Exclusive Mixtape: Titeknots

As the skies clear and things start to warm up, Titeknots – once again – hits the release schedules with a dose of gentle beauty to lift dance floors, pool parties and living room slouch sessions with his 3-track ‘More Delicate’ collection. Having spent the past year picking up co-writing and producing credits for Equals (soul/R&B) and Izo Fitzroy (soul/funk), not to mention remixing Ephemerals, DJ Kormac and Soothsayers, it’s time to concentrate once more on solo Titeknotscreations. Listen to his hugely eclectic and uptempo mix below.

This mix is an exploration of different textures and rhythms in uptempo dance music, rather than just straight four-to-the-floor house. I dug through my record collection to find some old gems to mix in with new, interesting tracks that each have something extra special that inspires me.

DJs across the spectrum have shown love to Titeknots – from Monki, Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Phil Taggart on the radio, to club stalwarts like Bonobo, Bondax, Dimitri From Paris and Tom Trago. These productions connect to people whether they are listening on headphones at home or pushing through big club crowds at peak time.

‘More Delicate’ is the collection’s lead track and sets the tone throughout. Layered, rhythmic melodies dance around a rolling bass and drum combo that builds to a crescendo with elegant intensity.’Time Mending Time Again’ follows, dropping the tempo in a nod to the sampler-based Soul tracks of Titeknots’ youth. A bold horn riff drives the track along, sitting on top of the kind of breakbeat that joins the dots between throwback hip-hop and house. ‘Hopping Greens’ ties up the release. A wide open Summer celebration, the multiple hooks and lush layers hark back to classic disco arrangements, pushing beyond the standard 2-chord building blocks of much modern club music.

‘More Delicate’ is out now