7 Wonders: Principals (Charles T Drakeford)

In the multi-faceted music industry of today, if you want to flourish, you must do many things and go lots of places and almost certainly have your hands in multiple pies. One of the foundational members of London’s Principals collective, Charles Drakeford, is one of these people. Alongside friends and community figures Bradley Zero & Nic Tasker together they have stamped a mark of finesse on the UK capital’s club scene in setting up the well respected Principles party in recent years. Drakeford is a UK programmer and host for Boiler Room, and also hosts a bi-weekly show “From The Depths” on NTS Radio, featuring swinging House trax, loft party Detroit-Techno and much more. He clearly puts himself out there and his musical taste is a force to be reckoned with.

As part of our special coverage leading up to Record Store Day this Saturday, Drakeford has supplied us with the first of three special Hyp mixes (the other two with Bradley Zero and Tasker) which will be put out over the course of this week. Hyp 174.1 is an eclectic selection featuring Kassem Mosse, Levon Vincent, Pepé Bradock and much more. Check it out below and allow Drakeford to kindly run you through the 7 Wonders that resonated with him the most whilst you enjoy this sonic gold.

Tracklist is featured here.

Artist Unknown – ‘Track 3’ (Analogue Solutions)

‘Unknown Artist’ aka Eduardo de la Calle.. I’m not sure what the faux anonymity is about, it’s really easy to find out who it’s by. It uses the same vocal sample as Aaron Carl’s ‘Crucified’, which is one of my favourite tracks, and generally seems to do all the right things.

Nico Motte – ‘Rheologia’ (Antinote)

Been a bit obsessed with this recently. It’s a big synthy monster, where the drum take a bit of a backseat. Thanks the heaven that Brian Morrison posted it on his Facebook page.

Lover’s Rights – ‘Urn’ (High Sheen)

I cam across Lover’s Rights from trying to find out a bit more about Golden Teacher. Every track on this record is ace, but ‘Urn’ is the one i’ve been playing out. I’m into it because it doesn’t sound like it’s been anywhere near a computer, though I can’t vouch for that.

Levon Vincent – ‘???’ (Novel Sound)

Perhaps my favourite Levon record? I don’t think i’ll ever really settle on one though. I remember hearing this in his LWE mix and hoping it would come out. When it did a few weeks later, it hit Phonica the day of a Principals at Dance Tunnel.. so it was a bit of a race to go grab it to play that night. I seem to remember it being a bit of a highlight of the night.

ASSS – ‘Male Nurses’ (Haunted Air)

I got wind of this off the back of Alex Egan’s Phonica Chart. With a name like that ho could you not take notice of it. It sounds a bit like Crash Course In Science’s ‘Flying Turns’, which if you listened to Pangaea’s RA mix you’ll know as that killer opener.

Pepé Bradock – ‘Intrusion’ (Atavisme)

I’d been after this for a while, and it arrived a few days before I recorded the mix was recorded. Pepé Bradock is nuts, and I think he’s at his best when his tracks constantly keep taking turns in different directions. I’ve yet to hear it in a club, but i’m looking forward to seeing how the field recordings of what sounds like a fairground are going to go down.

Gay Marvine – ‘HYH Jazz Interlude’ (Secret Mixes Fixes)

I’ve played this out at a bunch of our parties, and it always goes down a treat. Although there might be a slight case of me having more fun than everyone else without realising it.

For information on the next Principals party see here and check out more from Charles Drakeford on NTS and Twitter. Also keep be sure to stay updated via his Soundcloud and Facebook page.