Welcome to the fourth in the Construct Mix Series, an irregular series of DJ mixes devoted to the world beyond the dancefloor.
From experimental electronics and dark ambient to psychedelic pop and blissed-out indie, the direction of each mix is completely of the artist's choosing.
In keeping with the series' broad remit, featured selectors will include label owners, journalists, promoters and collectors as well as DJs and producers.
Mix Four comes from renowned producer, DJ and head of the wonderful Claremont 56 label, Paul Murphy...
We hope you enjoy...
Paul Murphy (Claremont 56)
Paul Murphy aka Mudd has been DJing for 21 years and producing for 17 of those. His first release, as part of Akwaaba in 1995, ‘Just Pilau’ (on The Idjut Boys Discfunction label) was his entry into the mid 90’s nu disco era. ‘Just Pilau’ was an instant classic and got quickly licensed to Francois Kevorkian’s ‘Essential Mix’ compilation and Ron Trent’s ‘Musical Reflections’ album. This success set the band up to release two acclaimed albums, ‘Do it Tomorrow’ and ‘Too Shiny’ with remixes following for Tummy Touch, Strut, Bear Funk and Session Records.
Akwaaba split in 2003 and Mudd went on to record his first solo album, ‘Claremont 56’ for Rong Music and followed this by setting up his own label, also titled ‘Claremont 56’ with the first release by Mudd & Pollard, ’Villa Stavros’. 40 or so releases later, Claremont 56 is going strong, with a discography including the sell-out compilation series, ‘Originals’ and unreleased mixes of Holger Czukay’s epic back catalogue of works.
In his own recording career, Mudd has been one half of Smith & Mudd since 2000, working alongside partner Benjamin James Smith. The balearic classic ‘Shulme’ was their first vinyl release and was voted no 1 track of the year by the DJ History Forum in 2006. Two albums followed, ‘Blue River’ and ‘Le Suivant’ and the duo have continued to mix their influences and lead the way in the modern day balearic scene.
Mudd’s latest project, ‘BISON’, also formed with Benjamin James Smith, includes krautrock legend, Holger Czukay from ‘Can’ and Salvatore Principato from the cult NY 80’s band ‘Liquid Liquid’. Their first single ‘Way to LA’ has already become a downtempo classic and the second, ‘Soup Fiction’ is sure to follow. Mudd has also worked with Jazz drumming legend, Chico Hamilton on the release ‘Kerry’s Caravan’ and Ahmed Fakroun, a pioneer of modern Arabic world music, on ‘Drago’. He is also working on a new live band project with Bing Ji Ling and Patrick Dawes from Groove Armada on an album project called ‘Paqua’.
Mudd has DJ’ed across the world and recently has played at Seco in Japan, Stockholms award winning club night ‘Slow Blow’, Lux in Portugal, Harvey's Sarcastic Disco in LA, PS1 festival at MoMa New York and has been a regular feature on London’s club scene playing at Fabric, 333, The Cross and the Horse & Groom.
ABOUT THE MIX
'James asked me to contribute a mix to the series probably over a year ago now, thankfully he has the patience of a saint as it took me this long to finally get it done. It was nice to have a dig around in some piles that I haven't looked at for a while and here's the result. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed doing it!'
There is no tracklisting available for this mix
Claremont 56 / Website
Test Pressing / 20 Questions with Paul Murphy
Resident Advisor / Label Of The Month
Claremont 56 / Discogs