JJ Mumbles comes through with the next installment of our AFV Mix series. It's 30 minutes full of hip hop infused boom bap goodness, forays into a bit of guitar driven psych pop, finishing up in the regions of some tripped out house bits. Featuring tracks from WotNot founders Charo and JJ himself, and a cut from Deft's forthcoming Clotting ep, this a tasty introduction to the world of WotNot.
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Evy Jane - Sayso (Julien Mier Remix)
J. Sands - Light a Dub 2 This (Mages Sages)
Ackryte - 234-B
Charo - Floating Free (JJ Mumbles Espadrille Skank Remix)
Erik L - Clappintheyhands (ft Detroit CYDI & Stryfe)
MAINFRAME - LARRY KING
Henning - Building Peaks
Bentley - Everybody (Feat. Kanye West, Andre 3000)
Tracey Thorn - Goodbye Joe
Dempsey - Sex On the Beach
Soft Sideral - Tropico
Last Magpie - U see
Deft - Clotting (JJ Mumbles remix)
Who is JJ Mumbles? Tell us a bit about yourself...
North Londoner, music and food fanatic, beat maker, co-founder of WotNot music, vinyl digger, mp3 digger and internet fiend.
How and when did you start making music?
Started making music around 13, but music had been the main thing in my life all the way up to that point. At the start I was mostly making hip hop and trip hop, I tried my hand at rapping but I just mumbled too much and I was way too interested in the beats. All my close mates were rapping or singing and socially this is what we did and still do.
Who do you consider your biggest influences to be?
Have to say my family. For us music and food is a very big deal, my grandma had ClassicFM playing in every room. My step dad had a great record collection of soul, roots/dub reggae, blues and my dad’s tape collection of hip hop and house and later got me really into trip hop. I remember the first time hearing hip hop was walking into my grandma’s kitchen and my dad was listening to Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions” I went nuts and I stole it off him that day. But I do remember having to ask him what most of stuff they were saying.
Favourite producer/Album (EP, Mixtape, Release) in 2011?
I’ve probably had a favourite producer or record every week! There’s a few things I’ve totally rinsed like,
123Mrk – noname EP
Synkro - look at yourself EP
DA-10 – The future is futureless EP
machinedrum - rooms LP
I really liked the Phonte LP, less for the beats and more of what he talks about, it’s like grown man hip hop.
What sort of set up do you use to make music and do you have a specific process you usually go through when making a tune?
I use MPC, loads of vinyl, cubase/ableton, micro korg and korg trition and sp 303. And anything anyone will lend me.
I don’t really have a way of working, I like to just try to do different things. I change my set up week to week, plugging things in in different ways to just see what happens. Sometimes I’ll start on the MPC or make a drum pattern on Ableton in bed.
When playing live what sort of equipment do you use/dream of having one day?
At the moment I’m working on my live set up, I really want it to be more of a band feel, so going to be getting my boys Charo (singer/plays everything under the sun) and K15 (great keys player), and I’ll be on MPC/MPD and I’m sorting out a drummer as well. And a few singers I’m working with such as Belle.
If you could work with any other artist who would it be, and why?
Al Green, his vocal is one of my favourites. There’s a massive number soul and reggae artists I would love to work with, sadly mostly dead.
Someone I’ve always wanted to work with is Roisin Murphy, just another vocal that does me, and I like the fact she has done a real mix of styles.
Who is your favourite producer to look out for in 2012?
A lot of people are saying it and I’m going say it again: Deft. But there is so much good stuff coming out of the UK at the moment, and every week I find someone else that blows my mind.
Plans for the future? Any releases or new works in the pipeline?
My single Boxes & Buttons is out on Feb 27th with a whole load of remixes from the likes of (U) and Fybe:one. I’m working on a single with Charo that shows our love for disco and funk, out in the summer. And as a label we’ve got some amazing releases from Deft, Chesslo Junior, DA-10, K15 and other projects still being finalised. Check the WotNot Facebook page for more details.