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Thursday, Oct 31 2013 | 15:30
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Thought you had Bloc Party pegged? Prepare to be surprised. Make that
very surprised. The London four-piece have always had an undertow of
dance music, something to do with their propulsive rhythm section
perhaps, but their Instalment in the !K7 Tapes series, selected and mixed
by Kele, is pretty much a full-on dance*oor set full of twists and turns.
“We always respected dance music,” explains Kele. “It’s where lots of
ideas for our songs started. Our *rst single, ‘She’s Hearing Voices’, was
very much inspired by the image of people dancing. Rhythm and groove
has always been important to the band and I wanted to re*ect that. I
guess it’s something that I’m taking further with this mix.”
A lot further. The Tapes concept is a mix along the lines of an old school
cassette tape, two sides with different moods on each. Kele’s starts in
familiar territory and builds towards something altogether new. It’s a love
letter to Bloc Party fans, a journey charting the band’s in*uences and
favorite music. It moves from obscure post rock, through afro beat,
building to unashamed dance-*oor action in the form of house, garage
and electro, then fades into an afterglow of ambient mood music.
Exclusive to the mix is Kele’s remix of the Bloc Party track ‘Obscene’,
from the band’s ‘The Next Wave Sessions’ EP. The dark and moody
original is transformed into a UK bass banger. “I’ve been exploring the
idea of remixing other people’s music recently and I’m really enjoying it,”
he says. “You can be a lot less precious about things. I turned what is a
rather sombre ballad into a jacked-up early ‘90s house track. Remixing
is a good way of being creative without getting too attached to
The second half of the mix is dominated by house music, as Kele skillfully
turns up the temperature. Kele is keen to stress that embracing dance
music whole-heartedly is no fad. He’s thrown himself into DJing. “I think
it’s an art form,” he says. “It’s been quite eye-opening, seeing how you
can manipulate a crowd by tweaking a mixer. It’s exciting seeing how the
similarities in seemingly disparate worlds come together.” He pauses,
before adding: “I hope that this mix will illustrate where my fascination
with dance music has come from. To me dance music is about transcendence.
I think this mix will show it’s not just a passing thing. It’s
something that’s always been there and it’s something that I couldn’t live

Key Points
Exclusive track ‘Bloc Party – Obscene (Kele Okereke Remix)
Debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ named Indie Album of the Year 2006 Plug
Awards / NME Album of the Year.
Second Album ‘A Weekend In The City’ peaked at #2 in the UK Album
Chart / #12 in the Billboard 200.
Over 1 million Facebook likes / 100,000 Twitter followers
Cassette available with pre-orders
Release to be supported by a number of DJ dates

For Fans of
Bloc Party, Foals, Maximo Park, Wiley, Justin Martin, Claude
VonStroke, Jamie Jones, Carl Craig

Zia / Manifesto Meditations - Intro
Do Make Say Think - I Love You (La La La)
Tweak / Tony Allen - Leroy
Wiley - Numbers In Action (Sticky Remix)
Wookie feat. Lain - Battle
French Fries - Space Alarm
Bloc Party - Obscene (Kele Okereke Remix)
Double 99 - RIP Groove
Fela Aniulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 - Shuffering & Shmiling
Torske - Jeg Vil Være Søppelmann
Larry Heard presents Mr. White - The Sun Can’t Compare
(Long Version)
Cajmere - Percolator (Jamie Jones Vault Mix)
Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)
Vaghe Stelle - The Platform (Samoyed Remix)
Jacques Greene - The Look (Koreless Remix)*cial Available from 11.10.2013
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