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FADER Mix: Samo Sound Boy

Four hours of the deepest cuts of dreamy club music and more from L.A.’s preeminent dance freak.

April 23, 2015

If you've been looking to go deep down the house music rabbit hole, Samo Sound Boy has got you covered. The mix the L.A. producer has generously shared with us is—no joke—four hours long. And why not? It's to celebrate the release of his forthcoming debut solo album, Begging Please, after all. Listen to his dreamy mix below, featuring Caribou, Frank Ocean, and The Knife amongst others, and scroll down for a chat with him about Baltimore club music and paella. Look out for the release of Begging Please on Body High this April 28th.


Where are you right now? Please describe your surroundings. I'm at my studio in L.A. which is a few blocks east of MacArthur Park. I have some old synths and drum machines in here as well as the CDJs i used to record this mix. It's almost 11 p.m. and I have the window open. I can hear the people who rent the 1st floor of the building standing outside. They have this small textile business that makes suits and dresses for little kids and they work late every night.

Tell us a bit about this mix—first of all, it's four hours long?! Did you record in one take? This mix is all live. Just me DJing at our studio all afternoon. Honestly, I set out to do it all in one take but I did have to stop once about 3 hours in because my friend came by to drop off these records I'd loaned him. The last 6-7 months while I was working on my album I had been listening to a lot of non house music. Stuff like Prince, Depeche Mode, and Francis and The Lights. With this mix I wanted to dive back in to the dance music I love. That raw and ethereal house sound. The tracks that really go but are almost a bit psychedelic at the same time.

Secondly, what do you imagine people doing while listening to this mix? Experimenting over the summer.

What was the seed for your album, Begging Please? Falling in love and falling out of love.

When and how did you first get the dance music bug? When I first heard Baltimore club in middle school. A friend who moved from Maryland showed me a mixtape with all the classic stuff like "Watch Out For The Big Girl" and "Mr. Postman." I thought it was the most exciting music I had ever heard.

And finally, what's your favorite dish to cook and how do you make it? I'm a really terrible cook but I want to get better eventually. I think that's going to be my thing when I'm an old guy. I was inspired when we were on tour in Europe and Jerome and I visited his grandfather who lives by the beach in France. He made us this paella that was unreal. He bought all this fresh seafood in the morning and then cooked it outside all day over a stove in the yard.

Tracklist:

Roman Fluegel - We Have A Nice Life (original Mix)
Samo Sound Boy - Save Wait Time
Caribou - Our Love
Palms Trax - People Of Tusk
Laszlo Dancehall - Plimpton (george Fitzgerald Remix)
The Martinez Brothers - Broke In The Bx
Petrichor - Nukumori (original Mix)
Ob Ignitt - Celestial Salacious
Taraval - Gonna Rain
Roche - Depths
Pional - It's All Over (locked Groove Rendition)
Bok Bok And Tom Trago - Need This
Big Strick - Buckle Up
Pablo - Free
Holy Ghost - Okay (a/jus/ted Remix)
Ripperton - Let's Hope (bicep Remix)
Dj Qu - Untitled (hi-life)
Simbad - Soul Fever (karizma's K2 Dub Mix)
Deetron - Character
DJ Dodger Stadium - Love Songs
Petrichor - Some Bara
Laszlo Dancehall - Fatty Que
The Cyclist - Aurora (shortwave Mix)
The Knife - Silent Shout (shaken Up Version)
Recondite - Psy
Bwana - Tengo
The Reaver - Mmm
Oxia - Domino
Pete Moss - Tried To Tell You (karizma Told Ya Remix)
Luke Hess And Omar S - Automatic Night
Jay Shepheard - Two Much Love (locked Groove Remix)
Tevo Howard - Intersection
Kowton - Glock And Roll
Erosion Flow - The Hustle
Martyn - Glassbeadgames (8 Hours At Fabric Dub)
Talaboman - Sideral
Samo Sound Boy - You Come For Me
Shenoda - Schooled
Lauer - Ward
Drvg Cvltvre - Night Time Is The Right Time (ob Ignitt Remix)
Floating Points - Nectarines
Percussions / Four Tet - Khlhi
Omar S - I Wanna Know Ft. James Garcia (vocal Mix)
Caribou - Your Love Will Set You Free (c2's Set U Free Remix)
Grace Jones - Ja Guys (matpat Edit)
Samo Sound Boy - Begging Please
Grown Folk - The Boat
Omar S - Flying Gorgars
Omar S - Rewind
Mano Le Tough - Tempus
Frank Ocean - Lost
Francis Starlite - Credits

Tour dates:

4.22 – Washington DC – Flash
4.23 – Philadelphia, PA – Dolphin Tavern
4.24 – Denver, CO – Bar Standard
4.30 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen
5.01 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Underworld
5.02 – Miami, FL – Bardot
5.06 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
5.07 – Brooklyn, NY – Good Room
5.08 – Milwaukee, WI – Oak Lounge
5.14 – Vancouver, BC – Shine Nightclub
5.15 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
5.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Lash Pop Up

FADER Mix: Samo Sound Boy