YouTube Sessions: Djrum

If you listen to Djrum’s music, or have seen him DJ, you’ll know what an eclectic and musically intriguing selection of YouTube clips lies below.

His music has always taken on a narrative, allowing it to excel in an album format; ‘Seven Lies’, the long-awaited album, is about to drop and is every bit as good as you would expect. It’s an endlessly-layered patchwork of garage, dub techno, jungle, jazz, and film influences and accurately represents his experimental and nostalgic approach to production.

The album will come courtesy of South-London’s high-flying 2nd Drop imprint, who look to be beginning their biggest year yet with the ‘Future Foundations’ compilation and material from Pedestrian, amongst others, on the way.

Djrum reaches for some intriguing stuff by Lin Que, Onoe Caponoe, Ancient Methods, Alice Coltrane, Svarte Greiner, to name a few. Stream Djrum’s excellent Hyp Mix here, still one of our favourites to date.

Taxi Driver – All The Animals Come Out At Night

“Thank God For The Rain” is the title of the tune here in my favourite film soundtrack Taxi Driver by Bernard Hermann. Chilling horn arrangements and pulsing strings.”

Cello y sierra en Delicatessen

“From the film Delicatessen. I am totally obsessed with the cello, and there’s a lot of great stuff on Youtube, but there’s a real charm about this clip, beautiful and disarming.”

Svarte Greiner @ Ateliers Claus

“I have never seen Svarte Greiner live. I would love to, but for me listening to his music is a very personal experience. Something for headphones on a long walk at night. I find his music infinitely inspiring.”

Ancient Methods @ Plex – 04/02/2011

“A great clip from a live set by Ancient Methods. Powerful stuff, and also very inspiring for me. This set at Corsica Studios really blew me away.”

Optogenesis (Étude Op.3, No.1)

“Some very beautiful visual accompaniment to some Tim Hecker. I love his music. It has a very natural organic quality whilst managing to sound out of this world, like frozen time.”

This Mortal Coil – Acid, Bitter and Sad

“I can’t believe that this is from 1987. It sounds so fresh even now. I love way this track is structured. It gives it a dream like quality, psychedelic.”

Lin Que – Let It Fall

“For me a YouTube crawl would never be complete without an oldshcool hiphop video. They really just don’t make them like this any more. The combination of a melancholy hook and a rough beat gets me every time.”

Onoe Caponoe – Milkyway 1311

“From old to new… This guy Onoe Caponoe is making some serious UK hiphop. I’ve got a lot of time for this. Trippy, jazzy, and tons of atmosphere!”

Alice Coltrane Harp Solo

“Maybe I should have picked out more jazz than I did for this selection. It is very much my first musical love. I first came across Alice Coltrane about 14 years ago when I dug out my mothers old vinyl collection. I have been obsessed ever since. In the right hands the harp can be meltingly beautiful.”

Yma Sumac – Chuncho

“Yma Sumac is just absolutely mind-blowing. The most incredible vocalist! This bizarre music video is a good introduction if you’ve not heard her music before. Very otherworldly.”

Catch Djrum alongside Kahn, Luke Envoy, Metrist and City Jaxx on Friday 29th March at Lucid, Rhythm Factory, East London – head here for full info and remaining tickets.

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