Upfront 008 / January 5, 2015


A new audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation. A true underground favourite step up for the first Upfront of 2015: Berlin's indelible ItaloJohnson.

About this mix

We recorded this mix in between Christmas and New Years after getting in touch with several of our favorite artists like Mosca and Stephen Brown, alongside some of our close friends, Diego Krause and Jack from Hotflush who supplied us with a bunch of previously unreleased material. We had a lot of fun recording it, whilst our neighbours not so much.. BLA BLA BLA.. Happy New Year and enjoy! WORLD PEACE.

J, M & R

Boiler Room says...

When we started this audio-only series, one of the many advantages was the appeal for artists who are a little camera-shy. Now, the shadowy ItaloJohnson boys have featured on Boiler Room before (one of the few times you’ll ever catch a less-than-HD image beamed from our Berlin hub) but were nonetheless one of the first names on our hit list for Upfront. As #008 proves, our reasoning was sound.

The problem with ItaloJohnson is that they are almost too good. With scant promotion and an aesthetic stripped down the absolute barest of bones - as you can see behind you - consistency can breed complacency. And consistent they most certainly are—their punchy, non-nonsense jams are never short of brilliant. Everyone’s got a catalogue favourite; at a push, mine’s the AA1 off 04, but it could have just as easily been a handful of others.

Cuts from ITJ09 can be found in the mix here, alongside more forthcoming bits from a similar coterie of artists who are evidently most content simply getting on with it: Mr G, Mosca and recent Parisian debutant DJ Gregory (aka Point G) amongst them. Pearled with unreleased goodies, and as warm and well-rounded as you’d expect, it gives you an exact replica of watching their flawless crowd control on a packed dancefloor. There’s even a sneaky divergence into some junglist territory at the end.

In short: underground house music of the highest order.

Gabriel Szatan

Gabriel Szatan

Gabriel is one of the show programmer/hosts, and BR's Editor-in-Chief – somehow.