AV Mix Series - Bokeh Fields

AV Mix Series - Bokeh Fields

Our 22nd entry to the mix series is a beautiful cinematic soundscape to get lost in, put together by a young Singaporean musician who's been releasing a steady stream of impressive ambient pieces on Bandcamp!

Shawn aka Bokeh Fields is a wizard of modular synthesis, leaning heavily into introspective and exploratory moods in his music. We're fans of his mini album 'See You Soon' which he released in June last year, and highly recommend checking out his follow up works since then as well. This mixtape he's put together for us is definitely meant for home or headphones use - press play for a deeply personal journey and scroll down for the interview. 



Hey Shawn! Great to finally have you on the series. How’ve you been going these days?

I’m honoured to be on here, thanks so much for having me! All things considered, I’ve been doing well thankfully. I’m currently keeping afloat in yet another busy university semester, and friends, family and music always help with that.

We imagine your mini album sitting pretty nicely amongst everything in our Ambient.exe section! What was the initial inspiration and is there anything coming up next?

How that record came about was that I was sifting through my vault of unreleased/draft projects (I’m guilty of having a lot of those) and I felt a common thread running through a couple of them, I just couldn’t quite put my finger on what the theme was at the time. One of the tracks from this group was “Old Swans” which I had written with a surprisingly clear vision in mind – it’s about having grown old with your significant other. I kinda took reference from that loving old couple in the film “Up” (apart from the sad part :”) ). I was really drawn to that theme so I thought to extend it to see if it could unite the other tracks and when it started to make sense, I knew I had a new EP in the works. Well, at least it was going to be a short EP at first but I felt that the initial pieces alone didn’t capture the full story, so I crafted more tracks to complete the narrative and that’s how we ended up with a mini album!

And regarding what’s next, yes I’m always dedicating time to work on new music when I can! My latest single “Swept Away In Time’s Ocean” just dropped in September and saw a shift into dancier territory. No fixed details on the next project yet but I may explore this direction further or perhaps do something entirely different, we’ll see!


You mentioned the electronic music production club at uni, how pivotal has that been in your journey?

Shoutout to NUS Electronic Music Lab (EML)! They’re a really fun and talented bunch. Even having entered the club with several years of music production experience, there’s so much to learn from everyone, even those who’ve never touched a DAW before. They make production choices and break rules in creative ways, intentionally or otherwise, that I’ve never considered on my own. We’re also extremely fortunate to have Ableton-certified trainer Benjamin Ang as our artistic director. He’s very supportive and always equipping us with new techniques and expanding our production and performance toolkit.

It’s so easy to get overly comfortable with particular production choices which can often lead to a creative block, so gathering all these fresh perspectives from everyone at the club has been very helpful. It was also through EML that I had my first experience of performing electronic music live when we did a couple of shows for our university’s art festival earlier this year!

Most of all, I’m super grateful for the community. I think anyone’s who’s genuinely tried a hand at making art can relate when I say that it can get lonely and tough at times, so the motivation you get from being around people who support you and love doing the same thing as you is absolutely invaluable.


Modular seems to be an ever-evolving process – are there any modules you can’t live without? We'd love to hear about the modules that are central to your system / unique to your workflow and why you love them.

Absolutely! First and foremost, it’s gotta be Make Noise’s Morphagene. It’s pretty much the heart of my modular system. I use it mainly as a continuous sample mangler and I love the way it warps sounds. You could run anything through it – recordings of a piano, birds, stuff around the house – and it’s instant inspiration. It’s all over my music. For instance, apart from one synth lead, my track “Forgotten Shores” is essentially a Morphagene-warped microcassette recording of me playing the piano.

Mutable Instrument’s Marbles is another one. It generates random signals which you can use to modulate parameters, trigger events, form rhythms, write melodies – do all sorts of things really. Leaving such elements of music to chance is a huge part of my music as well, and it’s one of the great joys of modular. With all the controlled chaos in the mix, I always end up crafting sounds and melodies I would never have thought of outside of a modular system. It’s also fun to just set up a patch and let randomness evolve the music over time, giving it a life of its own.

Image: Bokeh Fields


Any LPs from that ambient section of ours you would recommend to people? 

Lots of great choices here. I especially love Jan Jelinek’s “Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records”, Oneohtrix Point Never’s “The Fall Into Time”, Nicolas Jaar’s “Telas” and Brian Eno’s “Ambient 4: On Land”. Special shoutout to “Telas”. I’m a big Nicolas Jaar fan and “Telas” was one of my favourite electronic releases of last year. It features his incredible and intricate sound design work across 4 formless, evolving tracks. You never know where the music’s gonna go next. Oh and the packaging’s lovely too.

On the mixtape front, your entry seems to have taken a more personal tone. How did you go about making your selections and recording the mix?

I just wanted to share music that I really love so yea it’s a very personal mixtape indeed! It features songs and tracks from numerous artists that have deeply inspired me and from some of my favourite albums like Destroyer’s “Kaputt”, The Avalanches’ “Since I Left You”, Kate Bush’s “Aerial”, Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising” and Julia Holter’s “Loud City Song”, to name a few.

I started by going through a portion of all the records I’ve listened to and picking songs and tracks that stood out to me that I really wanted to share. I put them into a playlist and continued adding, reordering, and swapping out tracks. The main thing I kept in mind was the flow of the entire mix – I decided that I didn’t want to linger on any one style, mood, or energy level for too long and yet the whole thing should be paced and strung together in a sensible way.

The transitions between tracks were also crucial to me and some tracks brought others into the mix based on this. I remember listening to the last couple of seconds of Destroyer’s “Chinatown” and it reminded me of the intro of “Electricity” by The Avalanches, so I tried mixing it and it clicked and that’s how the track entered the picture. This happened in a few other spots on the tracklist as well.

Keeping these things in mind greatly determined what stayed in the final tracklist and the order in which it appears.

When it came down to recording, I did it in Ableton Live, which, I know, is such a producer thing to do. When I decided from the start that I was not going to do a primarily dance-oriented mix, I figured it might be easier if I just did it in a DAW. It helped with smoothing out and nailing some of the more precise transitions. Also, I couldn’t really imagine loading a Steve Reich piece into Traktor.

Image: Bokeh Fields


We love a good home listening / headphones mix! How were you feeling when putting this together, was there a context you had in mind?

I was going for that so I’m glad it came across that way! I think I’m influenced by my own listening habits – a lot of “headphones listening”.

There’s no one particular story being told, which I feel is inherent to the abstract nature of instrumental music. Even the songs on here are part of their own larger narratives of their respective albums and I didn’t decidedly repurpose them to mean something different in this context. They just felt right for the moments when they appear. In this case, the narrative is the listener’s. I think I took a lot of inspiration from some of the many records I enjoy and tried to structure the mixtape in a similar way – opening and closing strong and weaving through highs and lows in between.

Mood-wise, the mixtape has its upbeat and bright spots, but I’d say overall it’s mostly pensive and reflective which is the headspace I’ve been in a lot, especially given the times.


What else have you got coming up?

I’ve been thinking about starting a YouTube channel for a while now. Maybe I’d put up some modular jams, you know with the plants and everything, and perhaps some visual accompaniment for my releases as well - anything goes! It might take a while but that’s always on the table.

My main focus is still on the music production front and there’s always something new in the works. It’s mostly a process of experimentation and trying new things for me from one project to the next. I know it’s going to be quite the change but I hope to foray into singer/songwriter territory sometime soon, maybe even for the next release! I bought a mic recently so you know it’s serious business. I’ll figure the rest of it out.


Destroyer - Chinatown
The Avalanches - Electricity
O'Flynn - Celestine
Kate Bush - Prelude
J Colleran - Freesia i
Nicolas Jaar - Three Windows
Weyes Blood - Movies
Joris Voorn - Left
Steve Reich, Colin Currie Group - Quartet: I. Fast
Oval - Line Extension
Chevel - In A Rush
Matt Karmil - Femern
Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me
Portico Quartet - Window Seat
James Krivchenia - Loveless But Not Joyless
Andy Stott - Leaving
Angel Olsen - Chance


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AV Mix Series - Zai

AV Mix Series - Zai
Coming in real hot on our 20th entry to the series is up and comer Zai - just coming out of his student days and ready to groove on as soon as the gates drop. He's recorded a vinyl-only mix, packed tight with classic cuts strung together with turntablism flair! Press play for a solid hour of optimistic, personal music from this young deejay, and scroll down for the interview.

Thanks so much for doing this mix for us! How’ve you been these days?

I'm doing good! I'm currently doing my final term at university and I'll be graduating in August, I can't wait :D


So how did you wind up getting interested in music, records and DJ-ing?

I’m not sure how to answer the music part! I guess in general, I just like listening to music and exploring new genres, I don’t really know why. There’s also different reasons for each kind of music I’m into. Now I’m mostly into funk, disco, soul, R&B, hip hop, house; I guess DJ mixes are the main reason why I started listening to those genres. On the other hand I find myself in a vintage Chinese pop mood sometimes, influenced by the kind of music my parents like to listen to, music I hear in old folks’ homes… It’s really all over the place and it’s hard to summarise how I got interested in music.

I started DJing in 2016; I saved up my NS allowance and bought a DJ controller that I learnt to DJ on. In university I joined the DJ club and practised on the shared turntable set up with digital vinyl / DVS. I did gigs on campus, at sports venues, some bars/restaurants, some corporate events.

I bought my first record in 2017, Daft Punk's Homework (a repress that I found in a Popular store). It was an impulse buy, I didn't have turntables at the time but I just thought it would be dope to have and hopefully listen to on a turntable someday. Also I happened to be wearing a T-shirt that day with the Daft Punk logo (in the Homework style)! You can hear this record played at the end of my mix (Around The World - the one song from Homework everyone knows!)

Collecting records only became a thing for me after I met an expat who was trying to sell his records before he returned to New Zealand. I bought a few records from him; when he couldn't sell the rest of his records in time, he gave me the rest for free (shoutout to Chris, I didn't get your last name, but I am eternally grateful!). I started to practice with those records and getting the hang of DJing with vinyl. This drew me into a kind of vicious cycle haha! DJing on vinyl made me want to buy more records, made me want to do more vinyl mixes, made me want to buy even more records… You always want to play a new record! (These days I’m trying to exercise more self-restraint and not go broke…)


You’re pretty active on Instagram, with great snippets of your cuts, juggles and mini routines. What draws you to this form of DJ-ing?

Thank you for the kind words! I must admit that I still have tons of room for improvement and I’m constantly trying to get better or to learn new techniques. I see each post on my Instagram as a sort of diary entry for my progress as a DJ.

A lot of DJs have influenced my style of DJing, but probably none as much as the goat DJ Koco. I was thoroughly mind-blown by his Boiler Room set. I’d never witnessed so much sorcery in a single full-length, live DJ set - all 45s, lightning fast mixing, crazy tricks, so many rare grooves. Mixes like Koco’s Boiler Room allow me to discover tons of new music, which I love, and the icing on the cake for me is when DJs flex their skills on the decks. It’s something that streaming can’t deliver, I guess – coherent mixes that balance top selection and skills, and DJs have this balance (Koco, Skratch Bastid, Fonki Cheff, just to name a few) are the DJs I am most inspired by.


What struck us about you is your penchant for that classic funk/soul/disco/hip hop avenue that emerged from the 70s onwards. Cant think of many young cats in Singapore as immersed and
dedicated as you at your craft right now, could you tell us what draws you to these grooves?

I haven’t been into these genres for very long; I mostly started listening after I listened to DJ Koco’s Boiler Room. I guess I got hooked by the funk! Music like this makes me want to dance the most. I also find the historical contexts of these genres fascinating, how these genres were so influential on later types of popular music that emerged.


What do you look for when you go out buying records?

I’m mainly looking to expand my library of tunes. I don’t usually look for the nicest sleeve or the “Near Mints” – just records that are clean and play well and are significant in my journey of music discovery.

I’ve recently begun to collect 7” vinyl. A big reason is because of the inspiration I get from all the wicked 45 slingers out there, but they’re also a lot more practical because they’re way more portable than LPs. I also use a set of low-torque turntables at home that don’t allow me to scratch on 12” records well (still working on it) but the smaller, lighter 45s are perfectly fine.

I also want to support local by buying local releases – in particular, releases that I can see myself spinning in a DJ set, releases from producers/artists/labels I personally know, or records that are otherwise important in our local music history. Fauxe’s Ikhlas, Arrested Development’s Don’t Fight Your Demons (released by Singaporean label Mosta Records), Halal Sol’s latest EP Dijamin, are some examples of such releases.

Did you have a context in mind when recording this mix? (Also, was it done on vinyl? if so, tell us why you decided to go that way!)

It’s a vinyl-only mix; I wanted to challenge myself and do a vinyl-only mis that encompassed several genres that I am currently into. Each record on the mix has its own story behind how I came to discover it and add it to my crates. To highlight some of the more important records played:

  • The first track is Arrested Development’s The Same People SKYY HIGH 305, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise. This is from Arrested Development’s Don’t Fight Your Demons – released by local label Mosta Records. To have a local label on a the latest release from a Grammy-winning hip-hop group is massive. The record is loaded with politically-conscious, thought provoking tracks. Also it’s coloured (yellow and brown) and it just looks so good.
  • Around 46 minutes in: Fauxe’s Hati, from his album Ikhlas. The first record I bought from TAV. What an eclectic blend of sounds from the Malaysian music scene. I was lucky enough to be able to meet Fauxe at a show before the pandemic and get the record autographed! So that makes this record super special.

  • Around 56 minutes in: Aquanote’s True Love (Mig’s Petalpusher Love Dub) & Erykah Badu’s Next Lifetime (Deluxe Pusher Vocal Mix)

These are from Chris’s collection. I didn’t choose to buy these initially but they were part of the remainder that he left me as a gift before he left for NZ (thank you Chris!) These record have been used a lot during my early practice sessions.

  • The last track: Daft Punk – Around The World

From a repress of Daft Punk’s Homework – the very first record I ever bought, impulsively! For a year or so I had no access to a turntable so I just looked at it in admiration. In uni I spent a good amount of time practicing with it, when it was basically my entire record collection.

I learnt a lot while recording this mix! It allowed me to get more familiar with my records and their mixing points, and with the process of planning a mix that would showcase a diversity of genres. It’s not a perfect mix and it’s got several mistakes / missed opportunities but I feel it’s a good record of my journey thus far. Hopefully the next mix will outdo this one.

Thanks for being a part of our mix series! Any parting words?

Thank you very much for having me on the mix series! I’m really humbled to be featured alongside many other notable local DJs!

AV Mix Series - DJ Honey

AV Mix Series - DJ Honey
Singapore-based champion of 50s-70s Northern Soul, Pop Yeh Yeh and R&B brings us the 19th edition of our mix series, highlighting the lesser known women of jazz from that era in a delightful hour of Hard Bop and sweet Soul Jazz. This all-vinyl mix is brought to you by none other than DJ Honey; press play for full vintage vibes and homagical selections!

1. Such a pleasure to have you on here for the AV mix series! For those who don’t know DJ Honey, could you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with this soulful avenue that you have embarked on?

I’m a DJ, collector and radio host. My love of mid-century soul, jazz, rhythm n blues developed after first seeing Dusty Springfield with her blonde bouffant and dramatic eyeliner on the front of an LP when I was 10 years old. From then on, I signed my life away to music, sequins and the scent of hairspray!

2. How did you approach this mix? Was there a particular context to share with your listeners?

This mix is one hour of Hard Bop and Soul jazz, featuring predominantly female jazz artists and was recorded entirely with original pressing 7”s, except for Usha Iyer’s 1969 album only version of “Fever”. We usually hear a lot about the ubiquitous greats - Ella, Billie, Sarah and Dinah - but there were so many more women of jazz from that era, and I always aim to highlight those in my mixes and radio shows. 

3. You’ve been consistently churning out mix after mix through Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang! & Girls In The Groove. Could you tell us a bit more about these?

Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang! started on 4ZZZ FM in Brisbane, Australia, in 2016 and has since transitioned to Mixcloud, while Girls In The Groove has broadcast on London’s Soho Radio since 2018. I’d been DJing for a few years and both radio shows developed from my frustrations of not seeing women receive the recognition we deserve within the male-dominated music industry. The shows are vinyl only and focus on the hip shakers and rule breakers of the 50s, 60s and 70s - female artists whose music and actions broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations of music lovers. 

4. What continues to draw you to the sound of this era?

The mid-century era was one of the most dynamic times of the 20th century. Art, fashion, architecture were all radically changing and evolving. People were protesting for peace and demanding equality through the civil rights and women’s liberation movements. Music was political, raucous, rebellious, expressive. All these aspects were a huge shift from the austerity of the first half of the century. The times truly were a’changing!

5. What’s next for you and anything you’d like to plug?

I have a livestream DJ set with the Forty Five Kings collective coming up in June. As the name suggests, we’ll be playing all vinyl 45s sets and I’m super looking forward to virtually playing alongside those guys. Follow me on social media @dj.honey.vinyl45s to watch out for that! 

View behind-the-scenes content and exclusive mixes by supporting me via Patreon.


And, you can listen to my radio shows via my DJ Honey Mixcloud page, so make sure you follow me there too! 


Thanks so much Analog Vault for inviting me to be a part of this series!

AV Mix Series - A'alely

AV Mix Series -  A'alely

A'alely's sound seems to be getting more and more refined with each outing - and with appearances mostly being rare / nonexistent for many selectors on our island these days, we thought it would be a good idea to invite him on this series. 

His appetite for traditional rhythms contextualized in non-tradition sets him on a path not taken by many selectors here, inevitably resulting in intriguing mixes and unpredictable sets. Press play for a deep dig into the abyss via heavy percussions, dub, exotique sounds and hypnotic rhythms. Scroll down for the interview & tracklist.



Hey Fiz, great to have you on the series. How’ve you been in the last couple months?

Hey mate, thanks for having me. Never been better, alhamdullilah. World’s far out crazier than it ever was — what a time to be alive!!!

For the uninitiated, let’s get a quick intro about yourself and how you got started as a selector and eventually a core member of Darker Than Wax.

I was always inclined to music sub-cultures as a teenager and that led me to experimenting with several bands. I didn’t realise then that the skill set I had was limiting my ability to produce.

I started working at a club, and that’s where I was exposed to ‘the DJ’. I learned that the layering of tracks is in itself a craft, and all that required was a little soul and taste. It didn’t seem as daunting as trying to be sax god Sam Rivers, or trying to be a pro at Ableton. That sparked my curiosity, while being at the club so often was fuelling my love for dance music.

That was the catalyst: I found my jazz cabbage, dance music. Dropped the band, started playlisting for my mates and found a hobby I can’t get enough off.

We absolutely love your Maksiat! Mix on Radio Huru Hara. You’ve been deep into the tribal end of dance music for a while now, what draws you to these sounds?

Thanks, that was a really fun one! I used to play the drums so it was only natural that traditional percussions would appeal to me. I love it when producers add ghost notes and distorted synths or guitars, and when they incorporate traditional rhythms like Konpa, Kadans, Kaada, Gnawa or Kadodi. My other kink is traditional instruments used in post-modern contexts, such as a distorted Biwa, Buzuq or even throat singing. I often pay homage to these sounds in my mixes.

How did you decide to approach this mix, and was there a particular environment or context you had in mind while recording?

Dance music is so subjective, I realise what makes me dance might not do the same for others. Then a good friend shared DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess with me a few years ago, and It absolutely blew my mind. There were no boundaries in her mixes, you had The Modern Lovers and Muslimgauze side by side, and that really appealed to me.

That led to a ‘madeleine de Proust’ moment so to speak, since I realised that “slam dancing” at a moshpit as a teen was my form of club sound. That’s where I started to dig deeper into my roots of electro-acoustic distorted guitar riffing, post-punk electronic synths, heavy traditional percussions and dub. I wanted to mash this abomination together into a mix that moves me, and hopefully others too.

What would your most ideal place to play look like?

slumber party.

Are there any projects you’re working on at the moment you’d like to plug / What’s next for Aalely?

Check out my mates Shereen and Yadin’s Radio Huru Hara https://radiohuruhara.com for deep selects, they’ve got another mix coming up soon for Maksiat!

Good thoughts only, Ramadan special extravaganza <3

1. Kuniyuki Takahashi – Asia – Early Tape Works 1986-1993 Vol. 2 (Music From
2. Mong Tong 夢東 - Excerpts from B4 - 夜譚 Yiè Tán - 台灣謎景 Music from Taiwan
Mystery (WV Sorcerer Productions 巫唱片)
3. Mong Tong 夢東 - A2 - 地府 Dì Fǔ - 台灣謎景 Music from Taiwan Mystery (WV
Sorcerer Productions 巫唱片)
4. Arrington de Dionyso and Rully Shabara – Elo Progo Improvisations 3 – Elo Progo
Improvisations (Arrington de Dionyso)
5. German Army – Zoulou Danse – Animals Remember Human (Artetetra)
6. Wahono – Alkisah II (Dalam Dua Bagian) – Senyawa / Alkisah Dikisahkan (YESNO 099)
7. DIVISI62 – KOMPOS 2 – Komposisi Kompos (DIVISI62)
8. DJ Khalab ft. Moses Boyd – Dawn – Black Noise 2084 (Khalab)
9. Lucrecia Dalt – Esotro – Esotro/Veta 10” (Other People)
10. Saba Alizadeh – Dream – Scattered Memories (Karlrecords)
11. mouse on the keys – Dark Lights – Out of Body (mouse on the keys)
12. Champagne Dub – Schmooze Fest. Pt. 2 – Drops
13. Meitei – Seto – Komachi (Métron Records)
14. Unity (DJ Sotofett’s Unity Dub) – Etienne Jaumet – Etienne Jaumet in Dub –
[VER126] (Versatile Records)
15. Sordid Sound System – Dub Cha Cha – In A Year Of 13 Moons EP (Self Release)
16. Edits by Alexis Le-Tan – Butter Flies – Wonders Ovze World (Idle Press)
17. L.F.T. – Trapped In The Piramids – OEOO3 : L.F.T. – Blood in the Grass (Osàre! Editions)
18. A4 – Bermuda – Aigue Morte – Aigue Morte EP (Le Syndicat Des Scorpions)

AV Mix Series - Barren Sector

AV Mix Series - Barren Sector

For number seventeen, we have Ahmad Khaliq aka Barren Sector serving up a highly compelling 4x4 odyssey that makes you long for giant speakers and a space to lose yourself in.  

You might have heard Ahmad's music through his vital contributions in bands like Amateur Takes Control and T-REX. His recent remix of TAV Records artist Intriguant's track, 'Your Love' from 'Spirits' (AV003LP) is a whole other thing, and really caught our attention. Have a listen to find out why: 

His meticulous attention to detail is apparent in his selections too, and with this mix, it's met with an astute sense of energy, emotion and intent. Press play for a well paced journey through that ever elusive zone between deep listening and body moving, and scroll down for the interview & tracklist.


Thanks for doing this mix! Can you speak a bit about how you approached it? 

Thank you for having me! It was equally challenging and fun curating this mix for you guys and the listeners.

I thought of how could i bridge the gap between deep listening and body moving without compromising my sound. I wanted to showcase my style not only for the floor but taking care of the general listeners as well.

The mix started out with a track called ‘Zero Is My Country’ by Underground Resistance. An instrumental track with some post apocalyptic components. In my mind, it tells a story about the current political and environmental distress that is happening around the world. The second track offered a sense of hope, freedom and peace.

The third track perfectly depicts the state of our minds at this point, at least for me.

'Time is running out for us
But you just move the hands upon the clock
You throw coins in a wishing well, wake up
You just move your hands upon the clock'

- The Clock - Thom Yorke
Masterfully remixed by Surgeon

The rest of the mix carries itself. Going back and forth with moody and utopian elements, sci-fi textures, accompanied by tough grooves. For me, it's a demonstration of a certain shade of techno that I like. Its a reflective and subjective genre and at the end of the day, I hope that im able to relay some messages, told or untold stories through this set.

That opening track got us hooked! What’s the story with that one?

I needed a certain kind of vibe to start off with since I'm DJ-ing for myself with no energy to feed off from. It has a beautiful track and all the elements that represents the sort of theme and journey I'm going for. It was something i had in mind for a while, to start off a set with a down tempo moody tune. This mix series gave me an opportunity to do that, so thank you!

Let’s hear a bit about your journey into electronic music. How’d you get interested in it and what inspired the fascination?

My two sisters would turn on MTV and the radio 24/7 back in the 90s and 2000s. I thank them for that. I chanced upon artists such as The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, Bjork, Moby, stuff like that. It was weird and uncomfortable, in a good way, being exposed to all those styles as a kid. It was new territory for me but was I curious with the sounds that came with it. It was almost impossible to produce that on real instruments. I grew up appreciating those artist and they've been present in my playlist eversince.

2011 was a breakthrough year for me in my electronic music journey. I discovered the album aMOTION by A Perfect Circle, Burial's Untrue and selections of Minimal/Detroit techno through a friend. The unheard frequencies, the dystopian elements, they speak to me like no other, in a way, relatable and understood. It made me feel a certain way.

I was very fond of it. Spent a lot of hours researching and digging online over the next couple of years that I fell down a rabbit of hole of techno. After which it is was all about educating myself. I spent every winter travelling around Europe, to breathe in the culture, to understand what it truly meant and represents. More importantly, it thought me deep and critical listening, appreciating the subtleties and it has definitely improved me as a musician, 100%.

We really like what you’ve done with Intriguant’s track on his remix compilation for ‘Your Love.’ Could you tell us about your approach here? 

Thank you! I’m quite familiar with the track, prior to his remix announcement. I spent a few days listening to the track religiously, trying to tap into Louis’s thought process and how he'd go about writing it. I wanted to capture the core and essence of the song and create my own rendition of it. It couldn't be just a track for the dancefloor. The more I hear it, the less dancy it became.
I thought to myself, its an emotionally-haunting track, in my head at least. I ended up using just the vocals as a foundation, experimenting with counter synth melodies and let the music flow. That was pretty much it. The beats and everything else came into place nicely. It was more of a brainstorming process.

What’s next for Barren Sector? 

I’m just writing, doing sound designs and practicing production daily. I’m addicted to it. Even if it’s for a 15 minute break at work. There are tracks that i really love and there are tracks that mean nothing to me. Of course, I sincerely do hope to release something this year. Im little bit careful about that. No pressure to myself. I just wanna release solid music, you know? I do hope to collaborate with other artists, doing sound design work, a couple of remix projects if an opportunity arises. Time to time, I’ll practice on vinyls or dig for new music. On a side note, I’m working on productions for a bedroom indie artist and I’m having a lot of fun with that.

Oh yes, I’m also collaborating with a good friend of mine and a contemporary dance group for a live improv session in late April. Its gonna be exciting and hope it'll be recorded.


Zero Is My Country - Underground Resistance
Movements (Chapter III) - Leon Vynehall
The Clock (Surgeon Remix) - Thom Yorke, Surgeon
Processed Hammer - Franz Jäger
Change Mode - Fergus Sweetland
Erudite - TWR72
Beta 01 - Pfirter & Oliver Rosemann
Atomo - Divide
Blade Runner (Zadig Remix) - Woo York
Litter - Deauwd
Aeon - Jeroen Search
Functional - Slam
Escape From The Echo Room - D. Dan
CLR 02 - Umek
Minimize - Truncate
Black Star - Patrick Walker
Surveyor - Dustmite
Ttfo - Troy
Positive Education (Shlomo Remix) - Slam
Occino - Nørbak
Pattern One - Cleric
Ensemble (Anthony Linell Remix) - Par Grindvik
Zoom Out - Eric Fetcher
Tilt - Dustmite

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AV Mix Series - Claude Glass

AV Mix Series - Claude Glass

The 16th entry to our mix series is brought to you by Isa Ong, the man behind the stunning Claude Glass debut on Syndicate late last year - Isekai. His contributions to local music have reached far and wide via his long running, deep involvement in bands like Amateur Takes Control, sub:shaman and Pleasantry. In this mixtape, Claude Glass takes us through an intense 45 minutes of pure rage rave, throwing conventions out the window and screaming straight into your soul. You aren't doing this right if you're not squirming inside. Scroll down for the interview.

Thanks for doing this for us! Big honour. You said this was your first mixtape - how'd you go about approaching this? 

Thanks for having me! I had so much fun putting this together, especially since it was my first ever mixtape. It was a pretty daunting task too (even though it’s only 45 minutes).

I suppose I approached it to similar to how I’d usually go about planning a live set for one of my bands – it’s always been a mixture of sustaining the audience’s attention, creating a narrative through the tracklist, and having enough peaks and troughs for listeners to cling on to. Since I’m not a DJ, this was pretty much the only exercise I could tap into as far as creating a mixtape.

For this one in particular, all I knew was that I wanted it to sound bold, powerful and had some very in-your-face moments. I’ve come to realize that I’ve always gravitated towards percussion-heavy tracks and rhythmic/groove-oriented ones – even across indie pop, experimental rock and pop. I wanted to present a set of tracks that I felt married that rhythmic-centric approach with a manic, crazed and almost absurd edge to it

Was there much of a difference for you between piecing together a mixtape and say, choosing material for your 10 Tracks feature on Singapore Community Radio

It was really different for me, actually. It definitely felt easier doing up a track-by-track playlist like the one I did for SGCR, as I didn’t have to worry as much about the literal transitions between songs.

This is of course coming from a non-DJ haha, so I’m going to sound noob, but I found myself thinking a lot more about the elements that comprised the intro and outro of songs, as it really allowed me to create some contrast between songs, as far as transitions go. I think that contrast helps create drama and/or tension (hopefully). Similar to songwriting and arranging, to me, it’s always about how sections work relative to each other, and that I suppose, creates flow and prevents monotony.

Overall this feels like an even deeper dive into the world of Isekai - there's that feeling of being helplessly thrust into situations beyond your control that sticks out to us. It tells a pretty intense story - could you speak a little about the narrative you chose to go with here?

Thanks for giving the EP a listen! Really appreciate that! You’re absolutely right about how its connection to Isekai - I had a similar feeling putting this together too, although I would’ve loved throwing in some older schmaltzy jazz vocal tracks, but they were just too difficult for me to include in the mix.

I’d say the mix’s (and Isekai’s) narrative relates quite closely to what I had mentioned before about contrast and tension. I just wanted to create something that felt manic and unpredictable yet beautiful all at the same time. I think it’s about capturing that feeling of being taken on a ride, with all its twists and turns, and how there’s a certain joy in embracing that ride for all that it is.

The ebb and flow of the whole mix is erratic, but also relentlessly strong and steady at the same time. How'd you go about making your selections and how did you decide where they'd live in the mix? 

I tried my best to select tracks that were hard-hitting, bold and had a lot of interesting sections to them. Most of the tracks also felt more like songs to me in terms of its arrangement, structure and instrumentation, rather than stuff tailored for the dance floor. I suppose it’s just something I tend to gravitate towards, being more a songwriter myself, and largely because I know nothing about the purist’s side of house, techno or drum and bass and I really won’t pretend to.

Each track’s position in the mix essentially boiled down to its overall feel, and how their intros and outros felt like to me. Just as an example, in order to make things feel more interesting (at least to me), I paired up drum outros with vocal intros, and that seemed to create more colour and texture in the transition.
I’d say I only knew what the start and end tracks were, and everything else in between was determined by its overall feel, and how successful I could be at crafting their transitions. I knew I wanted to start strong from the get go, just to give a taste of how the rest of the mixtape would sound, and I knew I didn’t want the entire mix to be completely electronic either, so Machine Girl seemed perfect. And I for some reason wanted to end the mix with a drum and bass thing, so that happened too. I did use certain tracks from Ian Chang and Dos Monos purely for how stark they’d sound beside other tracks. Just for a little colour and fun in between.

Any closing words?

It was really fun putting it together! I’d definitely love to learn some other ways of doing this rather than that caveman Ableton Live method I showed you haha.

• (0:00 - 2:44) Machine Girl - This Is Your Face on Dogs
• (2:44 - 4:36) Show Me the Body, Moor Mother - Everything Hate (here)
• (4:36 - 7:48) Zach Hill - The Primitives Talk
• (7:48 - 10:23) Jigga - Nitya
• (10:23 - 14:12) 33EMYBW - Adam Bank
• (14:12 - 18:06) Ecko Bazz - Nightmare song
• (18:06 - 20:30) Arca - Rip the Slit
• (20:30 - 22:37) Giant Swan - 55 Year Old Daughter
• (22:37 - 23:35) Ian Chang - Swarm
• (23:35 - 25:58) Lightning Bolt - The Metal East
• (25:58 - 28:18) Dos Monos - Mammoth vs. Dos Monos
• (28:18 - 31:42) Jockstrap - Robert
• (31:42 - 34:59) Loraine James, Le3 bLACK - London Ting // Dark As Fuck
• (34:59 - 37:17) Amnesia Scanner - AS Chaos (feat. Pan Daijing)
• (37:17 - 39:54) Deli Girls, Leech - loaded gun
• (39:54 - 41:48) Hudson Mohawke - Spruce Illest

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AV Mix Series - Intriguant

AV Mix Series - Intriguant

The man of the hour, Louis aka Intriguant brings us the 15th entry to our mix series; a solid hour of power aimed straight at the dancefloor! Coming in hot and just in time to celebrate the arrival of his third album, Spirits, which we couldn't be more honoured to release on TAV Records.

AV003LP: Intriguant - Spirits

Released in late November, the LPs have only just arrived over the weekend due to pressing plant delays. (Thank you 2020.) We're super grateful for the amount of care and dedication taken by everyone involved throughout the process, from Beau Thomas of Ten Eight Seven (Mastering), to Phantom Limb (UK Distro), to Dublin Vinyl (Pressing Plant.) It's been so satisfying to finally listen to this on vinyl. Swing by the shop for a listen, and grab your copy here.

Intriguant's debut - the Recluse LP here at the vault back in Dec 2016! 

We've been a fan from the early days, but Louis's musical output isn't the only thing we love about the guy. He's quickly becoming quite the legend this scene needs, filling out a space in the beatmaker / electronic musician gig arena with his Uploading series, giving aspiring electronic musicians in Singapore a much needed platform for performance and experimentation. The series had to be put on hold like all live events this year, but that didn't stop Louis from putting on a stellar 3-part version of the series online dubbed Uploading Now, in collaboration with Singapore Community Radio, BCUBE and the National Arts Council. We were lucky enough to speak with Mixmag Asia about this, you can check out the article here.

Intriguant at Good Times at Blu Jazz back in 2016! Photo Credit: Ungku Ibrahim.

If you've been to parties like Good Times, you know that Louis knows how to turn it up. He's cut his teeth on the decks there, building up the reputation we all recognize today. Fast forward numerous gigs and 3 albums later, his love for good dance music still oozes, and certainly comes forward in his contribution to our mix series. It's a well thought out dancefloor journey that showcases his identity right now as a well versed selector, floating between genres and emotions, keeping the beats driving, mixing smooth, and ending it nice and classy. Lock in for some groove therapy, no wind instruments required!



Asa Tone - Each Pool A Lifetime
Cuushe - Emergence
Tourist - Kin (Anthony Naples Remix)
Dan Kye - Change
Nikitch & Kuna Maze - ZBRA (Pablo Valentine Remix)
Felipe Gordon - Arpegios extendidos
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 6000 Ft.
Anchorsong - Foreign River
Brijean - Moody
77 Karat Gold - NCW
AceMo & Moma Ready - Nothing Crazy
The Cinematic Orchestra - The Workers of Art (Photay Remix)
Thundercat - Fair Chance (Floating Points Remix) (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
Bicep - Apricots
Jacques Greene - Dakou
Digital Afrika - Dark Matter
Romare - The Blues (It Began In Africa)
Cody Currie & Joel Holmes - Theme One
Kabuki - Tempest (Atjazz Remix)
Close Counters - HEY!!!
Danvers - Light Movements
Thirsty Guys - Or N’Jina
Fidde - I Wonder If You Know (Dreams)

AV Mix Series - Sadat

AV Mix Series - Sadat

#14 in our mix series is brought to you by none other than Sadat! He's 1/4 of the celebrated Afrodesia crew and an absolute joy to be around. Straight up infectious vibes on this mix from start to finish, so give it a listen if smiling is something you enjoy doing! Read on for the interview + tracklist. 



  1. Firstly, this mix is truly and unapologetically representative of who you are! How are you feeling these days and how'd you go about approaching this mix?

"Thank you so much for having me and thank you for your kind words.

Well to be honest, I was trying to share music that I love dearly. As you may know, I have a fond interest in music from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As to my approach, I always to try discover hidden gems when I’m looking for tracks for my set. It may come as a surprise to some that every now and then, an album art just gets to me and I end up judging a book (a record in this case) by its cover." - Sadat

  1. A couple of head turners in the track list here, from that prodigy cover to the Odyssey version of Back to My Roots (the best version IMO!) and THAT KRIBO COVER. What drew you to these tunes when you were making your selections?

"Haha yeah that was totally the idea of what I was trying to do! ‘Turn heads' hahahaha. Here is a funny story of how I got introduced to breathe by Hoodna Orchestra. My brother Sameh aka Houg who was in melbourne back in 2019 went to Northside Records so I told him to find me some Ethiopian records. So my brother went to Chris and he recommended Hoodna Orchestra l, a band from Tel Aviv playing Ethiopian music that so happened to cover Breathe from the Prodigy! That just ticked all of the boxes for me man. And I told my brother to grab It!

And yes, Going Back to my Roots Odyssey version is my favorite too. It hits the spot once you hear the first bass line come in. I'm like “yooooooo this is mad!!!!” And knowing Hugh Masekela had part of producing it got me all gooey inside man. Haha. Shout out to Rashid (Rushmo4reel) who shared with me his Live Sound Engineering stories with Hugh Masekela. 🙏 RIP Hugh.

And now Kribo! I am a massive fanboy of Kribo Records. They are amazing! Shout out to Haqim and Carmel! Thank you everything! Love what is coming out of Kribo Records man. And the beauty is that its coming out of our own backyard and that's totally mental man! ❤️😊" - Sadat

  1. You run the Afrodesia nights with two very dear friends of the vault, Jasmyn and Rushmo and have very quickly become a go-to event for punters here. How do you feel about how it's been going so far (minus the lockdown) and how's everyone doing, any plans on the horizon?

"Ahhhh Afrodisia! Jasmyn and Rashid are family to me! And we do have a new addition to the Afrodisia family Al:x! I am so happy to be part of this collective. The time we spent together is lovely and amazing. I am glad that they are all healthy and safe and I miss them so very much. I really hope to come out of this lockdown stronger with more time spent with them and, of course, on the decks. I miss our pepo!!! I miss parties at the projector sooo soo much! Can't wait to come back stronger! And hope to dance with you all on the dancefloor real soon! ❤️" - Sadat

  1. Where can people check you guys out online?




Ahmed Ben Ali – Subhana
The Rah Band –  Sam the Samba Man
El Khat – Ya Raiyat
Ya Banat Al Yaman – S H I R A N
Umm Kulthum  – Habibi (Jarreau Vandal Remix)
Omar Souleyman feat. Four Tet – Bahdeni Nami
Nordine Staifi  – Aye Leli Lelou
Elektro Hafiz  – John Dere
Guy One – Everything You Do, You Do for Yourself
Hoodna Orchestra – Breathe (Prodigy Cover)
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Hugh Masekela & Letta Mbulu  – Mahlalela
Dele Sosimi –  E Go Betta
Patricia Majalisa – Dumelang
Issa Bagayogo – Kalan Nege
Doc Shebeleza – Yashaya
Brenda Fassie – Jiva
Zahira Khaleel – Al Bashar (Kribo Records)

About Sadat:
Born in Singapore with an Egyptian Father & Yemeni Mother, Sadat is a video editor by day and experimental self taught DJ by night. Influenced and inspired by his ethnic roots, he dedicated his time discovering Arabic & African music. In a nutshell, this accumulation is simply an exceptionally close to home curation of tunes we like and not the slightest bit ponders what has been well known in a general sense. Seeing DJing as a mix of all genre’s and new aesthetics without conformity. His sets traverse the globe and delve in futurism on many levels. His sets has expanded his listening audience and placed him outside of any playlist or genre-defined role.

AV Mix Series - MZA

AV Mix Series - MZA
AV013 is one for the hip hop & jazz heads! TAV Alumni Matt Sekiya [@magneticmza] delivers a lovely jazz-focused mix for our series. A great blend from the man who used to work right here at the vault, Matt takes us through some delicious rare groove, soul jazz and hip hop for a steady hour. Featuring some of the gems here at the vault as well, namely artists like Sounds of Liberation, Boillat Therace Quintet, Jungle Brown and Speak No Evil off that newly-landed @time-capsule_space release, Island Sounds From Japan. Press play to catch the vibe!


Jonathan Jurion - Sweet Earth Flying
Marius Cultier - Mister Joy
Speak No Evil - Speak No Evil
Tadao Sawai - Hokkai-Bonuta
Sounds of Liberation Billie One
Roy Ayers - Hey Lover
Boillat Therace Quintet - Cenovis
Tribe Libra - Ahora
Gang Starr - Jazz Thing (Video Mix)
AIM - The Force
Jungle Brown - Keep It Movin
Fela Soul - Still Egotrippin’
Apani B-Fly - Estrangen
Jazz Liberatorz - Genius At Work
Black Star - Astronomy (8th Light)
Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor
Big L - Put It On
Miilkbone - Keep It Real
Jazz Liberatorz - Ease My Mind (Outro)

About MZA:
Matt is a DJ and Beatmaker based in Singapore. Grounded in Hip hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco & House, he's made some lasting contributions to record shops like ours over the years. He now runs Japanese Jazz blog ZŪJAGO as well as electronic music imprint Yen Disco Soundsystem.

AV Mix Series - Tim Sharp

AV Mix Series - Tim Sharp

Couldn't ask for a better person to revive our mix series! Radio presenter [@intotheblue-bfm] and label head [@botanicrecords] Tim Sharp delivers a lovely hour through his personal stash for AV012 - an all analog affair, an ode to digging and discovery. Lock in & press play! Recommended timing: right before the sun goes down.


Pupa – Untitled [@ujikaji]
Andrew Wasylyk - Flight Of The Cormorant [Athens of the North @djfryer]
???? - ???? [ATC-412, Art-Tune Company Hong Kong]
姚蘇蓉 - 臉兒紅, 心兒笑 [Wan Chai Records]
Quiet Village – Circus of Horror [@k7-records]
Alleycats - Mangsa Renungan
Mu Ümit Aksu Orkestrası - Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni [@zelzelerecords]
Yuan Mou Gen Ren Zou (阮某跟人走) - 你唔貪猪哥 (w/The Stylers)
Ahmad Nawab/Dhalan Zainuddin – Lagu Disco Ku [Gila Records]
Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding Ding Dong [@paradise-bangkok]
BURHAN TONGUÇ RITM GRUBU ve ISMET SIRAL - Du-Bi-Ba [@black-pearl-records]
Andre Tanker Five – Swahili [@cree-records]
Happy Boys – Dji Den [Fajalobie]
Armanda Cusopoli – Non C'È Sole [NG Records]
Mumbo Jumbo – Wind it Up [@efficientspace]
Holy Balm – Fashion [@chaptermusic]
Bullion – Say Arr Ee [@r-srecords]
Drone – Nothing Dominant [Strange Love]
Old Mate – I Think of You [@major-crimes-records]
GASHH – Apocalypse [@botanicrecords]
Kinn Leon – Visionary [@kitchen-label]

About the mix:
"Recorded on a recent public holiday here in Singapore with a pair of Technics SL-1200s and a portable Sony tapedeck, run through a Pioneer DJM-750. Being for TAV I wanted this to be an all-analogue affair and in the end that suited the day perfectly; a rare afternoon without phone, internet or notifications.

As so often happens, this was actually supposed to be a practice take but I enjoyed it so much that here we are. There are always more records to get to but ultimately I felt the selection captured the spirit of what I was trying to do, which is to pay tribute to visiting and spending time around some of the region’s finest record stores and labels; somehow recreating the sense of discovery and delight that comes with making the pilgrimage to legendary places like ZudRangMa Records in Bangkok, unlikely spots like the flea markets of KL’s Amcorp Mall, the fabled Red Point Record Warehouse here in Singapore and - of course - the amazingly-curated Analog Vault. I think it also goes without saying that hanging out at any of these places (and countless more examples) is a privilege made all too apparent given the year we’ve had.

Ultimately, I wanted the mix to feel like browsing a crate or surfing a radio dial between these places; less concerned with technicalities of a club-style DJ set than an open-minded desire to discover something new (or old, really) and to see where a frequency - or crate - leads. Bursts of static; a needle that gives up halfway; worn-out grooves paired with pristine audiophile-quality pressings; decades-old cassette tapes barely holding on and some very dusty fingers - a look into the corners of my own analogue vault, so to speak." - Tim Sharp

About Tim: Tim is a New Zealand-born, Singapore-based radio presenter and label head with a decade on-air at leading independent stations from Sydney to KL – most recently as host of cult new music show Into the Blue on BFM 89.9 Malaysia. In 2016 he co-founded Botanic Records: dedicated to forward-thinking new music from Southeast Asia and beyond.