Cookie-Dough Guest Mix 18 with Autocycle
Welcome to the Cookie-Dough Guest mix where we invite some of favourite DJ / Producers to answer a few questions and dig deep into their collections and put together a mix of their favourite records.
For this episode we have invited our old mates Liverpool DJ and production collective Autocycle to spin some of the records that have influenced them over the years.
Their recent edit of Anita Baker ‘Sweet Love’ featured in Greg Wilson’s top 20 edits of 2014! Good skills…
Nice one Autocycle!
Ste & Terser
1. Empty Heads feat. Dynamite MC – Shake [YesKing mix]
2. Midnight Runners – Mint
3. Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up [Ziggy Phunk Groovin edit]
4. GL – Won’t You See [Gerd Janson dub mix]
5. Ccccchaves/Phunktastike/Future Feelings/Julian Sanza – Funky Dancefloor [Julian Sanza Space Disco mix]
6. Ronnie Jones – Video Games
7. Grooveman Spot – Spacium
8. Syreeta – Can’t Shake Your Love
9. Ilya Santana – Big Foot [Rayko mix]
10. DJ T – Funk On You
11. Gazeebo – Gushing Climax [Moist mix]
12. Disco Inferno – Squarewave
13. Smith n Hack – Space Warrior
14. Instant Funk – The Funk is On [Autocycle edit]
A few words from Autocycle…
“The funk is gonna get you yet” With the word ‘funk’ being mentioned in several track names and artists, kind of gives it away. It’s what Autocycle are all about, and our roots cross a spectrum from hip hop, disco, soul and beyond, all firmly with an eye on the dancefloor and kicking it on a big system. We use loops in some mixes to do something different with tracks you might have heard before, and hopefully create an element of surprise in terms of what might come next, whilst maintaining the sound we’re looking for.
The opening track we first heard on a Crazy P mix and had no idea what it was. We tracked it down and it’s up there with our most played tracks over the last couple of years, just never got it into a mix. Finally heard it out and about on a boat party in Croatia earlier the year, not surprisingly played by Crazy P. Bought a massive smile to lots of faces! Always try to use a mixture of edits, older stuff alongside recent releases. Tracks like Ronnie Jones’ Video Games add that element of humour and fun that reminds us not to get too serious about music. Grooveman Spot’s Spacium is just filth, pitched up a bit to work with the mix, but what a groove! You’ll notice the intro loop of Syreeta used over the top, and then using effects to leave the vocal to ride on it’s own before dropping into the actual track. Probably not a mix many others would do, but takes you from filth to wild disco abandon, and we’ve purposely let the Syreeta track ride out longer than most on the mix as it’s a classic, but really lights things up. Things go more into heads down spaced out bass heavy territory through the second half, lots of video game inspired samples, giving a nod to elements earlier in the mix, perhaps most prevalant on Smith n Hack’s beast that is Space Warrior – a track that takes us back to club nights like Bugged Out and similar North West nights where we cut out teeth and clubbing memories started. We finish with one of our own edits, a funk laden guitar wig out, nice way to bring things back to the funk roots to end on.
What was the first record you bought that made you realise that you wanted to be a DJ / Producer?
Ace of Base ‘all that she wants’. Do we even need to explain why?
What record makes you most nostaligic?
There’s so many, and for a multitude of reason too. rave wise all of get a bit gooey kneed for josh one contemplation, just the perfect house record really and so versatile for a DJ as well, you can play it at any time in a set.
If we look back at the sets we’ve played over the past couple of years together, martinez brothers ‘funk you up’ and rory phillip’s remix of maximum balloon ‘groove me’ have been big anthems for us in that respect.
We’re big fans of the theme from midnight cowboy as well, some poignant studio moments with the lights down low to that bad boy.
What is your favourite end of night record?
Again there’s a lot than qualify for this really. We’ve closed a set with Carole Kings ‘it’s too late’ before though, and it completely worked. Be hard topping that.
Do you have a guilty pleasure records?
We feel horrific about everything in our collection if we’re being honest, but we have a particularly disgusting obsession with saxophone inflicted pop music. ‘Baker Street’, ‘Careless Whisper’ and The blow monkeys’ ‘this way’ are all stone cold anthems in our eyes.
What is your most treasured piece of vinyl?
camp lo’s first album uptown Saturday night. Fantastic album and an amazing Marvin gaye homage cover.