Hazy house jams and low-slung soul from a standout Copenhagen label riding a serious second wind — this week's Upfront comes via Tartelet Records.
About this mix
Frederik Bille Brahe and Tomas Barfod founded Tartelet after a string of parties back in 2007; I joined in 2009 and ended up taking over the label. The name Tartelet was suggested by our friend Silas “Soulland” as a drunken joke – “tarteletter” is a Danish dish with slimy chicken and asparagus served in dry pastry. Not a favourite in my house.
As for a label ethos, we don’t really have one – I could say something fancy but it wouldn’t be true. I put out what I like or find interesting – things that change over time as you mature. Sticking to one sound has never been an option. Glenny and I both come from hip-hop and share a mutual interest in this art form. I spent most of my youth chasing trains and painting graffiti before getting into DJ’ing and eventually electronic music. I don’t see the point in limiting yourself; we should explore and be open-minded that is the only way to move forward and stay relevant.
The one thing giving me the most pleasure is working with new artists and help build their career, I guess that’s why I kept doing the label.
Glenn and I compiled this mix on a sunny afternoon while eating crisps and watermelon. Max dropped by and was farting in the background all the way through, making it almost unbearable to be in the room.
The mix consists of unreleased and upcoming material from Tartelet & [Max and Glenn's new label] Money $ex with a few tracks from unrelated artists and labels. You’ll find tracks by Glenn Astro, Alex Seidel aka Techno Axel, Hulk Hodn, IMYRMIND, Nu Guinea, Vivian International, Dego & Kaidi, CTEPEO ‘57 and of course Eazy E. I like Eazy E, he reminds me of a mouthy childhood friend who always got into trouble with the older kids.
Shout out to Masar & Moudi!
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