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Exclusive Mix & Interview: NikNikNik

Ahead of the fifth installment of the Recession Sound System on May 18, stream a mix from NikNikNik and read some words on his record shopping habits.

The Recession Sound System crew are relatively new to the London party circuit, but have made a real impression with an admirable ethic and bookings such as Standard Place resident Jon Rust, Chamboche, Charles Drakeford, and Real Life already under their belt.

Following on from striking success with House of Trax and Rhythm Talk, the RSS guys have summoned Fools & Rushmore into the basement of Jaguar Shoes in London, to put their custom built rig through its paces. Alongside F&R is a DJ of real quality, the ‘Bloggers Delight’ affiliate, NikNikNik. The aforementioned has put together a blistering mix to warm up for the night, featuring tracks from the likes of JTC, Boo Williams, Kerri Chandler, MK and more.

We recently went record shopping with RSS and NikNikNik aka Nick Powell, where Nick talked us though some of his favourite spots to go digging in the big smoke.

Soul & Dance Exchange, Notting Hill:
“A shop I’ve been frequently since the age of 14 or so (creaming myself over Defected promos lolz), this moody little shop has been a mainstay of my London record shopping sprees for a reason. The sheer quantity of largely essential House, Disco and Techno 12s in great condition is drool worthy. Notable “YES!” moments that are included in my mix are that fruity Pal Joey number and that Boo Williams track on Green Velvet’s label Relief.”

Phonica Records, Soho:
“An obvious choice but I been buying one record a fortnight there for yars darling. A track I would of probably missed out on if I hadn’t been there at the right moment is that cheeky Wyndell Long bumpy track. And JTC’S “Recall”. Rare.”

Alan’s Records, East Finchley:
“I must admit to only having frequently this joyous place once, but what a time it was. I, a young man, venturing to the outer fringes of zone 3, NORTH London (gasp), and in the middle of suburbia most sinister I find one of the friendliest marts I’ve ever happened upon. Any record (and there were thousands) I was allowed to hear through the shop’s soundsystem. Possibly my favourite cut on the mix, “Trackwerk”, was found here. Even if I couldn’t hear the track before buying, “2 Men From Jersey” = shoddily produced late 80s hip house and “Trackwerk” = Kraftwerk samples galore. Winner.”

“My favourite way of discovering music is by doing it the old-fashioned way and buying it. An expensive high horse, sure!”

Stream RECSS001 by NikNikNik below. Also, be sure to head to the Facebook event for more info.