral sonic explorations. Citing the likes of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and post-hardcore bands for kick-starting his affinity with leftfield music, Sepehr dove into his Iranian heritage to deliver a standout debut album ‘Shaytoon’ on Dark Entries early last year.
Sepehr’s selection features DJ Marcelle, Photek, Marlene Stark, Marco Passarani and more.
A Recent Standout Mix:
DJ Marcelle - Muslimgauze Mix
I was recently turned on to DJ Marcelle a few years back and have been hooked to all their output ever since. Wildly fearless, abstract and weird dj whose style somewhat reminds me of one of my fav all time djs/friends, Carlos Souffront. This is the best of both worlds, utilizing their dj style to curate a 100% Muslimgauze mix. The results are incredible! For freaks only.
An All Time Favourite:
Marco Passarani - RA Mix
It is so hard to pick just one mix. But this mix right here gives me such a wild shot of nostalgia that I have to put it here. This just reminds me of the time when I was first getting into underground dance music and listened to this mix for the first time. It has so many gems, all from the peacefrog catalogue, and mixed in a way that I feel is a lost art. It's deep but has all the chicago house flair to make it sublime.
A Recent Standout Release:
Marlene Stark - Hyäne LP
I have been abusing the f**** out of this record. It is definitely my fav album of recent times and has so many quality sonic elements. I think this is criminally underrated, but at the same time i selfishly love having it for myself to play in every set. intoxicating vocals, real jakbeat flavors.
An All Time Favourite:
Photek – Modus Operandi
This is literally the hardest thing to do. I'm not sure its even possible to narrow it down to one, but as far as dance music goes. One of my all time favorites is Photek - Modus Operandi. This album changed everything for me when I heard it. Hearing one record that effortlessly intertwined deep soulful sounds with insanely scientific and evil break beat concoctions truly inspired me. to this day i am still trying to make productions that can hold up to this, and hopefully some day I will.
A Good Read:
Awakening The Buddha Within by Surya Das
I have been filling my head with lots of buddhist literature lately. Transcripts from Trungpa Rinpoche, the book "Awakening The Buddha Within'' and even J. D. Salinger’s writings with buddhist themes.
Something To Watch:
Darkbeat: An Electro World Voyage
I love this electro documentary dark beat. It really breaks down things in a way that all dance music nerds can enjoy, ,especially the emphasis on detroit. Love to see the heads in there who are still crushing it like BMG/Erika (ectomorph), aux 88 and a bunch more. one for the heads!