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We're super psyched to get a mix from Mike Petillo and Andrew Field-Pickering, the duo that oversee the DC based label, as everything they touch invariably ends up in our collective record boxes these days. Both are supreme crate diggers and DJs and operate on a highly respected music plane, Petillo as one half of Protect U and Field-Pickering as Maxmillion Dunbar and 50 per cent of Beautiful Swimmers, with both spreading their music across a killer range of labels including Planet Mu, Ramp, Live At Robert Johnson, LIES and more.
Proud owners of one of the most lo-fi corners of the internet, Future Times have craftily grown into one of the most dependable and danceable outlets for boogie fried, retro futurist house, with last year's double vinyl Vibe 2 compilation a real statement of intent. Calling on a cast of talented friends such as Hunee, JuJu & Jordash, Steve Moore, Tom Noble, Alexis Le Tan and Jason Letkiewicz, Vibe 2 was quite rightly summed up as "a release that happily twists and turns through all manner of carefree experimentalism without any compromise on quality" in our review last year.
As a label and artists, Future Times looks set to grow further this year, with the two 12"s they've put out to date in that Unknown Artist and the superbly monikered Max D release Orgies Of The Hemp Eaters just a mere hint of what they've got up their figurative sleeves. Indeed the mix they've done for us debuts the first sonic glimpse of the forthcoming Beautiful Swimmers LP in "Cool 'Disco' Dan" - supposedly named in honour of "a graffiti tag that has been ubiquitous in DC/Maryland forever - as well as tracks from a forthcoming Steve Moore 12".
The duo currently have the Atlantic between them, with Field-Pickering on a little European Beautiful Swimmers tour, but that didn't halt them from answering a bunch of questions for us. Read on and enjoy a killer 45 minute selection from two of the best.
2. Slava - Live recording
3. Huerco S - Cercy (Future Times, upcoming)
4. Max D - Slick (Future Times, 2012)
6. Bookworms - African Rhythms (LIES, 2012)
7. Unknown Artist - Echo Drugs (LIES, 2012)
8. Protect-U - Loop 3
9. Beautiful Swimmers - Cool "Disco" Dan (Future Times, upcoming)
10. Steve Moore - Zen Spiders (Future Times, upcoming)
11. Protect-U - Loop 2
12. Suzanne Kraft - Feel (Max D's Raw Flute Swing) (FoF, upcoming)
13. Jay Simon - ???
14. Slava - Live recording
15. Raw People - ???
16. Protect-U - Ultra (Basic Mix) (Vibrations, 2012)
17. Steve Moore - Lwaxana (Future Times, upcoming)