According to Stones Throw Records, “Quakers is a hip-hop collective boasting 35 members which orbits around a core of three producers: Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst.” According to us, their self-titled debut album, a 41-track sample fuelled frenzy, is quite easily one of the best rap records of the year. To celebrate its release, Australian beatmaker Katalyst put together this exclusive 30-minute mix for us. Turn it up!
...so special about you, then?
That would be my...ah...I make beats?
...your worst vice?
Depends what you call a vice...perhaps buying records I don't need.
...your favourite website?
Twitter... stuff people say makes me laugh.
...good for breakfast?
...your worst fashion secret?
No secrets...just how it comes
...better, analogue or digital?
Better? Analogue sounds better, but digital is portable...so
...at the top of your shit list?
...are you listening to now?
Some Aussie post punk album a friend just sent me. It didn't have a cover and it’s playing so I cant see the name.
How do you find your samples?
By listening really. Lots of listening.
What did you want to achieve with this mix?
Just to play some tunes I like and hopefully some others will like them as well...
What are your personal highlights from the Quakers album?
I'll say Russia With Love and Soul Power are personal highlights for various reasons. I'm working on a whole album with Coin Locker Kid at the moment.
How does it feel to be label mates with Madlib and to work with Geoff Barrow?
Happy to be keeping such good company I'd say. Working with Geoff is always a great experience. He brings out the best in you.
More music, some finished, some almost finished, lots more on the table so stay tuned...
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