TOTD // 17/05 // Kiwi

Published: May 17, 2017, words by Katie Thomas

Part of the Love Saves The Day takeover


Music for a hot bath, italo disco, Japanese sunshine music and the mighty Aphex Twin; Alex Warren aka Kiwi selects his Tracks of the Day as part of the Love Saves The Day takeover.

After being the photographer at The End’s beloved DURRR parties (RIP), Kiwi started putting on parties in East London whilst he studied at Goldsmiths. He went on to become the promotions manager of Dalston club The Nest before turning his hand to producing. Fast forward a few years and Alex has racked up releases with the likes of Defected, Needwant, Optimo and Futureboogie as well as playing shows in some of the world’s most revered spaces, namely The Warehouse Project, Amnesia, Sub Club and Barcelona’s Razzmatazz. The A side of his debut EP Animals was nominated by DJ Mag for the Best of British Awards Track of the Year. As his trajectory as a DJ continues to rise, Kiwi has played back to back with heavy hitters such as Ivan Smagghe and childhood hero Andrew Weatherall.

A regular feature on the bill at XOYO and a resident at Duke Dumont’s Blasé Boys Club parties, Kiwi’s own productions span everything from breezy disco to atmospheric house and wiggy techno; you can expect the same eclecticism from his DJ sets. This year will see him release material on Jaymo and Andy George’s Moda Black and Moscoman’s kaleidoscopic label Disco Halal. In an interview with DJ Mag, Kiwi explained his simple aim: to make great records to dance to. To that note, you’ll also find him featured on an imminent 12” compilation curated by Life & Death founder, the formidable DJ Tennis.

For his Tracks of the Day selection, Kiwi has chosen four pieces of music that stand out to him as being particularly beautiful. Listen below to work from British Jazz bassist Malcolm Cecil, producer duo Lino Nicolosi and Roberto Gasparini’s Valerie Dore alias, Japanese musician Takashi Omori’s Tabo’s Project and a cut from seminal 2001 Warp released album Drukqs.

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Aphex Twin

Avril 14th

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Aphex Twin needs little introduction, I think this is probably my favourite piece of music of all time, the only piece of music I have ever been able to listen to on repeat indefinitely. I remember as a teenager going to the Tate with school. There was some art installation with Avril 14th was playing on a loop and there was an elderly couple dancing on a projection. I spent three hours in that room just lying flat on the floor, mesmerised. The school had to send people out looking for me as they were all waiting on the coach to travel back to Stourbridge. That three hours felt like three minutes. It’s the one piece of music that I can always turn to get outside my own head.”
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Valerie Dore

Get Closer

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve always loved Valerie Dore, there’s a unique tone to her voice that really treads that thin line between being perfectly ethereal and slightly annoying. It wasn’t until I heard DJ Harvey close his fabric show with ‘Get Closer’, that Valerie Dore properly stamped her mark on me. Italo Disco at its finest.”
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Tabo's Project

Feel

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Stunning Japanese Balearic sunshine music, I’m not sure how I stumbled across this one. There’re several others on the album that I’ve been hammering as well. I can’t find too much information about it other than some scary Discogs prices, I certainly won’t be selling my copy.”
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Malcolm Cecil

Vibranada

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I stumbled across Radiance recently. ‘Vibranada’ is the opening track, a stunning piece of music and Malcolm Cecil’s only solo work. Before that he was best known for working with Stevie Wonder, Gill Scott Heron and as a jazz bassist with the likes of Ronnie Scott and Dick Morrisey amongst others. In the 70s Cecil collaborated with Robert Margouleff to create a “Super” Synthesiser, nicknamed TONTO “The Original Timbral Orchestra”. It’s thought that Radiance and Stevie Wonders’ early 70s albums were produced using TONTO. I’ve picked out ‘Vibrananda’ as it really sets the tone of the album which should to be listened to as a whole, ideally in a hot bath with a couple of large gin & tonics!”

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