What’s in the Bag? – Loose Lips

Every now and then we like to invite DJs (big and small) to give us a peek inside their record bags and let us know what tracks they love playing out. This time we’re lucky enough to be calling upon the collective musical minds of the Loose Lips crew to hit us with their top 5 of the moment!

Skee Mask – Shred 08
An ultimate favourite of our crew. This is a love letter to 90’s Electronica. Those lush pads, that constantly waving drum pattern and that acid bassline..  It’s the equivalent of getting lost in a sea of liquid lights. 


Milanse Vs. Virus Syndicate – Dead Man Walking
A Grime classic from 10 years ago. But it shouldn’t be called Grime, really. Robots have been uploaded with Virus Syndicate’s AIs and been dropped in the middle of a post-nuclear wasteland designed by London producer Milanese. 


Unit – Static Beef
From the Narcoleptic Symphony album. This is an example of how extremely great music can go over the radar.. This album is a masterpiece from A to Z, delving into the lucid dream states of Christian Fleming, who is now making a living as  a cartoonist for a New-Yorkan newspaper. If this album went into the hand of conservative politicians, it would be banned, because it induces alternate states of consciousness. Hunt it down, you won’t regret it!
Roly Porter – Mass
Since Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy EP, it’s been common to describe the beat as the Bucephalus Bouncing Ball style. Nevertheless, Roly Porter uses it in a completely different way, to emphasise the detailed sound design happening all over this stellar piece of music. Not only this track, but the whole Third Law album is the soundtrack of an imaginary metaphysical science fiction film, released in the year 2126.


Ben Pest – Schedule Acid
This is the cheekiest, catchiest acid tune we’ve heard in a long time, with its nonchalant vocals and that laidback yet ravey vibe, this one is a dancefloor uplifter, in all its Acid simplicity.


The Loose Lips collective hold a weekly residency at Cafe 1001, you can catch them spinning an eclectic mix of tunes every Friday night in the front bar (free entry).
Keep up-to-date with their movements, parties and their compilation series here:
You can also catch them on the airwaves! –
Radar Radio (1st Wednesday of the month, 4-6am)
MEATtransMISSION Radio (Every Monday, 4-6pm)

What’s In The Bag? – Jem Haynes

If you’ve partied on the white isle, chances are the name Jem Haynes is one that’s firmly cemented in your mind. Synonymous with Sundays at Space, Jem’s graced the decks alongside the likes of Derrick May, James Zabiela and Carl Craig to name a few. Now, after 9 years in the Discoteca, Jem’s returned home and heads up the Colour Series label. We’re lucky enough to catch up with him and hear his top 5 tracks of the moment.

“I’m currently on tour in Switzerland, last week I played a great festival in the Swiss Alps called Arosa Electronica. Here is my top 5 from the festival”

Introspectral – Andre Hommen
Andre recently played my Colour Series label party at Arosa Electronica.
He’s not only a fantastic producer but an excellent DJ and all round top man!
This record made so much sense at the top of a mountain on a bright sunny day.


Melos – Vincenzo, Mic Newman
An excellent feel good record that always makes people move.


Alcatraz – MJ Cole
Best known for his smooth garage vibes, MJ Cole rips all that up and rinses out an absolute dance floor banger!


Jem Haynes & SOAME – Streets
One of my own productions that has been getting a great dance floor reaction every time I play. (Out in the shops 28th March).


Depeche Mode – Only when I lose myself (Lexicon Avenue remix)
Played by my mate & production partner Ian Blevins as the last track of the Colour Series party. 7:30 in the morning, the sun rising over the mountains, this hit all the right spots!


Catch Jem headlining Bank of Switches on the 16th April here at Cafe 1001. Event info: http://bit.ly/1XNfcws

Jem’s website: http://jemhaynes.com/

Colour Series website: http://colourseries.com/


Ysanne Reid




For the 6th edition of our mix series we asked VantaBlack residents Groove Detectives to step up to the plate and provide some bangers – and boy did they deliver. The boys have been making waves on the London scene with their fist-pumping, shape-throwing, house-heavy sets and their mix is chock-a-block with groovy, jackin’ tech-house tunes to get you up and moving.

Catch Groove Detectives spinning the main room (alongside Raffa FL, Ellie Cocks, Jimmy Switch, The Mistaa, Simeon Belle and Matt Brawn) for VantaBlack 5th March at Cafe 1001:

VantaBlack is a new nightlife experience for East London.
Conceptualized by Louie Anderson (D-Vine Sounds / Audio Rehab / Beatdown), VantaBlack promises the finest cutting-edge electronic music from the hottest local and international talent. Previous guests include: Arun Verone, Lance Morgan, The Mistaa, Louie Anderson, Simeon Belle






By Ysanne Reid

MXD #002 – Kalix

MXD #002 – Kalix

Number two in our mix series has landed! This time we call upon the talents of 1001 regular Kalix and let him take us on a House-heavy journey with flavours ranging from rolling, quantized Tech House through to pure Acid numbers.


Not many DJs can say they’ve supported R&B Superstar Usher on his 2011 OMG tour, seamlessly mixing RnB, Hip-Hop and House music.. Meet Kalix, a London-based DJ and producer making all kinds of waves.

A regular on the London scene, having supported some of the most influential players on the circuit and done the works (Egg, Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Fabric, even Notting Hill Carnival), Kalix has launched Sucasa – A day-to-night party featuring cutting-edge electronic music, consistently strong lineups and attracting a fun-loving crowd.

His passion and dedication to music fuel his energetic and eclectic sets and give his production that extra something. With releases on Flat7, Minar Records, Paranormal Traxx and most recently I Can’t (release date 1st Ocober 2015) forthcoming on New York’s Karmic Power Records.


Karmicpowerrecords – Kalix-i-cant-original-mix

Catch him play 1001 next Sunday (11th October) for Sucasa.


By Ysanne Reid


MXD 001 – Born Freak

The first in our brand new mix series here at Cafe 1001 and what a way to start! 40 minutes of Deep, Groovy, Techy goodness from Born Freak. Enjoy!

Born Freak
DJ, Producer and head honcho of Freak Trix Records, the genre-defying Born Freak is hotly tipped as one of the rising stars of Dance music. Born Freak, aka. Kasra Mossayeri, is making waves in the inner sanctums of Electronic Dance Music after exploding onto the scene in July 2012 when his debut release, “Cocktail Bar”, was featured on the highly successful Mau5trap compilation album, “We Are Friends: Volume 1.” It still remains the third most downloaded track from the album and, after much acclaim. His genre-bending blend of electro, techno and house has seen him ear-marked for great things over the coming months. Sit tight and Keep it locked!


Born Freak plays Cafe 1001 4th September as part of the Freak Trix Records showcase.

Event Info —> www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?747889


Ysanne Reid