It is a pleasure to introduce Dj Food aka Strictlykev, of independent record label Ninja Tune and the much-lauded Solid Steel Radio Show. It is a real privilege that he has donated an exclusive mix to the project, and his support is highly valued. Last year he constructed Pt1 of a compilation of unreleased and archived tracks from Aphex Twin in the shape of Selected Aphex Works on the Solid Steel Radio Show. We have been given exclusive usage of Pt2.
Beginning from the place where 'Selected Aphex Works 1' left off, here's a second volume, culled from tracks uploaded to Richard D. James' Soundcloud after the first mix was finished.
As I was completing the first mix of tunes around mid February 2015 (TX date on Solid Steel was Feb 24th) there were still more tracks being uploaded to the User18081971 account. Up to this point there were around 160 to choose from but at various points after this around 90 more were uploaded with the final total being an estimated 275 tracks.
There were more than enough to make another mix and there could easily be a third from all the songs that wouldn't fit or didn't make the grade the first time round. There are albums of material as good as any official Aphex release in the Soundcloud uploads, which I view as one of the most important 'releases' of 2015.
Dj Food BIography
DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes, aka Strictly Kev. Originally conceived by the members of Coldcut on the Ninja Tune independent record label, the project started in 1990 on the premise of providing metaphorical "food for DJs". DJ Food released the Jazz Brakes series, with Jazz Brakes Volume 3 being the most successful. The records consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples, that could be used for mixing, remixing and producing.
The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, techno, ambient, and Jungle.
The 1995 album, A Recipe for Disaster was a conscious move away from the Jazz Brakes volumes to form more of an identity as an artist, and a remix album of tracks from all 6 LPs, entitled Refried Food was released the following year. The more recent release, Kaleidoscope, features guest artists including Bundy K. Brown (formerly of Tortoise, Directions in Music, Pullman) and voiceover artist and jazz poet, Ken Nordine
Dj Food Members
DJ Food started as a Coldcut side project from Jonathan More and Matt Black,. Along the way they met Patrick Carpenter, who was listed on the liner notes by only his initials. A loose collaborative team began to form including Paul Brook, Paul Rabiger, Kevin Foakes aka Strictly Kev and Issac Elliston.
Although keeping their hand in as DJs on the albums, Black and More couldn't perform DJ sets twice in one night under the aliases of both Coldcut & DJ Food, so they handed the mantle of live performances over to PC and Strictly Kev. Later, PC became so involved with The Cinematic Orchestra that he decided to quit DJ Food, leaving Strictly Kev as the sole director of the project. He has since contributed three remixes to the The Shape of Things That Hum EP in 2009.