Big Shot Guest Mix 321: Avision

avision anthony cardinale big shot guest mix

Under the auspices of his Avision moniker, up-and-coming New York bred/New Jersey based technocrat Anthony Cardinale has been tearing it up in 2016. Championing a style that’s dark but inherently funky, he’s released tracks on his uncle Victor Calderone’s Waveform Recordings and Coyu’s Suara. His recent Freak Zone EP for Mark Broom’s Beard Man label opened his evolving sound to an even bigger audience and was one of August’s most charted releases by our count. Cardinale shows the mixing prowess he’s brought to Pacha NYC (RIP), Cielo, Surf Club, Flash Factory and Output on Big Shot Guest Mix 321, an 12-track session featuring choice tunes by Roman Lindau, Mr. G, TWR72 and Robert Hood.

“Going into this mix I really tried to play tracks that have the peaks and breaks of a long set,” Cardinale says. “With a short set it’s challenging to get your point across. But I feel with the track selection I picked; the set flows like a journey. It’s always easy to play bomb after bomb, but more of a challenge to play tastefully in a short period of time.”

Big Shot Guest Mix 321: Avision

  1. Roman Lindau – “With My Hands” (Second State Audio)
  2. Avision – “Freak Zone” (Beard Man)
  3. Mr. G – “Free Fall” (Breed)
  4. Traumer – “Astra” (Skryptom Records)
  5. Avision – “Dope Jazz” (Beard Man)
  6. Roman Lindau – “After Dark” (Second State Audio)
  7. Ejeca – “Network” (Exploris)
  8. TWR72 -“X2” (Float Records)
  9. Matador – “The Enem”y ft. Felix da Housecat (Julian Jeweil Remix) (Rukus)
  10. Psyk – “Lowdown” / “Reprise “(Tresor)
  11. Seph – “3D Radio” (Aula Magna)
  12. Robert Hood – “Magnet” (Dekmantel)

Big Shot Guest Mix 320: Ben Dubuisson & Kali Phoenix

Hundred Strong and Kali Phoenix Big Shot Guest Mix

Glaswegian singer Kali Phoenix poured her heart and soul out on Voices, an album she recently issued with influential Bristol producer Hundred Strong (a.k.a. Ben Dubuisson) behind the mixing board. It’s a heartfelt release informed by the end of a relationship, but it’s not all doom and gloom. As our Gavin Brown noted in his rave review of the full-length, “Kali Phoenix’s voice is the perfect example of the healing power of music and establishes her out as a talent for the future.”

The duo take the controls of Big Shot Guest Mix 320, a 19-track session of jams by Gil Scott-HeronAlice Clark, Margo Thunder, Johnny Osbourne and Erykah Badu culled from their respective seven-inch collections. “Me and Kali delved into our collection of 45s and put together this mix as an indication of our influences when writing the LP Voices,” explains Dubuisson.The last track, ‘Washington,’ is from the LP itself and will be out on early winter 2016 on 45. The mix ranges from old soul through reggae and then more uptempo boogie stuff. All these tracks mean something to me and Kali, be it through the songs themselves, the production or just the overall feel.”

Big Shot Guest Mix 320: Ben Dubuisson & Kali Phoenix

  1. Alice Clark – Don’t You Care – Mainstream
  2. Sebastian Williams – Get Your Point Over – Ovide
  3. Margo Thunder – Express Way To Your Heart – Capitol
  4. Hank Soul Man Mullen- Listen – Ever-Soul
  5. Tyrone Davis – Can I Change My Mind – Dakar
  6. George Franklin Smallwood- Hey Mamma- Smallwood
  7. Gil Scott-Heron- When You Are Who You Are – Flying Dutchman
  8. Sharon Jones – How Long- Daptone Records
  9. Sydney, George and Jackie – Feeling High – Attack
  10. Nina Soul – Barbwire – Studio 1
  11. Collie Buddz – Blind To You – Black Chiney Records
  12. Johhny Osbourne – Truth and Rights -Massive
  13. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going on – All Fingers
  14. Erykah Badu – Honey-Hard Food
  15. Susan Cadogan – Juicy Fruit-Ximena Records
  16. Advance – Take Me To The Top – Champion
  17. Chemise – She Can’t Love You – Phillips
  18. Skyy – Here’s To You – Salsoul
  19. Kali Phoenix – Washington – High Noon

Big Shot Guest Mix 319: Bionik

Producer Stefon Bionik Taylor has spent years in the studio, cutting tracks with artists including Ice-T and Far East Movement. Hell, he’s even been in the studio with legendary producers such as George Martin and Peter Mokran. A multi-instrumentalist, he sings, plays guitar, bass, drums and percussion on all of his own sample-free music.

At the start of the summer he released his The Way I Be EP and has brought his live show to festivals including Sonic Bloom and Electric Forest. Although not a DJ, he was kind enough to hit the lab and forge a bottom-heavy Big Shot Guest Mix featuring his own cuts as well as jams by UZ, Bassnectar, N.A.S.A. and more.

I was really excited when Big Shot wanted to feature a mix from me. I am a producer who usually specializes in live, interactive performance of my original bass music (I’m not a DJ), so I took this as an opportunity to showcase what I do in a live situation, alongside some of my favorite producers’ new and classic tracks.

I recorded this mix live in one pass doing additional arrangement and transitions, plus playing live Roland drum pads, dub effects and scratching on a CDJ. I did a few select overdubs afterward, but I tried to keep it live to leave some room for beautiful accidents.

Some of the artists I chose for this mix are a big inspiration to me. UZ, Bleep Bloop Stooki Sound and Buku are some of my favorites who are shaping the Bass Music genre. Not to mention heavyweights like Bassnectar and Yellow Claw, whose influence is incontestable.

As I said, I’m not a DJ. I only play my own music and strive to create unique experiences when I perform live, but having the chance to drop some of my tracks next to these cats and play along was awesome!

Big Shot Guest Mix 319: Bionik

  1. Troy Boi & Stooki Sound – W2L
  2. Alvin Risk – Beast Mode feat. Hodgy Beats (UZ Remix)
  3. Bionik – Rock With Me feat. Sophia Eris
  4. What So Not & Dillon Francis – Arrows feat. Dawn Golden
  5. Bionik – Ball Like Beijing feat. Lizzo
  6. Stooki Sound – Talkin’ About (Shut Up VIP)
  7. UZ – Magellan
  8. Mochipet & Mr. Lif – Spark (Bionik Remix)
  9. Bleep Bloop – Feel The Cosmos
  10. NGHTMRE – Burn Out
  11. Bionik – Volkano
  12. UZ – Gladiator
  13. Bionik – Helikopter
  14. Sunshine – Rye Rye (Soohan Remix)
  15. Bassnectar – Don’t Hate The 808 (G Jones Remix)
  16. Bionik – Live Segment
  17. Doohan – Spiritual Gangster (Bionik Remix)
  18. Buku – Laugh Track
  19. Bionik – Hysterikal
  20. G Jones – Lavender Town
  21. Buku – All Deez
  22. Jesse Felluss & Bionik – Burn This
  23. Tropkillaz – Devagarin
  24. Bionik – Back To The Beat
  25. N.A.S.A. – Iko feat. Lizzo
  26. Bionik – The Way I Be
  27. Yellow Claw & Tropkillaz – Assets feat. The Kemist

Catch Bionik Aug 26-28 at Imagine Music Fest in Atlanta and September 1-5 at Backwoods Fest in Stroud, OK.

Big Shot Guest Mix 318: NoizyKnobs

Turin techno twosome NoizyKnobs espouse a musical ethos that’s informed by Detroit and beyond. To date, the Italian duo have performed at clubs like Tresor and various European festivals, provocatively presenting their live show consisting of analog synths, drum machines and computers. Having recorded for GND Records, EDR and N.O.I.A. — future releases are in the works on Planet Rhythm and Motech — this month saw the release of their Luminescence EP on Mark Broom’s Beard Man. On their Big Shot Guest Mix you can hear “Alpha Decay” from the sprawling three-track affair, as well as sublime, techy offerings from Deetron, Westboy, Roman Poncet and more.

Big Shot Guest Mix 318: NoizyKnobs

  1. Deetron – Mister Smooth (Music Man)
  2. NoizyKnobs – Bloops (Ten Grams Remix) (Eternal Drive Recordings)
  3. Westboy – Green Illusion (Truncate Remix) (Root50)
  4. Hertz Collision – Lost (Ivite’s Choice)
  5. Roman Poncet – Walfisch (A.R.T.S)
  6. Mark Broom – Sixty Six (TWR72 Remix) (Beard Man)
  7. Adryiano – Phase Misery (Soul Notes)
  8. Lewis Fautzi – Discharge (Soma]
  9. Truncate – Another One (Len Faki Remix) (Truncate)
  10. NoizyKnobs – Alpha Decay (Beard Man)
  11. Konstantin Sibold – Mutter (Running Back)

Big Shot Guest Mix 317: Tevo Howard


In January we premiered Chicago house visionary Tevo Howard’s Here And Now Film Collection, a captivating 45-minute mini documentary offering behind-the-scenes insight into the DJ/producer’s global travels and fly-on-the-wall conversations with the staff at Gramaphone Records in Chitown and producer peer Fred Peterkin. It’s fitting that we begin the second half of 2016 with a spectacular Big Shot Guest Mix from the Windy City pioneer. Instead of crafting a session brimming with upfront tracks, Howard, who helms Beautiful Granville Records and Tevo Howard Recordings, revisits the ’90s and presents a musical glimpse of what a Chicago DJ mix would’ve sounded like back in the day. Howard drops classics by Inner City, Black Box and Steve Hurley, with our favorite being D:Ream‘s rousing “U R the Best Thing” (Def Klub Mix) revamped by David Morales.

“The ’90s Popular House Mix sessions consist of roughly five DJ set takes of 1990s house music selected in a mix that one might hear on Chicago streets from vehicles on a Saturday night,” Howard explains. “Alongside the recent trend embracing ’90s culture and house music, these sessions give an insight into ’90s Chicago house music from a popular look at what Chicago actually played on radio stations back then, and a careful selection of the classics handpicked by me. The first track of this particular mix session, ‘Another Sleepless Night’ by Shawn Christopher, is a track to always keep in your record bag.”

’90s Popular House Mix (Session 5)

  1. Shawn Christopher – “Another Sleepless Night”
  2. Inner City – “Big Fun”
  3. Black Box – “Strike It Up”
  4. Joe Smooth – “I’ll Be There”
  5. Diva – “Get Up”
  6. Samantha Fox – “I Wanna Have Some Fun”
  7. Wee Papa Girls – “Blow the House Down”
  8. House Syndicate – “Jam the Mace”
  9. House of Venus – “Dish & Tell”
  10. Steve Hurley – “Work It Out”
  11. Deee-Lite – “ESP”
  12. Inner City – “Do You Love What You Feel”
  13. Black Box – “I Don’t Know Anybody Else”
  14. D:Ream – “U R the Best Thing” (Def Klub Mix)
  15. Sweet Sensation – “Child Of Love”
  16. Double Dee – “Found Love”

Big Shot Guest Mix 316: DJ Drez

Big Shot Guest Mix 316: DJ Drez

How heavy my heart is. The Pulse nightclub massacre, Syria, the assassination of Jo Cox, Donald Trump — it’s too much negativity to process. Life always presents challenges, but lately hatred and barbarism seem to be lurking at every turn. For the past few days I’ve found solace in DJ Drez’s Big Shot Guest Mix. His thoughtful downtempo journey has been a therapeutic respite from the din of bad news. I’m so grateful for the positivity it’s given me and hope it will give you some comfort too.

On the mix the LA-based DJ/producer/musician, who released his Alpine Swift album this month on Nectar Drop Music, weaves a tapestry of classic soul/R&B (Sade, Roy Ayers, Tom Scott), hip-hop (Bankroll Fresh, Oddisee) and chilled electronica (Tranquility Bass, Odesza). “For me this mix is like thinking out loud, a short journey into my head expressing different thoughts, flavors and taste,” says DJ Drez. “I love music that tells stories literally with words and sonically where the mind travels into perception, imagination and dreams.” Here’s hoping for more stories with a happier endings.

Big Shot Guest Mix 316: DJ Drez

  1. Timmy Thomas – “Why Can’t We Live Together”
  2. DJ Drez – “Feel Heaven”
  3. Bankroll Fresh – “Don’t Let Go”
  4. Odesza – “Kusanagi”
  5. Arthur Russell – “Answers”
  6. Ben Pearce – “What I Might Do”
  7. DJ Drez – “Sita’s Love remix”
  8. Tom Scott – “Today”
  9. Tranquility Bass – “Cantamilla”
  10. Sista Nancy, Nina Simone & Nas – “Famous Bam Bam”
  11. Oddisee – “Flight Delays”
  12. Oddisee – “After Thoughts”
  13. DJ Drez – “Into Space”
  14. Sade – “Cherish The Day”
  15. Admin Payne – “Searching”
  16. Roy Ayers – “Searching”