London producer Visionist is perhaps best known as the Lit City Trax and PAN Records affiliate who makes music inspired by grime. Some of those signature icy synths and skeletal rhythmics make it onto this FADER Mix he cooked up for us, but less as a point of interest in themselves than a prism through which to experience everything from bird song to some of the hardest bangers in our hip-hop rotation this month. No tracklist for this one, so you’ll have to find out which tracks we’re talking about by listening yourself. Download the mix below, and check out a short interview we did with Louis Carnell.
Where are you right now? Describe your surroundings. In my flatmate’s room surrounded by the normal things in a bedroom and few synths I should have probably asked to borrow but never have.
What kind of vibe were you going for on this mix and what’s on it? I just like to blend a lot of different styles of music I like and show the inter-links between them all.
How is the London club scene right now? It’s ok I guess. I haven’t been out that much in London recently really. Always good music but think crowd is a bit spoilt. I prefer the crowds in Europe.
How do the crowds in Europe respond—do they get grime? They respond well to what I play, much of what is not actually Grime until maybe the latter stages. I try to support the Lost Codes artists as much as possible.
Your music has a rich emotional landscape. What drives you to create? Music is a place where I don’t feel the need to hide, though a lot of people use it as a way to front someone they are not.
I give a glimpse into what is beyond the eyes.
What are you working on right now? My Statement.