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Rescuing my old mixes

From around 1993 to 2005, I produced hundreds of mixtapes – first, they were literally tapes, then later, CDs. They were usually DJ sets representing what I was playing in the clubs and bars where I DJed in Manchester, England, often from the club night I co-founded, “Tangled”.

From around 1993 to 2005, I produced hundreds of mixtapes – first, they were literally tapes, then later, CDs. They were usually DJ sets representing what I was playing in the clubs and bars where I DJed in Manchester, England, often from the club night I co-founded, “Tangled”. But there were also “pause tape” compilations of tracks from the radio (Kiss 102, Key 103, Sunset Radio), and later, copies of sets I actually played on the radio (Kiss 102, Ministry of Sound Radio).

I have always carried them with me, although they have rarely, if ever, been dug out and listened to. And then… the flood.

What I have now, 25 years on, is a dirty, dusty bag of flood-damaged cassettes and CDs. And one of my tasks, I’ve decided, is to “rescue” them.

Some I hope will be fine (maybe the CDs?) and I can add to my Mixcloud and SoundCloud relatively easily. Others I’ll probably try to track ID music from, and move on.

But although the cassettes will of course sound terrible, there are some unforgettable radio sets and other personal landmarks in there that I will, I guess, want to keep nonetheless.

The aim is to rip them (will need to dig out a cassette player, and buy a CD drive for the computer), try to ID as many tracks as possible, and add them to this site with any recollections I can dig up.

Listen to the mixes in the DJ Mixes section.