San Francisco based dance music pioneer Gavin Hardkiss takes the controls for our 5th 20th Anniversary mix. Producing under the alias Hawke for more than 25 years, Gavin’s Hardkiss Music record label and collective went a long way towards creating California’s underground dance scene during the early 90s. Influenced as much by psychedelic funk and 80s New Romantic music as House or Techno, the Hardkiss sound made Dance music inclusive and accessible to all. The compilation of Hardkiss Music’s early vinyl releases,’Delusions Of Granduer,’ becoming a cult underground classic (and quite possibly one of the most stolen and pirated dance records of all time). Having laid down the blueprint for the UK ‘big beat’ sound, and paving the way for acts such as the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, we were more than intrigued to find out which titles Gavin might select for his BBE mix.
Choosing a characteristically eclectic mixture of music, from classic funk/soul grooves by Roy Ayers and raw, mysterious Strata demos by TJ, South African born Gavin also displays a particular affinity for the music of Eji Oyewole & Rim Kwaku Obeng.
“Growing up in Johannesburg, these are the sounds I’d hear in my backyard. I’m drawn to songs, not personalities or bands, so this mix is simply about selecting the songs from BBE’s wonderful back catalogue which speak to me most.” – Gavin Hardkiss, 2016