That's How It Is Def Mix

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In August 2020 James Lavelle and Gilles Peterson were due to play a special That's How It Is session at We Out Here Festival 2020. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled due to a global pandemic and so in May 2020 James Lavelle released the first in a series of mixes celebrating That's How It Is.

Previously Lavelle had hinted that there would be four mixes in the series.

James Lavelle's That's How It Is Def Mix 1: The Warm Up

James Lavelle released this new mix on May 24 2020, via the We Out Here Mixcloud account.[1]

Along with the mix, Lavelle released the following statement:

"That's How It Is was the club I started in the early '90s with Gilles Peterson which took place every Monday night at Bar Rumba on London's Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of Soho. I was 18 at the time and had previously been a resident at Talkin' Loud at the Fridge, Kudu at the Gardening Club (with Patrick Forge) and my night in Oxford, Mo' Wax Please. I had also started a column in the influential Straight No Chaser magazine, where the editor Paul Bradshaw suggested Gilles and I should do a night together. Together with his long term collaborator Janine Neye,‏ and Swifty on visuals, we launched the night.

This is part of a series of mixes I've put together representing the time I played at the club. It was one of London's longest running nights (13 years) and I was resident for 7. I have broken the mix up into sections, with the first representing an extended warm up session, where I would play an eclectic selection of classics and more rare and unusual cuts. Joining the dots between soul, jazz, psychedelia, breaks and beats, underground contemporary soul and hip hop records. It's where I shaped the sound that would later be called trip hop. From Japan to Sweden, France to the States; a truly international selection, where many of these records were played in a club for the very first time. It was where the Mo' Wax sound came from and grew. Where everyone from jazz dancers to producers, musicians to ravers, and pop stars to DJs would come and listen to the latest and most eclectic music of the time, and where I have some of my favourite memories as a DJ...

There are so many records I could have selected for this first part, but I have focused on records that I feel highlight that part of the night, especially in the early days, it was pretty quiet, and allowed me to experiment. I've also focused on tracks that are not so well known, and unavailable on streaming services. I developed my sound within the night, as Giles was already the king of jazz so I had to find my own unique and personal sound."[2]

Later, a commentary track was created for Worldwide FM where James Lavelle discussed the songs he selected in the mix. This aired on Worldwide FM on July 10[3] following the re-release of the original mix on Worldwide FM on July 5.

Tracklisting:

  1. American Gypsy- Inside Out
  2. FBI - Talking About Love
  3. Air - Baby, I Don't Know Where Love
  4. Sabu - My Christina
  5. 50 Foot Hose - Rose
  6. Aphrodite's Child- The Four Horsemen
  7. James Asher - Heavy Train
  8. Mystic Moods - Cosmic Sea
  9. Zimbabwe Legit - Doin' Damage In My Native Language (Shadow's Legitimate Mix)
  10. Tricky - Aftermath
  11. Nightmares On Wax- Nights Interlude
  12. Dj Krush - I Just Want to Touch Her (Stoned Jazz Mix)
  13. Photek - Into the 90s
  14. Massive Attack- Blue Lines
  15. Young Disciples - Step Right On (Dub)
  16. Sylk 130- Get Into It
  17. Attica Blues - Blueprint
  18. Sade - Feel No Pain (Nellee Hooper Remix)
  19. Melaaz- Non Non Non
  20. Mc Solaar- Nouveau Western
  21. Shirley Bassey- Light My Fire
  22. Massive Attack - Light My Fire
  23. Soul II Soul - Keep On Moving
  24. Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
  25. Young Disciples - All I Have In Me (Original Musiquarium Mix)
  26. Mica Paris - I Should’ve Known Better
  27. Milton Wright - Keep It Up

James Lavelle's That's How It Is Def Mix 2: The Mid Session

James Lavelle released this new mix on July 12 2020, via Worldwide FM.[4]

Along with the mix, Worldwide FM provided the following description:

"In the second of a four part series, James Lavelle breaks down ’That’s How It is’, the cult Monday night club institution. For The Mid Session, James showcases the breadth of contemporary and heritage music in rotation at the time, capturing an eclectic environment that brought together jazz dancers, early Mo Wax heads and an established Talkin Loud crew at Bar Rumba."[5]

The mix was accompanied by a seperate "commentary" version which featured James Lavelle talking about this mix. This was released on July 13.[6]


Tracklisting:

  1. Portishead - Strangers
  2. UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights (Underdog Remix)
  3. DJ Krush - Kemuri
  4. DJ Shadow - What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3)
  5. Souls of Mischief - 93 to Infinity
  6. The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By
  7. Gang Starr - Just to Get a Rep
  8. Jean-Jaques Perrey - E.V.A.
  9. Schoolhouse Rock - 3 Is The Magic Number
  10. Money Mark - Cry (Dust Brothers Remix)
  11. Skull Snaps - It's a New Day
  12. Baby Huey - Hard Times
  13. Minnie Riperton - Les Fluers
  14. Myra Barnes - Message to the Soul Sisters
  15. Marlena Shaw - California Soul
  16. Beastie Boys - Get It Together
  17. The Dust Brothers - Save Me
  18. Sam Sever - What's That Sound
  19. Kenny Dope - Get On Down
  20. Dr Octagon - Blue Flowers
  21. U.N.K.L.E - Rock On (Nutcracker Mix)
  22. Silver Apples - Oscillations
  23. E.S.G - Moody
  24. Liquid Liquid - Cavern
  25. JPR Productions - Hope (Because I’ve Learned to Cope)
  26. Patti Jo - Make Me Believe In You (Edit)
  27. Creative Source - You Can't Hide Love
  28. Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions
  29. Public Enemy - Fight The Power (Power Sax Version)
  30. Pleasures - Joyous (DJ Harvey Edit)

James Lavelle's That's How It Is Def Mix 3: Peak Time

James Lavelle released this new mix on July 19 2020, via Worldwide FM.[7]

Along with the mix, Worldwide FM provided the following description:

"In the third instalment of a four part series, James Lavelle breaks down ’That’s How It is’, the cult Monday night club institution. James showcases the breadth of contemporary and heritage music in rotation at the time, capturing an eclectic environment that brought together jazz dancers, early Mo Wax heads and an established Talkin Loud crew at Bar Rumba."[8]

The mix was accompanied by a seperate "commentary" version featuring James Lavelle talking about the music in the mix. This was released Junly 20 2020.[9]

Tracklisting:

  1. DJ Shadow - The Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)
  2. Blackalicious - Alphabet areobics
  3. DJ Shadow - Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
  4. Mantronix - King of the Beats
  5. Major Force Productions feat DJ Milo - The Return of the Original Art Form
  6. Rob Dougan - Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)
  7. DJ Krush - Meiso (DJ Shadow Remix)
  8. The UMC's - One To Grow On
  9. De La Soul feat Guru - Patti Dooke
  10. Pete Rock - They Reminisce Over You
  11. A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
  12. House of Pain - Jump Around
  13. Organised Konfusion - Open Up Your Eyes
  14. Ballistic Brothers - Blacker
  15. Tranquility Bass - Cantamilla
  16. The Amalgamation Of Soundz - Eric
  17. Io - Claire
  18. Plaid - Scoobs in Columbia
  19. Innerzone Orchestra - Bug In The Bass Bin
  20. Motorbass - Les Ondes
  21. La Funk Mob - Motor Bass Get Phunked Up (Electrofunk Remix)
  22. Josh Wink - Higher State of Consciousness
  23. Nuyorican Soul - The Nervous Track
  24. Lamb - Cotton Wool (Fila Brasilica Remix)
  25. Goldie - Inner City Life
  26. Alex Reece - Pulp Fiction
  27. Roni Size - Music Box
  28. Photek - Fusion
  29. Peshay - Piano Tune

James Lavelle's That's How It Is Def Mix 4: Late Night

James Lavelle released this new mix on July 26 2020, via Worldwide FM.[10]

Along with the mix, Worldwide FM provided the following description:

"In the last of a four part series, James Lavelle breaks down the classic party he started with Gilles Peterson at Bar Rumba during the 1990s. A historic spot for eclectic sounds and legendary guest appearances, That’s How It Is became the blueprint for London clubbing, and in episode four, resident James Lavelle presents you his late night set."[11]

The mix was accompanied by a seperate "commentary" version which featured James Lavelle talking about the mix. This released on July 27 2020.[12]

Tracklisting:

  1. Rob Dougan - Clubbed To Death (Peshay Remix)
  2. Innerzone Orchestra - Bug In The Bass Bin (4 Hero Remix)
  3. Psyche/BFC - Please Stand By
  4. Plaid - Object Orient
  5. Carl Craig - At Les
  6. Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Hi Tech Jazz
  7. Jean Luc Ponty - In The Fast Lane
  8. Patrick Pulsinger - City Lights
  9. Som Tres - Homenagem A Mongo
  10. Airto - Samba De Flora
  11. Rotary Connection - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
  12. Mary J. Blige - Be Happy
  13. Fugees - Killing Me Softly
  14. Fresh Four - Wishing On A Star
  15. Sounds Of Blackness - Optimistic
  16. Pete Rock - The Creator
  17. A Tribe Called Quest - Excursions
  18. Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean
  19. Brand Nubian - Slow Down
  20. Gang Starr - Execution Of A Chump
  21. Pointer Sisters - Don’t It Drive You Crazy
  22. Eighties Ladies - Turned On To You
  23. Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around
  24. Idris Muhammad - Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
  25. Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
  26. Gwen Mccrae - All This Love I'm Giving
  27. James Mason - Sweet Power
  28. Leroy Hutson - Lucky Fellow
  29. Flowers - For Real
  30. RAMP - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
  31. Milton Nascimento- Tudo O Que Voce Podia Ser
  32. Jon Lucien - Would You Believe In Me
  33. Gil Scott-Heron - Lady Day And John Coltrane
  34. Freeez - Southern Freeez
  35. Don Blackman - Holding You Holding Me
  36. American Gypsy - Golden Ring
  37. Terry Callier - Dancing Girl
  38. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

External Links

Listen to Mix 1 on Mixcloud

That's How It Is Def Mix on Worldwide FM

References