Talvin Singh – Back to Mine

Words: JOSH RAY
June 19, 2013

Picture the scene; you’ve just got home from an eight hour shift at an abandoned warehouse, the night’s antics have left you with dwindling serotonin levels and the rumbling sound system has gifted you an incessant ringing in your ears… We’ve all been there, but I’m sure many of you have had to endure such […]


Picture the scene; you’ve just got home from an eight hour shift at an abandoned warehouse, the night’s antics have left you with dwindling serotonin levels and the rumbling sound system has gifted you an incessant ringing in your ears… We’ve all been there, but I’m sure many of you have had to endure such trying circumstances without the audio therapy of the Back to Mine mix series.

Published by the highly renowned Disco Mix Club (DMC), the Back to Mine mix series sought to provide a platform for some of the most highly renowned electronic artists to compile a mix featuring the music they would listen to once they had returned home from a night out as opposed to what they would play in the club.  From its inception at the start of 1999 until it’s untimely end in 2008 the criminally under appreciated mix series has released 28 volumes exploring each subsection of electronica’s many downtempo branches.

Global Underground stalwart NICK WARREN was the first to be enlisted by DMC, beginning the series with a seamless sonic voyage through ambient house and trip-hop. Taking in music from the likes of; Moby, Coldcut, Sub Sub and Craig Armstrong, Warren set the bar high with a mix described by CMJ Music Report as a “felicitous cocktail of psilocybin and mescaline”. Dave Seaman and Danny Tenaglia continued the series in the same vein with a selection of downtempo electronica; however the mix series truly took form in its fourth installment coming from GROOVE ARMADA. At the end of a night when the sun is beginning to creep up from behind the skyline, electronic beats feel somewhat sterile and out of place, what every self-respecting human should be craving at this time is music with a soul! And Groove Armada provide the soul thick and fast in their mix featuring tracks from Barry White, Al Green and Mica Paris.

The series hit a rich vein of form in its seventh volume assembled by trip-hop outfit Morcheeba who, with a ripe mixture of blues, jazz, soul and trip hop arguably provide the series’ finest compilation. Featuring artists as diverse as Taj Mahal, Jim White and David Axelrod, Morcheeba made things very difficult for Asian underground pioneer Talvin Singh who was handed the extremely demanding duty of following up their mix. Singh, however stood up to the test with an outstanding selection of classical Indian music and Asian inspired downtempo beats, perfect – apart from a brief excursion into D&B – to ease you into sleep. UK garage heavyweight MJ Cole concludes the series’ rich vein of form with a soul reviving mix that blends soothing lullabies with rare groove classics and jazz-tinged garage with uplifting trip-hop anthems.

Other noteworthy entries include Lamb’s Voodoo Sessions which juxtaposes soulful grooves coming from Nina Simone, Nitin Sawhney and Melaaz with the sinister offerings of African Headcharge, The Bug and Hipoptimist. Idiosyncratic Norwegian duo RÖYKSOPP too provide a notable entry with their electro odyssey which mixes the best in new wave, italo-disco and funk; coming from the likes of Talking Heads, Funkadelic and Mr. Flagio.

So, instead of offering up your audio jack for any old YouTube DJ to put on monotonous, 360p “deep house” tracks, you’d be best leaving the end of the night’s soundtrack in the more than capable hands of some of electronica’s finest selectors as they take you through their favourite after-hours grooves.


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