Every Saturday every summer, MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up, a event series taking place in their enormous courtyard. The museum—MoMA’s longstanding sister site in Long Island City, Queens—is a lightning rod for new and exciting artists, and each week’s performers inhabit a similar space in the music world. To ensure a great, current and diverse schedule, the lineup—with oversight from MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach and organized by MoMA PS1 curatorial assistant Eliza Ryan—is selected by a team of heavy hitters: Dean Bein, head of True Panther Sounds; Kris Chen, head of A & R at XL Recordings; Robin Carolan, head of Tri Angle Records; Jonathan Galkin, co-founder of DFA Records; Brandon Stosuy, editor at Pitchfork and contributing editor for The Believer; and Matt Werth, label head of RVNG Intl. Every Thursday throughout the summer, as a warm up to Warm Up, FADER and MoMA PS1 will be posting an exclusive mix from one of the artists performing. This week, it’s Beppe Loda. Loda has been DJing in Italy since 1973. In 1979, while most of his contemporaries were playing commercial disco, he became the first DJ in Italy (and perhaps the world) to play electronic music in a dance club. A few years later he began mixing different musics of African origin (Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Disco, etc.). This alternative style of DJing became known as Afro, and was soon adopted by many other DJs in Italy, as well as Austria, and southern Germany. This mix is the 62nd mix in his BL series—vintage space disco, as he played in the mid to late ’70s, as well as in recent years, around Europe. Download the mix below and see Beppe Loda live, along with Omar-S, Simian Mobile Disco and Steve Moore this Saturday at PS1.
Download: Beppe Loda’s Warm Up Mix