‘I first heard traditional African music through my girlfriend’s parents,’ says Gaz, ‘and they called it “happy music”. It’s all really dance-y, with quite repetitive rhythms, and in the last couple of years I’ve been really enjoying music that fuses those African grooves with electronic beats.
This is more of a home listening-type mix, rather than something I’d play out in a club, and I’ve tried to make it a bit of a journey – different genres, different bpms, but all with an African tinge. There’s some hip-hop in there, some funk, some traditional Zimbabwean music using an mbira, and disco, and some stuff by Damon Albarn, who recorded an album in Mali with Actress. And there are also a couple of my favourite house tunes by artists like Floating Points.’
There’s a tune of his own too. Tracklisting is in here if you want to see it.