01 March 2018
Heavy Leather Promotions/Media is a London-based online website that covers the darker side of post-punk, posts mixes and covers topics relating to audiophile concerns.
The offer was presented to come up with a mix for their archive; and by “mix” I mean a proper mixtape, recorded on cassette and then submitted by post. Having the right tools at my disposal I went ahead and compiled a mix which was quite fun to do. It’s called White Belt Hardcore + Improvised Waves.
WHITE BELT HARDCORE (Side A)
This mix is a balance between being about influences, about being a bit autobiographical and also about documentating bands in a general nation-wide “scene” I was in at the time. It starts off with some key influencial bands for me that were more in the early 90s punk/hardcore scene and then newer bands that appeared in the fold that shifted things in a more post-punk and synth direction out of the more “punk” sound they had been more associated with years earlier. A lot of these bands were favourites of mine, or I vaguely knew some of the people involved. Overall, I felt it was important to provide notes for each entry as the whole playlist would actually make no sense to anyone who didn’t grow up without knowing at least half of these bands.
IMPROVISED WAVES (Side B)
I thought originally about doing an wave/synth mix for the “un-educated” but there’s soooo much stuff out there and I really wanted to avoid all the standard bands. Although I kept it to bands from way back in the day, this mix is actually a lot more random and unplanned than how I’d approach doing an educational mix. It’s stuff I’ve listened to recently, or stuff I found scouring through records or old mixes or just chucked in for no reason. The mix does however work more coherently than I’ve described in this overview.
Check out the whole mix below: